A longtime Rotarian in Amherst and Ontario was presented the Amherst club's highest honour on Friday.
CAMP TIDNISH, N.B. – A longtime Rotarian and a former finance committee member with the United Church of Canada has been honoured with the Amherst Rotary Club’s 2014 Distinguished Service Award.
Jim Ayers was presented with the award during the club’s annual lobster dinner on Friday at Camp Tidnish.
“This year’s recipient has been a Rotarian for 31 years, but only 13 years in Amherst. He is an Amherstonian by choice, having carefully weighed various options on where to semi-retire,” Rotarian Morris Haugg said.
Ayers was born in Sarnia, Ont. and became an accountant in 1962. He married Kay in 1967 and worked for many years as a chartered accountant in Ontario with Deloitte Touche – retiring in 1995.
Since then, he has worked as a sole practitioner with not-for-profit organizations, including hospitals, colleges, unions, school boards and municipalties.
He served on various committees with the chartered accountants of Ontario and was involved in establishing accounting practices for local government, utilities and colleges and served on the Public Sector Accounting and Auditing Committee of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Ayers also worked with the United Church of Canada, the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Maple Grove United Church in Oakville, the Community Founation of Oakville and the Oakville Trafalgar Rotary Club.
During 2007-08, Ayers served as district treasurer and district conference treasurer when Amherst’s Bette Douglas was district governor. He became the Amherst club’s treasurer in 2009 and both he and Kay have been active members of Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church in Amherst.
Ayers is also the treasurer of the Amherst Food Assistance Network.
At one time, the Ayers’ used to donate a gourmet supper for eight to the Rotary Auction and it was valued at $800. More recently, they have donated the $800 to the auction.