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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.

The guest speaker on May 15th was Sharyn Hall. The Reverend Canon Sharyn Hall is an Associate Priest at Christ’s Church Cathedral Hamilton and a member of Synod Council for social justice issues. Sharyn lives in Dundas with her husband Fred Hall who is also a Canon in the Anglican Church. 

The bulk of Sharyn’s presentation is contained in this article: https://niagaraanglican.news/2018/02/05/no-human-being-should-be-bought-or-sold/ 

During her talk, Sharyn mentioned a local group in Waterdown called the “Waterdown Stop Human Trafficking Committee” which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/waterdown.stop.human.trafficking And, here: http://stophumantraffickingwaterdown.blogspot.ca/ 

There is also a national newsletter: https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/hmn-trffckng-nwslttr-2014-07/hmn-trffckng-nwslttr-2014-07-eng.pdf

On May 15 our guest speaker was Dr. Tapas Mondal, McMaster University talked about the International Project on CPR – McMaster Global CPR Project 

Dr. Mondal visits India and does community presentations on CPR; heart disease is the leading killer world wide. The demonstrations for lay people to show hem how to do CPR. He has some mannequins’ but needs many more. He mentioned some of the challenges’ in India and other countries around cultural sensitivities - i.e. women are at a great disadvantage because people may not want to give them CPR. Dr. Mondal has a cross appointment with McMaster Engineering. They have modified mannequins equipping them with sensors and have been able to supply some to medical schools in India. 

He is looking for funding to send over hundreds of demonstrational mannequins to India and potentially Africa. He has also made training videos on CPR in English, Bengali, Mandarin, Nigerian and Arabic. Heart disease is becoming rampant in India and China due to the change in diet to include a lot of junk/snack food.

On Tuesday, April 10th we were joined by Cathy Watts from "1 in 4".  Cathy lived in Dundas for 18 years and now resides in Copetown. She is a survivor of domestic abuse.  The organization, 1infour.ca, supports women who have experienced domestic abuse.  Cathy is a quality support nurse at McMaster University.  When she had to leave her home due to domestic violence she spent time at Inasmuch House and at Interval House of Hamilton with her children.  The abuse affected her emotionally and for several years she could not work and thus was on Ontario Works.  She is now back working at McMaster.  

She said the support she received from Interval House of Hamilton was excellent -both in counselling and advocacy services for women and the IHOH Child Youth Program which helped her son deal with his anger.   She also attended Sage Camp run by Good Shepherd.  The 1 in 4  website hosts blogs with the personal stories of domestic abuse survivors and lists local support services available to women.  The organization was founded in 2012 and they have applied for charitable status.  Through McMaster University, they have taken part in research projects with St. Michael’s Hospital and Women’s College Hospital in Toronto around post traumatic stress and narrative exposure therapy.

The club was pleased to present financial support to both Interval House and 1 in 4. 


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Dundas Valley Sunrise

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