Bruce McDonald was given the Hope Heart Hero Award on Saturday, Nov. 2.  Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard

Bruce McDonald was given the Hope Heart Hero Award on Saturday, Nov. 2. Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard

McDonald named Hope’s Heart Hero

Award given to paster at Northwest Harvest Church for his work taking care of homeless people

If humble had a name it would likely be Bruce McDonald.

The long-time Hope resident was honoured with Hope’s Heart Hero Award on Saturday, as part of the Hope Health Fair. He was chosen for all of the work he’s done with people who are living rough, on the streets, and otherwise going through hardships.

McDonald is a pastor at Northwest Harvest Church, along with Sue Martin. Sue nominated McDonald for the award, and at the presentation noted that he is an “example that the whole community should emulate.”

He serves those who have nothing, she says, and nothing to give in return.

But in accepting his award, he told a story about a man named Darrin who he has grown close with. McDonald helped with getting a dumpster down to the river where Darrin and others have been living rough, so that they could keep their area clean and have garbage removal.

Earlier that day, prior to the award ceremony, McDonald went to check on Darrin and give him and some others some food he was given.

“Today when I was walking away from giving him some food, he said ‘I love you, Bruce’,” he told the crowd. “So, even if you don’t think so, you’re making a difference in the community.”

He wanted to encourage others to get out and do what they can, and to continue the work already being done.

“We really have a phenomenal community,” he said. “There are so many people here doing the same things.”

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