Mary Jackson

Mary Jackson

Rotarian earns top honour

Jerry Tellier has been recognized with the Kalamalka Rotary Club’s vocational service award.

Two of the great passions in Jerry Tellier’s life are Vernon Restholm, which he manages, and Rotary.

For both of his passions, Tellier has been recognized with the Kalamalka Rotary Club’s vocational service award.

October is Rotary Vocational Service Month with promotes the value of all professions, and recognizes an individual in the club or community that exemplifies outstanding professional achievement while maintaining high ethical standards.

“As general manager of Vernon Restholm, Jerry demonstrates his commitment to residents in his kind and compassionate approach, all while running Restholm with an eye to fiscal responsibility,” said James Mayne, Kal Rotary’s vocational vice-chairperson.

“He is always available to help out when needed, whether it’s in the kitchen, laundry or general care.”

Vocational co-chairperson Tanner Udenberg says Tellier – club past president, current treasurer and director – is equally committed to serving the community through Rotary.

“He is instrumental in cataloguing and managing all Dream Auction donations, and is a key player in ensuring the event is a success each year,” said Udenberg.

Tellier has been recognized as a multiple Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He has travelled to Ethiopia, at his own cost, to review Kal Rotary projects, and is a strong supporter of Kiva, a non-profit which allows people to lend money via the Internet to low-income entrepreneurs and students in more than 80 countries.

Tellier was shocked to receive the vocational service award, which was presented at Kal Rotary Club’s regular meeting.

“I’m humbled, yet honoured, that two of the greatest passions in my life have garnered me this award,” said Tellier. “Both of these organizations are filled with great people doing the same thing, helping others and changing lives.”