3 March 2014 — Joan MacFarlane, Speaker via Skype, “Rotary on Earth: Canada”











This week’s program is the third in our continuing series exploring Rotary On Earth, conversations with Rotarians in faraway places.  We visit Canada, and specifically the Atlantic province of Prince Edward Island, with our special guest, Rotarian Joan MacFarlane of the Rotary Club of Stratford.









In 1997, Joan MacFarlane was chosen to be part of a Group Study Exchange team that travelled from District 7820 in Atlantic Canada to District 1100 in the Southwest of England.  That experience changed her life in many ways, but the most significant was her exposure to, and subsequent involvement in Rotary.

Seven years later, Joan joined the Rotary Club of Stratford (Chartered 2002) and began her Rotary journey which has included serving as Club President, Foundation Chair and Club Coach.  In her role as Club Coach, she mentors newer members of her Club and is acknowledged as its resident Rotary “nerd”.

In 2006 she was named as her Club’s Rotarian of the Year, and in 2012 received the “True Rotarian Award”.

Joan has served at the District level, most recently as a member of the District Social Media Committee and as a member of the eClub Start-up committee.  The goal of the eClub Committee is to establish an eClub in District 7820.  Joan currently serves as the Board Secretary of the Rotarians on Social Networks Fellowship.

Joan’s Rotary Classification is Adult Education, and those who know her will say that literacy and learning are not just her passions, they are her vocation.  She joined the Community and Correctional Services Division of Prince Edward Island as an Academic Youth Worker in 1988, working as a teacher in both the Summerside and Georgetown Youth Centres.  She has been the Education Coordinator at the Provincial Correctional Centre since May of 2003.

In her role at the Correctional Centre, she provides instruction in the GED Program; Essential Skills assessment and upgrading for various trades; literacy and numeracy upgrading; and facilitation for correspondence courses at the community college level.  Many of her students have successfully completed their chosen programs.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is responsible for maintaining the Correctional Centre Library.  In 2006, Joan was honoured with a Canada Post Literacy Educator Award, one of only six given in the country in a given year.  That same year she received the Community and Correctional Services Distinguished Contribution Award.  In 2011, Joan was again honoured nationally, and awarded a Council of the Federation Literacy Leader Award.

In her other community involvement, Joan served on the Board of Directors of the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra for six years, including a term as President.  She also volunteers with Hospice PEI, serving as registrar for the Annual Hike for Hospice, and has participated in a build for Habitat for Humanity.

Joan follows her family tradition of being a hockey fan, and has started to follow the local NBL Basketball team.  An avid cook, reader and traveller, Joan lives in Charlottetown, where her cats enjoy watching the birds and foxes that frequent the garden.

And now…our conversation with Joan MacFarlane, as we explore Rotary On Earth: Canada.


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Pictured here is a biogas digester, as described in the interview.









And pictured here is the 2011 (by random choice) Donald MacRae Peace Award, given by Rotary Zones 24/32, which includes Joan’s Club’s District 7820.   The award commemorates the contribution of Halifax Rotarian Donald MacRae, who in a speech to the International Convention in Kansas City in June 1918 proposed that Rotary become an agent for the promotion of goodwill and peace among nations – the first time that this vision of Rotary was expressed publicly.









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3 responses to 3 March 2014 — Joan MacFarlane, Speaker via Skype, “Rotary on Earth: Canada”

  1. What a dynamic Club…much like ours.

  2. It was a pleasure hearing Joan speak. I’ve been friends with her on Facebook for a few years now. Wonderful lady!

  3. I love the idea of the international speakers via Skype. ReAlly brings Rotary International home in a tangible way. And very unique to our type of Rotaw Club.

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