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John Morris Founders Award

JOHN R. MORRIS: Founder of PROBUS Clubs in Canada, First President and Managing Director of PROBUS Centre-Canada, President Emeritus.

DESCRIPTION: PROBUS CANADA established the award to honour its founder and to recognize his legacy of extraordinary contribution, achievement, and commitment which permeated all his activities both within PROBUS and within the community at large.

AWARD: This award will recognize a member of PROBUS who has demonstrated the spirit of PROBUS beyond meritorious service through outstanding extended and extensive service in both the advancement and expansion of PROBUS and brings recognition to PROBUS from the community at large.

The award recognizes a member of PROBUS who has made a lasting impact on PROBUS and also demonstrates a compelling vision of the future.

The award is to be considered a “rare” award and not an “annual” award. The award should be above and beyond local performance.

This award extends well beyond any meritorious service within a Club to the creation of new Club(s), district contribution, instituting programs, etc., that have a lasting and expansive effect on the national or regional presence of PROBUS.

The recipient is a PROBUS member who inspires a high level of commitment, sets a benchmark for others, and has made a lasting impact on PROBUS, and demonstrates a compelling vision of the future.

Many Clubs recognize outstanding service by an individual in their Club by conferring the title “Life” or “Honourary” member. This award recipient will have demonstrated exceptional performance “over and above” the efforts within one’s own Club.

PROCESS: This title will be awarded only after considerable study of the character, participation, and achievement of a candidate by PROBUS CANADA’s Board of Directors. The minimum criteria for an application are four-fold.

  1. A detailed CV of the record of contribution pertinent to the Award.
  2. An accompanying letter of support from the nominee’s Club with a general assessment of the nominee’s worthiness.
  3. A letter of approval from the District Director.
  4. A letter of approval and confirmation from at least one adjacent Club.

Recipients of the John Morris Award

YEAR RECIPIENT PRESENTER VENUE
2006 Bud Crookes President Maureen Huismans St. Clair Collingwood ON
2008 Bill Brydges President Art Buck Rendezvous Saint John NB
2009 Stone Avery President Emeritus John Morris  
2011 Reg Whynott President Gordon Springate Qualicum Beach Club BC
2013 Jim Cameron President Steve Campbell St. Catharines Club ON
2015 Doris Morris President Maureen Irving Alliston Club ON
2016 Terry Simms President Richard Furlong Halifax Club NS
2017 Maureen Huismans President Bill Sexsmith Newmarket Women's ON
2018 Steve Campbell Past President Richard Furlong Shediac Club NB