~ March 2009 Edition
~ This edition written by Orion Clark~
and Glen Pettinger
Member at Large
Next month, on April 1st, Rudi Lepp will speak to us on Nuclear Energy and its potential role in our future. Rudi has been extensively involved in the nuclear industry including research on Slowpoke-3 Nuclear Heating Reactor. No doubt we will have many questions regarding the future of nuclear energy and the environment, having lived through the startup of the 1st nuclear CANDU unit at Pickering in 1972 to the start of the Nuclear Recovery Program which was initiated in 1997 when 7 units were taken out of service and the focus turned to maintenance on the remaining 12 units.
Vignettes from the March Meeting
Heather, as a criminal defense lawyer, has been involved in many cases dealing with taxation, international criminal law and in particular, law relating to mental health issues. Her commitment to her profession extends to her activity and leadership in past and present executive positions with the Bar Association and other bodies, as well as an instructor for the Ontario Bar Admission Course.
She pointed out, while mental health problems affect 20% of Canadians, the access to support and services to deal with this ‘invisible illness’ is limited and extremely underfunded. People with mental illness are not more prone to violence; in fact, they are more often the victims of violence. While the Adult Mental Health Court was established in February, 2007; the Youth Mental Health Court is a vehicle which was spearheaded by Heather. The assessment of the fact that the person did not have the mental intent to commit the act is necessary in order that the court can order and supervise treatment. The judge, forensic psychiatrist and mental health workers work as a team to provide hope to these individuals.
Heather’s leadership and inspirational dedication to mental health has resulted in her nomination as the 2009 recipient of the ‘Inspirational Award for Mental Health Research and Patient Care’. She challenged her audience to advocate for more funding for dealing with mental health as well as educating community service workers ( teachers, law enforcement …..) on how to recognize early signs of mental illness. Start your education by visiting: Canadian Psychiatric Association at www.cpa-apc.org and the Canadian Mental Health Foundation at www.mentalhealthfoundation.on.ca. Heather invited further questions via her email address: Perkins-McVey@sympatico.ca.
In Honour of St. Paddy
Father O'Malley answers the phone. 'Hello, is this Father O'Malley?'........'It is!'
'This is the Tax Dept. Can you help us?'........'I can!'
'Do you know a Ted Houlihan?'........'I do!'
'Is he a member of your congregation?'........'He is!'
'Did he donate $10,000 to the church?'........'He will.'
Self Introduction ~ David Bachelor
David, born in South England, was educated in London England in an Electronics and Computer Science program. His work experience involved moving to Halifax, Toronto and Orangeville as well as extensive traveling to many locations where ‘computer security’ work was involved. His last move to Oakville allowed him to become more active in the local Rotary Club, a passion that he continues to pursue along with Stamp Collecting. His ‘glider pilot’ days still remain a lasting memory.
Management Team Notes