Posted by John Farrow on Feb 12, 2019
In the absence of a regular club meeting this week, here is a look at Rotary Friendship Exchange.
On February 9th, 12 Rotarians and partners left on a Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) trip to India.  President Rick Fiedorec, Greta DuBois, President Elect Ana Sutherland, Past Presidents Michelle Chatten-Fiedorec, Heather Kembel, and John Gale, and member Ed Thompson, along with Jeri Mooney and Gary Kembel, are representing Cataraqui Rotary.  Barry and Nicole Rowland, and Matgaret Shibley are representing other District clubs.  During their exchange the team will visit other Rotary Clubs, visit projects that we have participated in funding, and talk to other Rotarians about Canada.  They will even squeeze in some sightseeing as time allows.  During their stay the team will be billeted by volunteer hosts from the Rotary Clubs in India.  RFE is a great way to travel to another part of the world and see the work that Rotary does.  Its unique structure of Rotarian hosting also makes it more affordable.  Soon an RFE Team from India will make a reciprocal visit to Kingston, and there will be plenty of opportunities to connect with Rotarians from another part of the world.
From the RI website;
Edwin Bos and his family have visited India, Nepal, and most recently, the Philippines, through one of Rotary’s unique programs, Rotary Friendship Exchange. This exchange program gives Rotary members and their families the chance to experience new cultures — and make lifelong friends — by staying in the homes of Rotarians in other countries.
Bos, assistant governor of District 6250 in Wisconsin, USA, led 13 Rotary members and their families on an exchange to the Philippines, where they stayed with Rotarians in District 3850. While there, they visited several projects, including a depository for shoe donations, a library’s computer literacy program, and a clean water initiative. Participants also enjoyed local festivals and learned about ecotourism in the Philippines.

Rotary Friendship Exchange fosters interclub collaboration, with the goal of advancing international understanding and peace through service projects and spending time together.

Bos’ district has worked on several international service projects, including a global grant project with the Rotary Club of Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines, that provided clean water.

“Participating in the exchange was the best decision I’ve made as a Rotarian,” says Ellen Waldmer, of the Rotary Club of Jefferson, Wisconsin, USA. “I had the opportunity to see a water project our clubs and others helped fund and celebrate with the children and families it benefited.

“We’ve made so many new Rotary friends while visiting our host families and clubs. It’s an experience we will treasure for years to come,” she adds.

Please enjoy some of the photos that have been shared of our RFE Team.
What is Rotary Friendship Exchange? John Farrow 2019-02-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Egnatoff
This morning the spotlight was shared by our National and Membership Committees.
National Committee Update
Ana Sutherland presented two videos and a slide show of a project that we participated in with Focus Forward for Indigenous Youth.  It was a shared presentation by Evan Barianrd (spelling?) from Focus Forward for Indigenous Youth. The Friendship Exchange Team will take this presentation to India, and speak with them about sharing a project with them. Included were interviews with the teachers and the students on benefits to them and their community. The greenhouse will support the growing of vegetables including several varieties of corn. It is a life-changing project for youth involved.
The Greenhouse Project, Wikwemkoong First Nation Greenhouse for Change is a way to provide learning opportunities for youth and food for the community. This sustainable project taught the local Indigenous youth on Manitoulin Island how to build greenhouse, working in greenhouse, planting, harvesting, composting, and making pellets for pellet stoves through harvesting forest left-overs. There are many opportunities for growth and development, and interviews with the high school students reflected their enthusiasm and the new skills they learned, from planning, constructing, and managing the greenhouse . This can really change a Nation, a village.“Not a lot of kids to have the opportunity to go out and build another part of their school, their community.” a student said. Food will will be planted in the ground, in boxes, and aerially. The greenhouse will be heated with a pellet stove. Only the south side is exposed to the elements, saving energy.
The project video will be posted soon.  Kudos to Robert and the National Committee for their great work.
Membership Committee update
Ana gave details, almost finalized, of the new membership category, Friends of Rotary. The guidelines include the privilege of attending Rotary meetings, pay as you go breakfast, participation in fundraisers, soliciting funds for Rotary projects, wearing a special badge, orientation etc. Once the terms are in final form, they will be brought forward to the Board and the Club. Dues will cover insurance and other marginal costs. Limitations: A Friend of Rotary will not be a club member, will not be a voting member of any committee, will not hold office, won’t wear the Rotary wheel. Friends will have separate name tags and badges. Being a Friend is a great beginning to Rotary, part of the continuity of being involved in Rotary. It can include corporations and other groups.
Q: Would a Friend qualify to go on a Friendship Exchange? (good discussion), but no definitive answer.
Q: Fee. A: $150/year
Q: Could they evaluate project proposals?  A: Input would be welcome but no ranking of projects would be permitted.
The Membership Committee would welcome whatever input Club members would have on this issue.
Club Meeting of February 5th, 2019 - Updates from National and Membership Committees Bill Egnatoff 2019-02-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Hodges on Jan 29, 2019
John Farrow introduced our Guest Speaker, Vanessa Yzaguirre, M.A. speaking about Building a Diverse and Inclusive Community at Queen’s.  Vanessa was invited after John saw an article about her in the Queen's Alumni Magazine dedicated to diversity at the University.
Vanessa is Special Projects Officer with the Human Rights and Equity Office at Queen's University.. She is originally from Venezuela and joined Queen's after completing a Masters in Gender Studies.  Vanessa task is to work with administrative areas of Queen’s to develop and implement diversity and equity strategies.  Practically, this means trying to understand and respect the diversity of the Queen's community when considering the work they do, the activities they plan and the interactions they have.
Vanessa defined the terms human rights (entitlements we share by the simple fact of our humanity), diversity (any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another), equity (the guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all) ,and inclusion (the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity), buzz words that we all hear but don't often know the core concepts behind them.  Once we understand what they mean, we need to develop the essential skills of collaboration, empathy, and listening so that we can understand what challenges different groups face and what an organization like Queen's (or a Rotary Club) needs to do to provide an inclusive environment for all.
The areas that Queen's must consider are numerous, including but not limited to; Planning Exercises; Policies, Procedures and
Practices,  Committee Representation, Recruitment & Hiring, Supports, Education and Training, Procurement and Delivery of Goods and Services, Communications and Community Relations, Accessibility, and Consulting with Indigenous Communities.
Heather Kembel– have you worked with the City at all?  Yes, our Director was involved in the “Say Hello” campaign, and ways to move forward with that.
Michelle Chatten-Fiedorec – So important to ask the question: “Do you need some help?”
Robert Reid thanked Vanessa on our behalf.  Hopefully her presentation gives us food for thought as to how we can make our club more inclusive and diverse.
Vanessa Yzaguirre - Building a Diverse and Inclusive Community at Queen’s - What Can it Teach Rotary Terri Hodges 2019-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Hodges
Sandy Sheahan & Donna Glasspoole were here today from SPEAKingston, an organization promoting smart development in Kingston.
SPEAKingston Terri Hodges 2019-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Hodges on Jan 15, 2019
This morning our exchange student Maya Bergersen spoke about her home country of Norway and her experience so far as an Rotary Exchange Student
Maya Talks About Her Life in Norway Terri Hodges 2019-01-15 05:00:00Z 0
Annual General Meeting Terri Hodges 2019-01-08 05:00:00Z 0
President-Elect Ana began the festive evening by welcoming all of the guests/partners who were in attendance this evening.
Formal activities were light this evening, given over to the fellowship of Rotarians and their partners and guests.  President Rick introduced our entertainment for the evening – Perpetual Emotion – an offshoot of the Kingston Townsmen Chorus.  The men entertained us with a mix of traditional Christmas music, blended with some contemporary selections, including a humorous song about texting a loved one at Christmas.  Big thanks to President Rick, who purchased the performance in our annual auction and donated it for our entertainment this evening.  Auction co-chair Greg Mumford acknowledged the continuing support of the Kingston Townsmen and Perpetual Emotion to our auction.
President Rick concluded the evening by thanking everyone for coming and by wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
Helping out at Lunch by GeorgeCooking turkeys
Past Rotarians gather to honour Ruth Hicks
Annual Holiday Party John Farrow 2018-12-17 05:00:00Z 0
Arnold Lawrence reflects on a life in Rotary service John Farrow 2018-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Cohoe on Dec 04, 2018

The meeting program for November 27, 2018 was the presentation of cheques totalling $17,720 to seven organizations who submitted grant proposals this fall, and also to one organization (Lunch by George) that we have been supporting annually for a number of years.

Rotarian Terri Hodges coordinated the adjudication process from start to finish, beginning with the posting of information documents on the club website, receiving grant proposals submitted, distributing these to all of our club members, organizing and chairing the adjudication meeting to which all members are invited, and today being the culmination of that process with the presentation of cheques to successful applicants.

Elizabeth Cohoe, director of service projects was on hand to assist Terri, and began the proceedings by thanking all of our club members who participated in any of the fund-raising events, including the auction, the nut drive, bingos, and cash calendar sales.


John Mckay, Pipe Major for the Kingston Police Pipe Band accepted a cheque for $4,260 that will assist the work they are doing at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Kingston.
Sandi Dodds and Bev Woodcock were on hand to accept a cheque for $2,000 for The Mess, to help with necessary kitchen renovations. Although the proposal was submitted by The Mess, the improvements will also help The Kingston Street Mission, and Special Sunday Night Suppers that are provided from the same kitchen in Gill Hall of St. Andrew’s Church.
Mae Whalen accepted a cheque for $1,967 for Music Mates, a program that uses music to help people with intellectual challenges to communicate.
Peter Gower was on hand to accept our cheque for $2,500, which will assist funding of Lunch by George.
Norm Guntensperger, of Polson Park School was given a cheque for $2,993. This has since been matched by the Limestone Learning Foundation. Our money will assist the school in setting up a ukulele orchestra for the students, as some of their families cannot afford to provide them for their children.
Janza Giangrosso, accepted a cheque for $500 for Loughborough Public School to finish creating an outdoor learning space with additional landscaping stones.
Vicki Keith, Coach of the Y Penguins, a swim program for kids with physical disabilities, accepted a cheque for $2,000.
Katherine Porter and Julie-Ann May were presented with a cheque for $1,500 to assist the H’Art School to provide bleacher seating in “The Box” which is a performance area within the school complex.

When the floor was returned to President Rick, he added, “Ukuleles Rock”!

C-K Rotary Presents Grants to Local Organizations November 27, 2018 Elizabeth Cohoe 2018-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Greta du Bois, Director, Foundation, presented Paul Harris Fellow awards to four Kingstonians nominated by club members.

Mary Farrar, nominated by Elizabeth Cohoe

I’ve nominated Mary Farrar to receive a Paul Harris Award for her many and varied contributions, that align with education, health, conservation, community building, and reconciliation with our Indigenous friends.

Professionally, Mary was an elementary school teacher. She retired at 55, and after that became very deeply involved in our community. 

Mary moved into the city (from a hobby farm) 10 years ago and it was only then that she began cycling. She has been part of the initiative to get all the bike lanes you see now. This supports the physical health of our people as well as health of the environment by encouraging biking and reducing carbon emissions.

She was instrumental in getting support from her city councilor and then from city staff to create the Inner Harbor Heritage Trail. With an initial dream of having a trail from the LaSalle Causeway to Kingston Mills on the west side of the Cataraqui River, our city staff suggested that she get a group together to work on possible plans. She was able to get the involvement of some influential citizens, and it went from there. In the end, staff went beyond the original suggestion and proposed that the trail come down the east side of the river as well. Council voted unanimously in favor of the project and completion is planned within the next 20 years. For Canada’s 150th, Council approved that the Inner Harbor Heritage trail be part of a connection between the downtown and the Trans Canada Trail. This connecting trail is now complete except for one inaccessible section at the intersection of Division and John Counter Blvd. Mary and her colleagues are working with city staff to ensure that a pedestrian and cycling overpass will be put in place to solve this problem.

Mary is the President of Friends of the Kingston Inner Harbour. The trail has made the Douglas Fluhrer Park more accessible to people in the north end of Kingston. Before, they were cut off by the railroad. She taught for many years at the old Kingscourt Public School and has an affection for the people in that neighborhood. She strives to do things that will help to create social equity. 

The Kingston Inner Harbour is lively with a large number and variety of animals, including reptiles and birds. With Mary’s leadership, the Douglas Fluhrer Park has become an active place of learning, of projects to support the ecosystem, and activities that connect the settlers’ community to the Indigenous community. There have been organized family days, and many special events. Mary was aware early on in the project to support the turtle population that our Indigenous people place importance on turtles in their cultural beliefs and teaching. She has included The Mohawk Grandmothers’ Council, and The Caretakers of Belle Island. Activities at the park have included teaching about the science of turtles, and about Indigenous learning. On one occasion there was a blanket exercise held in the park, in cooperation with Four Directions and Peace Quest.

By itself the turtles project is notable. It has been going for three years now. Volunteers monitor turtle behavior and cover the nests to protect them from predators. Mary has been able to obtain grants from the Kingston Community Foundation to coordinate the volunteers, and from Trailhead to connect paddlers with the turtles and from the Community Foundation to hire students to help with educational event coordination and improve the quality of the citizen-science research they are engaged in. As well, she has obtained financial support from notable foundations outside of Kingston. Partnerships are in place with Queen's University, Carleton University, and several charitable organizations interested in turtle preservation and turtle habitat. Mary herself has been out snorkeling in the Inner Harbour to try to determine where the turtles come back to hibernate. It is known where they bask in the sun, and where they lay, but not where they hibernate. It is necessary to learn these things as part of a long-term demographic study of turtle habitat there.

On another note, most recently, Mary has begun to make the public aware of the lack of dental care provided to people in long term care. Her husband Edward has been permanently hospitalized at KGH, due to dementia, which also makes communication difficult. Mary had no idea that there is just no time for the staff to provide adequate dental hygiene, or she would have been providing this herself. Ed’s teeth were falling out, and in the end, this led to him having all his remaining teeth removed, due to neglect. Mary took her story to the Whig Standard, and the full story was reported. She stresses that she places no blame on the nursing staff, but since then, she has taken the first steps to bring about change. 

Mary is known affectionately to many as “The Turtle Lady”, so my friend Paulette Bruce who does traditional beadwork, and who is here today, designed and made something to recognize that before she receives the award.

Doug van der Horden, nominated by Ana Sutherland

Doug van der Horden is a child and youth worker and Adolescent Care Worker at Ernestown Secondary School in Odessa.  Children and youth benefit from his work. He is providing clothes in a back-pack as a comfort item during the first point of police intervention.

He works to raise awareness of human trafficking (see The Real Deal on Human Trafficking, Kingston Whig Standard) and is cofounder of the Alliance for Action to help victims.

Raymond Vos, nominated by Bill Gray

Ray has helped many in Kingston to understand the challenges faced by many people in Kenya. He and Irwin Streight presented to Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston telling us about the work and its impact.

I have known Ray Vos for many years. He is a humble man and totally committed to doing what he can to improve lives in Kenya. He works incessantly on the project.

Through Creative Framing/Gallery Raymond, Ray has been a consistent donor to the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston community auction.

Ray is a fine example of what one person with a passion for service can accomplish.

Ray Vos created The Kenya Initiative: From Street To School about 9 years ago after learning about the challenges faced by people living in and around Kijabe, Kenya. He wanted to support young people, often AIDS orphans or abandoned children, with housing and education at boarding high schools.

Why boarding high schools? Students receive a much superior education and have the best opportunity to be able to care on with post-secondary options. But boarding high schools cost about $1,000 per year, far beyond the reach to most Kenyan families.

Two young men, Isaac and Kaleb, were the first to benefit. With help from The Kenya Initiative, they have both graduated from university and are building their lives.

Funds raised by The Kenya Initiative also support Thread of Hope, an organization training women to learn a skill and become providers for their families. Many have benefited from training and micro loans to establish business from a revolving loan fund made possible by The Kenya Initiative.

Ray Vos has travelled to Kenya three times, 2013, 2016, and again in 2018 to learn, understand and provide moral and financial support.

He is chief fundraiser and a major financial contributor to The Kenya Initiative. Many people purchase his photographs taken in Kenya of the people, all ages, and animals and landscape. 100% of sale proceeds go to The Kenya Initiative.

On'a'got'tay, nominated by Bill Gray

I met On'a'got'tay at an event of the Community Foundation of Kingston and Area following the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. From then Nancy and I have gotten to know On'a'got'tay. I meet with him most weeks. He has broadened my understanding and I am very thankful for his coaching, friendship, guidance, and counsel.

On'a'got'tay is active most every day as an ambassador for indigenous peoples, as an educator on matters of language and culture, as a medical person providing knowledge of indigenous medicine and natural remedies.

On'a'got'tay has helped and helps all of us to have a better understanding of our past and to work not just for reconciliation but also for reconciliaction. He is a face of indigenous people in Kingston, enabling people of all races to learn from one another.

Rotarians benefit from his attendance at weekly meetings. The National Committee particularly benefits from his knowledge and advice.

At Kingston General Hospital, On'a'got'tay educates medical personnel on traditional remedies at the same time he comforts indigenous patients with the ways of western medicine.

He is sought out by local school boards and by the City of Kingston.

Children benefit weekly at The Language Nest, a beneficiary of Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston, by learning their language and culture. On'a'got'tay is one of the founders. The Saturday morning programme takes place at Kingston Community Health Centre.

Church groups are gaining understanding through his teaching.

Paul Harris Fellow Awards November 20 2018 William Egnatoff 2018-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Kingston Drum Circle

Greta introduced our two speakers, Yessica Rivera Belsham and Théo Paradis aka Red Sky, from the Kingston Drum Circle. Yessica originates in Mexico, and Théo comes from the Ottawa area. Both are indigenous people.

Yessica started Brazilian drumming in 2009, and has gradually added drums from all over the world. The Kingston Drum Circle is using drumming to bring people back to their indigenous roots. Drums can be found in every part of the world, and in this context, represent the heart beat of Mother Earth. Yessica brought a drum from West Africa, and because of Thanksgiving, the two shared a song of gratitude for Mother Earth. She explained that as you feel the vibration, you can think about things that make you feel love in your heart.

She was located at the Tett Centre for a while but can now be found at the Canadian Mental Health Association headquarters. For them, so much of what the drums can do is related to mental health. All cultures have something to share, and every voice is beautiful. She has also done programs at H’Art and at Ongwanada.

Yessica now has a total of 40 drums, and is receiving requests from schools, and from Providence Care.

From questions that followed, she talked about the drum tradition in Mexico. Drums have been used in ceremony, in war, and more frequently in celebration.

It had been suggested that she submit a grant proposal to our community grants process, to obtain drum kits for schools, but decided against this idea. For her the drums must be authentic. The drums connect many natural elements. She pointed out that just on the one drum at the meeting, it involved goat skin, wood and water. She sees it as creating a connection on a deep level to Mother Earth. It’s much more than just playing with drums. Today, many indigenous people are struggling to return to the culture that was taken away, and drumming is a meaningful way to reconnect.

Heather Kembel offered thanks to Yessica and Théo, especially for the song of gratitude at this time.


Kingston Drum Circle October 9 2018 Elizabeth Cohoe 2018-10-15 04:00:00Z 0

Jacob Gardner, our guest speaker, October 2, 2018, is a Radiologist at KGH and is involved in the Ranked Ballot initiative and is here to tell us about it.

I went to Ottawa when I was 17 as part of Adventures in Citizenship.

We are currently use a first-past-the-post system for civic elections in Kingston. This splits the vote across those running on the popular issue.

A ranked-ballot system is being proposed in which voters rank all the candidates, first to last, and the race is run over and over, each time eliminating the last person, until one candidate has more than 50% of the vote.

This sets up for a more civil election.

You shouldn’t have to vote "the least of the evils." There is no strategic voting with ranked ballot– you don’t have to vote for someone you don’t want.

The ranked ballot system allows newer candidates to thrive.

The referendum question will be on the ballot of the upcoming mayoral and district rep election.

For more information, see: Ranked Ballots--City of Kingston.

Why Ranked Ballots?--Jacob Gardner, October 2, 2018 Terri Hodges 2018-10-09 04:00:00Z 0

Honorary Rotarian Joan Egnatoff

Joan is from Saskatchewan and taught music education there. After marrying Bill she took time off work to raise their kids, but was always involved in playing the church organ (she got her start at age 3 on Granny Margaret’s living room organ.)

She’s mostly interested in music – singing in choirs since grade 9, studying piano and organ, and working with the children in the Cantabile choir. Loves gardening, telling scary stories, knitting, sewing and a bit of quilting.

Joan’s involvement with Rotary started when Bill joined in 2005 – and they’ve visited many clubs in: London, Paris, Wisconsin, Saskatoon, Nice, Makeni in Sierra Leone. They’ve hosted five exchange students.

Rotary is a place to meet new friends who are also interested in service. She’s been to two International conventions and they’ve been an amazing experience in learning about the service projects and programs that are underway around the world – education, water, sanitation, etc.

She encourages us all to attend the upcoming District Conference here in Kingston – it will help us to make a difference!

Joan Egnatoff becomes Honorary Rotarian 2018-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 02, 2018

Kayleigh Hunter reports on Adventures in Understanding

Kayleigh was introduced by Greg Mumford, Director, Youth Services. Our club sponsored Kayleigh to attend Adventures in Understanding .

Thank you for inviting my Dad and me here today and for sponsoring me to attend Adventures in Understanding. I was initially on the waiting list but got in! Lots of gear was required and the visit to Tim Horton’s on our way there was a must! Started with a blanket toss! Canoeing through locks. Saw a fox! Toured Trent University and canoed through five locks to Lakefield college – amazing storm and flyaway tent! At Camp Kawartha went rock climbing and ate in a teepee. Archery, knife and axe throwing. Had a teaching with an Elder. Got a soapstone to carve. Paddled 22km on Day 5! Did some drumming and learned about wild rice. Saw shooting stars on our last night ☺ Sweetgrass gift (mind, body, health significance) Thanks! Future candidates should have an open mind and love to learn. No phones allowed and now I’m using mine less. I am now reading and writing on indigenous texts in English at school.

Heather Kembel thanked Kayleigh and presented her with muffins!


Kayleigh Hunter reports on Adventures in Understanding Terri Hodges 2018-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Helen Tufts Nursery School - Open House Sept 6, 2018 2018-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Hodges on Aug 14, 2018

Karina Gummert, Marcel Gummert, Sigi Scholten, August 7, 2018

Marcel spoke on August 7th about his experience as a youth exchange student in Italy during the school year 2017-2018. He was introduced by his mother, club member Sigi Scholten, who spoke of how proud she was of her children, how much the year changed them, and how grateful she was to Rotary and our club for the great opportunity.

Summary of Marcel's talk

People usually think Spaghetti, Pizza, Gelato, and hand gestures. And the hand gestures one is so true!

In the North of Italy and very densely populated: Cremona

Not a very unified country, with different dialects even as close as 50km apart.

I played soccer there – had to register and paperwork took 5 months to come back from Rome! Attended all the practices, but in the end I couldn’t play in the games with my team. Everyone crazy about soccer, even if they don’t play.

The pizza there tastes SO different than the pizza here. I liked the thinner one best.

13 exchange students in Cremona and we would meet regularly to chat and have coffee.

Stayed with 3 different host families and it was an amazing experience.

After about 7 mos, I made dinner for 11 of us exchange students.

Visited Pisa, Milan (went 5 or 6 times); went skiing at Ponto di Ligno – through the clouds!; Lake Garda, Rome (my sister Karina visited with me in March); Class trip to Munich!; Venice – best seafood ever!; Sicily – most beautiful beach ever!; Salo (visited our exchange student from last year); Great water bottle fillup stations! Florence (in hospital for 5 days, and that messed up my visit with my family); Cinque Terre – 5 little towns on beautiful cliffs overlooking the water; Prague; Vienna – went to the UN; Budapest – my favourite city of the whole trip – good food and awesome people; Slovenia; visited so many different cities that I can’t remember them all!

I learned so much – new life experiences, new friends, beautiful memories.

Thank you SO much for this opportunity – the best year of my life yet!



Q (Bill E. with a grin): Did you go to school?

A: I DID go to school there and studied Italian. High schools are subject specific – language, science, economics – different from here.

Q: (Michelle) Before you went, what did you most want to achieve?

A: I wanted to learn Italian. Achieved a language certificate.


Heather thanked Marcel on behalf of the Club.

Marcel Gummert Youth Exchange to Italy 2017-2018 Terri Hodges 2018-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Hodges on Jul 31, 2018
John invited Lilly to be our guest speaker July 31, 2018 to talk about her work with Ducks Unlimited on controlling invasive species on Wolfe Island.Greta du Bois, herself very concerned about human influence on the environment, thanked Lily for her work and her excellent presentation.
Lily is a student at Guelph in Environmental Science. She is working for Ducks Unlimited Canada on Wolfe Island to battle invasive species.
European Water Chestnut – floating plant that quickly forms a dense floating mat that lowers oxygen levels detrimental to fish and wildlife. Seeds are sharp and dangerous when washed up on shore.
Currently hand-pulling to remove them. Need to be careful if wrapped around lilly stems. Pulls out quite easily. 2 people pulling weeds all day! J
Leave on land to dry out.
Native to western Europe, Africa brought as ornamental plant in 1879.
66% reduction in 3 years.
After pulling the plants in an area, they do surveillance around the area to look for more.
No bio-controls known for European water chestnut (which have risks of their own).
Volunteer, avoid boating in infested areas, never release non-native plants or fish.
Bigger problem on south shore in the States.
Not much further east than here for us.
For the slides of Lilly's presentation, see: photoalbums/lily-auty-invasive-species-talk-slides-july-31-2018
Lily Auty Terri Hodges 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Mumford on Jul 21, 2018

Schedule June 2018 - March 2019

ThursdayJuly 05. 20186:00 PMJohn FarrowElizabeth Cohoe
ThursdayJuly 05, 20188:00 PMDoug TownsendBill Egnatoff
ThursdayJuly 19. 20186:00 PMHoward LeeMartin Thomas
ThursdayJuly 19, 20188:00 PMRick FiedorecMurray Cotton
ThursdayAug 02, 20186:00 PMBill EgnatoffTerri Hodges
ThursdayAug 02, 20188:00 PMRick FiedorecGreg Mumford
ThursdayAug 30, 201810:00 PMJohn RichardsTerri Hodges
ThursdaySept 06, 20188:00 PMRick FiedorecPatty LeCollier
ThursdaySept 06, 201810:00 PM
John Farrow
Greg Mumford
ThursdaySept 20, 20186:00 PMRobert ReidMurray Cotton
ThursdaySept 20, 20188:00 PMHoward LeeRick Fiedorec
ThursdayOct 04, 20188:00 PMRick FiedorecHoward Lee
ThursdayOct 04, 201810:00 PMJohn FarrowRick Fiedorec-->Biill Egnatoff
ThursdayOct 25, 20186:00 PMTerri HodgesGreg Mumford
ThursdayOct 25, 20188:00 PMDoug TownsendMurray Cotton
ThursdayNov 01, 20186:00 PMHeather KembelElizabeth Cohoe
ThursdayNov 01, 20188:00 PMRick FiedorecGreg Mumford
ThursdayNov 15, 20186:00 PMElizabeth CohoeJohn Richards
ThursdayNov 15, 20188:00 PMRick FiedorecRobert Reid
ThursdayDec 13, 20186:00 PMElizabeth CohoeJohn Richards
ThursdayDec 13, 20188:00 PMDoug TownsendMurray Cotton
ThursdayDec 27, 20186:00 PMJohn FarrowHoward Lee
ThursdayDec 27, 20188:00 PMBill EgnatoffGreg Mumford
ThursdayJan 03, 20196:00 PM
Heather Kembel
Greg Mumford
ThursdayJan 10, 20196:00 PM
Robert Reid
Martin Thomas
ThursdayJan 10, 20198:00 PMMurray CottonJohn Gale
ThursdayJan 24, 20196:00 PMJohn RichardsHakeem Subair
ThursdayFeb 07, 20196:00 PMRobert ReidHoward Lee
ThursdayFeb 07, 20198:00 PMRick FiedorecHakeem Subair
ThursdayFeb 28, 20196:00 PMHeather Kembel 
ThursdayFeb 28, 20198:00 PMJohn Farrow 
ThursdayMar 14, 20198:00 PMRick Fiedorec
Anita Mercier
ThursdayMar 14, 201910:00 PM  
ThursdayMar 28, 20196:00 PMRobert ReidHeather Kembel
ThursdayMar 28, 20198:00 PM
Murray Cotton
Rick Fiedorec
Please send updates to Greg Mumford.
Bingo Schedule Greg Mumford 2018-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Cohoe on Jul 17, 2018

Dr. Dorothy Cotton--Biography

Dr. Dorothy Cotton is a forensic psychologist with a particular interest in the area of police psychology and who holds diplomate status in police psychology—the only one in Canada. She is an Associate Member of both the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and has been involved in the latter organization’s policy and program development related to police/mental health systems liaison. She consults regularly, both formally and informally, with police services across the country about issues related to development of mental health liaisons programs and committees. Dr. Cotton also provides pre-employment and fitness for duty assessments to a variety of police services.

Dr. Cotton is also an adjunct faculty member at Queen’s University, is Past President of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (the regulatory body for psychology), has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and is also a Fellow of CPA.  She served on the Mental Health and the Law Committee of the Mental Health Association of Canada.  In 2012, she received a Diamond Jubilee Medal recognizing her work in relation to interactions between police and people with mental illnesses and in 2018 she was invested into the Order of Ontario for her work in this area.

Interactions Between Law Enforcement and the Mentally Ill

Dorothy began by stating that since she has been working with the police for the last 15 years, her opinion about the interaction between police officers and those who suffer from mental illnesses has changed.  Public opinion has been warped by the media because of the over reporting of negative situations. 

She used a quiz approach to show us how our own perceptions affect what happens.  For example, if we were to see a man on the street clutching his chest, or a child hurt on a playground, we would naturally provide assistance and call for professional help if necessary.  This does not happen if we see a person acting erratically.  Generally, it results in a call to the police.

This is the reason why the police get involved in the first place.  Although one in five have such problems, people with mental illnesses are over represented in police calls, and may be encountered multiple times.  For many, their first contact with the mental health system is through the police.  In fact, in Canada, there are several million such calls every year.  They play a huge support role, yet the public will only hear about the occasional death that may occur.  Dorothy is very aware that the police are actually doing an incredible job at things that don’t make the headlines. The police come in contact with these vulnerable people who are most often victims and not perpetrators. They are not more likely than the general population to commit a crime. They are generally not a danger to society.

Most calls that are received by police are citizens just looking for help. The example given was a parent who doesn’t know how to deal with a child, and the police play a big role in getting people connected to the proper services. They are often “the only game in town”. This began when there was a decision to deinstitutionalize people suffering from mental illnesses, and Canadian society became very conscious of human rights. There is now a lack of available resources. There is also an awareness of the stigma associated with mental health issues, and fear of seeking help for this reason. The whole area is underfunded now, and has become a societal failing.

There has been more attention paid in the last five years, especially by the military, but it is mainly talk and there is a lack of proper funding.

What are police services doing? They used to say it wasn’t their job. Now they are getting many hours of training. In some communities there are joint response initiatives with other services, but Kingston is not large enough to be able to do that. Kingston does have some specialized officers, and support for front line officers. They have developed strategies for dealing with these situations, and they are hiring new officers with the right traits and previous experience. The police actually do a lot of social service activities over simple law enforcement. They have become part of our community circles of care.

The greater problem is society at large and the attitudes out there. We really need to examine our own attitudes.

Some questions followed which gave Dorothy an opportunity to provide further examples. The cost to society is greater than the cost of policing if these people do not get properly treated. People who leave work with mental health issues are generally absent longer than those with physical health issues, and many don’t return at all.  Most people won’t talk about it if they do. Only a small number of people with mental health issues actually need police assistance, but that is where the calls go. Like many other issues, we are generally afraid of what we don’t understand.

Robert Reid provided our traditional speaker thanks.

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