Paul Chappell, Rotarian and Peace Leadership Director, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Traveling across the United States and internationally, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) Peace Leadership Director Paul K. Chappell lectures on waging peace, ending war, the art of living, what it means to be human. He also teaches workshops and courses on peace leadership and the author of 6 books, the most recent being the Soldiers of Peace. Paul is an Iraq War veteran and former army captain. Paul is a member of the Rotary E Club of One World D5240. For more information visit – https://paulkchappell.com/ and www.peaceliteracy.org
Heydi Chancho, RISE Program Graduate, Guatemala Literacy Project
Heydi will share her emotional story fo her life’s transformation after receiving a Scholarship from the RISE Program , Guatemala Literacy Project. Heydi is employed by the Cooperative for Education, NGO partner for the project. For more information visit – http://www.guatemalaliteracy.org/
Melissa Toupin-Laforge & Nelson Sanz Cadena, Rotary Peace Fellows
Proud wife, mother of two and full-time manager, Melissa lives life in the fast lane… and loves every minute of it A study abroad opportunity as an undergraduate student at Nipissing University sparked her career in international and intercultural education. Since then she has lived, worked, studied in various parts of the world, including Tokyo, where she completed her Rotary Peace Fellowship. She truly embraces the multiculturalism and acculturation in all aspect of her personal and professional life and helps volunteers, students and professionals do the same through training programs and workshops. Melissa is currently the Manager of Professional Development at the Canadian Bureau for International Education in Ottawa.
Nelson Sanz-Cadena is a papi (Spanish for daddy) of two beautiful children, a very lucky husband of a northern Ontario girl. As a child growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, Nelson always dreamt of traveling around the world and discovering new and exciting cultures and people. His passion for traveling led him to spend most of his early adult years in the US, Australia, Japan and South-East Asia. During this time, Nelson worked in various international organizations supporting people and communities in vulnerable situations whilst also completing his graduate studies as a Rotary Peace Fellow in Tokyo. Upon completion of the fellowship, Nelson moved back to Australia to continue his work with the Red Cross and to form a family with his wife Melissa. Two children and 5 houses move later, Nelson is now acclimatizing to his new home in Aylmer, Quebec, learning Canadian English… Eh! and loving his new job as Senior Manager Psychosocial Support with the Canadian Red Cross.
Nicole Lavigne, Rotarian and former Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Rotaractor
Nicole’s Rotary Story started with her grandpa, Robert Lynch (long-time member of the North Bay Rotary Club). Some of her earliest memories include going out to Rotary events with him and the North Bay Rotary Club. In 1999/2000 Nicole was the outbound Rotary Youth exchange student from North Bay and spent a year in Baden-Baden, Germany. Later she joined the Rotaract club at the University of Toronto until she graduated and joined the Rotaract club of Gosnell in Perth, Australia.
Nicole now lives with her husband John and their cat Luna in Calgary, Alberta where Nicole works in commercial sales and enjoys rock climbing, hiking and camping in Calgary’s mountainous backyard. In Calgary, Nicole and John are also involved in the Rotary community and after not having any luck with existing clubs, they have in the past year started a new satellite club with other young Rotarians and are now associated with the Rotary Club of Calgary West. They call themselves the Rotary West afterhours group and we meet on a Rotating schedule in local microbreweries on a monthly basis.
Ashley Hales, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
Ashley will share her story and message of courage and hope as participant in RYLA, and how it (and the people who coordinate it) changed her life. She had left home at 16, and her high school principal recommended her for the program. From there, she gained confidence and built her network of support, and graduated from high school and went on to university, where she has been studying International Development.
After her first year as a RYLA participant, she was a leader in the following year, and last year, was selected and funded to attend the North American RYLA conference in Washington.