It’s tough to surprise someone when she already knows she is being honoured. Denise Pelley was the main attraction at the fourth annual Rotary Club of London Hyde Park’s president’s tribute dinner. There was no secret that everyone was gathered to recognize her contribution to the community
The surprise came at the end of the tribute when Denise’s Mother, Rossie VanGuyze, Barbara Robins, Rotary Hyde Park foundation chairperson, Dennis Dinsmore, the Rotary district governor from Michigan, and club president Richard Bain, a professional photographer, presented Pelley with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, Rotary’s highest honour.
As club president, Bain didn’t hesitate for a second to recommend Pelley as the president’s dinner honouree. A number of Rotarians, family and friends were at West Haven Golf and Country Club for the festivities, including Richard’s wife, Joan Bain of RBC Financial Group.
Karl Lindsay of RBC Financial Group and Alice Smibert of the UPS Store co-chaired the event.
Also on the guest list were: Hector Morrison, director of finance for the John Labatt Centre and his wife, teacher Wilma Morrison; Steve Teske of Van Horik’s Greenhouses and his wife, Joanne Teske, director of employee relations for Canada Post; Rick Weir of Scotiabank; Kathleen Beaufait, owner of Flowers by Martha, and chartered accountant Peter Rozuluk and Sharon Rozuluk, a music teacher and Louise Fagan, Louise Fagan Productions, who worked with Pelley as the director of Jazzabel.