Recently anonymously nominated for the Community Spirit Award the letter written about him to the Boyle council states, in part, “Robert is always the first to volunteer for all of our fundraising activities. He is first in line to prepare and serve pancakes at the various functions, help with the perogy suppers, setting up for birthday lunches, and any other function requiring support.”
Bourassa was the driving force behind the development and construction of the new Boyle Senior’s Drop-in Centre which is attached to the Village office and public library.
Boyle mayor Colin Derko presented the award to Bourassa after a glowing speech.
“Our community is forever grateful for what you do,” Derko said. “Volunteers like are what makes a community.”
Boursassa along with his wife Helen, humbly accepted the award with thanks to his nominator.
“I’d like to thank whoever sent the letter and the village of Boyle for giving me the Spirit Award,” he said. “I feel honoured; it’s very special.”
While Helen feels the honour is well deserved, Bourassa is willing to share the recognition.
“I think a lot of the people who volunteer deserve something like this,” he commented. “I think this will be on behalf of them (Senior’s Centre volunteers) and we will share it.”