May 8, 2017

Getting to know Sheila and Henry



May 8 meeting - Getting to know Sheila and Henry

The meeting on May 8 started with a big thank you to Gary Bain for providing the tickets to the BrewHouse, which gave the club an opportunity to socialize and quaff a few cold ones.  Kudos!
A request was made for anyone who hasn't volunteered yet to sign up for the Arbour Lake Park project.  It's an opportunity to return to the Lego and Meccano days or our youth as we put together the pieces that make a park memorable to our kids and grandkids, and it's also an opportunity to put Rotary front and center in the community.
And a reminder of the SWOT meeting on May 27.  This meeting is an excellent opportunity to present input for the future of the club.  It will be held at the Village Park Inn, and it will be similar to a normal meeting, with a fee of $25.00 to cover the buffet lunch.
Calgary North is hosting Sri Lankans on June 27 and 28, and possibly the 25th and 26th.  Gerry will be the visitor host chair, but we are looking for help showing them the best of Calgary.
The district meeting this year was held in Red Deer.  Bob was one of the attendees, and he spoke about his experience of the meeting.  We need to appreciate the scope of Rotary.  I agree, Bob, it's humbling when you think about it.  And the opportunity to impress upon youth the values that Rotary represents, which can make this world a better place, even if you don't get involved in the club.

Next year, the district meeting will be in Calgary at the Hyatt hotel.  Cost will be $159 plus taxes.

Bob summed it up like this: "I come out of there feeling proud of being a Rotarian, and proud of what Rotary does"
In this meeting, we had 2 classification talks.  One was from Sheila, the other from Henry.  Sorry, I didn't get pictures:


Sheila's Classification Speech

Here's Sheila's classification speech in point form:

The Early Years
•    Born at the General Hospital in Calgary on September 9th 1949 to a mother and father who were back from being stationed in WWII in Italy and France respectively.
•    First home was Mewatta Barracks.  Mewatta is Cree for “oh be joyful”.  Part of the joy for my parents was that my arrival made them eligible for a small war time home in Renfrew.
•    Uneasy upbringing (parents emotionally drained from the war & a rough urban neighbourhood) but it too had some joyful moments and certainly a strong sense of values:
o    Dad: brutally strong work ethic (bus driver came to our door) and a love of books fiction and non-fiction
o    Mom: strength and determination (stubbornness) and a desire to try new things; recognized by an AB judge for her work in private adoptions
o    Both: fierce sense of justice 
The School Years
•    Elementary: learned to love writing stories as much as reading them (was already reading before school anyway – (learned to write script from a classmate)  
•    Junior High: frightened, shy, scared of my own shadow, but surprisingly am now a part of a reunion of friends group that exchanges emails gets together for beers every now and then.  I travelled in a pack of three and am the sole survivor of that group.  So connection through understanding have became important to me.  EM Forster would be proud.
•    High School: turned into some kind of rebel usually with a cause; took up drinking and smoking and stepping on people’s feet; had a disturbing episode where I was accused of trying to stab a teacher (not guilty) and discovered the injustice associated with being in a less powerful position in a conflict; was caught skipping over 40 days of school (guilty) learned kindness
•    SAIT – took drafting because my grandpa was a draughtsman for CP railroad.  From this experience I learned to love playing cards.
•    University: got in as an adult student and never looked back for the rest of my life.  Loved it all; could not stop taking courses and writing papers and reading.  Would go to parties only when I couldn’t get out of it and would leave as soon as I could to get back to my honour’s carrol and work some more.  Moved into an advanced program so I could take my undergrad degree and the course work for a Masters in four years rather than five.  This would affect me negatively later: SAIT paid by years of school.
•    Eventually completed course work for 3 Masters but never did a thesis.  Wouldn’t present in front of a group.  First public speech I made was at the Jubilee Auditorium when I was in my 30s.
•    Late in my career got my Qualified Mediator certification and Workplace Investigation certification.
•    Just for fun – took Linguistic Lie Detection
The Working Years
•    My starter jobs: draughtsman and medical illustrator, but didn’t really enjoy work until I got the bug to teach.  Mr. Good SAIT.  That, I felt, was my calling, or as Baptists like to say, “I felt led to do it.”
•    Taught at SAIT, became a Dean, became the HR Director: first search was for president.  My need for justice and fair process came into play.
•    Started my own company in 2000 after losing my job at PanCanadian.  Another milestone that was significant.  
Specializing in mediating workplace conflict, training leaders, and developing training programs, HRMD Principal, Sheila Newel, has consulted and contracted to a diverse clientele, led large and small seminars, and provided team or one-on-one coaching in alternative dispute resolution, performance correction, and process improvement.  Sheila is an HRIA, CMCS, AAMS, and HRAC participant and member; CHRP and Q.Med certified.  
Summary of Career Accomplishments
•    Mediated disputes in the workplace and for the Alberta Civil Court.
•    Coordinated and helped to write the development of a 30 day Alternative Dispute Management Program for adults, a 40 hour Conflict Management Program, and a 40 hour Arbitration Program, (among others) emphasizing in each the four learning styles: 
•    Taught and coached conflict management, negotiation, and mediation courses for SAIT and AAMS.  Coached interest based negotiation for U of C Law School.
•    Redesigned and reorganized organization processes in order to speed up project recruitment, mobilization, and improve quality of work.
•    Created a highly successful Leadership Development Program for Project Managers and Engineering Chiefs that emphasized alternative dispute resolution and mediation skills.
•    Created & presented seminar topics to adults in Calgary, Toronto, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Denver, Colorado, and Brisbane, Australia.
The Golden Years
•    Turning much of my business over to a younger person – a talented man in his 40s.  I want to find 7 or 8 more jobs this year for him.  Wanted to work with Valerie and Brian, but I will get to do that in Rotary.
•    Arguing with RI about the Casa Hogar project.
•    Quilting like crazy, particularly with other women.  I love the chatter of women.
•    Dancing like someone is watching.  Beginner level but I am registered in a competition in Toronto in July.  It’s invigorating and lovely and surprisingly challenging.

Henry's Classification Speech

Henry was born on a farm in northeast Alberta.  Back in those days, it was fun in the mud, cooking and baking on wood stoves, working with horses.  Henry remembers harrowing fields, walking behind horses for 5 acres, and stouking.  They had a neigbour who had a threshing machine, and at harvest time all of the neighbours would get together and thresh.
Henry didn't have toys like they do today; for fun they would make wagons.  Wheels would be provided by his dad when a nice round tree was cut down.
During Hallowe'en, they would tip outhouses... or disassemble them, load them onto a wagon, and haul them to the to of a barn.
Henry studied in a one room school house from grade 1 to 8.  There was no electricity, and no running water.  Older students would help the younger ones to learn.
For grade 9, he attended a boarding school.  For the next 3 years, he lived with his aunt and uncle, who were teachers.
After that, Henry worked as a labourer, at CNR maintenance, in the NWT, and at Beaver Lumber, but realized that there were better opportunities out there.  His aunt and uncle supported him for 2 years at the University of Alberta, after which he went to BC to study Mechanical Engineering.
After graduation, he worked in HVAC in Calgary, designing and installing ventilation systems.  He retired in 1990.
Henry has worked in many countries, including Latvia, Ghana, and Costa Rica.  His experience in Russia has taught him what government can do to people.  He also observed how difficult it is for some cultures to understand business fundamentals.
One of the strengths that Henry has brought to the table is being able to teach people to work together.

Other news from around the club

President Jeff attended the Convocation of Grade 4 students
from Westgate Academy at the U of C on Friday May 12
on behalf of the Club.
Jeff is pictured with one of the teachers from Westgate.
We have supported this initiative for the past two years which
gives elementary school students a one-week introduction to
the exciting world of post-secondary education.
Over 40 students graduated (complete with "mortar boards" ☺)!
Next Meeting: Monday, May 15, 2017
At the Village Park Inn!!
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