2005 Mayor’s Award recipients

Doug Gamsby

Doug Gamsby has been involved with the Guelph Rotary Club for almost 38 years. Through the Rotary, Doug and his wife Barbara spent many years hosting visitors to Guelph from various countries including Russia and Israel. Doug has been an active member in the Club, either working or chairing various committees that support many different charities in Guelph. He is currently chairing the Rotary Dream Home, and has served or chaired nearly all of the Rotary Committees, including an appointment as President in the 1970’s.

Doug is an active supporter of many local causes including Hospice, Sunrise Equestrian, Guelph Hospitals, Equine Research Centre at the University of Guelph, the Storm Hockey Club and River Run Centre, where he was one of 50 Founding Members and Chairman of the original Fundraising Committee. Doug then took his expertise to the Partners for Better Health Campaign, where he worked on the fundraising committee that raised over $11 million for Guelph’s Hospitals.

In his spare time Doug has coached Minor boys’ baseball and with his wife has coached girls’ t-ball. He is a tremendous volunteer in our community.

Wilma Rose

Wilma is an active volunteer at the Evergreen Seniors Centre. She is the coordinator for Evergreen’s Outreach program which brings frail, homebound seniors into the centre twice a month for a hot meal, group activity and fellowship. Wilma coordinates volunteer drivers for the program, intakes new participants, plans speakers and activities and coordinates meals with the dining room. Wilma also sits on the advisory group for the Feeling Better Program, which is an in-home exercise program for seniors in our community.

In addition, Wilma and her husband Bill prepare and serve dinner to street-involved and at-risk youth at Change Now at Norfolk United Church. She is also an active fundraiser for the Shriners Club.

Wilma can be found at the Evergreen centre most days during the week and is making a difference in the lives of vulnerable seniors and youth in our community.

Alastair Summerlee

As the University of Guelph’s leader and a long-time Guelph resident, Dr. Summerlee directs his own considerable efforts and energies towards a variety of area philanthropic, educational, cultural, and community endeavours.

He is an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Guelph and is past chair of the board of St. John’s-Kilmarnock School. He has belonged to the finance committee of the Guelph Spring Festival and is on the board of trustees of the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. Dr. Summerlee also chaired the Loretto Convent Task Force, deepening the understanding of issues and bringing together divergent opinions.

Dr. Summerlee has a strong commitment and support for community activity and volunteerism, as was most recently evident through his guidance in the United Way campaign, where the University’s students, staff and faculty campaign increased its fundraising as well as participation levels. He is an inspiration to university students and to the community as a whole.

Carol Ann Douglas

As a passionate advocate for the arts, Carol Ann has been a long-time supporter of the Guelph Spring Festival, including serving for six years as part of the Festival’s fundraising staff. Other arts organizations that have benefited from Carol Ann’s immeasurable spirit include the Guelph Arts Council, and Guelph Youth Music Centre, where she was the recent Capital Campaign Cabinet and is a current Board Member.

While a staff member for the local Red Cross, Carol Ann also volunteered at events and continues to be involved with the organization. She was on the original steering committee of GuelphFest, has volunteered with the Homewood and has been an active member of the Council of Canadians for 15 years. In 2000, Carol Ann was hired to coordinate the Volunteer Centre of Guelph /Wellington, single-handedly organizing the necessary committees and community liaison to establish the Centre. Carol Ann continues to volunteer for the Centre and recently stepped in for a six month term as Acting Executive Director.

Without Carol Ann’s willingness to help, many community groups would not be where they are today.