Peter Lewis, left, accepts his 2017 Cumberland County Volunteer Recognition Certificate from Rennie Bugley, the municipality’s chief administrative officer. Submitted photo

Peter Lewis’s volunteer work has not gone unnoticed.

On April 26, at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in Springhill, the Pugwash man was one of a number of volunteers recognized by the Municipality of Cumberland County for their outstanding contributions to their community.

A native of Prince Edward Island, Lewis put his heart and soul into teaching and helping the residents of Cumberland County for many years. By profession, Lewis is a well-respected, retired, high school science teacher.

Lewis volunteers for the Retired Teacher Organization serving as chairman and member of numerous committees. He says this volunteering experience is rewarding because it provides an opportunity to serve his fellow retired teachers and to meet other retired teachers from across Nova Scotia.

As a member and chairman of the School Advisory Council at Pugwash District High School, Lewis spent years advocating for a secure entrance to the school, which is now a reality.

As current vice chairman, Lewis is a leading advocate for Cumberland County Transportation System (CCTS) that provides affordable, accessible transportation to those who need it, particularly disadvantaged and disabled residents of Cumberland County. Over the years he saw the service progress from one minibus and one paid employee and a hand full of volunteers to now having five vehicles with several fulltime and part-time employees and many more volunteers.

Lewis describes his chairmanship of the Pugwash and Area Community Health Board (CHB) as one of the highlights of his volunteering contributions in Cumberland County. The health board was pleased to nominate Lewis for a 2017 Nova Scotia Health Authority Volunteer Award for his outstanding contributions to enhancing the health of the local community.

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