The Rotary Club's motto is "Service Above Self". The Rotary Club of North Bay instills this philosophy of unselfish volunteer service in both its members and the community at large through the implementation and promotion of various projects.

The Club wants to ensure the youth of North Bay become aware of the benefits of volunteerism. Although we promote youth leadership through International Youth exchanges, we have not specifically promoted the values inherent in our motto with the youth of North Bay.

As part of our promotion of volunteerism, each year the club honours a grade ten or eleven student from each secondary school in North Bay that best exemplifies "Service Above Self".

To accomplish this goal, we rely on the staff and students in selecting the appropriate student from their school. The simple selection process is based on warmth and caring exhibited by a student towards peers or other members of our society such as seniors, disabled or the disadvantaged. The selected student is not necessarily highly academic, active in sports, or popular in the peer group.
The call for nominations is sent out in the fall, with the students being awarded at a club meeting in February.

2024 Award Recipient 

(left to right)
Paisley Nadon - École secondaire catholique Élisabeth-Bruyère, Cedric Torres - St. Joseph Scollard Hall, Brooke Juselius - West Ferris Secondary, Haight Dubois - FJ McElligott Intermediate Secondary, Aiden Devolin - Chippewa Secondary, Jacob Lafond - École secondaire publique Nipissing Ouest, Angélique Levac - Franco-Cité, Michael Rolling - Northern Secondary, Ayla McNichol - Almaguin Highlands, Gabriella Bélanger - École secondaire catholique Algonquin. Not pictured: Paige Buchanan - École secondaire publique Odyssée, Niibin Nakogee - Nbisiing Secondary.   STUDENT BIOS   Media Release

2023 Award Recipients

(in no particular order) Alex Hebert, Northern Secondary School; Elijah Dunn, Chippewa Secondary School; Hannah Lyons, West Ferris Secondary School; Charlie Hall, Almaguin Highlands Secondary School;  Hannah Wunsch, F.J. McElligott Intermediate Secondary School; Ian McCallum, École secondaire publique Odyssée; Zoé Bigras, École secondaire publique Nipissing Ouest; Alexie Bélanger, École secondaire Franco-Cité; Randy Blackned, Nbisiing Secondary School; Arianne Savard, École secondaire catholique Algonquin; Sophie Bangs, École secondaire catholique Élisabeth-Bruyère; Ella Oschefski, St. Joseph Scollard Hall Catholic Secondary School. STUDENT BIOS / BayToday / North Bay Nugget

2022 Award Recipients

(left to right) President Bob Cunningham, Rotary Club of North Bay, Madison Moore, Chippewa SS, Emilie Perron, École secondaire catholique Algonquin, Fionna Truong - West Ferris SS, Grace Couchie - S.J. Scollard Hall, and Turner Scarrow - École secondaire publique Odyssée. Student Bios.
Click on the text for each year to read the student bios.