Speaker Date Topic
Steve Rutlege Sep 08, 2020 7:15 AM
Adopt A Village in Laos
Adopt A Village in Laos

President of AAVIL, Rotarian on the International Committee with the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise, recipient of two Port Hope Civic Awards, the most recent in 2011 for Philanthropy, is a recipient of two Paul Harris Awards and The Spirit of Rotary Award.  In 2016 Steve was awarded the Family and Community Award by the Rotary Club of Courtice.  In June 2020, Mr. Rutledge was awarded the Bob Scott Disease Prevention Award from the Rotary District 7070.

Mark Chipman, Rotary District Governor, 7070 Sep 15, 2020 7:15 AM
District & Rotary International Business
District & Rotary International Business
John Henry, Durham Regional Chair Oct 06, 2020 7:15 AM
Durham Region Update

In Ontario, the Municipal Act sets out the responsibilities of the Regional Chair. The Regional Chair is both the head of council and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Region.

Elected as Durham’s Regional Chair and CEO in 2018, John Henry served as the Mayor of Oshawa from 2010 to 2018, and Regional Councillor for Oshawa’s Ward 5 from 2006 to 2010. He has previously served as a member of the Regional Planning & Economic Development Committee, as Chair of the Durham Region Local Housing Corporation, member of the Durham Region Transit Executive Committee and the Durham Environmental Advisory Committee.

Born and raised in Oshawa and a dedicated volunteer, John has a vested interest in the future development, prosperity and quality of life for Durham residents, while keeping a close eye on fiscal responsibility.

John is a graduate of R.S. McLaughlin C.V.I., Durham College, George Brown College and Panasonic’s Corporate School. He is also a trained Industrial Fire Fighter, Ice Rescue Specialist and Dive Rescue Specialist.

Regional Chair Henry and his wife Katherine, a retired Pharmacist, have two daughters, Danielle who is a Speech Pathologist and Jessica, who is an Officer for the Royal Canadian Army and working towards a degree in Dentistry at McGill University.

Ellen Meade Oct 20, 2020 7:15 AM
Horizons of Frienship

Horizons of Friendship is a charity committed to eliminating the root causes of poverty and injustice in Central America & Mexico.  

Ellen implements Horizons’ fundraising program and contributes to the organization’s communications strategies. She has extensive experience in project management, grant-writing and community engagement, having worked in the non-profit and university sectors. Ellen holds both a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Geography and master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D in Environmental Studies from York University. After working across northern Ontario and Saskatchewan with municipalities and Indigenous communities,