I was honoured to attend a very special recognition ceremony at the Eva Rothwell Centre (formerly Robert Land School) this morning. Citizen extraordinaire Ron Foxcroft was on hand to donate two basketball backboards originally from the Air Canada Centre in recognition of Larry Paikin’s instrumental role in creating this incredible community centre. Both Don MacVicar (the amazing volunteer leader at Eva Rothwell) and Larry’s son Jeff spoke eloquently about Mr. Paikin’s lifetime of quiet, committed community service.
Larry was predisposed in Florida and unable to attend, but I’m sure he will be thrilled to see the dazzling backboards now installed and well-used by the kids in a challenged, yet increasingly hopeful inner-city neighbourhood.
Well done Fox and well-deserved Larry.