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Posted by Stephen Rhodes
Rotarians past and present gathered at Rotary Glen for some reminiscing, fun and fellowship. Thanks Carl's Catering for great food and thanks to Jerome Dawson and family for wonderful music. And thank you to District Governor Patsy Marshall and District Governor Nominee Will Pugh for joining the celebration. For more pictures visit our Facebook Page here.
JOHANNA NEUJAHR – Her Year (almost) in Canada
On June 15th Johanna shared her international exchange journey with the club members. Starting in Germany, she introduced her family (one younger sister, and parents). Then she spoke of her home in Horn-Bad Meinberg, an area with a population of 17,000 in two towns and 14 villages, located in an industrial part of Germany, but still close to forests.
Johanna was warmly welcomed by her first host family, Luisa, Jim and Jessica Mocon – a place which she felt immediately “at home”. Sightseeing started with the CN Tower, Niagara Falls, CNE and family friends who visited the Mocon’s. Christmas Day was a very special family time. Then it was on to Glenn and Linda Williams – who took Johanna to Haliburton, the Science Centre and Aquarium. Then to the Berry’s who also went to the cottage in Minden twice – once in April to stand on the frozen lake, and then in May to swim!! Finally Johanna is back at the Mocon’s for a few weeks before leaving on June 27 for the East Trip through part of the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario. Canada Day will be in Ottawa –a great occasion to celebrate with other exchange students.
Johanna has taken advantage of many opportunities through Rotary events. This included the very cold Camp Wanikita (-25C), dog sledding, New York City and UN with Carole Berry, and wonderful youth exchange weekend activities, including the Rotaract Blazing Black and Blue Ball. She has also engaged well in school activities at Cardinal Leger SS – including the band, lacrosse, curling and tennis.
After the East Trip, Johanna will be volunteering for the Pan Am Games at the Hersey Centre – and then heading home on July 27th, and almost right away will be back in her hometown high school.
Everyone was impressed with Johanna’s exchange – and very happy to hear of her Canadian adventures.
Posted by Carole Berry
Ameer Khan, Director of Brampton Rotaract thanked the Rotarians who attended the Black and Blue Blazing Ball – the 5th anniversary gala held at The Glen on Friday June 5. The keynote speaker for the evening was Brock Richardson, a former ErinoakKid. Despite his limitations due to cerebral palsy, Brock has overcome many challenges and is working now with the Region of Peel transportation department. He was a very inspiring speaker. Proceeds from the Gala will be going to ErinoakKids.
Posted by carole
Two of the six participants sponsored by the Rotary Club of Brampton spoke of their experience at the 2015 RYLA program held in May.
Dorcas Adusei, a Chemical Engineering student at Sheridan College; and Sendu Muralee, MBA student (August) at the University of Toronto, expressed appreciation for the opportunity to attend this self-described “life changing experience”. While aspects of the program focused on leadership skills and team building were very informative and relevant, they found that the forming of a community allowed the participants to relax and be open with others. This allowed many to present their unique personal stories during 5 minute “Speak Outs” held during the week. Many found that the person-to-person communication allowed them to forget about cell phones and be a full part of the program. One day was focused on aboriginal culture and challenges, which was very informative.
Outstanding aspects of the program were the visit to the Athlete Institute for physical team building exercises and motivation presentations by the professional basketball players; The Rotary Meeting and speaker Emma-Jayne Wilson; teamwork through African drumming, and the individual Personality Profiles which gave feedback and personalized suggestions for working with others.
The Brampton students unable to come to Rotary were attending their on-going classes or enjoying their Graduation Ceremonies. They are often in touch, and several were volunteers at Rib’n Roll.
In 2016 four of the RYLA alumni, who attended to experience the program as facilitators, will take on the responsibility of this program. Chris-Beth Cowie and Ameer Khan, both from the Brampton Rotaract, will be the RYLA program leaders, along with Christina Marchand and Madiha Khan, a Rotarian recently inducted at the Mississauga Dixie Club. The program will be held again in spring 2016 at the Ecology Retreat Centre.
Thanks to all involved in making RYLA possible – the Rotary Club members for financial support and attendance at the Rotary meeting; Vanora Spreen (District RYLA Chair) and Carole Berry (Program Director).
Raising the Flag
Congrats to Brampton Rotary for 75 years of service to children, youth and families. Raising the flag at City Hall yesterday. Photo David Clement.
Posted by Stephen Rhodes
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