https://youtu.be/iq1CIde8xtQ On February 10th, Liz Talian-Clark presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Paulette Albert. Rotary clubs may from time to time honour individuals as Paul Harris Fellows. Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary, and the “Paul Harris Fellowship” was established in part to continue the memory of his name. A person is named a Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world. This is the highest honour a club can bestow on a person, either inside or outside the club. It has two other purposes: a means of giving tribute for the activity of individuals which exemplify the Rotary Motto “Service above Self”; and as a means of raising funds for the Rotary Foundation. A contribution of $1,000US is made to the Rotary Foundation in the name of the individual to be honoured. Paulette was chosen by the club because her passion and her dedication in determining a need and following through with a solution. She has inspired adults and youth alike in helping those in need; “Service above Self”. As you can see in the video emotions ran high during this presentation. Paulette, who just gave a presentation to the club about the work in Haiti – was without words. She was not aware of the Paul Harris Fellowship award that was going to be presented – it was a surprise! Paulette said between wiping her eyes, “This is unreal, this is great… Thank you, I’m speechless.”. The group “Wawa for Haiti” was formed in 2013, a year after Paulette travelled with a group of volunteers from Coldwater, Kapuskasing and Wawa to help at Le Foyer d’Accueil Lasallien pour Enfants (an orphanage in Port de Paix, Haiti). That year (2013) a group, including youth from Wawa visited the orphanage; and brought $4,000 from their fundraising efforts in order for the orphanage to pay teachers so that 100 children could go to school for free in the next year. The group came back invigorated, and determined to raise funds for not only the orphanage, but for the school as well.
In 2014, the decision was made to help support the building of a bakery. A bakery would not only supply the children of the school and orphanage with food, but supply the community; making the orphanage self-sufficient.
The fundraising began in earnest: bake sales, art and music evenings, garage sales… and continuing help from Rotary; all helped to prepare the site for building, the building, doors and windows, electricity, equipment (industrial ovens/mixer), and finally ingredients. Paulette has promised to bring back a loaf of bread when she comes back from her upcoming visit this spring/summer.