Benoite recognized by Rotary with Emerging Professionals Award

Memorial University men's basketball coach Peter Benoite has been named one the recipients of the Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest's 2012 Aidan Maloney Emerging Professionals Award for Vocational and Community Service.


Peter BenoiteLocal dietitian Amanda Burton also received the award. Presentations were made Tuesday by Mr. Maloney at a ceremony during the Club's weekly luncheon meeting. Citing their initiative in developing and supporting significant community-minded projects, Award Committee Chair Nancy Snedden said, "These individuals are truly using their vocations to enhance the lives of people in their communities and beyond, and they have both shown tremendous ingenuity in their approach to community service."


Named in honor of a St. John's Northwest Rotarian, former Rotary District Governor and lifelong leader Aidan Maloney; this award is aimed at recognizing annually, up to two young professionals aged 25-40 years, who are positively impacting their vocations and communities.


Benoite is entering his fifth year as the head coach of men's basketball team. Having been a member of the team from 1993-1998 and then subsequently an assistant coach for both the women and men's teams, he has deeps roots in basketball in Newfoundland and Labrador. Benoite is a graduate of Memorial University having earned a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Mathematics and Minor in Statistics. He has received several athletic honours, including the Atlantic University Athletics' Association MVP, Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union's (CIAU) All Canadian and Academic All Canadian.


He has also played professional basketball both overseas and in North America, and coached various youth teams while in Germany. While working for the Newfoundland Statistics Department of the provincial government, he was part of a team (Community Accounts) that was awarded the Public Service Award of Excellence and a bronze medal award winner for Innovation in Public Service by the Institute of Public Administration in Canada.


Benoite is also extensively involved in community initiatives including the REAL program which provides children access to sporting programs and he provides various basketball clinics to community groups and school teams. Last year, Peter embarked on a new endeavour, travelling to Tanzania, Africa where he administered week-long basketball camps for both boys and girls. He intends to enhance his connection with the African community by beginning a program of gathering basketball shoes to bring to the children there.


Source: Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest