Patrick Barclay Honored with Jack Ratcliffe Commitment to Community Award


The City of Kimberley proudly announces the recipient of this year’s prestigious Jack Ratcliffe Commitment to Community Award: Rotarian Patrick Barclay. This esteemed award recognizes Mr. Barclay’s exceptional dedication and outstanding contributions to the community of Kimberley, spanning over four decades.

Patrick Barclay first made Kimberley his home in 1976 when he assumed the role of Vice Principal at McKim School. Over the years, he ascended through various leadership positions, serving as the Principal of McKim School, Vice Principal at Selkirk Secondary School, then Director of Instruction, and ultimately as the Assistant Superintendent of School District #6.

In addition to his dedicated career in education, Mr. Barclay has been a devoted member of the Kimberley Rotary Club for over forty years, demonstrating a commitment to the club’s motto, “Service above Self.”  His exemplary leadership qualities were evident as he served as the club’s President six times.

Beyond his Rotary Club involvement, Mr. Barclay actively participated in community initiatives such as the BC Festival of the Arts, the Canadian Association of Disabled Skiers Festivals, Round the Mountain, the Taiwanese Lantern Festival, and the 55+ BC Games.  His unwavering dedication to community service and involvement in various projects have set him apart as a true community leader.

Among his many other accomplishments, Mr. Barclay spearheaded the Marysville Falls project, securing a major grant for the refurbishment of the much-loved trail ensuring it is accessible for all. He established a partnership with the food bank and Save-on Foods for pandemic-related food deliveries, and actively supported international projects for Shelterbox and the Market Children of Central America. He was also one of the main organizers of the Rotary Splash Park Project.  As a dedicated supporter of the Rotary Foundation, Mr. Barclay has also been recognized as a Four-Time (Emerald Level) Paul Harris Fellow.

“Patrick Barclay is undoubtedly the glue that keeps our club together,” remarked Doug Vanhooren, Rotary Club Spokesperson and one of those who nominated Mr. Barclay. “His tireless efforts in supporting Kimberley and its residents make him a true inspiration to us all. The Jack Ratcliffe Commitment to Community Award Is a fitting tribute to Pat’s lifelong dedication to serving others and making a lasting impact on the community.”

The Jack Ratcliffe Commitment to Community Award is given once per year. Recipients have made a significant impact on the community through extensive volunteer time commitments to support community growth, visibility, and/or opportunities. Recipients must be resident(s) of Kimberley (no age restriction) and must have made a long-term commitment to the community.

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Mayor McCormick presents the 2023 Jack Ratcliffe Commitment to Community Award to Patrick Barclay

Inaugural award recipient Jack Ratcliffe and 2023 recipient Patrick Barclay