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Sunrisers honour fallen officer with fellowship award

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Sep 05, 2013 - 12:20 PM |
Nancy MacDonald, the widow of Const. Joe MacDonald accepts a posthumous Paul Harris Fellowship award on behalf of her late husband from Mick Weaver, president of the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers. Supplied

Nancy MacDonald, the widow of Const. Joe MacDonald accepts a posthumous Paul Harris Fellowship award on behalf of her late husband from Mick Weaver, president of the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers. Supplied

On Sept. 2, the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers honored the late Const. Joe MacDonald with the highest honour Rotary International can bestow: a Paul Harris Fellowship award.

The presentation was made at the 2013 kick off of the 20th season of the Joe MacDonald Youth Football League.

“Constable Joe MacDonald has set an example for many by his contributions to our community,” said Mick Weaver, president of the Rotary Sunrisers. His personal involvement made our community a better place in which to live. He lived by the Rotary motto, 'Service Above Self,' and made the ultimate sacrifice serving his community.”

In 1993, Sudbury constable MacDonald was beaten and murdered. Two men, Clinton Suzack and Peter Pennett, were convicted of the crime.

In MacDonald's memory, his friends and family took his love for football and started the Joe MacDonald Youth Football League. More than 2,600 children have logged more than 135,000 playing hours since the league began two decades ago.

It teaches Greater Sudbury Youth team spirit, dedication and builds confidence on and off the field.

These efforts caught the attention of the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers, which made a contribution to the Rotary Foundation in honour of the MacDonald.

Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities. Made up of over 34,000 Rotary clubs around the world, Rotary International forms a global network of business professional and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve communities locally and around the world

Join the JMYFL

Established in 1993, the Joe MacDonald Youth Football League affords the opportunity for the youth of the City of Greater Sudbury to participate in tackle football. This activity not only provides the participants (boys and girls) with physical activity, but also instills dedication, teamwork and cooperation to achieve goals both on and off the field.The league is divided into three divisions: Mini Macs (Ages 8 to 10), Sid Forster Tyke Division (Ages 11 to 12) and Phil Smith Sr. Bantam Division (Ages 13 to 14).

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