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Mr. Speed Watch a deserving award recipient
Bob Wallace loves to be of service to his community — a community he’s lived in longer than any other.
“I was in the military,’’ said the recipient of a 2013 Community Safety and Crime Prevention award from the Ministry of Justice. “I was all over the place. I’ve never been in any place this long.’’
But there’s a good reason for that. “I figure we live in paradise,’’ said the 26-year resident of Mill Bay.
A neighbour quickly latched onto Wallace when he first arrived here.
“Practically the day I moved into the house I got enticed into volunteering in the community,’’ he laughed.
Wallace became a director of the Mill Bay Community League that was just the beginning of his community service. His main claim to fame has been with the South Cowichan Community Policing Advisory Society and the Speed Watch program that prompted his nomination from former Shawnigan Lake RCMP Sgt. Rob Webb.
Wallace joined Speed Watch in 1988 and became chair in 1999, a position he continues to hold after 14 years while amassing 2,385 Speed Watch hours during his tenure.
“Without Bob and his crew helping keep speeds low and crashes to a minimum, we would certainly see an increase in collisions and upset citizens,’’ wrote Webb in his nomination description.
“He is extremely deserving for his continued dedication to this worthwhile program. Bob Wallace is the chair, the treasurer, the secretary, the trainer, the leader, he is Mr. Everything. Bob is Speed Watch. He greatly enhances all our communities’ safety.’’
The people making the selections for the award obviously agreed and he received his reward during the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Awards ceremony at the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre.
“I did not expect it at all,’’ said Wallace, who enjoyed conversing with Attorney General Suzanne Anton at the ceremony.
“She said, ‘I’m from the valley, you know,’’’ Wallace related. “She said, ‘I used to go to Mill Bay and play tennis.’ I said, ‘you’re welcome anytime.’’’