A spectacular evening was made even more special when Iris Smith, Honorary Chair of the inaugural Norfolk General Hospital Foundation
Fundraiser Gala was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise during the evening’s events. A Paul Harris Fellow is the highest honour a Rotary Club bestows to those in our community who have volunteered their time to make a difference. When one looks at the list of organizations Iris has volunteered with one is left to wonder how she raised a family and worked outside the home as a young mother.The following list provides you with a snippet only of the work Iris has been up to in the community. She belonged to the IODE (Imperial Order of Daughters of the Empire), served as a Director at the Norfolk Golf and Country Club, volunteered at St. Josephs School, and more recently has been a volunteer for the Norfolk General Hospital for over 20 years holding various positions.
A few years back at age 80 Iris climbed the stairs at the CN tower in support of the fundraising efforts for a new CT Scanner  at Norfolk General Hospital. She has previously been awarded outstanding volunteer certificates from Toby Barrett (previous Norfolk County MPP) and Bobbi Ann Brady, MPP Norfolk County.
The presentation at the Gala was a complete surprise to Iris and her family were in attendance  to see this honour be given. Iris, who is usually the one in charge was taken by surprise with the award, making it all the more special.