Posted by Past District Governor Dan Doherty, Zone 28

Do you know a Rotarian or Rotary organization that deserves plaudits for the international work it does?  Every year, a Rotarian or Rotary organization is celebrated in each of our Zones for outstanding achievement consistent with the ideals expressed in the Fourth Object of Rotary: “The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through humanitarian activity of international significance. Each Rotary Club and District in Zones 28 and 32 is encouraged every year to nominate a candidate for the Donald MacRae Peace Award. Is this the year for you to honor one of your Rotarians?....

Candidates for the awards will have demonstrated the advancement of international goodwill, understanding and peace through peace-making efforts or humanitarian activity of international significance.  The award is open to Rotarians and non-Rotarians, but the applicant must have a relationship with the Club or District that is nominating him/her.

The award honors the contributions of Halifax Rotarian Donald MacRae who, at the International Convention in 1918, proposed that Rotary become an agent for the promotion of goodwill and peace among nations.  This was the first time that an international vision of Rotary was publicly expressed.

Who has won the Donald MacRae Peace Award in the past?  The list reads like a who’s who of our two Zones’ most active internationalists. The last two years winners include:

  • Zone 28 Kim Spirou Essex Rotary Club District 6400 – While Kim has led and been involved in numerous local Rotary projects and leadership roles, her heart lies with humanitarian service on an international level.

  • Zone 32 Jude Alawa Rotaract Club of Yale College District 7980 – As President of the Yale Rotaract Club Jude conceived of a Humanitarian project to provide much needed medical equipment to a hospital in Turkey. This led to a series of humanitarian projects.

  • Nabil Oudeh, Rotary Club of Ottawa, District 7040 - president and founder of Conflict Resolution International - 2020 Zone 28 selectee.

  • Lonnie Hackett, nominated by the Rotary Club of Brunswick, Maine, District 7780 – Global Grant Scholar, president and founder of Healthy Learners, Zambia - 2020 Zone 32 selectee.


Available on the Zone Website

For the complete list of past recipients, go to the Zone website.  While you are there, check out this year’s application.  Doing the work to be eligible for the award is exceptional but filling out the application is easy! Deadline for receipt of applications is May 31, 2022, and they should be emailed to:

            Zone 28 Applications: send to PDG Dan Doherty,