Rotary Club of Kitchener


January 4, 2021

Meeting Recording

A recording of Today’s Meeting can be found by clicking here

President's Comments

President Louise welcomed everyone to the meeting, wished us all a happy new year and indicated that she is looking forward to a really great year!
She announced that our Indigenous Support Working Group is becoming more active and is still looking for additional members if anyone has an interest in this area.  She also announced that she will also be forming a Tech Talk Working Group and will be sending out more information shortly.  Related to Tech issues, Howard Pell reminded everyone that, if they have not done so lately, now would be a great time to back up their computers!
We were also informed that we will all be receiving a survey soon in regard to items dealing with club meetings and activities.  Please be on lookout for this.


Jill Stoddart, our guest speaker (see below)

Visiting Rotarians

Elena Shpinel, RC of Moscow International

Happy Jar

Ernie Ginsler is happy that he and wife a Judy will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on January 9.
Neil Swayze was pleased to report that we have received our cheque from the joint Online Auction committee in the amount of $22,003.91, which is about $1,000 over the amount from last year.
Dave Smith is happy to have completed his eye surgeries and to be without glasses except for reading.
Paul Rostrup is happy to be celebrating his 65th birthday this week and is happy to be with us all today.
President Louise was happy to let the members know that we received a $500 cheque from a former Car Draw supporter who only wished to be recognized by his first name – Peter.

Club Announcements

Paul Rostrup gave a brief update on the Catch The Ace The progressive pot is now at $8,322 and he encouraged all members who have Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter accounts to please LIKE, COMMENT and SHARE any/all Catch The Ace postings you might see online.  Getting the word out on social media will support our success!!
President-Elect Adrian provided a brief update on the work of our 100th Anniversary Committee.  Two major celebrations are being planned – one focusing on an opportunity for current and former members to mix, mingle and get caught up to date with each other and another to involve community members, dignitaries, former grant recipients, etc.  We also have two major projects being developed – A bridge in Victoria Park will be rebuilt and dedicated to us and we are working on a plan to fund the rebuilding of the Band Shell in Victoria Park.  More details on these and other initiatives will be forthcoming and there will be lots of opportunities for members to get involve and to help out.  Stay tuned.

Program Highlights

Our guest speaker today was Jill Stoddart, Director of Research, Development and Outcomes at Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo region.  Jill was introduced by Lew Ford.
Jill has a Masters in Social Work and a Doctorate in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. She is the Director of Innovation and Research for Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region and Director of the new Evidence Informed Research Project at the Family Centre. Jill also holds a position of Assistant Professor (status only), with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.  Jill brings more than 25 years of direct experience in Child Welfare, Children’s Mental Health and Developmental Services to her research. In addition to conducting ongoing research into the outcomes of child welfare services, Jill has lead several multi-sector collaborative projects including research on innovative programs to address trauma and attachment, intimate partner violence and building community resilience in Waterloo Region.
The title of Jill’s talk was Our Journey to Truth and Reconciliation and she provided an insight into the realty of Indigenous Children and Family and Children Services in waterloo Region.
Here are highlights from her PowerPoint presentation.
A Brief History
  • European contact began in the 1600’s which lead to the trading of fur and other goods.
  • Soon after, occupancy, conflict, disease and wars took place to destroy the Original peoples.  They were successful in killing many and completely eradicating some cultural groups.
  • Pre-Confederation treaties began in 1701.  The intention was to create peace but conflict continued.
  • The Indian Act of 1876 established the Federal Government as “guardian” of the Aboriginal peoples..  Aboriginals were considered uncivilized and in need of fixing.  Aboriginal culture needed to be abolished and replaced by Christianity.
  • Between 1840 and 1983, over 100,000 Aboriginal children were placed in residential schools.  The purpose was to assimilate, segregate, and integrate them into the mainstream Canadian society.  The majority of these schools were sponsored by religious organizations.
  • Separation from family for months and years resulted in children losing their language, culture, and spirituality; as well as, their sense of belonging, community, and nation.
  • Children experienced physical, sexual, emotional, spiritual, and psychological abuse.
  • Children were denied love and affection, and Aboriginal parents were denied the right to raise their own children.
  • As the residential schools started to close (last school closed in 1996), children continued to be removed from their homes by the child welfare system and placed into “Canadian” foster homes or made into permanent wards.  This was called “The Sixties Scoop”.
Child Welfare’s Shameful Role
  • Child Welfare Workers were involved in the apprehension and transporting of children to residential schools and during the Sixties Scoop.
  • Many child welfare workers today are met with community members’ fear, distrust, anger, and hurt. This continues to influence the ability to form relationships of trust with families, especially when some social workers represent ‘the government’ and are tasked with the duty to remove children from unsafe situations.
  • Current government and social systems, which employ social workers, continue to be racist, discrimatory, oppressive, and stigmatizing.
What is Intergenerational Trauma?
  • Intergenerational trauma (IGT), or transgenerational trauma, is what happens when untreated trauma-related stress experienced by survivors is passed on to second and subsequent generations. Direct survivors of these experiences often transmit the trauma to later generations when they don’t recognize or have the opportunity to address their issues. Over the course of time these behaviours, often destructive, become normalized within the family and their community, leading to the next generation suffering the same problems (Shein, n.d).
  • Related to Intergenerational trauma is the concept of historical trauma (HT) which has been identified as “…a group of reactions to multigenerational, collective, historical wounding of the mind, emotions, and spirit.  Historical trauma for Aboriginal populations is understood to be linked directly to the banning of cultural practices, policies and institutions of assimilation, and loss of culture.” (Mitchell & Maracle, 2005, pg. 15)
Mental Health of Indigenous Peoples
  • As compared to the general population, Indigenous peoples have higher rates of:
    • Suicide and self-harm
    • Alcohol and drug addiction
    • Gambling and gaming addiction
    • Depression and other mental health disorders
  • Social issues include higher rates of:
    • Family violence
    • Elder/child abuse
    • Lack of familial attachments
    • Incarceration
    • Poverty and food insecurity
    • Loss of culture and identity
  • Ongoing systemic issues include:
    • Racism, oppression, and assimilation
    • Lack of resources
    • Discrimination and stigma
Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region – Current Reality
Child Populations by Race in the Region as of the 2016 Census
  • White                          97,269
  • Indigenous                    2,121
  • Black                             3,607
  • Latin American             2,171
  • Arab                              1,696
  • South East Asian           2,797
  • East Asian                      4,574
Overrepresentation, Disproportionality and Disparity
Over Representation – February 2020 Snapshot of Children in Care
  • While 42.2% of the children in care are white they represent 73.0% of the child population
  • Indigenous children only come from 2.2% of the child population but account for 33.2% of the children in care,
  • Also, black children come from 5.0% of the child population but account for 9.9% of the children in care
  • Disproportionality is the level to which groups of children are present in the child welfare system at higher or lower percent/rates than their presence in the general population.
Disproportionality of FCSW Children in Care Compared to Waterloo Region
Whaie                         0.6
Aboriginal                   15.8 (i.e., these children are 15.8 times more likely to end up in care)
Black                           3.3
Latin American            1.1
Arab                            0.5
Southeast Asian          0.4
West Asian                  0.0
South Asian                 0.3
East Asian                    0.1
  • Disparity means a lack of equity between groups.  The disparity index is a means of comparing the levels disproportionality among various ethnic groups. 
Placement Outcome Disparity by Ethno-Racial Category for Children in Care in Waterloo Region
Indigenous                   26.9 (i.e., Indigenous children and 26.9 times more likely to be brought into the care of F&C services
Black                            5.7
Latin American            1.9
Arab                            0.8
Southeast Asian          0.7
West Asian                  0.0
South Asian                 0.4
East Asian                    0.1
So Now What?
We need to know and understand the truth of the past history and the current realty Indigenous peoples and especially their children.
We need to dispel the myths and “common knowledge” that is not based on factual information.
Relearn / Moving Forward:
Some of the steps FCSWR is taking include:
  • Indigenous Leaders Circle
  • Two Row Understanding Service Teams
  • Development of culturally appropriate services
  • Indigenous Services Director (appointed December 2020)
  • Self-Governance for Indigenous peoples related to Family and Children services issues
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders - (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.
Compton-Osmond, A. (2017). Aboriginal community social work: Committing to anti-oppressive practice. Canadian Association of Social Workers. Retrieved from
Menzies, P. (2010). Intergenerational trauma from a mental health perspective.  Native Social Work Journal, 7, 63-85.
Mitchell, T. L., & Maracle, D. T. (2005).  Healing the generations: Post-traumatic stress and the    health status of aboriginal populations in Canada.  Journal of Aboriginal Health, 2(1), 14-23
Shein. E. (n.d.)  Intergenerational trauma, healing and resiliency.  Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute Inc.  Retrieved from
Wesley-Esquimaux, C.C., & Smolewski, M. (2004). Historic trauma and aboriginal healing.  The    Aboriginal Healing Foundation.  Retrieved from

Closing Remarks & Reminders

Jan. 11 - Joint meeting with visiting Rotarian Elena Shpinel's Rotary Club in Moscow
Jan. 18 - New Members - Who am I
Jan. 25 - Evening Robbie Burns Day Celebration & Online Auction Report
Feb. 1 - Sharon Gilroy-Dreher - Toastytoes
Feb. 8 - Ross Newkirk - Kitchener Rotary Club Charitable Foundation
Feb. 22 - Club Visioning Session led by Adrian DeCoo - members only please
Jan 04, 2021 12:00 PM
Child Welfare: Our Journey to Reconciliation
Jan 11, 2021 12:00 PM
Sharing Rotary Experiences - Projects & Fundraising
Jan 18, 2021 12:00 PM
Our chance to meet some new members
Jan 25, 2021 7:00 PM
Family & Friends welcomed
Feb 01, 2021 12:00 PM
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Birthdays & Membership Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Robert Bullas
January 2
Karen Redman
January 8
Paul Rostrup
January 8
Bill Proctor
January 9
Erin Way
January 20
John English
January 26
Kelly Miller
January 26
Join Date
Al Way
January 1, 1991
30 years
Cameron Yule
January 1, 1992
29 years
Carl Zehr
January 1, 1975
46 years
Carol Wiebe
January 1, 1995
26 years
Dave Smith
January 1, 1977
44 years
Ed Fowler
January 1, 1996
25 years
Jack Ball
January 1, 1962
59 years
John O'Brien
January 1, 1971
50 years
Karen Redman
January 1, 1999
22 years
Pete Gray
January 1, 1997
24 years
Ross Newkirk
January 1, 1990
31 years
Shawky Fahel
January 1, 1987
34 years
Wayne Boehler
January 1, 1993
28 years
John English
January 31, 2002
19 years