SPEAKERS

Paul Chappell

Paul Chappell, Peace Leaderhip 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. For more information visit – https://paulkchappell.com/ and www.peaceliteracy.org

Waubgeshig Rice
Waubgeshig Rice, Indigenous Writer, Journalist and former Rotary Exchange Student Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. His first short story collection, Midnight Sweatlodge, was inspired by his experiences growing up in an Anishinaabe community and won an Independent Publishers Book Award in 2012. His debut novel, Legacy, followed in 2014. A French translation was published in 2017. His latest novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, was released in October 2018.   Waub got his first taste of journalism in 1996 as an exchange student in Germany, writing articles about being an Anishinaabe teen in a foreign country for newspapers back in Canada. He graduated from Ryerson University’s journalism program in 2002. He’s worked in a variety of news media since, reporting for CBC News for the bulk of his career. In 2014, he received the Anishinabek Nation’s Debwewin Citation for excellence in First Nation Storytelling. He currently hosts Up North, CBC Radio’s afternoon show for northern Ontario.   Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. His first short story collection, Midnight Sweatlodge, was inspired by his experiences growing up in an Anishinaabe community and won an Independent Publishers Book Award in 2012. His debut novel, Legacy, followed in 2014. A French translation was published in 2017. His latest novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, was released in October 2018.    
Heydi Chancho
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. For more information visit – http://www.guatemalaliteracy.org/
Melissa Toupin-Laforge & Nelson Sanz Cadena, Rotary Peace Fellows
Nicole Lavigne

Nicole Lavigne, 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.