Our speaker, Jennifer Yankanna is the Manager of Community Giving for the CNIB. She gave an overview of the extensive services and advocacy CNIB provides for blind or partially sited clients, both adults and children. Ninety percent of their funding comes from the community either from donations or foundation giving.The majority of their clients have macular degeneration. Upon referral from an eye care specialist, they provide life skills training in -home and at CNIB offices. They can offer low vision aids that can enlarge and expand peripheral vision as well as mobility and safe and effective daily living devices. Devices are available for sale or loan. Their loan library is extensive and includes the Daisy Payers (book readers) donated by our Rotary club for loan to those who may not afford them.
Our contribution of $4,800 will bring 720 children from inner-city schools to explore and study in the most beautiful outdoor classroom in Vancouver during the 2015/2016 school year. (45 children per bus). Since 2002, with the support of various donors, a bursary was established to subsidize educational programming for inner-city children throughout the lower mainland. Support of this program would help provide educational programming for inner-city kids throughout the lower mainland by providing bus transportation to and from VanDusen Gardens for field trips.
This personalized medicine will allow (of course, only in those societies that can afford it) far more effective preventive care than at present and greatly refine the healthcare system. Of course, to a degree it provides for very early determination of one’s life, particularly the pattern of healthcare, and as such has profound economic and philosophical implications for society in general. The uniqueness of each individual’s profile being the key to patient treatment, the accuracy of the individual’s unique molecular makeup should transform the personalized health care system.
Frankly, a challenging talk : chromosome therapy should denote the end of many of mankind’s greatest scourges.
Monika is the school principal, and after an expression of thanks to the Club, she introduced Tyson, the architect and engineer of the ‘course’. He, obviously an enthusiastic and motivated teacher, described how the LAP for grades 3 to 11 actually operates and utilizes the funds that are received. He has generally been involved in these activities for 17 years and part of his dedication is shown by his regime of arising at 4am to prepare individual instruction for each pupil, the target being the obverse of the usual technique of only getting into action on the ‘wait to fail’ basis : this, as he said, is entirely the wrong way around for providing such assistance. Virtually all of his pupils go on to graduate, a target which initially many would not believe to be possible. These are often students whom he characterized as ‘angry and frustrated’, in part because of a complete inability to read by the time they reach grade 4. They are not, he emphasized, of low intelligence, it being a blockage of some sort that is holding back the learning process. It is his job to break that intellectual logjam, which is why his skills are so individualized.
We were shown two brief films that his students created and in which they appeared. The first, entitled “Welcome to Thrive” was a moving demonstration of practical biodiversity, and indeed of practical film-making : an opportunity to observe a wise-looking barn owl was grasped when it unexpectedly appeared outside the school. It presented a powerful image. The second film was in reality a thanks for the Club’s having provided so much assistance. We were shown some examples of demonstrative mathematics teaching, an example of assistance that could not have been effected without the help of Rotary.
The world’s learning problems are, it would seem, profound. Of all children, Tyson said, 20% are illiterate, and of the balance, 20% are functionally illiterate. These are sobering thoughts.
Our Rotary club has provided funds for this program in the past.
It provides funding for inner-city school children to visit the gardens.
The kids pay to come in at the regular rate of $7.50 per student but this program provides the cost of the bus transportation to get them there.
Gardens are such an important past of our education. Kids learn so much better by being there and seeing the flowers in person.
Think of how you felt this week with all the blossoms surrounding you? The spring bursting forth.
It lowers your stress level.
We need unstructured time in nature.
It’s a breath of fresh air. A garden gives you safe time.
To see a squirrel or a duck or a hummingbird or a leaf as big as a table.
Kids get the sensory experience. Fantastic flowers.
They run the program from April to June then again in the fall.
This is a Botanical garden not just a park so they also have a research program.
They take in 3,000 children a year.
They also have been assigned the Bloedel conservatory to administer and direct traffic to which has been a great success so far in generating additional visitors to.
Is it time for another club visit to the gardens?
The speaker was thanked by Laurie.
On Saturday we had a cub visit to the Honey Bee Centre in Surrey.
Shail chose to drive in his brand new car. A whole 2 days old.
Hmm, new car smell and Oh so clean. Shame it was raining!
We wandered round the store then had an instructional visit with the bees by a bee keeper who showed us around the visitor centre. It was cold and raining out side so the bees seemed happy to be inside attending to their duties.
After the tour we shared lunch with John Gibeau who told us his Bee story, which included everything from using bees in movies to school tours as well as exporting bees allover the world.
Hooray for the hard working Bees.
We came home full of samples of local honey and some jars to take home.