The Hal Rogers Fellow Award

The Hal Rogers Fellow is the highest award conferred by the Kin Canada Foundation. The prestigious Hal Rogers Fellow (HRF) program recognizes individual Kin, Associate Members, alumni and non-Kin who have made a significant contribution to the community or the country. Each new Hal Rogers Fellow receives a commemorative certificate, pin and medallion.

Proceeds from this program, named after Kin Canada’s Founder Hal Rogers, will assist in the creation of a permanent endowment fund that will continue to support the work of Kin Canada and its Foundation.

Some notable recipients of this prestigious award include entertainer Celine Dion, past Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, football legend Michael “Pinball” Clemons, Rick “Man in Motion” Hansen, and retired General Rick Hillier. Recipients aren’t chosen for who they are or what they do for a living, they are nominated and chosen for what they give back to Canada and its citizens.

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2017 Hal Rogers Fellow award recipients

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Liz Lindsay, Past Member of the Kinette Club of

2016 Hal Rogers Fellow award recipients

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Dr. Arthur McDonald, 2015 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics

Colin Traquair, Life Member of the Kinsmen Club of Edmonton

Darby Allen, Regional Fire Chief & Director of Emergency Management for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Denny Pyatt, Life Member of the Kinsmen Club of Grimsby

Trent Young, Past Member of the Kinsmen Club of Orleans & District

2015 Hal Rogers Fellow award recipients

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Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, member of the Canadian Armed Forces’s personnel support staff in the IT Department at 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Saint-Hubert, Quebec (posthumously)

Corporal Nathan Cirillo, member of the Canadian Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (posthumously)

2014 Hal Rogers Fellow award recipients

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Rt. Hon. Ray Hnatyshyn, Former member of the Kinsmen club of Saskatoon and former Governor General of Canada (posthumously)

Simon Cox, Board Member with the Kinsmen Foundation of British Columbia

J.M. Mickey Boyle, Life Member of Kinsmen Club of Stampede City. Awarded posthumously to his family by the Stampede City Kinsmen and the Kinsmen Club of Calgary.

2013 Hal Rogers Fellow award recipients

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Orme Asher, Longtime Kinsmen member of District 3 and original founder of the Kinsmen Home Lottery.

George Reed, Former all-star CFL running back, founder of a foundation to support mentally and physically challenged people, past chair of Saskatchewan Special Olympics Committee, and recipient of the Order of Canada.

Colin Edwards, Longtime District 2 respected Kinsmen, mentor and leader.

Ray Kneeland, Fundraiser for many causes, including TeleMiracle since 1993.

Sylvia Gravel, Board Member for the House of Kin in Sudbury, Ontario, and noted philanthropist.

Doug and Donna Summerhayes, Founding members of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and recipients of the Order of Canada.

Sean Libin, Member of the Stampede City Kinsmen and played an instrumental role as National Operations Manager for the 2011 Portraits of Honour national tour.

2012 Hal Rogers Fellow award recipients

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Leona Thorogood, Past National President of Kin Canada, Kin Canada Foundation Vice President and Life Member of the Kinette Club of Stettler; 8-year town councillor and 2012 Stettler Female Citizen of the Year

Dennis Stutt, Life Member of the Kin Club of Windsor

Greg Ottenbreit, Past member of the Kinsmen Club of Yorkton

Michael “Pinball” Clemons, Former all-star running back, Grey Cup winning coach, president, CEO and now the vice-chair of the Toronto Argonauts; co-founder of the Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation

Bruce Lloyd, Life member, past national president of Kin Canada, cystic fibrosis fund and awareness raiser and Portraits of Honour national project manager

Don Russell

2011 Hal Rogers Fellow award recipients

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Rick “Man in Motion” Hansen, Order of Canada, spinal cord injury and accessibility activist, Paralympian

Terry Kelly, Order of Canada, athlete, award-winning singer and songwriter, inspirational speaker

Patrick McIntyre, Member of the Kinsmen Club of Terrace

Major-General (Ret’d) Lewis MacKenzie, Order of Canada, served with NATO and the UN, author, commentator

Chris Sheridan, Founder of the House of Kin and Life Member of the Sudbury Kinsmen Club

Captain Ray Wiss M.D., Internationally-recognized physician, author

General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier, Order of Canada, former Chief of Defence, Chancellor of Memorial University, NF

Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean, Order of Canada, former Governor General of Canada and UNESCO special envoy to Haiti

Wayne “The Great One” Gretzky, Order of Canada, Canadian hockey legend

Céline Dion, Order of Canada, international singing sensation, cystic fibrosis champion and the National Celebrity Patron of Cystic Fibrosis Canada

John C. Rutherford, Past National Secretary, 1958-59. Awarded posthumously to his wife by the Kingston K-40 Club.

Dave Sopha, Artist of the Portraits of Honour, Life Member of the Preston Kinsmen Club

Peter Milliken, Kingston and the Islands MP and Speaker of the House of Commons

Urban Donlevy, Co-founder of Kinsmen Telemiracle; Life Member of the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon

Peter Kilburn, Co-founder of Telemiracle and the Kinsmen Foundation in Saskatchewan; Life Member of the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon

Bob McGrath, Honourary Member of the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon and key supporter of Telemiracle

Larry Kendall, Life Member of the Kinsmen Club of Port Perry, driving force behind the Juno Beach Centre Kin room

2010 Hal Rogers Fellow award recipients

Doug Ingersoll, Life Member of the Fort Edmonton Kin Club

Bob McCallum, Life Member of The Miramichi Kinsmen Club

Lois Pearson, Life Member of the Cornwall Kinette Club

Richard Shular, Life Member of the Fort Erie Kinsmen Club

Steve Kalugin, Member of the Port Alberni Kinsmen Club

Barbara Ann Kalugin, Member of the Port Alberni Kinette Club

Jim Spicer, Life Member of the Belleville Kinsmen Club

Jim Conrad, Life Member of the Sudbury Kinsmen Club

Hon. Rick Bartolucci, Ontario Cabinet Minister, Sudbury MPP

2009 Hal Rogers Fellow award recipients

Doug Anthony, Life Member of the Kin Club of Orleans & District

Edgar Dunning, Life Member of the Ladner Tsawwassen Kinsmen

Ralph Robinson, Life Member of the Oakville Kinsmen Club, long-time Oakville councillor

Brad Bazin

Willis Dickison,  Charter member (1952), past president (1958-1959) and life member of the former Newcastle Kinsmen Club, now known as the Miramichi Kinsmen Club.  He was also a K-40 member until his passing.  Awarded posthumously.

Bob Holmes

2008 Hal Rogers Fellow award recipients

Ian F. McClure, Life Member of the Kinsmen Club of Lindsay

Jon D.H. Kingsbury, Member of the Kinsmen Club of Coquitlam

Dave Tidbury, Life Member of the Kinsmen Club of Brockville

Ron Brill, Member of the Kinsmen Club of Newmarket and East Gwillimbury (posthumously)

Cathleen Morrison, CEO of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

2007 Hal Rogers Fellow award recipients

Harold A. Rogers, Order of Canada, Order of the British Empire, Founder of Kin Canada (posthumously)

Diane Rogers, Life Member and daughter of Founder Hal Rogers

Hon. Rich Coleman, B.C. Cabinet Minister, MLA and Life Member of the Kinsmen Club of Aldergrove

Bill Skelly, Life Member of the Kinsmen Club of Edmonton

Jim Watson, Life Member of the Kinsmen Club of Port Coquitlam