Jeff Lott in Germany on a recent trip to pick up stem cells for a recipient in B.C.
By Merv Unger
0501 - For some people, retirement means kicking back in an easy chair and watching the rest of the world go by. Not so for Jeff Lott, former officer in charge of Nanaimo RCMP.
Lott’s retirement has focussed on what he can do for his community, and for that he has been awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by Governor General Julie Payette.
The award recognizes his work with the Bruce Denniston Bone Marrow
Society as a volunteer courier. That takes him to virtually all corners of the world to pick up and deliver bone marrow and stem cells for leukemia patients at Vancouver General Hospital and B.C. Children’s Hospital. The society was founded in memory
of Bruce Denniston, a former RCMP member in Powell River who died of leukemia.
Lott started his RCMP career in 1973 as a constable with Nanaimo Detachment and later served in Campbell River, Ottawa, the Northwest Territories, Port Alberni, Queen Charlotte
Islands, Parksville and Powell River. Before returning to Nanaimo in 2001, he was the province’s Deputy Chief Firearms Officer.
The list of his community involvement and volunteer service is impressive, to say the least.
• He got an
early start – beginning as a youth in his home town of Moose Jaw, Sask., he took a leadership role with the YMCA. He continued as a volunteer coach in youth soccer, baseball and Special Olympics and as a hockey referee for more than 20 years.
• 1990, Lott was named Port Alberni Citizen of the Year, recognizing his work in the community, particularly coaching youth in sport.
• 1999 - 2018 - Honorary Aide de Camp for the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.
- 2010 - Board member with Nanaimo Youth Services Association.
• 2001 - 2016 - St. John Ambulance, serving a number of terms as chairman of the Nanaimo Branch Executive Committee. St. John is known for providing volunteer emergency medical aid
at local sporting venues and numerous other public events.
• 2002 - Awarded the Queen Elizabeth 50th Golden Jubilee Medal for service to his community.
• 2005 - Appointed Member of the Order of Merit (MOM) of Police Forces in
Canada by Queen Elizabeth.
• 2007 - Recipient of the Long Service Medal, Gold Clasp, for 35 years of meritorious service to the RCMP.
• 2008 - Board member of the Nanaimo Addictions Foundation.
• 2010 - Special security
division of the RCMP for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.
• 2013 - Admitted to the Order of St. John (SBStJ) by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.
• 2014 - President of the B.C. Summer Games in Nanaimo which raised $775,000
to stage the games, leaving a legacy fund of $120,000. He had previously volunteered for both the B.C Seniors Games and the B.C. Disability Games in Nanaimo.
• During his term with the RCMP in Nanaimo, he was an Incident Commander for the Island
Emergency Response Teams.
• 2016 - He was an active member of a sponsorship group for a Syrian refugee family in Nanaimo.
• 2016 - Awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
2017-present – He is a community stream stewardship volunteer, working with the Departure Creek Salmon Smolt Trap project promoting local community stream stewardship. He also participates in stream restoration projects.
• Most recently, he developed a training program for certified amateur radio operators to anchor communications for St. John Ambulance during local and regional disasters.
Lott is a sports and outdoors enthusiast. He and his wife enjoy kayaking,
scuba diving, mountain biking and travelling.
If only he could devise some way to add more hours to the clock he would probably do even more for his fellow man.