Dr. Bonnie Henry is “very grateful” for recognition received from the Royal City Rotary Club.

On June 17, Royal City Rotary inducted B.C.’s provincial health officer as an honorary Rotarian and presented her with a Paul Harris Fellow award on behalf of the club. Lizz Kelly, president-elect of the Royal City Rotary Club, presented Henry with the honour, while members of Royal City Rotary and the Rotary Club of New Westminster attended the online presentation.


“Your measures have saved countless lives in our province and been recognized internationally as a model for effective pandemic control,” Kelly said. “When you first spoke the words, ‘Now is the time to be kind, be calm and be safe,’ you showed your compassion for what the people of B.C. face with COVID-19. You inspired us with your gentleness. Your calm voice of reason reassures us that we were going to get through this together. And you instilled a confidence in our citizens that we could place our trust in your strategies.”


Kelly said the Royal City Rotary Club selected Henry to receive this recognition because her work exemplifies the humanitarian objectives of The Rotary Foundation. Named after Rotary’s founder, the Paul Harris Fellow acknowledges the contributions of Rotary members and supporters of The Rotary Foundation who have brought positive change to communities in need.