Our club recently received a request for 30 am/fm/cd radios from the St Anne’s Hospital for their new Palliative Care Unit. Thanks to the generosity of donations from our members, friends and families, we are able to purchase the required radios (plus some extra) from Best Buy (who rallied to the cause by giving us 32% discount on the price of the radios and paying for the shipping costs from Vancouver to Pointe Claire).
“Our Rotary club received a touching request for 30 AM/FM/CD player radios on August 8, this year from Tania Shand, for the newly created Ste. Anne’s Hospital Palliative Care Unit. As president, I then sent the notice to our membership, and within 36 hours we had received commitments for 46 radios.”
Our Club recently made a delivery of diabetic socks to Ste. Anne’s Hospital in St Anne-de-Bellevue. The photo shows Brenda Scalzo (our Community Chair) with Tania Shand (Volunteer Coordinator at the hospital).
At our recent Changeover party, Kelly-Anne Frendo was awarded the Order of The Rose for her contributions to our Club. Kelly has worked on various digital media aspects of the Club including our new website and Facebook page, both of which are helping to share the news of our Rotary Club events.
Our Club recently participated in the “Supper Experience” at Old Brewery Mission, serving over 700 meals to some of Montreal’s homeless men and women. The Rotary Club of Montreal-Lakeshore and the Baie d’Urfé Rescue Squad also offered a combined donation to support their cause.
Our Club recently made a donation to the West Island Palliative Care Residence, with whom we have a long-standing relationship. This palliative care facility is located on André Brunet Street in Kirkland.
In thanking us for our donation, Debbie Elvidge (Volunteer Program Manager) said:
“The government pays about one-third of our operating costs. They pay for the doctors and nurses. But the other two-thirds are raised privately, including donations from wonderful organizations like your Rotary Club. We, too, are happy to be among the many organizations that you support. Thank you very much.”
The Youth Committee asked Victoria Marcoux (last year’s winner of the Amcal Montreal-Lakeshore Rotary Club Leadership Award) to share with us some thoughts on her life this past year since winning the award.
“Since then I’ve graduated from high school, which was a very big step for me. Like many of the teams who go through Amcal, a lot of adults don’t know if we’re going to graduate because you’re in a place in your life that you don’t know where you’re going to go, where you’re going to end up in a month, let alone a year.”
“And now it has been a year, almost to the day, since I received the Leadership Award and I’m still so very grateful. When people hear that I received this award, they’re surprised because they didn’t necessarily expect it of me. I still work with the veterans. I’m still in Air Cadets. I still do a lot of work with teenagers and I still do volunteer work.”
Asmick Jean-Jacques, Director of the La Corde Youth Centre of Montreal Youth Unlimited, was recently invited to our Club to accept a donation. Brenda from the Community Committee said:
“We support the Youth Unlimited La Corde Centre. We collect socks for the children who come to the centre and we also give a donation for kids to go to summer camp. My committee and I feel very strongly about the good work that they do in the community: children come to the centre for a hot breakfast, they come for a hot lunch, and they come after school for help with their homework.”
The kids helped by La Corde come from about 60 different nationalities and speak over 50 different languages. La Corde Centre also operates an in-house summer camp.
Asmick Jean-Jacques (Director of La Corde) thanked our Rotary Club for helping them care for the kids:
“We know that your Rotary club helps a lot of organizations and we are happy to be counted among them, so thank you for supporting the work we do in the community.”
Our Club recently presented a $500 scholarship to Chantay Rose, who was selected by the West Island Black Community Association. WITCA was represented by Chairperson Kemba Mitchell and Treasurer Joan Lee at a recent meeting.
Chantay told us she is a graduate of the Social Science program at Vanier College and a future John Abbott College student of the Information and Library Technologies Program.
“I want to share my appreciation of the Rotary club and to accept the Rotary Club Scholarship Award. What amazes me about the Rotary club is that you support the worldwide community, providing medical assistance, schools, educational aid, including scholarships, clean water and sanitation. You also believe that promoting world peace and understanding is very important. The Rotary club also donates money to help organizations that help others less fortunate in the community. I also believe in promoting these values in my community. To conclude I want to thank God, my family and friends and the Rotary Club for helping me follow my dreams for the future. It’s a great honour to be chosen to receive this Rotary scholarship award and I look forward to the opportunity to share my skills and ideas with the Rotary Club in the future. Thank you.”
Our Club awarded Francis Scarpaleggia (MP for Lac-St-Louis) and Ed Janiszewski, (who served as Mayor of Dollard-des-Ormeaux for 33 consecutive years) the Paul Harris Fellow Award at this month’s evening meeting.
“The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is the Rotary way of expressing our appreciation for substantial and continuing contributions to the principles and ideals of service that we as Rotarians embrace.”
“To be named a Paul Harris Fellow is a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of Rotary, to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise, high ethical standards and the advancement of understanding, goodwill and peace.”