Veteran Sudbury Rocks organizer receives Queen’s Medal
It’s been said that life is a marathon, not a sprint, and few people exemplify that philosophy better than Greater Sudbury’s Vince Perdue.
Perdue is the president of the Sudbury Rocks Running Club and one of the founding organizers of the Sudbury Rocks Race, Run, or Walk for Diabetes, Northern Ontario’s largest distance running event.
For his work in promoting health and wellness in Greater Sudbury, and for using running to raise tens of thousands of dollars for various charitable causes, Perdue was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The medal is given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to their communities.
“I am absolutely honoured,” Perdue said, after accepting his medal Friday evening at a dinner held for the sponsors of Sudbury Rocks. “This award is not possible at all without the help of tons of people. No person does this alone.
“Years ago, I got roped into volunteering for the first time and that just went on and on and on,” he added. “Without the help of others, my path would have been somewhere different and I thank all of you people for that.”
Perdue was instrumental in the launch of the Sudbury Rocks Running Club in 1998. The goal of the club is to promote health, wellness, and an active lifestyle among people in the community. He has also served as a key organizer of the Sudbury Rocks Race, Run, or Walk for Diabetes, including numerous years as race director. Since its inception in 2006, the Sudbury Rocks event has raised more than $200,000 for diabetes education and research in northeastern Ontario.
Perdue has also been involved in other charity runs including the CIBC Run for a Cure, the Salvation Army Santa Shuffle, and the Terry Fox Run. The Sudbury man is also an accomplished runner, and has qualified for such prestigious events as the Boston Marathon.
He was nominated for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Canadian Diabetes Association.
“We were honoured that the Canadian Diabetes Association had nominated Vince for this award, and thrilled that he was selected,” said Sheila Yaw-MacLean, one of the co-race directors for this year’s Sudbury Rocks Race, Run, or Walk for Diabetes. “You only have to be around Vince for a few minutes to sense his passion for fitness, fundraising, and community involvement.
“Like a true marathoner, Vince keeps pushing toward the finish line when he takes on a project, because he’s committed to making our community a healthier, happier place.”