D6400 is proud to announce that it has selected an amazing team for its 2018 Vocational Training Team. The team will travel to Tanzania to talk to elementary teachers about learner centred education with an emphasis on mathematics. The Team Leader is Dr. Clinton Beckford, a Professor of Education at the University of Windsor. He has experience leading teams to Tanzania as part of the “Teachers for Tanzania” program. He has created and manages the Global Education Development Fund established to give hope to underprivileged children and women whose circumstances of hunger and poverty make them vulnerable to child labor, sickness, sexual exploitation, and abuse. The team has four members, Danielle Piche, Jillian Pizzo, Kate Lamoure, and Kristin Schram. Danielle, a mother and step-mother of three, has been a teacher in Ontario for about 19 years. She believes that all students can become motivated to learn math at deep levels and is excited to be part of the learning that will go on in Tanzania. Jillian is a Master’s in Education student at the University of Windsor. She is currently employed with the Greater Essex County District School Board as an Elementary Occasional Teacher. She has passion for teaching and working with a diverse range of learners. Kate is an occasional teacher with the Greater Essex County District School Board in the elementary division. She has experience working with students, families, and educators from diverse backgrounds, and has a passion for education, mathematics, and student learning. Kristin has more than 11 years of progressive and varied experience in elementary education with the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board. She has a passion for creating dynamic and differentiated lessons that instill a lifelong love of math and a sense of math confidence that allows her students to take risks and come out of their comfort zones.
In the photo, from left to right: Danielle Piche, Kate Lamoure, Clinton Beckford, Kristin Schram and Jillian Pizzo
Please help James the son of Linda Newsome, President Nominee of the Rotary Club of Taylor.
Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.
Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”
Rassin stressed the power of Rotary’s new vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” This describes the Rotary that leaders must help build, he said.
To achieve this vision, the president-elect said, Rotarians must take care of the organization: “We are a membership organization first. And if we want to be able to serve, if we want to succeed in our goals — we have to take care of our members first.”
Rassin asked the incoming district governors to “inspire the club presidents, and the Rotarians in your districts, to want to change. To want to do more. To want to reach their own potential. It’s your job to motivate them — and help them find their own way forward.”
Rassin noted that one source of inspiration has been Rotary’s work to eradicate polio. He described the incredible progress made over the past three decades. In 1988, an estimated 350,000 people were paralyzed by the wild poliovirus; just 20 cases were reported in 2017 as of 27 December. “We are at an incredibly exciting time for polio eradication,” he said, “a point at which each new case of polio could very well be the last.”
He emphasized that even when that last case of polio is recorded, the work won’t be finished. “Polio won’t be over, until the certifying commission says it’s over—when not one poliovirus has been found, in a river, in a sewer, or in a paralyzed child, for at least three years,” he said. “Until then, we have to keep doing everything we’re doing now.” He urged continued dedication to immunization and disease surveillance programs.
Rotary has focused heavily on sustainability in its humanitarian work in recent years. Now, Rassin said, Rotarians must acknowledge some hard realities about pollution, environmental degradation, and climate change. He noted that 80 percent of his own country is within one meter of sea level. With sea levels projected to rise two meters by 2100, he said, “my country is going to be gone in 50 years, along with most of the islands in the Caribbean and coastal cities and low-lying areas all over the world.”
Rassin urged leaders to look at all of Rotary’s service as part of a larger global system. He said that this means the incoming district governors must be an inspiration not only to clubs, but also to their communities. “We want the good we do to last. We want to make the world a better place. Not just here, not just for us, but everywhere, for everyone, for generations.”