Vocational Awards Committees
The committees that come under Vocational Service include:


Vocational Awareness and Mentor Award -

Chairperson: David Hooley


Holland College Business Plan Awards -

Chairperson: Yolande Murphy


Harry MacLauchlan Award for Vocational Excellence -

Chairperson: Bernie Gillis

Vocational Services

Vocational Services

The purpose of Vocational Service is to promote excellence in vocations and to assist local people to get a start in business.


On this page


  • The Mentor Award

  • The Holland College Business Plan Awards

  • The Harry MacLauchlan Award for Vocational Excellence


Mentor Award

In the fall of each year, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty honours a member of the Island Community who through exemplary contributions and service to society fulfills the distinction of being a mentor to our club, its members and society as a whole. The recipient is not a member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty. Mentors have been a significant influence on the lives of others by the commitment they have demonstrated to their profession over the years. 


2018-19 Mentor Award

The recipient of the 2018 Mentor Award is Gary Schneider, mentor to Island ecology.


Gary Schneider

In the late 1970s Gary Schneider moved to Prince Edward Island and fell in love with the native forest.  His move here has been one of the best things to happen to our Island and our Island ecology.  After initiating a project to demonstrate sustainable management and restoration of the Acadian forest at Macphail woods, Gary developed a singular reputation and became well known here as "P.E.I.'s equivalent of Smokey the Bear", a big, genial, gentle, approachable, dedicated advocate for trees, wildlife habitat and the environment as a whole.
Gary has had a huge influence as a mentor to many Islanders, be they landscapers, foresters, gardeners, bird watchers, or school children.  But perhaps his greatest impact as a mentor has been in inspiring the people who have worked with him.
He was a founder and motivator of ECOPEI, a community-based, non-profit organization, registered as a charity with a goal to work in partnership with other organizations to understand, appreciate and address issues that affect the land, water forests and climate to improve the health of the Prince Edward Island environment.  A mentor should innovate, motivate and lead.
A wonderful example of someone who follows the Rotary Four Way Test in their life without knowing what it is, Gary has always spoken truth in advocating for the environment..  He has been described as someone who, "has the knowledge, vision, commitment and ability to convey concerns and address possible solutions in a con-combative manner" which enables people in authority to listen and hear what he is saying.  Gary is scrupulously fair in all his dealings and presentation of information.  Because of this he has been asked to write articles, present to provincial regulatory boards, serve on the Provincial Round Table on the Land and serve on the National Commission addressing environmental assessments.
His educational work at UPEI and at Macphail has developed a huge amount of goodwill and made Gary a friend to generations of Islanders.  Anyone who has been on one of his owl prowls has probably found themselves asking "whoo cooks for youu" anytime they find themselves in the woods at night.
Finally Gary Schneider's work has and will continue to have a huge benefit for all of us who live on this fragile sandbar called Abegweit.  His example of service above self, tirelessly working days, evenings and weekends when called upon, reminds us that we are stewards of this land, its flora and fauna and we must strive to pass on to our descendants an Island that is still a good place to grow and live.



Vocational Awards

Holland College Business Plan Awards


Students from the Holland College Business Program complete a business plan as part of the academic requirements. The students have the option of completing the plan individually or in groups of two or three. The business plan is worked on throughout the year and undergoes several rewrites.


Some of the students show great initiative and go the extra mile by creating a logo/business cards, extra graphics, strong supporting documents, marketing layout, etc. 


A committee comprised of Holland College staff and members of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty read the "top quality plans" to determine who really stepped up to the plate and put in that extra effort. Each year the committee reviews and selects the top three business plans. These students receive recognition for their business plans at a meeting of the Rotary club.


We would like to thank Cam Beck and Shaun Patterson at Holland College for their support to the Business students.


2018-19 Business Plan Award Winners:

First Place

Angela Seeger & Nadiia Moroz

Amy Seeger

L-R Brianna Gordon, Amy Seeger, Rotarian Yolande Murphy

Second Place

Amy MacQuarrie & Brianna Gordon


Third Place

Ben Wilson, Jackson Mayhew,

Whitney Smith & Dyllin Bernard 

L-R Jackson Mayhew, Ben Wilson, Whitney Smith & Rotarian Yolande Murphy

Ben Wilson
Whitney Smith



Harry MacLauchlan Award of Vocational Excellence


Each year the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty honours one of its own  members with the Harry MacLauchlan Award of Vocational Excellence. This award is presented to a club member, based on the criteria of: 


  • Adheres and promotes the highest ethical standards in their occupation
  • Considers their vocation an opportunity to serve
  • Contributes their vocational talents to addressing the needs of the community
  • Offers his or her talents to provide opportunities for young people
  • Improves the quality of life in their community
  • Abides by the principles of the Rotary 4-Way Test in their daily business dealings


The late Harry MacLauchlan was a local business man and member of our Rotary club who exemplified the ideals of Rotary.


The recipient of the Harry MacLauchlan Award for Vocational Excellence for 2018-19 is Phil Matusiewicz.
L-R Barry Maze, Phil Matusiewicz, Laura-Lee Lewis
For information on the most recent recipient of this award, click here.