Rotary was started in 1905 with the vision of one man, Paul Harris.  It has since grown into an international organization of 1.2 million members.

The highest award in Rotary is the Paul Harris Award whereby individuals who have contributed $1000 to the Rotary Foundation are recognized as Paul Harris Fellows.  Donations to the Foundation are used to fund service projects both locally and around the world.

A Paul Harris Award can also be given to a non-Rotarian, someone who exemplifies the humanitarian ideals of Rotary and who has made a significant contribution to the community. 

On January 16, 2021, this award was presented to Dave Graham in recognition of his unwavering and enthusiastic support of our Club and our community.
An original "Island boy", Dave was born in Victoria, BC, although his life and career took him to far flung places, including Penticton, Vancouver and London, England before relocating to Ontario.

Beginning his career in radio while still a high school student in Ontario in the late 70s, much fun and travel ensued, with stops on both coasts and many places in between, including over a decade in Toronto. Dave's longest stay was his last and brought him to Parksville where he spent many years hosting the morning show on The Beach, 88.5 FM.

Dave's community involvement has included support to many associations and dozens of community groups, along with Board and presiding positions, including Bard to Broadway, Oceanside Volunteer Association, and Oceanside Photographers.  Dave could always be counted on to lend his support to Rotary events and activities in support of local initiatives.

Dave’s contributions to the quality of life in Parksville have been immeasurable, and the award today was presented to Dave by Parksville AM President, Bashir El-Khalafawi and Foundation Chair, Lynne Pearson.

The presentation was made during a break at the Rotary weekly bottle drive in support of the School District 69 Backpack Program.