There was a special celebration in Lochaber Jan. 20 as resident Robert ‘Bob’ Inglis was presented with a Senate of Canada 150 Medal.
Inglis was presented with his medal by Nova Scotia Senator Michael L. MacDonald at the Lochaber Centre, during an afternoon event.
“I was surprised by the crowd,” Inglis said humbly. “Somebody had counted around 110 people, which was unbelievable. According to the senator, it was the biggest crowd he had; he had 12 medals to give out and four to go.”
The large crowd was indicative of the amount of volunteer service Inglis has done over the years and its wide-reaching nature.
A release, to accompany the presentation of his medal, talked about some of the work which was done while he lived in the Sydney area, as well as Halifax.
“As a resident of Sydney, he volunteered with; the United Way of Cape Breton County, the Resi-Care Cape Breton Association for developmentally challenged adults, the Cape Breton Family YMCA, the Riverview Y’s Men’s Club, the Boy Scouts of Canada, as well as the First United Church. While in Halifax, Mr. Inglis served as a Colonel of Citadel Hill and was regularly involved in fundraising activities for community service organizations.”
Inglis continues his United Church volunteer work as treasurer of the Pictou Presbytery.
Senator MacDonald is quoted in the release.
“Bob Inglis has been a pillar of our community for decades,” MacDonald said. “He always seemed to be involved in one capacity or another, dedicating his time and energy to the community and organizations where he has lived.”
Inglis talked about his community involvement, noting he is sometimes recruited because of his profession.
“I’m a retired chartered accountant so I’ve had organizations come to me and ask that I help them out,” he said. “Financing and preparing financial data to help get them involved in their communities.
“My wife and I did food bank delivery for the Sherbrooke Food Bank; we did that for years. I was also chairman of the Nova Scotia Fisheries Loan Board, the economic development loan board.
“I think a lot of the communities look to people who may have talents in a certain field they need, to help them out in the community,” Inglis added.
That the presentation ceremony was held at the Lochaber Centre was fitting since Inglis played a role in bringing the relatively new (2014), and very impressive, facility to the community.
“Spending time and talent to help the communities, you get a satisfaction … you try to give back for what you have received,” Inglis said.
“There are so many out there in our communities who give in order to develop their communities into great places to live; Canada is one of the best places to live in the world for that reason.”