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Rotary... from exclusive to inclusive, and from reserve to reinvention.

The Rotary Club of Passport South was chartered in 2018 - one of the first clubs to be created since RI created the "Rotary Passport Club" concept. Norma Gamble, Charter President and long time Rotarian, will tell us more about her club and their unique take on, "Rotary... from exclusive to inclusive, and from reserve to reinvention." 

About the Speaker
Norma Gamble is a South African immigrant who moved to Canada in the late ‘70s, Norma settled in Oakville some 45 years ago. Majored in English and Speech & Drama at the University of Natal, Durban. Post graduate qualifications are in English and in Business Management – UNISA (University of South Africa), and Damelin Management School. Decades of international experience on THREE continents allows Norma to draw on a vast reservoir of work & life experience.

Having joined the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, Membership Development, in the early ‘80s, Norma saw membership growing from just over 300 to 700 in 18 months, taking the organization ‘out of the red’. She started the Oakville Chamber Women’s Network, (likely the very first formal network in Canada) - well before networking became a word we understood & used.

Her Rotary contributions include the following:

  • Team Leader ‘96 - Rotary International’s Group Study Exchange program of goodwill ambassadors to Austria and the Czech Republic.
  • District Chair GSE (3 years); District International Chair (3 years).
  • A FIVE-time recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary’s highest honour, in recognition of local & international humanitarian contribution.
  • President Rotary Club D7080 Passport Club;
  • Chair, District 7080, Community Service 

Outside of Rotary, Norma has been involved in real estate and social entrepreneurship with her currently initiatives/enterprises as follows: 

  • suiteLiving360 Affordable Housing: a not for profit focused on creating affordable housing for seniors, promoting an Eco village, or Intentional Community model 
  • ​​suitePEAS (Private Elegant Affordable Spaces): innovative affordable co-housing and quality living for women 55+