·  by Doug Macpherson, National Co-ordinator

Brian Corcoran Wins 2018 Lynn Williams Award

Labrador City, N.L. – It was a pleasure to attend the annual SOAR Chapter 6-SA1 Christmas dinner and dance on Dec. 14 2018. I was there to present the Lynn Williams Award for Service to Chapter President Brian Corcoran. People could not have been friendlier and more accommodating to me and the fact that all former presidents of the chapter were in attendance made the event especially memorable.

The Canadian Lynn Williams Award is open annually to all chapters in Canada to nominate a person whom they believe has demonstrated exemplary service to the membership and community in keeping with SOAR’s constitutional mandate.

The Canadian SOAR executive considers all written submissions and votes by secret ballot to select a winner. Each year the selection become more difficult as the number of quality nominees increases annually.

Brian Corcoran is well-known in his community for his selfless service to others. For many years he has served as President of his Canadian Legion Branch as well as President of SOAR Chapter 6-SA1, where he keeps members well-informed of political and social issues and activism.

Brian’s contributions to his community are too numerous to list, but here are a few examples. He is the go-to person for any senior who has problems with their social security pension or benefits, helping them navigate the complexities of government bureaucracies. He negotiates reduced air fares for seniors and others facing medical emergencies, given that residents of remote Wabush and Labrador City often must fly out of the community for treatment. There is not a community event or a fundraising effort that takes place without Brian’s active participation.

Brian is in every respect the epitome of what Lynn Williams envisaged a SOAR chapter leader to be. He is a worthy recipient of this prestigious award.

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