Lily Fielding Honoured With a Paul Harris Fellow
Lily Fielding Paul Harris Fellow

Patricia Mills, President of NEO Kids Foundation (left), Mrs. Lily Fielding and Louise Bergeron, President of the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers.

The motto of the Rotary Club is “service above self”. Today, the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers honoured a pillar in our community who embodies that motto, Mrs. Lily Fielding, with a Paul Harris Fellow. Upon receiving the Paul Harris Fellow, Mrs. Fielding has made a donation of $35,000 to NEO Kids Foundation as well as a $5,000 contribution to be used towards Rotary International projects.

In 2016, Lily Fielding celebrated her 100th birthday. To mark this milestone, she continued to honour her family’s legacy of philanthropic giving with donations to Laurentian University, Greater Sudbury Police Services, Greater Sudbury Fire and Emergency Services; as well as the donation of land and financial support for the community loved Kivi Park.

“This year, the Rotary Foundation is also marking its 100th year of improving communities and changing lives around the world,” said Louise Bergeron, Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers president. “The Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, could think of no better way to celebrate this milestone than by sharing it with Mrs. Fielding. The Paul Harris Fellow is a way for us to show our gratitude and appreciation to Mrs. Fielding for all she has done for our community.”

“The Rotary embodies the same core values as our family,” said Lily Fielding. “Through the improvement of health and the support of education, we are strengthening our communities. We all are working together to enhance the place we live, work and raise our families.”

The Paul Harris Fellowship is the highest honour that Rotary can grant to an individual. The award is named after Rotary’s founder and is given to individuals whose outstanding contributions best exemplify Rotary’s motto – Service Above Self.

“I feel incredibly fortunate to be in a position where I can contribute to such important initiatives in the community. But it takes more than one person to make a difference. There are many more people who deserve the same recognition.“ added Mrs. Fielding.

“Mrs. Fielding has made yet another generous contribution that will benefit our community now and in years to come,” said Patricia Mills, NEO Kids Foundation president. “The donations you have made to our community not only help our children while in hospital, but they also provide our families with opportunities to live healthy, active lives. Thank you for this incredible donation to NEO Kids Foundation to build a better and brighter future for our children by providing them the care they need closer to home.”

“NEO Kids delivers tremendously important and essential health care to our young citizens in Greater Sudbury and Northern Ontario. To have these services close to home, not only serves our greater community, but ensures our children have the support and health care they need to become the leaders of tomorrow,” added Mrs. Fielding.

Similar to the Rotary Foundation, Lily Fielding has been extremely generous and has given so much to so many, in the name of health, education and quality of life. Mrs. Fielding continues to present hope and opportunity in not only in Greater Sudbury, but other communities as well.

About the Paul Harris Fellow:

Each year, the Rotary Club of Sudbury presents a Paul Harris Fellowship to an individual to recognize their outstanding contributions to Greater Sudbury. These presentations are usually marked with an event, the proceeds of which go to Rotary Foundation and a charity of the recipient’s choosing. The Paul Harris Fellowship is the highest honour that Rotary can grant to an individual. The award is named after Rotary’s founder and is given to individuals whose outstanding contributions best exemplify Rotary’s motto – Service Above Self.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers visit their website and Facebook Page.

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