Jack Gareb receives the Kalamalka Rotary Club’s Vocational Service Award from Rotarians Tanner Udenberg (left) and James Mayne Thursday at the Best Western Vernon Lodge.

Jack Gareb receives the Kalamalka Rotary Club’s Vocational Service Award from Rotarians Tanner Udenberg (left) and James Mayne Thursday at the Best Western Vernon Lodge.

Senior’s advocate honoured

Jack Gareb is a longtime advocate for seniors in the community and has been awarded the Kalamalka Rotary Club’s Vocational Award

Jack Gareb is a longtime advocate for seniors in the community and has been awarded the Kalamalka Rotary Club’s Vocational Award.

Gareb, the manager of the Schubert Centre, has worked at the senior centre for 21 years, often going above and beyond his duties as well as volunteering for many community groups.

“Jack Gareb has demonstrated his commitment to the community and has worked tirelessly for many years to make it a better place,” said vocational co-chair Tanner Udenburg.

The Rotary Vocational Service Award is presented each year to an individual that the Kalamalka Club membership believes possesses outstanding attributes and through their vocation has provided a service or services to our community that has simply made it a better place.

After Interior Health discontinued Meals On Wheels Gareb stepped forward and took on the continuation of this vital service.

Through his management a volunteer soup kitchen operates out of the All Saints Anglican Church and he supports a variety of different causes that impact the community such as the Vernon Art Gallery, O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon Winter Carnival, and Habitat for Humanity.

Outgoing Member of Parliament Colin Mayes has praised him for his relentless efforts to secure federal funding for various projects that provide service to seniors.

“We’re here to give seniors the help they need. Just ask,” Gareb said. “It’s part of what we do.”

When accepting the award Gareb thanked the 200 volunteers at the Schubert Centre and its 1,200 members.

“I feel overwhelmed,” he said.