Robert Inglis was presented with a Senate 150 medal in recognition of his decades of work as a community volunteer at a ceremony in Lochaber on January 20. He is seen here (left) accepting his award from Senator Michael MacDonald while his wife Heather looks on.

LOCHABER: People of all ages filled the Lochaber Community Centre on January 20 to say thank you to a long-serving community volunteer.

Robert Inglis of North Lochaber was surrounded by family and friends as he was presented with a Senate 150 medal by Senator Michael MacDonald.

“It’s very humbling and I’m really honoured to accept the Senate’s medal. Really I feel that there are so many people out there that have contributed. In a way, I would like to accept it on behalf of the people that have developed the community and made Canada one of the best countries to live in,” said Inglis.

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Inglis has lived and volunteered in several communities in Nova Scotia throughout his life. In Sydney, he volunteered his time with the United Way of Cape Breton County, Resi-Care Cape Breton Association for developmentally challenged adults, the YMCA, Boy Scouts of Canada, and the First United Church. He also served as a Colonel of Citadel Hill in Halifax and has been active in the North Lochaber community since his retirement.

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Robert Inglis was surrounded by friends and family as he was presented with a Senate 150 medal on January 20. He is seen here with son Bryan Inglis (left), son Robert Inglis, wife Heather, daughter Stephanie Inglis, and Senator Michael MacDonald.

Although he has been involved in a wide variety of fundraising and community efforts over the years, Inglis says his work with Resi-Care Cape Breton is one of his proudest achievements.

“Resi-Care sets up homes for youth when the parents are unable to look after them and the youth are unable to look after themselves,” said Inglis. “We ended up with three homes and it’s still going strong. That is really a memorable project that worked.”

Inglis was also instrumental in building the Lochaber Centre, the facility in which last weekend’s ceremony was held. Senator MacDonald, who nominated Inglis for the award, praised him for the effort he put into the project.

“Bob put a lot of time into this and spearheaded a lot of fundraising. He was such an organizer when it came to getting this in front of the right people, and didn’t stop,” said MacDonald. “There’s no doubt in my mind that if he hadn’t have been involved this place wouldn’t be up.”

MacDonald added that the attendance at the ceremony was an indicator of how much Inglis has done for his community.

“If you want an illustration of whether he’s the right person, just look at the crowd here,” said MacDonald. “He’s done a really good job all these years.”

The Senate of Canada 150 medal commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first sitting of the Canadian Senate. It recognizes the contributions Canadians have made to their communities through dedication and volunteerism.