Michael Ayre receives Moe Rosenhek Award

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Photo: Kathleen Poulin

Gail Quinn (left) and Jo Rosenhek (right) with Michael Ayre, Moe Rosenheck Award recipient, at a dinner held at the Garrison Club.

Michael Ayre was honoured last week when he was presented with the Citadel Foundation's Moe Rosenhek Award by his daughter-in-law, Joanne Rosenhek. The award, commemorating the late Mr. Rosenhek's contributions to the English-speaking community of Quebec, is given annually by the Citadel Foundation in recognition of outstanding volunteer service to the community. The recipient of the award is presented with a gift and the Citadel Foundation, through the Moe Rosenhek Fund, commits to making a contribution to the charity of the recipient's choice. Ayre designated the Fraser Recovery Program to receive the monetary contribution.

Gail Quinn, a member of the board of directors of the Citadel Foundation, read a list of Ayre's many volunteer services to the community since arriving in Canada from England in 1967. In the early 1970s, Ayre was involved with General Wolfe cub group; in the 1980s he was a Governor of Morrin College, and also became a member of the Jeffery Hale Foundation. He was President from 2000 to 2006 and remains a member of the board to this day. He is also a Governor of the Jeffery Hale Hospital.

Mike has been affiliated with Chalmers-Wesley United Church for some 40 years. Notably, he has been involved with the church's fundraising projects for work on the Warren-Casavant pipe organ, and was most recently a member of the major campaign which successfully raised over $1,100,000 for the restoration and repair of the tower and spire.

Mike was a driving force behind several authors and their books on local history. He initiated and managed the project that led Eileen Marcel to write Tall Ships and Tankers, the History of the Davie Shipbuilders, published in 1997. This was followed by working closely with members of Chalmers-Wesley to have a book written by George W. Crawford, tracing its origins back to 1759. Remember All the Way: the History of Chalmers-Wesley United Church, Quebec City was published in 2006.

Mike then turned his own hand to research and authorship by producing Jeffery Hale Foundation: The History and the Dedicated People Behind an Organization that Cares, published in 2007.

Mike has been involved in the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign for many years helping to pack and deliver boxes of groceries to recipients.