Friday, November 04, 2011


Dato' Brother Vincent Corkery with his award. With him are Rotary Club Ipoh
president N. Jawahar (left) and Dr S. Raveendra Kumar 
The Pride of Workmanship award, first initiated by the Rotary Club of Pennant Hills, Australia in 1975, recognizes the qualities and achievements of individuals, their attitudes, commitment and dedication, in their respective fields of work or vocation. Awardees are selected for their sense of responsibilities, initiative and passion in their chosen vocation.
Awards are based on the fields of Community Service, Medicine, Peforming Arts and Animal Care. Brother Vincent receives the award under the field of Education.
The Michaelian community congratulates Brother Vincent for this very special award.  
Below is the citation for Brother Vincent, read out by fellow Rotarian Mr Wu Chee Tatt, a Michaelian, whose life was immensely touched by Brother Vincent and fellow Brothers during his school days at St Michael's.
President Jawahar, honored Guests, and fellow Rotarians,
I am privileged to read out the citation for a very special man.
Dato’ Brother Vincent Corkery is a member of the La Salle Brothers and their mission is to meet the educational and welfare needs of young people worldwide, especially the poor.  The Brothers live their Catholic faith through the values of love, compassion, justice and belief in the human dignity of each person.
Brother Vincent received his first degree in history and political thought at the National University of Ireland.  He later received the certificate in education from Cambridge University. He was the Brother Director of St. Michael’s Institution from 1971 to 1976, and from 1986 to 1988.
On his retirement, he took up the post of Director of the La Salle Centre, which entails maintaining an overview of the administration and the courses run at the Centre.  He also maintains contact with St Michael's, especially as regards policy decisions, and the property. He is now 83 years … young.

In Malaysia, La Salle Schools like St John’s and St Xavier’s have shown that they have withstood the test of time. After all, St John’s has produced Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, the present Prime Minister; Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Home Minister; Datuk Sri Nazir Tun Razak, the banker and younger brother of Najib and Raja Nazrin Shah, the Raja Muda of Perak.

St Xavier’s produced Karpal Singh, the opposition leader; Tun Hamid Omar, the former Lord President and Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department. (This is not to say that other Schools do not have illustrious sons.  I understand that Botak Chin came from ACS.)    
Ladies & gentlemen, no words can adequately describe a lifetime of contribution, and I will not make the attempt.
Brother Vincent, your presence here tonight can only serve to inspire us to redouble Rotary’s commitment to Service Above Self.
Brother Vincent, I know that the La Salle Brothers live on in the hearts of every Michaelian. And on behalf of all Michaelians worldwide, may I say, we love you.
Thank you.  
Note: This article is specially posted in conjunction with Brother Vincent's birthday today! Happy Birthday, Brother!  
P/s: Birthday wishes and messages can be e-mailed to
All these will be compiled and sent to Brother Vincent. 

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