Mount Allison’s Rotaract Club is putting on a chilli cook off on February 18th from 6pm-8pm as part of the Sackville Winter Carnival. The event will be located at the Bill Johnstone pavilion and $5.00 will get you any 3 cups of chilli of your choosing. After enjoying the chilli’s, you will be able to vote for your favourite chilli of the night. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards purchasing school supplies for Syrian Refugee children expected in Sackville. Do you have a chilli recipe you would like to enter? If so please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!
Pam Harrison was in Toronto recently, on her way to 4 months in the sun. As luck would have it she was staying in Toronto at a hotel that is hosting Syrian refugees, maybe 200 or more. Yesterday morning these two refugee children saw snow for the first time. They just didn't know what it was! So cute to see their reaction.
The family of four was leaving to meet their host family in St Johns, NL. They were very well dressed and very excited. He showed me his paper work because they did not speak English. They would take a shuttle to the airport and Fly Air Canada to NL.
This the first of many adventures that this family will encounter in Canada. Just landing in the season's biggest snow storm would be their first.
He presents his positive business story and the affirmative attributes of hiring disabled employees. He is deaf so understands disabilities. (82 presentation in 2014)
Mark not only meets all the criteria for the Champion’s League awards but meets the highest standards of business excellence when it comes to creating a truly inclusive workforce in his business.
Mark opened his first Tim Hortons location in the fall of 1995 and shortly thereafter hired his first employee who has an intellectual disability. Since then, Mark and his wife Valarie have employed and/or provided job placements for almost 50 people who have a disability. They currently employ 14 people who have a disability in various positions in their 7 stores and are always looking for opportunities to include people who have a disability in their business. And yes, 15 years later, that first employee is still with them.
Clearly Mark leads ‘by example’ in his actions and in his business.
In recent years Mark has demonstrated significant leadership with the Tim Hortons parent corporation TDL, urging them, as a corporation, to do more. In early 2009, Mark persuaded TDL to launch a franchise-wide educational program about the merits of including people who have a disability in the workforce. This included a multi-page educational piece that was launched on TDL’s internal franchise portal and repeated on several occasions showcasing the merits of including people who have a disability in Tim Horton’s locations, responding to FAQs and ‘how to get started’ information. In addition Mark has delivered personal presentations on including people who have a disability in the workplace at several of TDL’s regional owners meetings in Ontario.
Mark has also been the lead ‘Champion’ of the Rotary at Work initiative in Ontario. Mark dedicates countless volunteer hours to traveling around Ontario making public awareness presentations to Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarians, urging them to consider hiring people who have a disability and, in turn, to assist in Championing this cause. This effort has resulted in 88 people who have a disability being hired in the past two years with only 2 days per week of paid staff support.
Mark is also an active member of JOIN’s Business Leadership Network in Toronto.
Clearly this is another Rotarian making a difference in the world in which we live.
The Story Behind July 1
A star is often a guide as we travel toward a journey, our journey to eliminate POLIO. The colours are those of Polio Plus!!
Symbols of our geography such as sailing, lighthouses, agriculture, star gazing and green for our land and blue for our sky and water
-Jean Coutu Pharmacy
-Middle Sackville Variety
-Rose’s Your Independent Grocer
-Gitpu Tobacco and Gas – Dorchester
Here Ken and Pam display the $300 + raised at Thursday's meeting. That will go a long way to outfitting school children with much needed school supplies. A big thank you to all Club members.