Bernie moved to Waterloo Region from Pembroke at an early age and began his love affair with the area. Raised in a large family, he was taught to help out if you can, without judging or asking questions. Helping others has enriched Bernie’s life in countless ways. His vast volunteer experience encompasses almost every aspect of community life. He lives the values of compassion and caring and demonstrates an incredible level of energy and drive.
Bernie’s volunteer history and experience is extensive. He has been involved with the Kitchener Blues Festival for many years, taking on a leadership role in merchandising at the Main Stage area. His love of music extends to his work as a Board member of the Grand River Blues Society and a volunteer with the Waterloo Jazz Festival. Helping out others in need has also been a passion and is demonstrated by his involvement with the Community Cupboard at a local church, Tim Horton’s Camp day, St. John’s Soup Kitchen, the Suicide Prevention Council and the Food Bank drive at the Oktoberfest parade. Further examples of his commitment to the community includes work with the Terry Fox Run, Ride for Dad, outdoor rink making, Cub Leader, Neighbourhood Watch, 150th City of Waterloo celebration, organizing charitable fundraisers and driving seniors to appointments.
Many organizations and individuals have benefitted from Bernie’s commitment to giving back to his community and to individuals in need. His generosity of spirit, kindness, work ethic and values are an example to all