Posted by Courtney Fisher on May 02, 2021
 
Chair: President Gordon Brown
 
Toast to the Queen, Canada and Rotary: Led by President Gordon
 
Attendance: 19, including 2 guests
 
Guests: Dorothy, Basil’s wife and a former Rotary president
Dr. Roz Roach who is the guest speaker from Dr. Roz’s Healing Place
 
 
 
Announcements:
 
 
 
 
 
Danny referenced an upcoming social media survey.
 
Gerd announced a significant donation of $10 000 made to the NSRC
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Dr. Roz Roach – Executive Director of Dr. Roz's Healing Place.  Introduced by Arthur
 
 
Presentation (summary): Dr. Roz thanked the Rotary Club of North Scarborough for its donation.  She delivered a passionate message regarding the mission and activities of Dr. Roz’s Healing Place.  Mission: to work toward the eradication of violence against women and children locally and globally.
 
Locally, the organization provides a safe space for women and children fleeing violence. Women and children receive legal support, counselling support, and English language supports. Clients are provided mentoring services and are provided healing services in the forms of dance and yoga. In addition, Dr. Roz’ s Healing Place partners with education and community institutions to provide supports to children and adults.  Dr. Roz was also particularly enthused by the organization’s VIBE Program (in-school mentoring and tutoring program), its Sistas Calling initiative and its current focus on Education of all People on Matters of Abuse.
Globally, Dr. Roz spoke of program delivery and support for similar organizations across West Africa and the Caribbean.
 
Finally, Dr. Roz spoke well of the volunteers that bring well-needed services to the community and to the clients at Dr. Roz’s Healing Place.  She spoke of the gratitude expressed by clients who use their services.  It is often said that if you want to know about the value of an organization’s service to the community, ask the organization’s clients.
 
Client testimonial: “I am very happy here.  It is like a home….  I am cared for.  I am loved just like a blossoming flower.” See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhhtqZHjwxs
 
Presentation (online): Dr. Roz’s presentation can be viewed at:https://youtu.be/Zz9W6r-l6EM
 
Thank you: Dhanni Ramdeen thanked Dr. Roz for delivering a passionate and insightful presentation.
 
 
 
Sgt of Arms:
Kathleen was Sgt of Arms and chaired a conversation on Happy Thoughts.
 
 
 
 
 
  • Gordon: Everyone close to him is healthy and that his team played to draw
  • Dhanni: Feeling better
  • Alan: Had what must have been the best ice cream ever
  • Danny: The impact of fasting on some Muslim kids during the Holy Month of Ramadan
  • David: Celebrated his birthday at The Keg (Steeles Ave. and Yonge St.) and celebrated the quality of the food
  • Mike: Happy, no complaints, received Pfizer shot
  • Gerd: Referenced the positive influences of Prince Phillip on people’s lives with particular reference to The Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship
  • Trudy: Happy for life, for herself, her family and for everyone
  • Dave: Celebrating his oldest daughter’s birthday with the gift of a hearing aid
  • Hans: He is happy and especially happy to have found a bicycle mechanic
  • Frank: Celebrated Kathleen’s attendance and the fact he got his taxes done on time
  • Basil: Jokingly spoke of being a teenager and sneaking out of the house
  • Courtney: Thankful for recent food and monetary donation to Rising Sun Food Drive Foundation
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Adjournment: President Gordon thank the attendees and wished everyone a good week and weekend.
 
 
 
 
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