Scotty beams at surprise honour
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | January 5, 2017
He was told to show up, shut up and be on time.
Ian “Scotty” Morrison did just that on Dec. 28 when about 120 people surprised him with a Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers at the Pinestone.
In addition to the Stanley Cup, VIP’s included Hockey Hall of Fame president and CEO Jeff Denomme, former OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino and senior vice president of hockey operations with the NHL, Jim Gregory.
“Wow,” Morrision said after Dysart et al Reeve Murray Fearrey pinned the medal on his chest.
“I had no idea what it was,” he told the crowd that had gathered at the surprise event after Ruth Mitchell had nominated him for the honour.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This has just been a very special day that I will obviously never forget. I will wear the small badge with honour. And I will try to continue to do as much as I can for this wonderful community.”
A number of speakers paid tribute to the 86-year-old former NHL referee and vice president and Hockey Hall of Fame official, but the focus was on his volunteer work, more than his NHL accomplishments.
Morrison recalled getting a phone call one day from Roxanne Casey and Brigitte Gebauer at Community Care, asking him to put his name behind a fundraising hockey tournament.
In his tribute, Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation chairman Don Popple talked about Morrison’s work on the Scotty Morrison Charity Hockey Tournament that raised more than $700,000 for health care locally.
“Scotty was a throwaway … we got the NHL, we got the Stanley Cup … we got the hall of fame … and we got this group of hockey personnel that classed up our tournament completely.”
Popple went on to say, “Scotty has a great deal of passion towards any job he decides to do and that is why we are celebrating today.”
Fantino, who brought an OPP team to the tournament, lauded Morrison’s “humanity … be it the golf tournament, be it the hockey tournament, it was all about giving, it was all about doing things for other people.”
Fearrey spoke of Morrison’s commitment to community no matter where he’s been.
“When he came to Haliburton, he was instantly accepted and fit it and he got involved. It was his personality. He is just a very good, solid person, with a love of family.”
In an interview, Gebauer talked about Morrison’s history of volunteering with Community Care and said he put his heart into the community and was much loved. She said Community Care was thrilled, and he is deserving of the award.
The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.
As an official Canadian honour, the Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. The medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.