From all of us here at Office Interiors, we would like to thoroughly congratulate Shawn Lean, our VP of Furniture Sales for New Brunswick, for receiving the 2016 Unsung Hero Award. Shawn consistently represents Office Interiors’ values for his extensive work in the community and is an example for the rest of our team.
Below is the nomination letter give to the award selection committee detailing just how many community groups, sports teams and youth he has personally supported. It is both well worth a read and motivational to say the least. Shawn, your dedication has not gone unnoticed. Congrats and keep up the amazing work!
“Shawn is a well-known business manager in the Fredericton area. He is also a strong advocate for young athletes and believes that all youth deserve an opportunity to play sports. With high costs to operate, teams do rely heavily on fundraising activities in order to help cover costs such as ice time, travel, etc.
This is where Shawn comes in. Shawn sponsors/supports many, many teams financially here in the City.
Among them are: Pee Wee AAA Baseball, Tommies Volleyball, Fredericton Royals Baseball, UNB Caps Intramural Team, Cap City Hockey, Bantam Minor Caps, Taymouth Tigers Baseball, Junior Caps Hockey … and I’ve probably missed some as well.
In addition, Shawn has always had a special place in his heart for kids that may not be able to afford to play. His running tally at MacTavish’s will attest to this. He has sent numerous individual athletes in there and made it clear to the owners that they are to have “whatever they need”.
Not only does Shawn invest in these teams financially, he invests his time and personal interest in them as well.
In the case of the Office Interiors Junior Caps hockey team, I’ve volunteered alongside Shawn for a few years now with that team. I can tell you that he constantly strives to make everything that he is involved in a positive experience for these student athletes as well as those he’s ‘roped’ into helping in his causes. He not only believes in helping these young people become better athletes, he believes in helping them become better citizens. He also has a way to make all of his adult volunteers on his team feel very much appreciated and valued.
Most recently, Shawn’s daughter Logan signed up to be the fundraising coordinator for the “Feed the Lions” project at Leo Hayes High School and she asked her dad for his help. As Shawn does, he agreed to help and went at this project like he does everything he’s involved with, at 100 mph! My understanding is that that they had a fundraising goal of $20,000 and that they met that goal, and in fact, exceeded it by raising a total of $22,000.
Shawn is currently the Vice Chairman of the Senior Nationals Baseball Championship, a volunteer position for the tournament, which will be held in Fredericton this August.
Shawn volunteers on numerous Boards including Fredericton Sports Investment Inc., President of EDZA, Hockey New Brunswick. He is passionate about the city he lives in and was brought up in, specifically, his Northside roots.
I hope that you will give this nomination every consideration and I thank you for the opportunity to nominate Shawn. The City of Fredericton, and in particular the youth who live here, are fortunate to have someone of Shawn’s giving nature reside here. I truly can’t think of anyone more deserving.