Rotary Halifax Harbour names five remarkable community leaders as Paul Harris Fellows.
Rotary Halifax Harbour names five remarkable community leaders as Paul Harris Fellows. This is the highest honour a Rotary club can bestow upon non-Rotarians. Many other notable figures have been named Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk.
Congratulations to our new Paul Harris Fellows!
As pictured from left to right, Dr. Margaret Casey, Mary Ann Crowley, Saeed El-Darahali, Adrienne Malloy, Sharon Davis-Murdoch.
Dr. Margaret Casey - As a third-generation physician, medicine is obviously a family business for Margaret. Her founding role in the growth and development of Halifax’s North End clinic made her a trailblazer in the delivery of accessible and patient-centered care. To say nothing of her work at the Dalhousie Medical School and countless other volunteer roles.
Mary Ann Crowley - While Mary Ann is a well-known and successful Halifax realtor, her volunteer passion is the role she’s played for 36 years as Special Olympics Figure Skating Coach. Mary Ann was the first Canadian coach to take figure skating to the World Games, with many of her athletes reaching the podium virtually every time since. From the beginning, Mary Ann’s goal has been to get local athletes with intellectual disabilities readied for international competition. She continues to serve on the Board of Special Olympics, championing the cause provincially and on a national level.
Sharon Davis-Murdoch - Sharon is a leading advocate for diversity and inclusion for the African Nova Scotia community. As a founding member and co-president of the Health Association of African Canadians (HAAC),  Sharon has shone a light on the systemic injustices in the health system that have harmed the black community. And as a senior civil servant, Sharon led award-winning work that created the first guidelines for the delivery of culturally competent health care in Canada.
Saeed El-Darahali - Saeed immigrated to Nova Scotia as a young teenager. Today, as President of SimplyCast, a firm he founded, Saeed is a strong and vocal advocate for ending youth unemployment, improving access to education and increasing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. At the outset of the pandemic, he offered  Simply Cast’s engagement platform technology free of charge to Halifax Chamber members who needed help pivoting to the virtual world. He is involved in various organizations such as Junior Achievement Nova Scotia, Canadian Youth Business Foundation and Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network.
Adrienne Malloy - Partway through a 30-year career spent helping charities across Atlantic Canada raise much-needed funds, Adrienne joined Rotary. Over the last 16 years she took on numerous roles leading our events as a Board member, mentor to new members and most recently helped the Club navigate the first year of the pandemic as our president.
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