Rotary honours health-care volunteer

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LeMoine active with hospital auxiliary, United Church

The Amherst Rotary Club has honoured a longtime community volunteer with its Paul Harris Fellowship Award.

Amherst Rotary Club president Paul Calder congratulates Heather LeMoine as the latest recipient of the club’s Community Paul Harris Fellowship Award while her husband, Rob, looks on.

AMHERST – A longtime supporter of the Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary has been named this year’s recipient of the Amherst Rotary Club’s Community Paul Harris Fellowship Award.

Heather LeMoine, who has also been active in youth organizations and Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church, was honoured by the club at its 79th anniversary celebration on Monday.

“I’m very honoured,” LeMoine said following the ceremony. “I’m not one to be in the spotlight, but it’s nice to be recognized by an organization like Rotary that does so much in our community. It’s really humbling to be honoured in this way.”

The Amherst Rotary Club is making a (U.S.) $1,000 donation to the Rotary Foundation and she becomes an honorary member of the club that was formed in 1935.

She is the 17th person to be awarded the honour.

“Heather, you were selected to receive this recognition because Amherst Rotarians believe that your life and volunteer work exemplifies Rotary ideals and as a way to thank your for your contributions to our community,” club president Paul Calder said.

A native of Halifax, LeMoine did accounting work for Nova Scotia Crystal before moving to Amherst with her husband, Rob, and settling in their retirement home on Willow Street.

LeMoine became active with the Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary, working at the annual Highland Fling, managing the very popular cake table. For more than 13 years, she served as treasurer of auxiliary coffee shop at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre.

“We have all heard those terrible stories of coffee shops elsewhere running huge deficits and costing the health boards tens of thousands of dollars,” Rotarian Morris Haugg said. “Contrast that to the experience in Cumberland County. Currently the gross at the local coffee shop is $133,000 and the profit is $19,000. From the start, the coffee shop, as run by Heather and auxiliary volunteers, has made a yearly profit in that range – all of which has been applied to hospital equipment purchases and other improvements at the local health care facility.

“That in itself is enough to deserve this award.”

LeMoine has also been active in Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church, serving on the outreach committee that helps people in the Amherst area who are down and out.

She’s also an accomplished artists as a rug hooker. She is a member of the Northport Loopers.

She also has a longtime connection with Rotary through Camp Tidnish.

For many summers in the 70s and 80s, she was the Kool Aid Queen of Amherst Shore. She earned that title by leading children in the cottage community in a variety of fundraising activities – raising money to purchase items for the Rotary camp.

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Organizations: United Church, Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary, Amherst Rotary Club Rotary Foundation Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre

Geographic location: Amherst, Trinity, U.S. Halifax Willow Street Cumberland County

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  • Ron Patterson
    March 04, 2014 - 15:43

    very well deserved, congratulations Heather !