Mazol Shriners to receive Prestigious Award This Coming Fall

Mazol Shriners of Newfoundland and Labrador has been notified that they will be the inducted into The Volunteer Hall of Fame by The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. The following articles explains in more detail the award and the inductees for 2017.

Thank you to the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for this great honor. All Nobles of Mazol Shriners of Newfoundland and Labrador are to be congratulated for the part they play in helping our Shrine Kids.

Please read press release from Duke of Edinburgh below.


ST JOHN’S, NL – The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Newfoundland and Labrador would like to formally announce and congratulate this year’s Volunteer Hall of Fame Award inductees:

  • Mrs. Elaine Dobbin: While she is probably best known for her work to create NL’s Opportunity Centre for Autism, a building that rightfully carries her name, Elaine’s personal initiatives are many. She is a champion of leadership and advocacy, and a woman whose heart and devotion truly knows no bounds.
  • Mazol Shriners of Newfoundland and Labrador: The Shriners have created a dynamic fusion of research, outreach, and innovation for children in need of specialized medical care. No matter how long or tumultuous the path of rehabilitation may be, Shriners ensures that each child they serve is empowered, physically, emotionally, and financially, to achieve their maximum potential.
  • Mr. Gary Corbett: Director, Chair, and Advisor are just a sample of the roles that Gary has embraced time and time again on his journey of a lifelong dedication to enhance sport, education, culture, and community at home and abroad. Basing his efforts within the simple concept of making life better for all, Gary is a creator of change who is as dynamic as he is experienced.
  • Mrs. Diane Daly: An organizational magician and trusted community confidant for over 40 years, Diane has an energy and tenacity that is rare. She is responsible for millions of dollars in fundraising benefitting the Swilers Rugby Complex and NI Sports Centre as well as numerous other causes and campaigns.
  • The St. Philip’s Women’s Institute: Teddy bears, aprons, and daffodils, oh my! With over 25 annual initiatives to their credit, and an unwavering sense of dedication, the St. Phillip’s Women’s Institute has been an unstoppable force for building community spirit from home to Haiti since 1991.
  • The municipalities of Gander, Appleton, Glenwood, Lewisporte, Norris Arm, and Gambo: On 9/11, the world experienced an unfathomable tragedy, but for the passengers of flights grounded in Gander as a result of the ongoing turmoil, they experienced humanity at its finest hour. Six communities wrapped their arms around those who were simultaneously stranded and shocked and showed them unconditional love and service in every imaginable facet. Their compassion and generosity are an inspiration to all.

Volunteers are vital to the strength and development of our communities and the quality of life we experience within them. The Volunteer Hall of Fame is proud to celebrate the outstanding commitments of long-time contributors annually. ‘Each year the Selection Committee is privileged to get a glimpse into the depth and breadth of the volunteer efforts that are the lifeblood of our communities.’ says Susan Green, Chair of the Volunteer Hall of Fame Selection Committee. “It is a really awe-inspiring opportunity to learn of the extensive contribution made by volunteers in every aspect of community life throughout our province.

The 2017 Volunteer Hall of Fame Award Gala will be held on November 16th at Glendenning Golf. A more in depth look at this year’s inductees will be released this autumn, and there will also be special events celebrating volunteerism leading up to the gala.