BGC Greater Saint John, according to the late Vernon McAdam, was the first of its kind in Canada. Through love and devotion, it has helped thousands of Saint John boys and girls become good Canadian citizens during many decades.
Its success was only made possible by the Rotary Club who provided a debt-free building and dedicated people who gave of their cost-free time, talent and money in order to create continuous miracles.
Fearing that the knowledge of these people and their selfless deeds would become unknown to new generations, the Officers and Board of Directors on April 17, 1985, created the Order of The Master Builders of BGC Greater Saint John, Inc which would record their names and worthwhile contributions.
It was also decided that, from time to time, a picture and short biographical sketch of each to be placed on this table.
Today we happily remember one of these
Our recent recipients…
Thomas McAvity & Company was established on May 19th, 1834 and is recognized as the oldest company in Saint John N.B. Subsequent name changes and company realignments now see Thomas McAvity & Company continuing to operate but now under the banner of the McWane group of companies, as part of CLOW Canada and is Canada’s only manufacturer of Canadian Made Fire Hydrants.
Based on its incredible history, the McAvity name is instilled in the minds of the people of Saint John. McAvity has always played a large role in the city’s development from the early 1800s and the McAvity name remains well known today, with products still in service that were first installed in the early 1900s. With their strong roots in the Saint John region, its very important to CLOW Canada to give back to the community they live in by working with several charitable organizations in the area including BGC of Greater Saint John.
CLOW Canada has worked with BGC of Greater Saint John for more than 20 years. For 2023, Vice-President and General Manager Rick Benoit was elected as our Board President and has been a proud participant and supporter of the Club. Being a “Club Kid” himself Rick has provided unique insight into our club.
Since 2017 CLOW has donated nearly $50,000 to BGC of Greater Saint John. They are an annual sponsor of our Diamond Dinner fundraiser, as well as our Pink Shirt Day. Each holiday season they sponsor one of our Christmas Families as do multiple members of the Clow Canada Team. Each provides gifts and gift cards to a selection of our BGC families in need so they can have a very happy Christmas morning.
In 2022 they donated sneakers for children at the Club and continue to support our lunch program at Prince Charles School. This allows each child at the school to be guaranteed at least one hot meal per day.
CLOW Canada has contributed to the success of BGC of Greater Saint John in many ways and it is with great pride and appreciation that we induct CLOW Canada into the “Order of the Master Builders” with BGC of Greater Saint John for 2022.
Inducted into the Order of the Master Builders, 24th of April, 2023.
Debbie Cooper is a very proud product of the Boys and Girls Club of Saint John. She entered the doors in 1960 and had 46 years of involvement as a member, a volunteer and 38 years as staff. Debbie stated often that the key to success was to surround yourself with capable people as Board members, staff, volunteers and adults to advance programs and services for the children and youth.
Debbie was instrumental in the establishment of several bursaries and scholarships. This was very important to her as she was the first female recipient of a BGCC National Bursary from 1971- 1976 and she valued the importance of ensuring youth had the same opportunity for post-secondary education.
Fulfilling her teen-aged dream to work at the Club and to follow in the footsteps of her mentors, the first 2 Executive Directors, Bill Nodwell, 1955-1970, and Margaret Nodwell, 1972-1987, Deb was hired after Mrs. Nodwell’s illness.
The Club experienced numerous milestones under Debbie’s leadership in programs, capital assets, strategic growth and program expansion. There are too many to elaborate on, however, the following represents a high-level synopsis of major accomplishments:
- Licensed daycare and afterschool programs; Lunch program children served from 50 to 150; full-time staff positions tripled; satellite program growth including Youth Choices in 2002; South End Community Center in 2003; hosting of the BGCC Centennial National Conference in 2000; Heart of the Possible Capital Campaign in 2010 to raise $950,000; BGCC Committee for organizational change, 2004-2005; guest speaker at the BGCC conference in Hamilton, 2008; only eastern Canada host for the BGCC National Youth Conference; Community Torch Bearer for the Olympic Torch in 2009; implementation of Gold Rush 50/50 fundraiser in 2010; 100 year commemorative exterior wall mural in 2011; “I Wish” music video recorded by 4 youth with adult guidance as a product of the Heart of the Possible, 2013 Music Room expansion.
Debbie received the BGCC Silver National Keystone Award in 2016 for Outstanding Service to Youth and BGC work, locally, provincially and nationally.
Debbie served under 14 Club Presidents, and hundreds of board members, staff and volunteers. Most importantly, membership, attendance and program expansion were extremely significant under her tenure. She gave back as she received as a club member – “Every Child Has Potential” and the Club is “A Good Place to be”.
Inducted into the Order of the Master Builders, 24th of April, 2023.
CIBC Wood Gundy
In 1984, a single Wood Gundy branch decided to donate their commissions for one business day to children’s charities. Their generosity has grown into what is now called CIBC Miracle Day, a proud tradition that has helped to improve the lives of millions of children and one of Canada’s largest single-day corporate fundraising events devoted to children.
Each year, on the first Wednesday in December, participating CIBC Wood Gundy Investment Advisors and CIBC’s wholesale banking staff donate their fees and commissions to children’s charities.
In 2016, Miracle Day raised $6 million in Canada. Of this amount, a remarkable $3 million was contributed by CIBC Wood Gundy Investment Advisors. Since the first event in 1984, over $90 million has been raised for children’s charities with the support and generosity of our clients, employees, and friends.
CIBC Wood Gundy of Saint John, NB has been honoured to support the BGC Greater Saint John for all the amazing work they do for the children of our community.
Inducted as a member of the BGC Greater Saint John Master Builders, this day, Friday, October 12th 2018
Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Mr. C.P. Theriault moved to Rothesay New Brunswick in 1965. After finishing his education at Rothesay High School and Kennebecasis High School, C.P. decided on Dalhousie University’s Bachelors of Commerce.
He returned again to Saint John to begin his career in 1984 at Saint John Shipbuilding Ltd. In 1996, C.P. made a move to a financial advisor position with various firms and continues in this roll today.
C.P has always had the community in mind throughout his career and holds a long list of volunteerism. He has participated in the host committees for World Curling, East Coast Music Awards, Country Music Awards and the Dragon Boat Festival. C.P. has also chaired committees for the Canadian Comedy Awards, Tall Ships 2004 and the long lasting Fundy Food Festival, which continues to annually contribute to the Club. Finally, The Club had the privilege of having C.P. as a board member from 1997 to 2004 to which he was board president from 2002 to 2004.
C.P was not only a dedicated individual in our community, but was also incredibly dedicated and important to our Club. For this reason, C.P. Theriault is inducted as a member of the BGC Greater Saint John Master Builders, this day, Friday October 12th 2018.
J.C. Robert Lockhart
JC Robert Lockhart was welcomed to the Board of Directors of The Boys & Girls Club of Saint John, Inc. in 1988.
Robert immediately assumed a leadership role on the Board of Directors by serving as Chairperson of the Public Relations Committee from 1988-1990. Mr. Lockhart accepted the position of 2nd Vice President in 1990 which he held for 2 years. From 1992-1993, he served as 1st Vice President. Robert became the 18th President of The Boys and Girls Club of Saint John, Inc. in 1994, a position he served well for two terms: 1994-1996. From 1996 to 2006, Robert has served as Past-President, Chairperson of several committees including Technology, Transportation and Governance.
Robert’s outstanding volunteer work for the Boys and Girls through the Rotary Club is seen by many major projects over the years: acquiring $75,000.00 in 1989 for Club renovations in celebration of Rotary’s 75th birthday; he was instrumental in acquiring Rotary’s support for the purchasing of a new van in 1990; and his co-chairmanship with Heinz Schaerer of the Rotary Building Project which raised $400,000.00 to fund major building renovations in 2000, the year of the Club’s Centennial celebrations. Robert was also responsible for the donation from some colleagues at NBTel of the Club’s first computer.
The Boys & Girls Club of Saint John recognized Robert as a very deserving recipient of the Bronze Keystone Award of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada for long and devoted service to youth on April 26, 2006.
During Robert’s year as President of the Rotary Club of Saint John, the Rotary Admiral Beatty Project was undertaken by the Club to save it from the wrecking ball. But Robert’s most proud moment as a Rotarian was recognizing his family, Carolyn, Robb, Bradley, Shelly, Spencer and Katie, with Paul Harris Fellowships at Christmas, 2014.
Robert began his career with NBTel in May, 1969 working for Gerry Pond in the Saint John Business Office, and was transferred to Newcastle the end of that year as the Area Manager, the youngest person to ever hold this position. Robert and Carolyn moved back to Saint John in 1973, and he held many management positions until his retirement from Aliant Telecom in December, 2000. During his career, Robert was involved in the development and implementation of many of the service improvement and mechanization projects that made NBTel recognized worldwide. Upon retirement, Robert established Lockhart’s Consulting Inc. specializing in the Implementation & Integration of large new services like TV within the Telecommunication industry. Robert is very proud of the fact that his “first boss” was Gerry Pond, and Gerry was his “last boss” when consulting for Mariner Partners.
Robert married Carolyn A. Gourley on August 22, 1970 in Kentville, N.S. They have two sons Robert B. Lockhart in Halifax and Bradley A. Lockhart and his wife Shelly in Quispamsis, as well as two grandchildren Spencer and Katelyn. Robert & Carolyn now reside in Plumweseep outside of Sussex, and enjoy spending their summer at the cottage at Belyea’s Cove with their grand daughter Katie and her parents, and taking winter vacations south with the family.
Mr. Heinz Schaerer
Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception
Gregory D. Zed
McDonald's Restaurants owner Michael Schulze
Arthur L. Pottle
Saint John Rotary Club
Mrs. Elsie E. Wayne
Keith Malcolm Wilson
Anne C. Disher
Margaret E. Nodwell
Abraham M. (Abe) Calp
Lyman Moulton "Bill" Robinson
Lyman Moulton “Bill” Robinson
Robert T. Dole
Duncan M. Wathen
Vernon F. McAdam
Benjamin Rex Guss
Charles N. Wilson
George M. Flood
Mr. Eli Boyaner
Mr.William J. Nodwell
William P. Nodwell, Sr. & Margaret J. Nodwell, Sr.
William Nodwell, Sr. (1892-1959) spent his early years in Hampton, N.B. and later spent most of his working life with the Saint John Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. Margaret Nodwell, Sr. (1898-1960) was born and educated in Saint John. The couple had 5 children: Joseph, William, Murray, Grace and Margaret. It’s been said, “they served God by serving youth” a fitting epitaph for a man and his wife who devoted a lifetime, ensuring that youth had a wholesome environment in which to mature and grow through. They were responsible for organizing such activities as sporting events, picnics, games, and through these activities taught their charges the meaning of friendship, sportsmanship, sharing, respect and all of the attributes to prepare them for the responsibility of adulthood and good citizenship. Their greatest reward was not monetary, but knowing they had helped mold thousands of lives with Divine Guidance. Duncan Wathen, a long-time friend, and Boys’ & Girls’ Club associate, had these fond memories of the Nodwells: “They lived together; loved together; shared together and gave together. They gave food to those youngsters who were hungry; clothing to those youngsters who were cold; guidance to those who were misguided; and love to those who were unloved. They provided hundreds of young people with all the ingredients necessary for wholesome growth and because of them, many of today’s adults are good citizens just because they cared and shared. Could we all live as they lived; share as they shared; give as they gave; and love as they loved – what a wonderful world this would be.”