Community Service Meeting, June 7th, Yellow Dog
Yellow Dog picnic tablesJun 07, 2016
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Shred A Thon
Port Moody City HallJun 11, 2016
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Installation Night..PE Patty Klassen
Saint Street GrillJun 16, 2016
5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Clean up Heritage Mountain BLVD
Gallagher'sJun 18, 2016
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Rotary Club of Port Moody Board Meeting
Jun 20, 2016
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Clean up Heritage Mountain BLVD
Gallagher'sJul 09, 2016
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Jul 22, 2016 – Jul 24, 2016
24 March 2016
GATELY ROTARY CLUB
Dear Andy and Gately Rotarians
You have no idea how you have blessed the impoverished schools in Newlands township with your generous donation of books and dictionaries.
Reading is the foundation of learning and these schools not only have a shortage of reading material, but also do not have a culture of leading. Your books will allow us to transform their learning culture and empower them to be useful citizens. We have a person to train the schools in library skills and teachers who will teach reading techniques.
Please know that your kindness and generosity is a gift that will keep on giving. It will have such a positive impact on the schools. Thank you once again for your willingness to share such treasure.
With sincere thanks
Small Projects Foundation
August is graduating this year and will be working at the camp over the summer. She also attended the Democracy in Action weekend in Victoria as our sponsored student.
David showed a short video of last year’s camp showing all the activities that the students are able to participate in, everything from swimming, kayacking, canoeing, rock climbing, hiking as well as the games and all other camp activities. It certainly showed a lot of happy campers.
David is going to provide us with some of the four way test sheets the Port Moody students complete when they are applying for the camp. The meeting for the parents and kids will be held in May at Moody Elementary, date and time to be advised.
A good event about 200 people, it was oversold but it all worked out.
We had a good time.
- The Fox Family
Our Chamber of Commerce wrote:
We are shocked and deeply saddened by the news and sudden death of New View Society’s Executive Director, Jill Calder. Jill was an instrumental part of the Tri-Cities community and was integral to the growth of New View Society. Her compassion and dedication was undeniable, she made remarkable gains to the improvement of community health by increasing the amount of resources available to people challenged by mental illness.
Our sincere condolences go out to Jill’s family and the New View Society. She will be greatly missed throughout the community.
Rotary Club of Burnaby and its friends will be hosting a Gala dinner to assist the Orphans in Ukraine.
The club will be partnering with the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) a registered Canadian Charity (# 86775 7502 RR0001), to assist with the implementation of the fundraiser's objectives.
The funds raised are intended to go towards 3 orphanages run by the religious sisters of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.
The following projects have been identified for assistance:
Sisters of the Holy Family orphanage – located in Bibrka, Lviv region houses 9 children
Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate orphanage – located in Zolochiv, Lviv region houses 10 children
Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate - “Home of Hope” - a Safe house for 21 vulnerable teenage girls and young women located in Lviv city
The funds raised will be used for a variety of purposes including, recreational activities, computers, renovations of the orphanages, medical expenses and clothing.
A journey of musical awakening
By Shannon Henderson
Like an approaching thunder, the base line rumbled softly and slowly, then, picking up speed, rolled into the opening line, “I keep a close watch on this heart of mine…”
The familiar baritone voice of Johnny Cash singing his 1956 hit “I Walk the Line” hummed through the iPod held up to Norman S.’s ear. Keeping in time with the rhythm, Norman rocked in his wheelchair and nodded his head. Every once in a while he would join in with a word or two. By the time the song had finished, a soft tear had gathered at the base of his chin.
Norman is 91 years old and suffers from dementia. He is a resident of Eagle Ridge Manor. A machinist by trade and a foreman for the City of Vancouver for most of his career, Norman has a deep connection with the sounds of the rail industry. The hum of an engine and the rattle of wheels on tracks are familiar and comforting to him at a time when not much else is.
Throughout his life, Norman has had a love of trains. As a child in the 1930s, he would sneak off with his sister down to the Great Northern’s railway station and yards, located east of Main Street in Vancouver. When he was older, he took vacations by train, riding the Blue Train through South Africa and the Puffing Billy steam train in Australia. Later in life, he worked on restoring the 1880 Canadian Pacific Business Car “British Columbia” at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish, and several British Columbian Electric Railway Interurban Cars that are now stationed in Cloverdale. When he could no longer work on train rebuilding projects, he contributed to them financially, supporting the Kamloops Steam Train and the West Coast Railway Heritage Park.
Kenzie B., an activity worker at Eagle Ridge Manor, witnessed Norman’s connection to train-related music during an afternoon social one Friday. Up until then, Norman had not spoken much, nor gotten involved in many group activities. Yet as soon as a train-related song played over the iPod, Norman started conducting with his hands and kicking up his feet in time to the music.
“When the music was playing he had tears running down his face,” recalls Kenzie. “It was a very real connection to his past…it’s an amazing thing to witness.”
Kenzie has been involved with the music program at Eagle Ridge Manor since 2014, when it became a MUSIC & MEMORY-certified facility – the first in Fraser Health. This program is focused on residents with cognitive or physical challenges to find renewed meaning and connection in their lives through the gift of personalized music.
Neuroscience research has shown that musical favourites tap deep memories not lost to dementia. It can bring residents back to life, enabling them to feel more like themselves again, to converse, socialize and stay present. Dementia can peel away a person’s sense of identity, but music reconnects them with who they have been and who they are in their lives. Studies have shown that not only are residents happier and more social, but everyone benefits from a calmer, more supportive social environment.
Through the music, Kenzie has established a meaningful connection with Norman who, despite short-term memory loss, is able to carry on a conversation.
“It brightens my day to see him enjoying the music with his big smile and all full of energy,” says Kenzie. “I’m very privileged to be a part of Norm’s life.”
Asked what the sound of the music means to him, Norman replies, “It feels like you can build upon what you’ve already got.”
To hear more of this story, watch this video: https://youtu.be/CxexgvMRZl0
MUSIC & MEMORY was funded through a generous donation by the Rotary Club of Port Moody. MUSIC & MEMORY is a non-profit organization that trains care providers in creating playlists that connects residents through music.
You might be wondering why I'm sending my March update so early... Well I'm not!
The past four months I have actually been working on a secret project that I took on myself: a documentary about the Paris terrorist attacks in November last year, specifically the opinions of the students and teachers of my high school.
For me, exchange is the year to take advantage of opportunities so I grabbed to opportunity to make this video. I took advantage of the fact that I was surrounded by French people who were affected by these events and had feelings and thoughts to share.
Making this film required a lot of work. Writing a plan, creating the interview questions, inviting people to participate, filming, cutting the videos into sections by question, trimming the videos, translating the transcripts, adding the subtitles, adding music, photos, etc... I started this project in November and worked on it during the winter holidays, but I stopped after because of school and I was only able to pick it up again last week because of the February school break. But this past week, I spent at least 4 hours each day on this video. I uploaded it today.
It's been quite a rewarding experience. It's nice to have the video as a tangible accomplishment of this year, but the process of making it was just as satisfying. I taught myself how to use Windows Movie Maker, I improved my oral understanding of French and used that to exercise my translating skills. Most importantly I pushed myself in an independent project at a level I've never worked with before. I improved my capabilities to be self-driven and motivated. Another benefit of this project was that it gave me an opportunity to talk to my classmates and teachers in the earlier parts of the year, and I actually made one of my best friends here in France because of this video. After I introduced the idea to my class and asked if anyone was willing to be interviewed, she became really interested and was always wanting to help me film the other interviews too. It's the same friend I asked to do the England competition with me.
Anyways, I've decided to share my "masterpiece" with you all. (Actually it's not really a masterpiece because the quality isn't that great) But it is something I'm very proud of, and definitely a defining achievement of my exchange year. Feel free to share it with the clubs.
I would like to pass on a personal "Thank you" to all members as I have had to use the Food bank over this past year and am eternally grateful to everyone concerned from the good people out collecting to the people actually handing out at the Food Bank. I have also been on the other end of Share when I done a short stint in the shop in Queens st, working downstairs. You really never know when you may need the assistance of Share. I am so grateful..
If you would like to print this out and display it somewhere at the Rotary Club if you have notice board I would be more than happy for you to do so..
Maybe just put from a "Grateful Port Moody lady"
Today marks the first day of the February school holidays, and my second day of being 17 years old! Last Wednesday, I went to celebrate my birthday with some classmates at a local restaurant. It was a great afternoon spent with really nice friends. I feel really fortunate to have such a welcoming and enthusiastic class. They all pitched in some money to get me a big box of presents too!
In January, we had our first "Baccalaureat Blanc" which is a prep test for the actual Bac tests at the end of the year (which I won't be doing because I'll be on my Europe bus trip). Of course my marks here don't count for anything back home, but I was still encouraged to do the tests, which came with surprising results. I did really well on the science exam (8/8=20/20), which I'm pretty proud of, because it shows my understanding of French and my ability to apply it has improved greatly. I didn't get such high of mark on my French oral exam (6/20) but compared to most of my classmates who only got 6, 7 or 8 as well, I would say it's not that bad for a foreigner. Although my French will never be perfect, and I still have an accent, I would confidently consider myself a comfortable French speaker.
I had my second Rotex weekend a few weeks ago at Vichy. Although we only stayed together for one night, those two days were filled with memories spend with people I'll never forget. I hadn't seen my district friends since Mont Saint Michel which was 4 months before, so getting to hang out with them again was amazing. It was also incredible because we were able to talk to each other in French, whereas the last time it was still all in English. At the Rotex weekend, there was a talent show and I performed some songs on the guitar with some other exchange students. The next day we toured the Vichy opera. I'll be going up to Vichy again tomorrow to visit some friends.
Aaand that's about it for this month. Hope you are all doing well, I'll see you in March!