Alumni of the Week: Bob MacDonald
When Robert (Bob) J. MacDonald '55 wants something done, he
goes out and does it!Bob
received Volunteer of the Year for his
commitment to community spirit in the Municipality of the District of St. Mary's in Nova Scotia.Bob MacDonald
'55 receiving award from John Hamm.
...Hailing from Morrison High School in Glace Bay, Bob graduated from Mount Allison with his Bachelor of Arts in 1955.He then went on to get his Bachelor of Education in Sackville in 1956.
"My interests while at Mount A were music and sports, both of which I enjoy to this day!"explains Bob
...After a long career in education, Bob retired as the Supervisor of Elementary Schools in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
"In '94, my wife and I moved to the small village of Sherbrooke on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia.We live in a family home here that celebrated its 100th anniversary this summer."
Mount A has also benefitted from Bob's volunteer enthusiasm.In the '80's and '90's, Bob was a member and president of the Alumni Board and Board of Regents.
"In 1997, my wife and I were honoured by being presented jointly with the Charles Frederick Allison Award."
is receiving honours of another kind.He
was given the Volunteer of the Year award for his
fund raising efforts to complete the St. Mary's RecPlex in Sherbrooke
.How did he
get involved anyway?
"One of the missing elements in the Sherbrooke area was an ice rink," Bob explains."In '97 a rink was partially constructed but money was scarce and the project had ground to a halt."After almost three years, a public meeting was called to resurrect the project.Bob
jumped at the chance to help - and the challenge of raising $200,000!However, he
had an idea about how to make the mark.
...The St. Mary's District Rink Association
with ringing in a total of over $400,000.The Association also nominated him for his
dedication and tireless efforts in fund raising."It was a pleasure to be recognized by my community and the province for my efforts in this task," admits Bob
.The volunteer awards were presented by Premier Hamm at a ceremony in Halifax earlier this year.
What is Bob
doing now that he
has some spare time?What spare time?He's