Speaker Date Topic
Business Meeting Feb 20, 2019
Rotary Business Meeting and Updates on Projects.

At this meeting we will review and receive updates from the Directors on all the avenues of service:

Community Service, International Service, Youth Service, and Vocational Service.

The Treasurer will also provide a financial report, and any other relevant business will be presented

Heather Kent and Jaguar Feb 27, 2019
Animal-Assisted Therapy
Animal-Assisted Therapy

I have worked within public and private secondary and post-secondary institutions as a Student Services Counsellor, and have also offered services as a Child and Family Therapist in Northern Ontario, where I provided individual, family, group, and couples’ therapy. I have also offered trauma-based counselling services to women who have been in abusive relationships. I have experience working with clients presenting with a wide variety of challenges, including anxiety, addictions, early psychosis, PTSD, eating disorders, depression, abuse, relationship issues, grief, discrimination, suicidal ideation, mood disorders, and academic challenges. I also have experience in working with complex cases of clients suffering from co morbid illness (e.g. alcohol use disorder and anxiety disorder, anorexia nervosa and obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and depression).

My counselling practice to date has provided me with opportunities to pursue further clinical training in cross-cultural and trauma-based approaches. I recently completed the Refugee Mental Health - Focus on Syrian Refugees course offered by the CAMH Refugee Mental Health Project, as well as the Trauma Assessment and Treatment certificate program through Safeguards Training for Children and Adult Services, which included a particular emphasis on sexual assault trauma in children and adolescents. Additionally, I completed previous trauma training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing. These professional learning opportunities have provided me with a rich theoretical framework for understanding and addressing trauma physiology; they support mood regulation, the reworking of addictive patterns, and the prevention or resolution of PTSD.

Prior to my counselling training and graduate studies, I completed Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from Queen’s University. I previously worked as a secondary school teacher and a college/university instructor in Nova Scotia and Northern Ontario for eleven years, which has provided me with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of child /adolescent / emerging adult development, as well as common mental health and substance use challenges among this population.

My Style & Approach to Therapy

First and foremost, my primary concern is to provide my clients with a space that is safe, welcoming, and open. Establishing a relationship of trust and collaboration is the foundation of my therapeutic approach, which is guided by a client-centred focus. Each of us experiences and interacts with the world differently, and we each have our own unique story to share. As such, I believe that my clients are their own best experts, and that each individual has the ability to create lasting positive change in their lives.

From a trauma-informed lens, I strive to be aware of the effects of power and privilege that may impact a client’s experience of events, and I am passionate about helping my clients to feel empowered and hopeful, as they discover their personal strengths and resilience within themselves. I also believe that the body is the most powerful resource that we have, and that we can learn much from the body by reading its signs and listening closely to what it is telling us.   

In a collaborative fashion, I hope to assist clients with an approach that is integrative and holistic, drawing largely from attachment, emotion-focused, narrative, body-centred and mindfulness-based philosophies, as well as some dialectical and cognitive-behavioural approaches, when needed.  I believe that each of us has the capacity within ourselves to achieve personal growth and lasting change.  From this perspective, I devote attention to building on existing strengths and personal resources, and incorporating specific client goals for change into therapy.

(*Note: I also practice Animal-Assisted Therapy with specific clients who would benefit from the presence of a professionally trained therapy dog. Jaguar is a black Labrador Retriever, and is often used as an adjunct to therapy in cases of trauma, anxiety, depression, and in assertiveness training work.)

Rebecca DiManno Mar 06, 2019
Paediatric/Adolescent Stroke

On April 12, 2018, my son Owen was at his first high school track meet.  He attends RS McLaughlan CVI, in the French immersion program.  His track team was participating at York University, and Owen was running the 1500m race.  Owen has always been incredibly active, whether its rep hockey, ball hockey, long distance running or mountain biking, nothing’s ever stopped him!  My husband received a call from the Coach saying that they were transporting Owen to Etobicoke Hospital because Owen wasn’t feeling well, but his blood pressure seemed ok, and it appeared that maybe it was a sugar imbalance or exhaustion.  When we arrived at the hospital, the coach met us before we were able to see Owen, he told us that he felt Owen was suffering a stroke.  We approached the Dr in care, and asked if that was true, he responded that Owen was too young to be having a stroke.  (This is where I would like to bring awareness)  After another Dr was called in, it was evident that Owen required a dedicated team of paediatric specialists, we were then transferred by Ornge to Sick Kids.  After MRI and CT scans it was determined that yes indeed Owen suffered a massive stroke due to the right internal carotid artery dissection.  He under went a life saving hemi-craniotomy the next night after admission.  Owen was in a coma for the next 8 days.  He had left sided hemiparesis, along with frontal lobe damage with controlled emotions, inhibitions and tone of voice.  We spent a month at Sick Kids before being transferred to Holland Bloorview Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital, where he spent the next 4 months in intensive therapy.  Owen had his bone replaced at the end of August, and he was able to start school with all of his peers!  Owen continues his therapy program through Grandview Children’s Center, and is making gains almost daily.

 

While at a Young Stroke Survivors Symposium on Tuesday, it’s apparent that the awareness regarding Paediatric/Adolescent Stroke is low.  I would love to start the conversation regarding this health concern.  Logically we know that we could not have prevented Owen’s stroke from happening, but I believe we could’ve provided him with faster acute care if the first responders were aware that stroke can happen at any age.

 

Doug Byers Mar 13, 2019
Classification Talk.

Doug Byers: Where does he get those snazzy jackets?? Find out that and more!

• Why you chose your particular business or profession
• Parts of your job you find most rewarding and most difficult.
• Forecast employment opportunities in your field for the coming decade.
• Advice you would give persons entering your career field.
• How your profession is being impacted by technology, government
regulations, and environmental factors
• Ethical issues you face at work, and how the Rotary 4-Way Test helps you
deal with them

Business Meeting Mar 20, 2019
Rotary Business Meeting and Updates on Projects.

At this meeting we will review and receive updates from the Directors on all the avenues of service:

Community Service, International Service, Youth Service, and Vocational Service.

The Treasurer will also provide a financial report, and any other relevant business will be presented

Jeff Talmey Mar 27, 2019
Town Brewery

Town Brewery’s vision is, and always has been, to make an impact. To be a valued and recognized member of the Ontario beer community and beyond. We strive to create a business that we are proud of, one that operates with the same values and beliefs that we collectively hold dear; Quality, Consistency and Community

Dr. Rakesh Bhargava Apr 03, 2019
Heart Health for all the old timers.

Dr. Bhargava is Director of the Heart Care Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Program of the Cardiac Wellness Centre, Oshawa and a staff cardiologist at Lakeridge Health, Oshawa. He was the Physician Leader, Critical care and Cardio Pulmonary program at Lakeridge Health, Oshawa. (1997 – 2000). He is an Assessor in the cardiology peer assessment program of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario since 1993. He is actively involved Cardiac research and was GTACC Research Chair in 2002–2003 and is presently the Chair of GTACC (Greater Toronto Area Community Cardiovascular Specialists organization).

He was the recipient of the Annual Award for Outstanding Innovation in Patient Care presented by the Research Institute in honour of the Auxiliary of Lakeridge Health Oshawa 2004.

Mayor Don Mitchell Apr 10, 2019
Annual Update

Mayor Don Mitch will provide us with an annual update on the Town of Whitby, and answer any questions the club may have.

Business Meeting Apr 17, 2019
Rotary Business Meeting and Updates on Projects.

At this meeting we will review and receive updates from the Directors on all the avenues of service:

Community Service, International Service, Youth Service, and Vocational Service.

The Treasurer will also provide a financial report, and any other relevant business will be presented

Paul Dobbs Apr 24, 2019
John Howard Society of Durham

Vision Statement

“We envision a Durham Region where everyone contributes to a safe, healthy and just community.”

Mission Statement

“To reduce the impact of crime and its causes by providing a spectrum of effective prevention and intervention programs.”

website: https://johnhoward.on.ca/durham/us/

Paranormal Seekers May 01, 2019
Ghost Hunters!

 

"We are a paranormal investigative team. Operating in a non-profit fashion. Providing clients and businesses with services in investigating their bumps in the night (or day!). Our goal is to investigate, share and make history interesting! We do so by using Psychic Mediums, a variety of equipment and good old fashion research. We also take part in many public events, as well as host many of our own."

https://www.facebook.com/ParaSeekers13/
Business Meeting May 15, 2019
Rotary Business Meeting and Updates on Projects.

At this meeting we will review and receive updates from the Directors on all the avenues of service:

Community Service, International Service, Youth Service, and Vocational Service.

The Treasurer will also provide a financial report, and any other relevant business will be presented

Business Meeting Jun 19, 2019
Rotary Business Meeting and Updates on Projects.

At this meeting we will review and receive updates from the Directors on all the avenues of service:

Community Service, International Service, Youth Service, and Vocational Service.

The Treasurer will also provide a financial report, and any other relevant business will be presented

Business Meeting Jul 17, 2019
Rotary Business Meeting and Updates on Projects.

At this meeting we will review and receive updates from the Directors on all the avenues of service:

Community Service, International Service, Youth Service, and Vocational Service.

The Treasurer will also provide a financial report, and any other relevant business will be presented