50 Years of Community Engagement

Rotary Club of Barrie

As a young business professional, Ian was introduced to The Rotary Club of Barrie by Scott Elliott of The Sarjeant Co.  Scott has a long-standing strong connection to the Pavlik Family, and as a dedicated Rotarian saw the opportunity for Ian to get involved early in his career.

When Ian joined the Rotary Club of Barrie in 1997, he was the youngest member by 20+ years.  As a committed Rotarian, Ian has participated in all of the major fundraising events, many of the social activities and contributed to the Vocational, Environmental and International committees.

Rotary Club of Barrie

He has chaired and made major contributions to a number of Rotary fundraising events:

  • Fun Run Chair 2001
  • Rotary Auction 1997 - 2011
  • Fun Run Chair 2018, 2019
2009 Rotary Auction
2018 Rotary Fun Run Chair

Ian served as the President of the Rotary Club of Barrie in 2012.  He has also received 2 Paul Harris Awards for Community Service and Financial Contributions to the Club.

2012 Rotary President Induction
2008 Paul Harris

Special Olympics

Special Olympics

In Ian's youth he was a Professional Ski Racer, retiring from racing in 1991, he took up coaching elite youth Athletes.  His interest in technology took his career in another direction, but his desire to support local sport was strong.

He volunteered to help the Special Olympics Chapter in Barrie with Fundraising activities and soon became a strong advocate and supporter of Athletes with an intellectual disability.  In 1998, he joined the Blue Mountain Special Olympics Ski Team as a technical ski coach.  In 2005, he became the Head Coach for the Special Olympics Barrie Snow Dawgs Team, while coaching with the Blue Mountain Team!

Ian continues to support Special Olympics in fundraising efforts and as Alpine Skiing Technical Advisor for Special Olympics Ontario.

2005 Coaches Clinic Blue Mountain
2005 SnowDawgs Ski Team
2015 Barrie SnowDawgs Ski Team

He has supported athletes at all levels of development, from the local club to Provincial Team athletes as well as Team Canada athletes going to World Winter Games.

  • 2004, Head Coach for Team Ontario Ski Team attending Special Olympics Canada National Games in PEI.
  • 2005, Head Coach for Team Canada Ski Team attending the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Nagano Japan.
  • 2008, Head Coach for Team Ontario Ski Team attending National Games in Quebec City.

Ian was acknowledged for his contributions to coaching athletes with intellectual disabilities through a number of prestigious awards:

  • 2005, Petro Canada Coaching Award
  • 2007, Coach of the Year for Special Olympics Blue Mountain, Special Olympics Ontario and Special Olympics Canada
Canadian Coach of the Year
Ontario Coach of the Year
Team Canada Alpine

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