After years reporting the news for Rock 95, Kool FM and Barrie 360, Ian MacLennan is a name many recognize. But Ian isn’t just a news reporter who lets us know what’s happening in the community. He’s also out there helping make it better.
The community recognizes this. That’s why Ian has been awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Rotary Club of Barrie. The award came with a $500 donation to the charity of Ian’s choice – Youth Haven.
For the last 6 years, Ian MacLennan has volunteered with Youth Haven. The Youth Haven started in 1987 and helps empower vulnerable youth to reach their full potential and become successful adults. They’re Simcoe County’s only emergency shelter for youth experiencing homelessness and offer support, guidance and programs for at-risk youth aged 16 to 24.
During his time with Youth Haven, Ian has been a member of the Board of Directors, the Communications and Marketing Chair, and has worked in Public Relations. He attends events, helps advance the Youth Haven’s mission, shares stories, encourages others to volunteer and donate, and works directly with youth in our community.
When nominating Ian for this honor, Executive Director Lucy Gowers shared:
“Community minded individuals like Ian MacLennan exemplify the quality of life in our area. We are truly excited to have his involvement, passion and commitment in supporting Youth Haven.
“It is with his support and confidence that helps us to continue to grow and build on our past successes. He is one of the most caring, compassionate and benevolent individuals that I have had the pleasure to work with.”
When asked about his award, Ian said, “I am grateful to have received the award from the Rotary Club of Barrie, and the nomination from Youth Haven. I like to tell people Youth Haven is a small organization doing big things to help at-risk youth and youth who are experiencing homelessness in our community.”
Ian continues, “The kids in emergency care and in the transitional program inspire me to want to do better for them and for the organization because of their resiliency and their drive to overcome adversity.”
We would like to congratulate Ian for his award and thank him for all that he does to support the community we live and work in.
Thank you Ian for doing so much to support youth in our community and be the difference.