Marty Maco - honoured by the Lakeshore Club.
 
Marty is a Health Promoter working in the chronic disease and injury prevention division for Niagara Region Public Health, and his focus has been particularly on youth engagement. Academically, Marty has an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences and a Masters in Business Administration. In his professional life he is dedicated to making Niagara a healthier place for us all to live, learn, work and play. In his personal life Marty tries to be a role model for his healthy message and leads a balanced life by staying active, running through our beautiful parks and trails, relaxing with a good book, and playing the guitar.

Rotary's 'Service above Self' motto has always resonated with Marty as he volunteers locally with the United Way, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Out of the Cold and the Humane Society. Marty's involvement with Rotary began back when he was the Rotary Medallist from his high school graduating class, and more recently he was selected as a member of the Group Study Exchange team to East Africa in 2007.

He returned to Africa in 2008, volunteering with NGO Free the Children in rural Kenya, building schools, working with educators and mentoring local elementary school children.

In the summer of 2009 he decided to stay in Canada, choosing to volunteer in our far north and work with aboriginal youth in the Northwest Territories. He designed and implemented a project called Photovoice, empowering high risk youth to explore their Yellowknife community from behind the lens of a camera. This was a positive, empowering, and asset-based approach to working with youth. By focusing on their strengths and giving them a voice through photography, these young people learned that they can be the change in their communities.

Most recently, Marty joined a team of 12 volunteers from across Canada in November 2010 and traveled to a rural village outside Santiago, Chile to participate in Habitat for Humanity's Global Village Program. The focus of the trip was renovating and adapting houses of families with special needs children, creating accessible homes where all family members can live together.

If there is a consistent theme to Marty's volunteer work, both locally and globally, it is a dedication to improving the lives of youth here in Niagara and around the world. He recognizes that our most at-risk youth need positive and inspiring role models in their lives, mentors who are willing to invest the time and energy needed to ensure they reach their full potential. Marty has had a number of positive mentors in his own life, and he feels it is now his turn to give back.