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Our speakers on Tuesday, September 4th were Susan Jaspers, the Executive Director of Telling Tales and Julie Shea the President of the Hamilton “Tonic After 5” Rotary Club 

“Telling Tales” is celebrating its 10th year on September 16th. More information about TT and the 10th Annual event can be found on the group’s website, here: https://www.tellingtales.org/ 

Telling Tales really grew out of our club. Ralph Montesanto gave the District’s blessing and Kathy Starodub taught them how to run a book swap. Over time the budget for the event has risen from $30,000 to $350,000 and now has an independent Board (it was originally run by the Hamilton AM Rotary Club). In the very first edition, Robert Munsch made a surprise visit. This year the festival is launching 10 new books world-wide with the authors being brought in for the occasion. 

There was an article about the authors and their books that will be appearing at telling tales in the Thursday, September 6th Hamilton Spectator: https://www.thespec.com/whatson-story/8881539-ten-years-of-telling-tales/ (Aside: Note that the writer of the Spec article is Emma Reilly. Her father, Jim Reilly, will be our guest speaker on October 23rd). 

Susan closed her portion of presentation by showing this promotional video (unfortunately there was no sound available at the meeting so members may enjoy seeing it again): https://youtu.be/OgMGyx9lDcQ 

Julie Shea is the President of the “Tonic After 5” Rotary Club of Hamilton: https://rotary7090.org/clubinfo/tonic-hamilton. Julie also acknowledged our club’s crucial role in the founding of Telling Tales. She is looking for volunteers to do 3 hour shifts. One interesting opportunity is the “barn raising” on Saturday. Volunteers can sign up on-line here: https://www.tellingtales.org/volunteer-opportunities/

Rotarian Harold Gruneberg introduced our guest speaker on August 28th, Lynn Campanella. Lynn is the CEO of “Playocracy”: https://www.playocracy.ca/about-1/who-we-are/ and is a “play advocate” The theme of her presentation was “physical literacy”. As Lynn said, “we learn best by doing” so she began her presentation with an activity that we all participated in. 

There are 42 different health care conditions related to physical inactivity and so, as we age it’s important to keep active. The term physical literacy was first used in the late 1800s but it wasn’t until Margaret Whitehead re-invented the term in 2001 that it came into popular usage. The physical literacy movement really took off in 2010. 

Here is a definition of physical literacy: “Physical Literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities” (Whitehead, 2016). 

Physically literate individuals consistently develop the motivation and ability to understand, communicate, apply, and analyze different forms of movement. They are able to demonstrate a variety of movements confidently, competently, creatively and strategically across a wide range of health-related physical activities. These skills enable individuals to make healthy, active choices that are both beneficial to and respectful of their whole self, others, and their environment. 

The development of physical literacy is now a reality for educators and recreational leaders within programming requirements and many physical education curricula identifying the development of physically literate students as the major outcome of physical education programs. 

Further information about physical literacy is available from Sport for Life here: http://sportforlife.ca/physical-literacy/ 

Here is an interview with Margaret Whitehead on Physical Literacy – “The term that she invented”: https://activeforlife.com/margaret-whitehead-interview/ 


Club members might remember a presentation by Sara Beck from the Hamilton Police Services on the topic of human trafficking. Well, Sara plays a starring role in this video put together by HPS: https://www.thespec.com/news-story/8864898-whatever-it-takes-hamilton-police-release-a-music-video/ (Sara is front and centre in the picture in the article and appears at about 1:45 in the video).

On Tuesday, August 21 Jan Southall introduced Jeff Moore as our guest speaker. Jeff is the Principal of the Community and Continuing Education programs of the Hamilton – Wentworth District School Board. Jan has known Jeff for many years, mainly through teaching related activities. 

Information about the city's Community and Continuing Education Department can be found here. Along the top row are the various programs that the department offers – ESL - LINC Language Programs, Adult Programs, Youth Programs, Summer Camps, etc. Jeff talked about each of these programs. 

His department deals with newcomers to Hamilton in many cases. There are about 1000 in the ESL program at the Hill Park Learning Centre (former Hill park High School) for example. There are several other sites (notably in Jackson Square). The department offers literacy programs as well as for credit programs. 

The programs are tailored to the learners. For example some are hybrid e-learning courses which have a home study component (on-line). Students learn how to use the technology (Drop Box, Excel, WORD, etc.) in-person and meet their teachers. The important thing from their perspective is that students have a plan – whether it’s back to school or work or learning the language or basic literacy (including mathematical literacy). For some students their plan is “independence”. For these learning challenged students they create a pathway to independence. Jeff’s Department works with the Hamilton Rotary Club and Cathy Wever School to offer the “Core Kids” program. These include both after school and summer programs.

On Tuesday, July 24 Bob Morrow provided the club with an overview of the Paul Harris Award. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
Bob's presentation from Tuesday can be found here
The St Mark's Sunrise Community Garden continues to grow like crazy...and loads of fresh produce is being provided to the Salvation Army Food Bank in Dundas! 

On Tuesday, July 10th the club received a presentation from Sarah Back from Hamilton Police Services. Sarah gave us a legal and policing perspective on the issue of human trafficking, following up on a recent presentation we had on this issue. Sergeant Beck distinguished between human tracking, in which those involved do not have a choice, and the sex trade, where those involved do have a choice.

Locally, human trafficking is mainly in the sex trade (when forced), though there is trafficking for the purposes of forced labour and forced criminal activity as well. Arranged marriage can qualify as human trafficking if not wanted by the participants and can be a dangerous situation. Sergeant Beck explained that the legislation is written in a broad way, which allows for broad investigation. 

Withholding of documents is a further offence, related to obtaining control over a person. Benefitting from trafficking and exploitation are also illegal.

Our sex trade laws changed about 4 years ago. Note that in the sex trade, women and men are allowed to make these choices for themselves, that is, offering services, promoting themselves, and keeping the proceeds of the services. It is activities of others that are illegal. Many of the offences related to the sex trade are the same as those in human trafficking, such as: receiving material benefit and procuring (recruiting). There are increased penalties for those involving youth. In terms of advertising for the purposes of the sex trade, if pictures are of a child, this is also a child pornography offence. It is illegal to communicate in public or private regarding sexual services and to obtain sexual services. 

Procuring of victims of trafficking happens mainly online. Police with conduct ‘vice probes’ to meet and try to support possible victims. Police also monitor online sites. For help locally there is Victim Services https://hamiltonpolice.on.ca/victim-services; the Vice and Drugs Unit of the Hamilton Police Service https://hamiltonpolice.on.ca/about/sections-units/vice-and-drugs; and Chrysalis Anti-Human Trafficking Network http://www.chrysalisnetwork.org/. Sergeant Beck said that long term supports for victims are a challenge.

On Tuesday, July 3 Allyson Wenzowski installed new President Barb Busing as well as the new Board.
Allyson, Barb and Ralph installed new member Gina Monaco. Welcome to our club Gina!
President’s Remarks:
New President Barb Busing gave some introductory remarks. Her first was to thank Jessica for her year as President and in particular for insisting that we learn the new words to O Canada. Based on her background in healthcare, Barb emphasized that teamwork would be required for her to reach her goals as President this year. Directors received a pin, and everyone received a pocket size guide of our 2018-2021 Club Plan. Thanks to Dave Zak for creating the guide, a handy reminder of our vision for the years ahead. The plan will be further refined as the committees and fundraising groups gather in the weeks ahead.  This year’s Rotary theme is “Be the Inspiration”. Barb hopes that we each will be an inspiration for new and current members in the year ahead.

Our speaker on Tuesday, June 12 was new Sunrise Rotary member Erin Holl who gave her Classification Talk. Erin is (was actually – she just retired) a Director, Support Staff for the College Employer Council. She was born and raised in Toronto where her parents were entrepeneurs. They owned a donut shop which is where she started her work experience. She started with the Works Department in the City of Toronto as a summer job and that led to a long career with the city in the area of Labour Relations. She was a coordinator of labour Relations dealing mainly with grievance but moved up to arbitrations and later became as manager. 

Erin made a lateral move to Transportation where she worked with City councillors. In particular she enjoyed working with David miller who later went on to be Mayor of Toronto. From there she moved to Sheridan College as Manager of Client Services. She followed her mentor to the City of Brampton where she was responsible for bargaining on behalf of the City. In 2009 she moved to the Collge Emplyer Council which represents all 24 Colleges in Ontario. She retired in May 2018 and is currently working on a contract with Mohawk College (doing non-teaching work – curriculum development and program reviews) and Niagara College (where she is helping fill 95 vacancies). She purchased an older house on the outskirts of Dundas and is enjoying renovating it. Erin loves to travel and recently returned from a trip to Scotland.

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Dundas Valley Sunrise

We meet Tuesdays at 7:10 AM
Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club
10 Woodleys Lane
Dundas, ON  L9H 6Y6
District Site
Venue Map
Melisa Schrock, District Governor
Sep 25, 2018
Paul Harris Dinner (No Morning Meeting)
Barbara Busing
Oct 02, 2018
Club Assembly
Glen Norton, Director of Economic Development City
Oct 09, 2018
Economic Development
Cynthia Janzen, Hamilton Health Sciences
Oct 16, 2018
Building a Healthier City