Al Peppard
  • Born in 1927 in Truro, Nova Scotia
  • Studied Physical Education at McGill University
  • Teacher/School Administrator at MRHS for 37 years; newly published author
  • Coached countless local sports teams including 37 years with the MRHS boys hockey team
  • Involved in establishing Rotary Raceway Park and Rotary Riverside Park in Middleton
  • Rotary Club of Middleton Club President in 1971
  • Received Paul Harris Fellowship designation in 1989
  • Rotary Club of Middleton member for 55 years, longest serving member in the club’s history which was established in 1955.
Brian Neville
  • Born in Kentville in 1943
  • Post Secondary Education: Business of Commerce degree
  • Been a member of the Rotary of Middleton for over 20 years
  • Club President  in 1995-96 and 2005-07
  • Retired businessman and financial advisor
  • Other accomplishments and achievements include:
    • Deputy Mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
    • Deputy Mayor of Middleton, NS
    • Club President, Lions Club of Deer Lake, NL
    • President of Kinsmen Club of Goose Bay, NL
  • Currently leads the Rotary Club's "Pull Tab Collection" initiative  which raises funds for the purchase of wheelchairs and other medical equipment and needs. 
Bryson Crowell
  • Born in Middleton, NS
  • Acadia University: BA in 1977 & Dalhousie University: B. Comm. in 1980
  • Started his career as a realtor, then became owner/broker of ReMax/Banner real estate offices in the Annapolis Valley, employing 35 
  • Obtained CRA Designation (Canadian Residential Appraiser) from Appraisal Institute of Canada with appraising over 6,000 households
  • A Rotarian with the Middleton Club since 1984; serving as President in 1989-90. He has served in many capacities, most recently as the Gold Mine 50/50 Committee Co-Chair. Has Chaired or Co-Chaired countless fundraisers, including the annual rubber duck race and golf tournament, and currently plays an active role in the club’s weekly Gold Mine 50/50
  • Played a pivotal role in establishing Riverside Rotary Park in Middleton
  • Other roles within the Middleton area include Town Councillor (9 years), Town Mayor (3 years), Vice-Chair of Soldiers Memorial Hospital Foundation, MacDonald Museum/Annapolis Valley Historical Society member, and member of the Middleton Railway Museum Society
  • Recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award in 2010
Calvin Gough
  • Born in 1994 in Kentville, NS
  • Became a member of the Rotary Club of Middleton in 2022 and is the Club Treasurer
  • MRHS Graduate, Class of 2012
  • Engineer graduate at Dalhousie University
  • Currently a realtor with Remax
Carol Ann
Chuck Shields
  • Born in 1957 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Also is a member of RMC Club
  • Plays an active role with the Middleton Rotary Gold Mine 50/50
  • Roles over the years with the Rotary Club of Middleton include Secretary, Treasurer for 2 years, President, and Past President
  • Active in Club functions in the past including running the canteen for the annual Rotary Auction
  • Received Paul Harris Fellowship Award
  • Rotary Club of Middleton member for 28 years (As of June 1995)
Daniel D'Aubin
  • Born 1988 in Middleton, NS
  • Avid sports fan. Participated in assisting junior boys basketball team at Bridgetown Regional High School and did the score clock for majority of the school's volleyball and basketball games (2003-2007)
  • Respect For Diversity at BRHS
  • Won Hill Family Award for my volunteer work at BRHS in 2007
  • Office Administration Certificate at NSCC in 2012
  • Member of Rotary Club of Middleton since September 2022
  • Currently do data entry work on casual basis
  • I am the great grandson of one of the Club's Charter Members, Don Stewart
Dave Ross
  • Born in Truro, NS 
  • Attended St. FX university in Antigonish, NS, getting a BA in 1993
  • Was sales rep for West Nova Fuels in multiple New Brunswick offices such as Miramichi and Bathurst
  • Returned to university to get teaching degree at Acadia University
  • Former employee at Valley Correctional Facility in Waterville, NS
  • Currently a teacher at Lawrencetown Education Centre
  • Rotary Club of Middleton member since 2014
  • Currently Club President
Dianne Hankinson LeGard
  • Born in 1937
  • B.A., Saint Mary's University & B.Ed (Secondary), Acadia University
  • Former Executive Manager of Annapolis Valley Affiliated Boards of Trade (15 yrs.);
  • Former owner of the Falcourt Inn in Nictaux (1994-2017)
  • Became a member of the Rotary Club of Middleton in November 1988-- the first female Rotarian in District 7820
  • President of the Rotary Club of Middleton in 1994-- the first female President of the Club (1996-97) and the first female Club President in Rotary District 7820
  • Other roles with the club include Secretary, Treasurer, & Vice President
  • Former Assistant District Governor, District 7820
  • Co-chaired the Rotary Auction and Rubber Duck Race fundraisers
  • Paul Harris Fellow (2009), True Rotarian Award (2020)
  • Rotary Friendship Exchange participant: Brazil, Louisiana, Vancouver Island & Washington State
  • Military Veteran (13 years service)
  • Former Captain in the Canadian Army and served as the Logistics Officer for the Atlantic Area.
  • First female officer to take the Combat Team Commanders Course, at CFB Gagetown, and qualified as a Major (mid 1970s)
  • Also an active member of Middleton Railway Museum Society
Dianne McDonald
  • Born in East Chester
  • Education includes education develop curriculum at St. Mary’s University in 1990, Educational Leadership at University of Northern British Columbia in 2010
  • Employment history includes Employment Counselor Educator for ESL, Special Needs, English Composition, Sociology, Social Studies
  • Paul Harris Fellow +1
  • Rotary work includes:
    • Chair of International Student Exchange
    • Valley Faces of Business Committee
    • Public Relations Committee for Fundy Rotary Clubs
    • Club Host
  • Other organizations or committees involvement:
    • Accessibility Committee for Town of Middleton
    • Middleton Choral Society
  • Other: Non-government organization delegate of United Nations & facilitated delivery of Masters of Education Fairview, AB

Ed Fry

  • Born in Windsor, Ontario in 1936
  • Worked 22 years at RBC, 22 more years with ReMax Banner Real Estate
  • Roles with the cCub include Secretary, Vice President, and Club President in 1974
  • Joined rotary club of Middleton in August 1970, currently is the second longest serving member of the Rotary Club of Middleton’s history
  • Winner of the Paul Harris Fellowship award in 1997
Gord MacKenzie:
Iris Sullivan
  • Born in Flin Flon, Manitoba
  • Former nurse
  • Prior to being a member of the Rotary Club of Middleton, she was a member of the Rotary Club in Marathon, ON and Miramichi, NB
  • Past District Governor of District 7810 (NB and Maine)
  • Former franchisee of 2 Robin’s Donuts
  • Chairs the Club's Vocational Service Committee
Jim Balcom
  • Born in Middleton, NS
  • Graduated MRHS
  • Worked in Toronto and Halifax for Halifax Insurance Company
  • Joined family business in 1973, Balcom Insurance and Real Estate. 
  • Retired fully in 2010. 
  • Club President 
  • Paul Harris Fellow 
  • Have been involved, chaired, co-chaired many projects in the club: Golf Tournament, Rubber Ducky Derby, Gala Dance, and others. 
  • Founding Chair of the Development Committee for the Rotary Raceway Park. 
  • Other volunteer activities include:
  • Past President, Nova Scotia Insurance Brokers Association. 
  • Director, Canadian Insurance Brokers Association. 
  • Chair, Middleton Downtown Development Corporation 
  • Chair, Middleton & District Rink Association 
  • Chair, Middleton Tourist Bureau
Joanna Ottow:
Dr. Katie Sloma:
  • Chiropractor at Valley Chiropractor Services in Middleton, NS
  • Became a member of the Rotary Club of Middleton in 2009
  • Post secondary education includes Doctor of Chiropractic from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College; Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University
  • Recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2011
  • Became Club President in 2011, the third woman to be Club President in the Club’s history
Kevin Goodlad:
  • Born in Saint John, NB
  • Currently retired from a career in frontline health care
  • Plays active role in the Gold Mine 50/50
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Mary Harvey
  • Born in 1967 in Middleton, NS
  • Post secondary education includes Licensed Practical Nursing at NSCC (2010), BSc in Psychology in 2017 at Acadia University, and is nearing completion of her MBA in HR Leadership at the University of Fredericton
  • Works for the Nova Scotia Health Authority from 2010-2019 and now has returned in 2022 to work with them
  • While becoming a member of the Club only last year, she is quite active in the Club as the Secretary of the Community Services Association, Secretary of the Community Services  and as the backup Administrator in the Gold Mine 50/50.
Michael Fairn
  • Born in Middleton, 1954
  • B.Sc. (Psych.) from Acadia University, MBA Courses at Dalhousie University
  • Semi-retired after a career in various aspects of the health care industry, including retail pharmacy management, pharmaceutical sales, market research, home health care sales and marketing.
  • Presently the Administrative Assistant at Soldiers Memorial Hospital Foundation.
  • Rotary service includes: Secretary 2016-17 and 2019-2023; Club President 2017-18 and 2023-present  
  • Club achieved the District's "Outstanding Club of the Year" Award in 2017-18.
  • True Rotarian Award: 2018-19; Paul Harris Fellow: 13 Dec 2016; Avenues of Service Award: 2022 
Michael Lawrie
Born in 1968 in Lancashire, United Kingdom
Post secondary education includes
  1. BSc Computational Science
  2. MSc Social Psychology
  3. ½ PhD Social Psychology
  4. CPE Law
  5. C-Eng
Employment history includes
  1. Epidemiologist - Leukemia Research (UK)
  2. Head of Commercial Security - British Telcom
  3. CEO -
  4. Managing partner -
  5. Head of Safety & Advocacy -
  6. British Rail Freight - Channel Tunnel Data & Network Manager
Member of Rotary Club of Middleton since 2021
Chair of Club Service Committee
Member of District's Diversity/Equality/Inclusion Committee
Introduced remote meeting capabilities (Zoom meetings) to the Club and is our 'tech lead'
Treasurer of North Mountain Gun Club in Annapolis & Kings County
Sharon Hutton:
Born in London, England in 1946
Certificate - Women in Management Program, Simon Fraser University
Certificate - Visual Design specializing in Art Theory and Practice, University of
Employment: Retired from a career in Administrative Management
Roles with Rotary Club:
Vice President (2020-21)
President (2021-2022)
Past President (current)
Chair, Community Services Association (Rotary Club of Middleton)
Chair, International Service Committee
Club Representative on the Multi-Club International Projects Committee
Active member of the Gold Mine 50/50 Committee
Club Coordinator for the Tulip Bulb Campaign – End Polio Now
Co-Lead for the Club Mask Project
Achievements with Rotary Club: True Rotarian Award 2021
Other Notes and Accomplishments:
One of 4 members of the Group 'Artists with Artitude' recognized by the Nova
Scotia House of Assembly, Resolution #368 (Hansard) for their contribution to
the needs of the community.
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Sylvester Atkinson
  • Born in 1941 Stoney Island on Cape Sable Island, NS
  • Multi term Mayor of the Town of Middleton, NS
  • Roles with the Rotary Club of Middleton include Director and President
  • Graduate of Acadia University in 1972
  • Recognized as Paul Harris Fellow +3
  • Has played an active role with the Rotary Club of Middleton in fundraising and committee involvement
Walt Crocker
  • Born in 1942 in Freeport, NS
  • B.Sc. with Diploma in Engineering from Dalhousie University
  • Former Major and pilot in Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Worked for Imperial Oil
  • Roles with Rotary Club of Middleton include:
    • Gold Mine 50/50
    • Medical Needs Request Committee
    • Member of Community Service Committee
  • RegognizePaul Harris Fellowship winner
  • Rotary Club of Middleton member since February 2017