On October 5, 2014, Rotary Club of Saskatoon Nutana member Bryan Harvey presented Julie Borlaug with a certificate indicating that a brick honoring her grandfather, Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug, will be installed in the Peace Plaza at Rotary Park in 2015. The brick is jointly sponsored by Ag-West Bio and the Agriculture Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC) held in Saskatoon October 5-8. Julie was a keynote speaker at the conference on the topic "Continuing the Borlaug Legacy into the Next Century." Each year on the Tuesday closest to September 21, the International Day of Peace, the Club organizes a ceremony at the Peace Plaza in Rotary Park to dedicate bricks in honor of past winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Each year, the Rotary Club of Saskatoon Nutana recognizes past winners of the Nobel Peace Prize through the dedication of bricks in the Peace Plaza at Rotary Park. The dedication ceremony takes place on the Tuesday closest to September 21, the International Day of Peace. The aim is to inspire others to follow the example of the Nobel Laureates in working for peace at home and abroad, and to emphasize the role of the Peace Plaza as a centre of peace-related activities in Saskatoon. In 2014, Anne and Doug Porteous sponsored a brick in honor of Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk, who were the co-winners of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. Doug works for Meewasin and has been a strong supporter of the Nobel Peace Prize program since its inception in 2010. He spoke about the development of the Peace Plaza, the Nobel Peace Prize recognition program, and how Mandela and de Klerk engineered a peaceful transition of power in South Africa from apartheid to majority rule. His Worship Mayor Don Atchison and Rotary 5550 District Governor Pat Chernesky both brought greetings. Observing the ceremonies were students from the grade 8 Eco-Justice class that operates out of St. Edward Catholic School. Teachers Mel Sysing and Dustin Kasun spoke about the importance of acquainting young people with the many opportunities to work for peace at home and abroad.
On June 1st, 275 people gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn to support the Rotary Club of Saskatoon Nutana's intiative to reconstruct the Greffin School in Port Au Prince, Haiti that was demolished during the devastating earthquake that struck the island in January 2010. Our special guest speaker was Senator Pamela Wallin who shared her experiences as a journalist, a public servant and growing up in Saskatchewan. Ian Van Norman, a former member of Nutana Rotary and our partner on this project thru his own charitable foundation gave a picture presentation on the reconstruction of the school and their future plans. Peter Eyvindson, another former club member entertained us with an inspriring childrens' story.
Almost $ 30,000.00 was raised to support our total committment of 100k and we would like to thank all those that attended and those that made in-kind financial contributions.
Senator Wallin, with Rotarians Dorothy, Bill & Boris
Nutana Rotary Club Supports School Reconstruction in Haiti
The Rotary Club of Saskatoon Nutana is working with the Van Norman Charitable Foundation in the reconstruction of an elementary school in Haiti that was destroyed during the earthquake that occurred in January 2010.
Nutana Rotary has committed to fund the reconstruction of the school in the amount of $100,000 over the next five years. The Van Norman Charitable Foundation has agreed to match Rotary’s contribution by funding the costs of school children that attend the “Rotary”school. Governments publicly fund only about ten percent of elementary schools in Haiti.
The reconstructed school is located on the outskirts of Port au Prince and consists of four classroom, a kitchen, cafeteria and office areas. The school reconstruction was carried out by Free Methodist Church volunteers from Canada and the United States working with local construction workers. Reconstruction started in the fall of 2010 and was completed in the spring of 2011. Teaching staff at the school is recruited and monitored by Compassion Canada. The school is open to all children and there are no restrictions on school attendance.
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