‘Volunteer Extraordinaire’ Wallace honoured

Suzanne Anton, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, recently recognized "Volunteer Extraordinaire" Bob Wallace at the ministry’s Community Safety and Crime Prevention Awards.

Former Shawnigan Lake RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Rob Webb had nominated the longtime South Cowichan volunteer.

"Bob does not seek this kind of attention, I do think it is worthy that he be recognized publicly," Webb explained.

In short, Webb said, Wallace is South Cowichan Speed Watch. Without him the valuable community service would not thrive.

Joining the program in 1988, Wallace hasn’t looked back as he’s amassed an amazing 2,385 Speed Watch hours during his tenure and training nearly 40 other volunteers to date.

He doesn’t just hit the streets with the speed-reader board either. Wallace also plays a key role on the administrative side.

"Bob is the chair, the treasurer, the secretary, the trainer, the leader. He is Mr. Everything," Webb wrote in his nomination letter. "Traffic remains the number one priority of the community and the detachment. 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."

His time spend outside of Speed Watch also benefits the community, Webb noted.

Wallace is a big part of the South Cowichan Community Policing Advisory Society and through that roll has helped out at events such as Mill Bay Family Day, the Subaru Triathlon and various other community athletic events.

The Mill Bay Community League lifetime volunteer of the year in 2012, Wallace continues to work for the betterment of the South Cowichan community.