Receives club’s Distinguished Service Award
A longtime supporter of minor hockey and other community organizations has been honoured by the Amherst Rotary Club. Bernie Brennan was presented the club’s Distinguished Service Award for more than 30 years of community service that has included work with Rotary, the Cumberland YMCA, the Catholic church and the Cumberland Health Care Foundation.
AMHERST – A longtime supporter of minor hockey and other community organizations has been honoured by the Amherst Rotary Club.
Bernie Brennan was presented the club’s Distinguished Service Award for more than 30 years of community service that has included work with Rotary, the Cumberland YMCA, the Catholic church and the Cumberland Health Care Foundation.
“I’m truly honoured and humbled by this honour,” Brennan said while accepting the award with his wife, Jennifer. “I’ve been in Rotary for 28 years and I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. There are times I think that it’s time to get out, but I always say no, someone has to do it.”
A native of Bath, N.B, Brennan received his business degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1974. He was married a year later and lived in St. John’s, N.L. and Moncton before buying Fort Equipment in 1980 and building it into a highly respected and successful business.
“The Brennans of Perth, N.B. were and are a hockey family. Bernie proved that around here in Amherst and through the Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association,” awards committee member Beth Clinton said while presenting the award. “He played all his life and still does. He coached for 18 years at all levels and for many years ran the scheduling for house league.”
During the 1990s he served with the United Way in various leadership and supporting capacities. He was on the board of directors when the new YMCA was built.
When the Holy Family Parish reorganized its facilities, Brennan served on the building committee to raise funds and still serves on the church’s finances committee.
He has also served on the Fort Lawrence Entrance Committee and presently serves as a trustee of the Cumberland Health Care Foundation.
His business has supported numerous community events and organizations including minor hockey, 4-H, the Cumberland County Exhibition, various schools, the hospital, service clubs and fire departments, cancer fundraisers and other charities.
In the club, he chairs the trip of the month campaign (the club’s largest fundraiser) and has served on the club’s board of directors and more recently on the auction committee.