Hillsborough - Charlottetown  PEI  Club

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                    Club Founded June 04,1979. 
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HillsboroughCharlottetown PEI

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75 Kent Street
Charlottetown, PE  C1A 1N1
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The Guatemala Literacy Project

The Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) is a network of individual Rotarians, Rotary clubs and districts, and the nonprofit organization Cooperative for Education (CoEd) with a common interest in improving education for underserved students in Guatemala. It is one of the largest grassroots, multi-club, multi-district projects in Rotary, with over 500 participating clubs throughout its 20-year history.


How Does It Work?

The GLP works collaboratively by securing global grants from The Rotary Foundation and serving as ambassadors to promote and support projects and activities that enhance education in Guatemala. The GLP enables clubs, large and small, to have their funds multiplied up to 3.5 times on a global grant. 100% of GLP donations go directly to supporting the project, 0% to administration or fundraising.



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Paula MacFadyen has taken over from Penny Walsh-McGuire as our Program Coordinator.   Please contact Paula at pmmacfadyen@gov.pe.ca  or speak to her at a meeting if you have an idea for a speaker. (and the individual's contact info). 

Carol and Jay Macdonald awarded Lieutenant Governor’s Tourism Award for Elmwood Inn


After 29 years at the helm of the popular Elmwood Heritage Inn in Charlottetown, Jay and Carol Macdonald sold the business in April.Couple receives Lieutenant-Governor’s Tourism Award in front of a standing ovation More than 125,000 oranges. That’s the number Jay and Carol Macdonald estimate they have squeezed over the years providing fresh orange juice for their guests in the tourism industry.“Every day. We squeezed a lot of oranges,” said Carol.

For 29 years, the couple owned and operated the popular Elmwood Heritage Inn at 121 North River Road in Charlottetown. In April, they sold the inn, but stayed on to help the new owners with the transition.“I actually figured it out,” said Jay. “I know how many oranges it takes, how many months we were full, how many rooms, how many people – I have all those stats. That’s a lot of oranges.”

For their long career in the tourism industry, the couple were recognized at the Nov. 22 Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island (TIAPEI) gala in Charlottetown. They received the Lieutenant Governor’s Tourism Award in front of a standing ovation. For Carol, it was an “oh my gosh” moment.“It just blew me away,” she said.

The Macdonalds are originally from New York State. Carol grew up on a farm near Syracuse and Jay in Yonkers.But Jay’s family history traces back to P.E.I. His great-grandfather came to P.E.I. in 1840 from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Jay’s grandparents also lived on the Island, but left for New York City in 1896 to find work.The couple met on the campus of Cornell University. Carol says the first time they met, Jay talked about Prince Edward Island.“I don’t remember that,” said Jay, with a laugh.“First day,” replied Carol. “I said ‘what’s a Prince Edward Island?’ But anyway, it worked out fine.”They visited the Island for their honeymoon in 1970. Four years later, the Macdonalds made the move permanent.Their first venture in the tourism industry was By the Bay Cottages in Stanhope.When they bought cottages, Jay was working as a patron services manager at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. They were only looking for one cottage for themselves, but the real estate agent gave Jay a handful of keys instead. It was March and the couple drove out to see the cottages. There were spots where they had to wade through deep snow, but the view of Stanhope Bay made the trip worthwhile.“We thought ‘this is a great spot,’” said Carol, adding “we’ve never done it before.”They ended up buying the cottages and running the business for eight years, making new friends and watching their children play and grow up on the property.

I’ve learned how to light every gas stove. You know, you just learn how to do all these things. We always thought cleanliness, good beds and hot water – that’s what we took care of first,” said

Carol.In 1987, they sold the cottages and bought the Elmwood Heritage Inn. The couple lived on the first floor and rented out the two upper levels. When the tenants moved out, the Macdonalds converted the floors into suites and rooms with bathrooms.Over the years, the inn has received several accolades, including 21 consecutive years with a five-star rating from Canada Select and seven Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence.Carol said a key to the inn’s success is that the couple treated the occupants as guests in their home.“We never really thought of it as just a business. This is our home. These are all our things. And, we’re sharing them with you,” she said.

Besides taking room reservations, the Macdonalds also helped guests plan their visit, such as booking tickets for the theatre or making diner reservations before they arrived.“We really tried to let them know that we cared that they were there and we wanted them to have a good time,” said Carol.

Another key to the inn’s success is that they cook for their guests, and are good at it, said Jay. They’ve also learned how to cook based on the needs of the guests.“Celiac, vegan, vegetarian. All sorts of very interesting diets that people will say ‘by the way, I’m such and such.’ And you Google it and find out what they can eat. So, we’ve learned a lot about alternate food styles and we’ve pretty much taken care of it,” said Carol.The inn has been a popular spot for filming music videos as well as the television movie Mrs. Ashboro’s Cat starring Ellen Page. Don McGowan’s well-known show Travel Travel also stopped by for an interview. The episode was played in syndication for several years.The Macdonalds have countless memories of the guests that have stayed at the inn over the years. They estimate they have made a “thousand new friends” each year.“Honestly, fingers on one hand the number of people we didn’t want to come back,” said Jay.But for the past couple of years, the couple was thinking about selling the inn and moving on.

We didn’t really want to put a sign out at the end of the street. So, we never listed it,” said Jay. Then one day, a real estate agent they knew asked if they wanted to sell it. An offer was on the table, and they took it.

It was time,” said Jay.

“Do we miss it? We miss it because of the people.”

 A great tribute to all the work that goes into our Riotary Youth Parliament especially our own Albert Zakem for his dedication.... thank-you
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For centuries, Saint Dunstan's University, Prince of Wales College, and UPEI have been dedicated to providing students with life-changing opportunities; the chance to learn, grow, and be their best professionally and in their community.
The University of Prince Edward Island's mission is only possible because of you and other generous individuals, foundations, and corporations that support our students. This report is a very small way for your 2017/18 recipient to say thank you for helping them and caring about their UPEI experience.
Please know that everyone at the University is grateful for your support and confidence. The information below was provided specifically for you by your student recipient!
Award Received
Hillsborough Rotary Club Nursing Award
Name: Mariah Wedge
Hometown: St. Louis, PE
email: mdwedge@upei.ca
Are planning to go on to graduate school?  If so, what graduate degree are you hoping to pursue?
The possibility of graduate school is definitely there. I am interested in pursuing the nurse practitioner program once I complete five years of front line work as a registered nurse. I believe that experience is essential before I further my education.
What professor has been your greatest inspiration and why? The instructor that has had the greatest impact on me throughout my four years at UPEI is most definitely Joanne Currie. She is a lab instructor and a clinical instructor. She is very approachable and she make learning enjoyable. She goes out of her way to help every student and is open to questions at any time. Joanne was my instructor three times and evaluated my performance during my skills examination.
Do you volunteer and what extracurricular activities do you enjoy? During my first three years, I was a member of the Women’s Rugby team. Unfortunately this year I decided that I need to focus on my studies and I did not play. Playing rugby for UPEI has been one of my favorite memories. I made forever friends and have improved as a rugby player.

Have you, or would you like to study abroad as part of your UPEI education? I did have the opportunity to study abroad during my third year nursing. However, I had no interest in leaving the island as I want to get as much experience in our hospitals.
Here's a bit more about Maria: I am originally from the western end of the island, and now that my clinical placements allow, I travel from home. I am the first generation to graduate from university in my family along with the only prospective registered nurse. I wasn’t really influence by anyone, I just really enjoyed biology and knew I wanted a career in the health field, I chose nursing and I don’t regret it at all. At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to come to UPEI but my father lives in Charlottetown so therefore I was able to save money living with him. After I graduate I hope to work at emergency at PCH or on the medical/palliative unit. I worked on the medical/palliative unit over the summer for eight weeks and I really enjoyed it, the staff and patients were amazing. I enjoy drawing, painting, and reading on my spare time. In the future I hope to own land and build a barn to house horses as this is a passion of mine as well.
Dear Ms. Dunn and Ms. Wood,
This year in particular it was difficult to come up with the financials to support myself throughout the year because I had an extra clinical rotation. This only gave me two months to work before school started again. I was thrilled to find out I received an award. When I looked up what this award was found I was even more pleased because this award is given to a third-year Nursing student standing second-highest in academic achievement. This is an honor and I sincerely appreciate this financial assistance.   I’d like to thank you for donating this award to myself and to students in the previous and following years.
Thank you,
Mariah Wedge
Our 1st Luxury Car Dinner was held on Thursday 24 April 1980 at The Charlottetown Hotel !
Our Club President was Frank Zakem and the dinner chair was Frank Lewis....
The Master of Cermonies was  Geoff Scott, MP....

 "Geoffrey Douglas Scott  is a former Member of Parliament for the riding of Hamilton—Wentworth. He was a member of the PC caucus.In his teenage years, Geoff was a budding impressionist, a talent he occasionally displayed, but only on request, during his political career. He formed a partnership with another budding impressionist, Rich Little, in the mid-1950s."

The 1st winner was than club member Bev Morrissey... a 1980 Cadillac Sedan DeVille....
Menu -  seafood cocktail, prime rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding- baked potatoes-sour cream-broccoli with Hollandaise sauce- baby carrots- rolls & butter.. tea, coffee -milk- and complimentary wine....
 2nd last number drawn  $500
 3rd                             $400
 4nd                            $300            Other prizes with retaikl value up to $2500 !!
  5th                            $200
 6th                             $100
Our auditor wa Tim Kaptein (the PEI Auditor General)   Dress code- Business Suit....
Maximum Tickets Sold    300   !!
Thanks to Peter McEachern for keeping these great memories....

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and long time Club Member, Rotarian Barrie Willis;Barrie joined our club in July 1980....

Horace Barrie Willis
Horace Barrie Willis Husband, father and grandfather died peacefully, surrounded by family, on October 22 at the Neurological ICU in Moncton, NB. Survived by his wife of 51 years, Paula Frances Downe, sister Karen Anne Willis-Duerden (Colin Duerden), Mother-in-law Jessie Downe, sons Brian (Jennifer Ridgway), Andrew (Delphine Gauthier-Willis), Matthew (Myfanwy Marshall), Peter (Laura MacPherson) and Timothy (Chole Campbell), grandchildren Manon, Gabriel, Colston, Samuel, Simon, Benjamin, Thomson and Maxwell. He was predeceased by his parents Horace (HB) and Annie (MacEachern) Willis and his father-in-law Russell Downe.

Barrie grew up on the farm in Kingston and started his formal education in a one-room school just down the road, continuing at Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown, and MacDonald College in Montreal where he received his B.Sc. in 1967.

Barrie was a farmer, arborist, and land developer; an unrelenting optimist who cultivated communities in Cornwall, Hampton and Kingston.
Barrie loved his wife, sons, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their families. He was an avid golfer, curler and snooker player who competed for the love of the games and the joy of witnessing them played well. He will be missed by all who’ve had the pleasure of knowing him.

His curiosity and penchant for learning extended beyond the classroom and into the everyday. In keeping with his curious nature, Barrie’s remains have been entrusted to the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University for the advancement of medical education and research.

P.E.I.'s voice at the NAFTA trade talks will be heading off to Washington next week for the fourth round of negotiations.Kal Whitnell, senior director for economic research and trade negotiations for the province, has been consulting with Island businesses and industries about their concerns and interests in the talks."They don't want to go backwards. The business environment is working well," said Whitnell."The economic integration is very deep."

There are P.E.I. companies with operations in the U.S., and U.S. companies with operations on P.E.I., he said. They want to make sure that as individuals and workers they can continue to cross the border and do the work they need to do.All the provinces and territories have representatives at the meetings, but they are not at the table itself, said Whitnell.Those representatives are nearby, going over proposals and strategies with the main Canadian negotiators.The current plan is for seven rounds of negotiations before the end of the year, and Whitnell is optimistic about how they are progressing.



by Kevin Yarr, CBC News

Vance Bridges- longtime member of the Summerside Rotary Club  and father of our member Doug Bridges, has been
given  "The Senior Islander of The Year Award"  . He is a former representative on city council, president of the Summerside Lobster Carnival and a strong supporter of many local organizations including Meals on Wheels where he served as a volunteer, the Red Cross, the College of Piping as a past president and volunteer, and the Salvation Army.  He and four others were presented their awards by Lt.-Gov Frank Lewis and  Family and Human Services Minister Tina Mundy at a recent ceremony. 
Congratulations Vance for this award and thank-you for all your past services to our communities......

Dr.Colin McMillan is a founding member of the Hillsborough-Charlottetown Rotary Club,,,

Dr. Colin McMillan says he has a couple of little projects and a big one he set aside for retirement.The major undertaking he hopes to tackle is to write a book that details the evolution of medicine in Prince Edward Island.“So the idea is to try and identify and write about pioneers,’’ he says.McMillan notes the late Dr. John Hubert (Sock) O’Hanley, who was a leading member of the Island medical community that helped improve the lives of thousands of P.E.I. children, “would be top of the list.’’McMillan has made his own mark in medicine, serving as the province’s first – and for decades the lone – cardiologist in a career that also saw him become the first chief of medicine of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.Growing up in Charlottetown, McMillan attended St. Dunstan’s University, where in his final year he skated as a “defensive defencemen’’ with the likes of Vince Mulligan, Jack Kane, Jr. and Billy MacMillan on a team that ranked fifth among universities in the country.He went on to study, on the strength of a prestigious Rhodes scholarship, at the University of Oxford.“The opportunity to go to Oxford was something I had never anticipated,’’ he says of receiving schooling at the renowned British institution.He studied history at Oxford but never considered the field as a possible career.He did relish his two years at the university, though, including the time spent over Christmas holidays playing hockey on outdoor rinks around Europe on a team comprised of Oxford students that for the most part competed against University of Cambridge counterparts.After McMillan completed his lengthy medical studies at McGill University in Montreal, he made a work and lifestyle commitment to return to Prince Edward Island for the long haul.He would neither change, nor regret, the decision.His work in P.E.I. proved rewarding.“I feel I’m privileged,’’ he says.

“I tell the patients that – always did.’’McMillan believes he was able to contribute to – and help advance – a quality health service in Prince Edward Island.“You know, we may not have the big population or a lot of resources or even some of the technology that people would like ASAP, but by and large the population here, I think, is well served,’’ he says.McMillan served Islanders on the health front in many capacities.He specialized in the diagnosis and medical treatment of patients, providing long-term, comprehensive care.He enjoyed doing call work at the hospital, even though it could be both tiring and taxing at times.“If the problem that presented was out of my range of specialty or I was unsure, I never had any hesitancy of picking up the phone and calling someone,’’ he adds.

“Those were the things that were sort of drummed into us. There was nothing wrong with a second opinion…it was more or less a matter of responsibility and maturity to do what was the best for the individual that had the problem.’’Getting the nod as the inaugural chief of medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital – a role he held for six years – was an eye-opener for McMillan. Recruitment was a big issue, and technology a big challenge.He also served for 15 months as president of the Medical Society of P.E.I. in the early 1980s – a time, he notes, of financial constraint in the province.As for the financial wellbeing of Island doctors, McMillan played a role as the first – yes, another first – physician chairman of MD Financial Management, which is owned by the Canadian Medical Association with the goal of enhancing physicians’ financial outcomes.Dr. Tom Dorran, executive director of medical affairs and chief of emergency health services, long-term care and community hospitals (East), lauds McMillan’s contribution.“Dr. McMillan has always been first and foremost the consummate professional, role model and mentor for countless physicians,’’ says Dorran.“I am going to miss his wit and wisdom from our chats in the physician lounge.’’McMillan, who reports being in good health at age 75, has never let his work wear him down.He ended call work just over 10 years ago to lighten the load in his later years as a doctor.He worked towards retiring from his cardiology practice in the Parkdale Medical Centre over the past 18 months with Dr. Alex MacLean being recruited by the province in early 2016.McMillan plans to continue doing ultrasound work at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, but he will have plenty of more time to read, travel with his wife Sandy, play golf – and possibly write a book.

Perhaps he might even increase what has been already strong volunteer involvement including long-time association with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and a member of the Confederation Centre of the Arts board for more than 35 years which included a stint a chairman.He also is eager to spend time with his first grandchild.“I have no fears of not having something to do,’’ he says.


    Guardian story by   Jim.Day@theguardian.pe.ca

Our Youth Exchange Committee Chair Elaine Thompson enjoyed a last lunch and chair with Annika Wiebe
before she leaves for a year in Paris on Monday am 0630  !!!!  Aweful I, sure....
Our treasurer was awarded the District 7820 True Rotarian Award at our meeting on Thursday August 24th. On hand to present the deserving receipient with her award was District Governor Don Sword, from St.John's NFL...
Jennifer has been our longtime Treasurer as well as a Past President. We are all very grateful for her efforts and time spent over the past years.
Thank-you Jennifer

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough has chosen Jennifer Dunn as the recipient of this year’s Sinclair Cutcliffe Memorial Award.

Dunn, was honoured by the club during its Thursday luncheon meeting, June 29rd, at the Rodd Charlottetown.
The Sinclair Cutcliffe Award is presented annually by the club president to a member of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough who exemplifies the qualities of Sinclair Cutcliffe and the Rotary ideal of “service above self.” In addition to the Citation to the award recipient, the recipient receives $1000 of Club funds to be designated to the charity of her choice. The Sinclair Cutcliffe Award Recipient will also be the recipient of the True Rotarian Award should that award be made by the District Governor in the fall of the same Rotary year.

Dawn Alan, outgoing club president, said Jennifer Dunn is most deserving of recognition. She can always be counted on to work tirelessly on Club Projects and the day to day operations of the club. She works for the most part behind the scenes, using her vocation, taking on her very important task with pride for our club and with great care for our best interests. She seeks no credit but is deserving of much; our club’s success these past years was largely attributable to Jennifer. Her many volunteer roles in her community is one of her passions and she has carried that passion, to give back, into significant work in the name of Rotary.

She is a past-President of our club and was exceptional in that position . . . and a Paul Harris Fellow who exemplifies what a Rotarian is in all four avenues of service. She has served in the role of Treasurer for our club and for our many projects, big and small, l for many years. Her role, professionalism, and dedication is invaluable to our club and to our members. Service above Self does not begin to describe what she has done for this wonderful club.

In here vocation; Jennifer holds a CA designation, and is a partner with BDO, she has over 20 years of public accounting experience in a variety of not-for-profit, private- and public-sector engagements. She has been involved in special studies for several not-for-profit organizations, government and co-operative entities. And in all she does she wear the title Rotarian with Pride. Jennifer has choose to donate her $1000 prize money from this award to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Past recipients of the Sinclair Cutcliffe Memorial Award include; David White, Dawn Alan, Don Scott, Sue Fraser, Frank Zakem, Eric Ellsworth, Jerry Ivany, Tom Davies and Sinclair Award inaugural recipient David Jenkins.

Harry Lowther, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough’s chairman for The Guardian Book Drive for Literacy, organizes some of the approximately 7,000 books that were donated for this annual fundraiser to support literacy projects across P.E.I.

 Thursday kicks off the book sale portion of The Book Drive for Literacy.

The doors open at 9 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m. at the former Chameleon’s Hanger Store,

next to Dow’s Men’s and Ladies Wear on Great George Street in Charlottetown.

The sale will continue Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


The Guardian and the Rotary Club of Hillsborough work together on this literacy initiative.


Berni Wood has won the Best in Class award at the Professional Photographers of Canada's 2017 annual competition.

She received the honour for an industrial photo she took called Laying Power Cable, which was commissioned by Maritime Electric.

It was taken last November on the first snowy day of the winter as the new power cable between the Island and the mainland was being put in place.

 The weather made the shoot a challenge, as it was cold and crisp and a little bit dark as well.


It's the second time Wood has won this award, also winning with a shot of a P.E.I. cranberry bog in 2012. (CBC)

"I just liked the angle and the lines, because it had the Confederation Bridge in the background, it had the boats in front of the bridge, and then you could see the different colours of clothing that the workers had on from a distance," she said. "And also you could see the red buoys and the line across the water, so I think it just gave it an interesting perspective."

It's the second time Wood has won the award, as she was also honoured in 2012 for a photo taken in a P.E.I. cranberry bog.

There's some pretty stiff competition from across the country in the various categories, she said.

"There's a lot of people enter. There's 21 different classes that people can enter in the Professional Photographer's Image Salon. That's everything from architecture to fashion to industrial to product, wedding and so on."

In addition to that prize, Wood was also nominated for two others in the 2017 International Colour Awards, the fourth year in a row she's been nominated in that competition.

Honesty is Const. Tim Keizer’s best weapon when the police officer makes his rounds at Colonel Gray High School in Charlottetown.

“If I say I am going to do something, I better do it,’’ says Keizer, who became the first school resource officer in P.E.I. a few years ago.

“Credibility is everything with these young people. They can spot you if you don’t have a vested interest in them very quickly.’’