Club Executives & Directors
Our speaker was Joshua Cherian, Facilities Manager at the Brampton YMCA who gave his classification talk.
Joshua had very humble beginnings in the southern tip of India, where there was no electricity and supplies were delivered by vendors in boats.
Joshua didn't wear shoes until the age of 15 even though he walked 16 kms a day to school.
Moving to northern India because of his father's job in the military, Joshua continued his studies in the area of Mechanical Engineering.
His first job was in the maintenance department at a hospital in Bombay,(Mumbai) where he rose to the position of Supervisor.
Joshua was determined to learn English - his third language, so worked the night shift, in order to take English classes during the day.
As his career moved forward in Mechanical Engineering he went from the area of health care to area of tourism with a large beach resort project.
Joshua's next success was the first Bio Tech Facility in India, followed by a high tech project with the first multi national company allowed to operate in the country, which required Joshua to learn about broadcasting and multi media.
Joshua's wife had relatives in Canada, and they decided to relocate to Canada for the promise of a good future for his family.
Joshua was ready to do whatever it took to find work in Canada, studying the Ontario Building code at the library. His first job was at EMC2 (squared) a storage management company.
Currently Joshua is the Facilities Manager of the Brampton YMCA, where he is proud of its award as the best Green Employer
after energy audits by Sheridan College, and a Energy Reduction Award from Hydro One.
Joshua is a believer in philanthropy, and he is one of the leader donors in the GTA networks of YMCA's.
He serves on the YMCA Advisory Board where he has encouraged multi-cultural events .
David Clement thanked Joshua noting that Joshua's greatest successes in engineering, broadcasting and facilities all involved the letter "P" Projects, Programs, Properties and Philanthropy.
All of this was possible because of his considerable Passion - passion for life, passion for success, passion for hard work and passion for Canada.
Joshua demonstrated this passion for Rotary, being the first volunteer to sign up for Rib and Roll .
Thank you Viktoria
President in Waiting John Sanderson presided over the meeting, with 29 Rotarians in attendance.
Viktoria, our current Inbound Exchange student from Slovakia, was presented with a certificate of completion for her year in Canada, as well as the Canadian flag signed by our club members. Viktoria was an excellent ambassador for her community, her Rotary Club and her country and will be missed by all at the RC of Brampton.
Vanora Spreen was very happy to serve in a new role as Sergeant at Arms, with Ken Spreen as her right hand man, as Bagman.
Dennis, David and Badar were fined for getting stuck between the 9th and 10th hole a 'rest stop' during the RC of Brampton's Golf Outing.
Happy Bucks included Dennis not needing his eyes glasses due to surgery which should result in increased tips due to being able to see the notes easier.
Brendan was born and raised in Brampton. He spent his summers in Quebec with his grandparents and worked on a farm between the ages of 12 and 16 years old. Brendan learned a lot, met many different farmers. He also helped many kids so it was like a summer camp. Brendan was a part of the Brampton Track Club and he was good at track and field. He did odd jobs, had some spare time so he joined Big Brothers which was a way to give back.
Brendan was offered a job at New Mechanical doing plumbing, welding and machinery. He then merged into air conditioning, did his 5- year apprenticeship and got his license. He later opened a martial arts studio, had 200 active memberships, while still managing his air conditioning company. He had six employees. He sold the martial arts school as it was too much for him.
Brendan didn’t ‘t know what Rotary was all about until he met Glenn at the Brampton Board of Trade who invited him to a Rotary meeting and after learning about Rotary, he became a member.
Brendan’s goals are:
-Start a family
- Make his air conditioning business, Dr. HVAC, the best in the area
-Teen Ranch – a spa for troubled teens.
President Steve Robinson
The Rotary Club of Brampton welcomes our new President, Steve Robinson. President Steve thanked Past President, Vanora Spreen for her outstanding leadership during her year and reflected on our 75th year, taking a look at all we did, such as Rib ‘N Roll, Kid’s Party, Quint Meeting, Paul Harris events, District Conference, Bingo, Coin Show and the list goes on and on. Also, there was a growth in membership from 53 to 60, a great achievement! With Vanora’s leadership, we now have a good budget and she showed us how to grow.
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