Bill Richardson said that the experience of trips like HART III typified the values of Rotary and that HART IV was in the DR now and that Midland Rotary had contributed $2,500.00 to support those workers.  Now 21 students from ST. T's are undertaking a similar trip - to Kenya - and he expected they will get as much out of it as they give.  On behalf of the International Committee and Midland Rotary he presented representatives with a cheque for $5,000.00.

David Gravelle told us a bit about the work of Physician Recruitment and the new doctors who have moved here.  He said the best results are coming from the U of T's rural placement program.  While Midland has been involved, all the doctors who have taken part have stayed, until this year.  But the two expressed their gratitude for the experience and the welcome they had received while here and spoke to the value of their time here.

Jim Shaw chaired the meeting of the 23rd, in Britt's absence.  He said the last time he had taken up the gavel was 45 years ago so we could relax - he won't be doing it again till 2059.  Jim was born on Hugel over near Dollartown and became a dentist working out of the building on Midland Ave. that was torn down so Bourgeois could park more cars till they moved up to Hwy. 12.  People said he wouldn't go far and they were right - only a few blocks, he said, and all downhill.

Jim lost his mother while he was in grade 7 and his father during grade 10.  His olders siblings had moved out and away but he had learned solid values and how to work from his parents so, with a very small inheritance of $10.00 a week and 20 hours a week at work and the help of neighbours who took him in as a boarder he managed to become one of the first graduating class at MSS and then go on to Guelph to the Agricultural College.  He actuallly signed up for an MA in bacteriology but quit that fairly quickly and moved into dentistry, graduating in 1964.  He had already met his wife - they were married in 1959 and are celebrating 55 years.

His father had been in the first war - fought and wounded at Vimy but patched up and sent back to the trenches.  During the second he joined the veterans' guard and worked at a prison camp in Gravenhurst.  Jim has visited Vimy twice.  Jim and his wife have a son who's the best social worker in Canada and a daughter who is Communications Director for Canadian Tire, nationally.

In 1965 they were invited to Dean's house along with Clare Armstrong and Johny Walker and the resulting enthusiasm led him to join Rotary.  He has enjoyed it - has been Secretary and President, been to 5 District Conferences, was Assistant DG, helped with Group Study Exchanges and 5 International Student Exchange visits.  He says he just tried to contribute and has been awared the Service Above Self Award.  He is thrilled to be able to come back to Rotary, to be welcomed so warmly and to enjoy the meetings.

He retired in 2002 but soon afterwards fell and broke his leg and multiple myeloma of the bone was discovered.  He says he has had excellent treatment, has had chemo, radiation, a transplant and back surgery which was successful but which left him paralyzed though through a lot of work he has moved from a chair to a walker and sometimes to a cane.  His cancer is in remission and he's going to rehab - all because we are fortunate enough to live in a generous society with medical.  His philosophy has been "You can say I can or I can't and either way you're right". so he just hopes to keep going.  Fred thanked Jim for chairing the meeting and for sharing his story.

 

On the 30th the Midland and Penetanguishene Clubs visited the new Waypoint Centre.  Maureen and Anita Dubeau welcomed us and introduced Carol Lambie who gave us an overview of this great new facility.  20% of Canadians have some mental health problems through their lives, over 4,000 a year commit suicide and, of those that do suffer as many as 90% are unemployed which means an impact of 50 billion dollars a year to the economy.

Waypoint's predecessor opened in the 1860's as a place for problem boys and became an asylum in 1904.  In 2008 it was divested from the Province and is now part of the Catholic Health Organization.  There are 1,200 employees, it has a budget of $110 million, 300 beds of which 150 are Provincial Forensic beds and the rest are Regional.  They admit over 850 people a year and discharge about the same number.  They are able to offer many special Mental Health and addiction programs to over 1,000 outpatients who are supported by the local hospitals and the Hero program.

It is the only Maximum Security Forensic Mental Health hospital in Ontario.  With the new facility they are embarking on a new program of research in co-operation with U of T and Lakehead.  The new building cost $471 million, is 350,000 sq. ft. and houses a pool, a gym, an auditorium and conference facilities and will house 200 of the residents.

We broke into smaller groups and were taken on a tour of this great new facility.  A big part of the redesign has been geared to increasing the connection between departments by getting them under the same roof, enhancing communications and atmosphere and improving recreation facilities.  It has been designed so there is flexibility - seperate entrances for patients and public which enhance security and accessibility to the recreational facilities.  There is a patient run store, a woodshop, an upholstery shop, a hairdressing salon, a kitchen and classrooms which have all moved out of the cold, dark and damp basement into spaces with windows.

New technologies enhance security while reducing the need for the bars and gates sense of a prison, the spaces for patients are pleasant, well lit and comfortable and the work areas are designed to provide sight lines and management from a central work station.  We were one of the last groups to move through the whole facility as patients began to move in on Monday.