The Rajbir (Roger) Mann International Service Award
This award recognizes a member of the Town of LaSalle who demonstrates energetic and enthusiastic volunteer service internationally. It is usually presented at our annual Crystal Drop Gala.
Roger Mann was a charter member of the Rotary Club of LaSalle Centennial and was instrumental in creating the Crystal Drops of Life fundraising initiative. Roger has been involved with over twenty-three water and sanitation projects in India, Africa, and Mexico. Witnessing the illness and death of children unnecessarily due to contaminated water affected him profoundly. Roger has visited India and Mexico many times at his own expense to co-ordinate and follow-up with all of these projects. It is said that water is life, and Roger has witnessed the amazing benefits that clean water can bring to a community. When the children are no longer ill from water borne diseases, they are able to attend school and further their education. For girls, it often means that they no longer have to walk hours on end to fetch water for their family, which in turn enables them to attend school, and hence enhance their economic possibilities.
In 2016, Roger moved to the Cambridge area to be closer to his family. To honour his many years of service, the Rotary Club of LaSalle Centennial created this award. It is open to any member of the Town of LaSalle who has served internationally in a volunteer capacity.
2020 Honouree, Aruna Kousik
2019 Honouree, Janet Kelly
The Rajbir Mann International Service Award Recipients
2020 - Aruna Koushik
2019 - Janet Kelly
2018 - Ronald Arkell
2017 - Dr. Godrey Bacheyie
2016 - Rajbir (Roger) Mann