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Posted by Corrine Thompson on May 06, 2013
L-R Donna Dawe, Ben Williams, Philip Schneider, Alexis Elliott, Ethan Smith and Halley Bryant.
Monday May 6th, as is usual the week before the Hector McIntosh Speaking Finals, Donna Dawe had a selection of students in to give their semi-final round speeches. All the young speakers unfortunately did not make it into the finals. There was one new school entering students. The five students that gave their speeches were Ethan Smith from Brentwood and his topic was “Universal Language”. Halley Bryant has a very amusing speech titled “Eyebrows”. Alexis Elliot spoke on “Misunderstanding Can Lead to Stereotyping”. Ben Williams from Maple Bay School spoke on “Little Brothers”. Lastly was Philip Schneider from Alex Aiken School with “My Weird Family”. The stories and students were very entertaining, and they each had a polished presentation! Very well done for each of them. Reminder the Hector MacIntosh Finals are Monday May 13th, 5:30 at the Travel Lodge, talk to Corinne DeLange if you need tickets!
Posted by Corrine Thompson on Apr 29, 2013
Howard Goodridge introduced April’s chosen student with the criteria for the awarding of the Student-of-the-Month Certificate of Achievement. Logan Dutrisac is a grade 8 student at George Bonner School. With him was Veronica Allan, a teacher/librarian at the school. She has known Logan’s family since 2001. Logan is her right hand young man in the library and has held a library monitor position for three years. He is in helping out with early morning jobs as well as end of day jobs in the library. Veronica describes him as being trustworthy, honest, and reliable. Logan is also involved with the school’s year book as photographer, and in the lunch time sales of quesadillas and pizzas. He helps special needs students with his signature patience and kindness. The principal Ms. Grant describes Logan as the most polite, respectful and responsible of any student she has known. President Gordon presented Logan with the Certificate of Achievement along with a cheque.
Posted by Corrine Thompson on Apr 29, 2013
On August 13, 2012 – 115 Canadians were nominated to take part in a formal training offered by the Honourable Al Gore, former Vice-President of the United States, and Nobel Prize Laureate. The Canadian delegation will join 800 new presenters from over 20 countries, on August 21-23, in San Francisco, California.
The participants represent a wide range of backgrounds and ages and include students, lawyers, university professors, business leaders, environmental consultants, engineers, professionals from diverse sectors, and climate scientists. Valerie Russell from Maple Bay, BC, will be part of the group of Canadian trainees and will be available to offer free presentations on climate change as of October 1st, 2012. Valerie has a degree in genetics from the University of Berkley, California. She now teaches grade 11 and 12 biology and ecology courses at Dwight International School. Valerie also is the school’s fencing coach. She and her husband with their three children moved to the Cowichan Valley a number of years ago. She gives talks around the Cowichan Valley on Global warming.
Posted by Corrine Thompson
We had an update in January showing the railings installed, there are now doors and windows! It looks so much better and safer!
Posted by Corrine Thompson on Mar 25, 2013
President Gordon Butt introduced Linda at our meeting March 15th, she gave a presentation on the Canadian Wheelchair Foundation (CWF) an organization that she is very involved with. The CWF has been in existence for 10 years and the Foundation was started in 2003. Its office is based in Surrey, has two people, and its true success is from partnerships with Rotary Clubs, and Rotary Districts all over the world. For more information go to www.cdnwheelchair.ca
The Foundation’s vision is to deliver mobility to the physically disabled in developing countries to give the recipients dignity, hope, freedom and opportunity. They approach this matter through public education and other initiatives. The group speaks around the world describing the challenges of the disabled. The second major job is the physical delivery of wheelchairs. They have delivered 34,000 wheelchairs in over 35 countries. Through their public education program, countries are now viewing the disabled in a different light. They have forged incredible relationships both on the helping side and on the recuperative side.
Posted by Corrine Thompson on Mar 11, 2013
Sara Gillis, this month’s recipient is in grade 11 at Frances Kelsey. Mary Kirchner, Counsellor and Teacher at Frances Kelsey Secondary spoke on Sara’s accomplishments. While in grade 9 Sara stood up to a bully, and has since then continuously been standing up against bullying. Last week they had their Pink Shirt Day. Sara has created a blog site called “My Peace Treaty” (mypeacetreaty.tumblr.com) which is full of positive messages. In the school they have a Welcome Wagon for new students with a designated mentor in another student. Sara goes above and beyond to help others. Sara thanked the club for the honour of the award. President-Elect Michael presented Sara with a Certificate of Accomplishment and with a cheque for $100 for her use. Sara hopes to go on to become a high school teacher and counsellor and help other little grade 9 Saras.
L-R Howard Goodridge, PE Michael Lee, Sara Gillis and Mary Kirchner
Posted by Corrine Thompson on Feb 25, 2013
Joon Toone, who is herself a polio survivor gave a very moving presentation on the devastating effects polio has had on the world, Rotary being involved in the immunization program around the world and the Polio Plus Program being the largest initiative in the world working to eradicate the disease Joan itemized the history and statistics of the disease in Canada and around the world, giving types, kinds of infections, development of vaccines by Salk and Sabine, and the many horrors of the disease that the children went through. There was also a stigma against any child who had survived the disease and they were discriminated against. Both she and her brother had polio as children. Joan mentioned all the good work being done, including the Bill Gates Foundation, and Rotary’s worldwide immunization program, and some of the challenges encounter huge logistical problems in many countries with distribution, politics, and social differences. Three countries are still not polio free - Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Three years ago polio was endemic in India. Now there are no new cases in that country. Joan is also a Paul Harris Fellow and has received the Rotary District Service Award. |