Today's Zoom meeting included a number of Rotarians from the Lakehead and Fort William Clubs as well as very special visit from Kishore Sakhrani at his home in Hong Kong (see below). There were approximately 51 folks on the line. Thank you for joining in.

Dr. Stew Kennedy, lead Covid-19 MD Response Team Coordinater at TBRHSC was unfortunately called away at the last moment. We were, however, fortunate enough to hear from Vignesh Viswanathan,  President of the Confederation College Student Union (Inc) or SUCCI. He was introduced and thanked by CC Past President and  Rotarian Jim Madder.

Vignesh spoke of his background in (dental) health care services, having a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (2009-2016) in his home town of Chennai, India. On making the big (and challenging) move to Canada, he has moved up the leadership ladder to President of SUCCI and has been involved in many "firsts" in his new country (including being first international student president of the union).  https://www.confederationcollege.ca/student-life/your-student-association-succi
He was grateful to attend with his story today. He has many goals but insists on following through with "deliverables". 
He is pictured as seen by the participants.
The club thanks Vignesh and wishes him all the best going forward here..

President Rod Morrison again chaired today with able assistance for co-hosts Kevin Holloway and John Stephenson.

Business Highlights:
1 A fine reflection by Dave Silliman, using his observations of new life in nature (the goldfinch in emerging plumage) as a great metaphor for hope in this tough time (for humans in particular)
2.Wilderness Discovery Centre: Brenda Winter and Bob Tomlinson reporting-resumption of activities date unsettled, still inaccessible by road, bookings into July and August occurring. Bob Hookham would be grateful for donations.
3. Dew Drop Inn: (Dave Silliman).. a volunteer cohort developed for this week.  https://www.wildernessdiscovery.net/
4. Kishore Sakhrani (from Hong Kong Rotary) on the much more advanced and largely successful battle against Covid-19 there. They stress the key elements: 1. masks --early, 2. social distancing,3. washing of hands. Some civil activities are now opening, but they have had 2 waves already.
5. Fort William Rotary (Stephen Margarit) are meeting every 2 weeks, with the next one April 29th- a fun Zoom night.
6. Extensive update (Ola Calderon) on the TB Community Foundation http://tbcf.org (and co-partner United Way of TB https://uwaytbay.ca ) work in this day and age of considerably increased need.