Our speakers and Breakout leaders at the 2018 District Conference from outside of the D5550 Rotary circle are Mitty Chang; Chief Cadmus Delorme; RI President Ian Riseley’s Rep, Steve Brown; Ernie Louttit; and World Peace Partners Representative Paul Chappell.
Mitty Chang joined the Rotary family in 2005 as an Interactor. He transitioned into Rotaract in 2007 by chartering the Campus Rotaract Club of Davis. He went on to charter the Rotaract Club of Greater Fremont after graduating from his university. In 2015, he transitioned from Rotaract to Rotary by helping charter the Rotary E-Club of Silicon Valley. Mitty is the founder of RotaractWiki, Big West Rotaract, two Rotaract clubs, and one Rotary club. In addition to that he is a dynamic and inspirational speaker.
Steve Brown is the Charter President of the San Diego – Jalalabad Sister Cities Foundation and continues to serve as a President and Director.
He served as Rotary District Governor for 5340—San Diego, CA in 1995-96. Steve served as a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation, beginning in 2010, and was also Vice-Chairman of the Foundation during 2012-13. (Steve is the big man in the back row)
He chaired the Rotary Foundation Peace Forums held in San Diego in 1993 and 2001 relating to U.S./Mexico affairs.
He helped start and has acted as advisor to the University of California – San Diego Rotaract Club and the Preuss School Interact Club. Steve has received The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious and the Distinguished Service award. He has also received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award.
Chief Cadmus Delorme won the election for Chief of the Cowessess First Nation, located east of Regina, in 2016. Chief Delorme was featured recently in CBC’s Future 40 Winners.
Chief Cadmus Delorme, who is an accomplished, award-winning golfer, said a competitive streak continues to drive him to succeed in other aspects of his life.
“The drive for perfection, if I didn’t do it right the first time… I just wanted to do it again until I got it right,” he said.
Delorme explained that as a kid, he would hit ball after ball at his father’s metal farming bin until he heard the satisfying ting of the shot connecting with his target.
“I just liked the way the bin echoed,” he said. “I found enjoyment out of perfection.”
Delorme used his knack for precision to excel in academics and previously worked as the Student Recruitment Officer at the First Nations University of Canada in Regina.
His charisma landed him a weekly cable television gig hosting RezX, an indigenous lifestyles show.
But when it comes to his own leadership goals, Delorme had his sights set on his home community. He was elected as Chief in 2016.
Paul K. Chappell is the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. A graduate of West Point and a veteran of the war in Iraq, he created the idea of Peace Literacy after his time in the military. He develops the idea further in his seven-book series The Road to Peace, where he writes about waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human. To learn more about Chappell, his work, and his speaking schedule, visit his website.
“Paul Chappell recently visited our school to give our students a new perspective on the issue of bullying and harassment. For years our students have been told what they are not to do. Paul, instead, focused on what they can do to be more caring, more empathetic, more respectful, and kind to one another. This positive spin on the issue was so refreshing and spoke to our students in ways that rang true and allowed them to reflect on their own life and decisions.” Eric Wright, Principal, Alternative Education Program, College Hill High School, in Corvallis, Oregon
Cliff Rose is Past President and Director of community service in the Rotary club of Nipawin and member of WASRAG. He is sole proprietor in CARCO International, management and government relations consultants. He has served as President of the Nipawin and District Chamber of Commerce and member of the Saskatchewan government regulatory modernization council and Twin Lakes Planning Commission. He was previously Director of International Relations for Transport Canada. Mr. Rose holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and completed graduate studies in engineering and management sciences in Ottawa and Moncton universities.
Ernie Louttit was born in Northern Ontario. A member of the Missanabie Cree First Nation raised off reserve in Oba, Ontario a small village 600 miles north of Toronto. Ernie attended a one room school until grade 8 and then was boarded out in a town further north for high school. As a result he left school at 15 to work on the Canadian National Railway. In 1978 at 17 he joined the Canadian Armed Forces serving 5 years in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry attaining the rank of Master Corporal. Ernie changed trades to become a Military Policeman and served until 1987.
In 1987 he joined the Saskatoon Police. Ernie was the third native police officer in the force’s history. He spent nearly his entire career as a uniformed patrol officer and eventually was promoted to Sergeant.
Ernie Louttit came to Saskatoon at the beginning of a period of change both in policing and for First Nations. Issues of crime, violence and racist attitudes going both ways dominated most of his career. Through all of this he tried to keep it all in perspective realizing so many of the things happening were the residual effects of past wrongs and injustices. In October 2013 he retired wrote a book about his experiences called “Indian Ernie” “Perspectives on Leadership and Policing”.
In April 2015 Ernie’s first book was awarded the Rasmussen, Rasmussen and Charowsky Aboriginal People’s writing award. His second book “More Indian Ernie” Insights from the Streets was released in July 2015.
Since the books was released Ernie has been speaking all over Western Canada. His themes of strong leadership, tolerance and empathy have been well received. Ernie believes this is the best time to be a First Nations person in Canada especially for our youth. We are all capable of being leaders. Ernie uses stories some are dark cautionary tales and others are humorous to show anyone can make a difference.
Our goal of building Peace through Rotary can be hampered by the lack of peace around our own board and committee tables. Personalities fight unconsciously and consciously to achieve their own agendas. Everyone has an idea of how things should be done – and those strategies are often in conflict with each other. Learn what is truly happening when we have diversity-based conflict at the club level and what we can do to solve it.
Jeanne Martinson is a best-selling author on leading diverse organizations. She has worked with clients across Canada and in Europe and in such diverse industries as aviation, highways, construction and mining. Her Regina-based firm, Martrain, is its 26th year. Jeanne Martinson has been a Rotarian for over 20 years.
Ken Thiessen has a 30 year track record of leading, consulting and coaching organizations to realize their imagined future. As the founder of Power of One Consulting Ken is an engaging facilitator who is able to adapt and respond to a wide variety of group dynamics. His 10 years of management and sales experience and 25 years of experience as an employee and board member in a variety of non-profit organizations are well-suited to the consulting process.
Ken understands the dynamics of entrepreneurship and the importance of sound strategic thinking and execution planning to facilitate and sustain growth in a for-profit and non-profit context. Ken has a proven track record of leading business and non-profit organizations through the strategic planning process to deliver on the promise and potential of the organization. He understands the organizational dynamics which facilitate and inhibit growth, and is able to speak into those dynamics to bring greater alignment, focus, and clarity to the strategic direction of your organization.
Ken is actively involved in his community and is Past President of the RC of Regina. He serves as a member of the Rotary District 5550 Learning and Development Team, and is Assistant Rotary Co-ordinator for Zone 24 West. He can be reached at 306-531-4020.
Rhonda Teichreb, B.Ed.
Manager – Primary Health Care
Saskatchewan Health Authority | 306-862-6150 | Cell: 306-812-8447
Rhonda Teichreb is a Manager in Primary Health Care in the North East for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. She is the co-chair of the Nipawin and Area Family Resource Centre Leadership Committee. She is also involved in partnering with the Prince Albert Grand Council to focus on Indigenous Cultural Competency in Primary Health Care. Much of her work focuses on facilitating and supporting partnerships and community engagement to achieve healthy outcomes for individuals across the lifespan. Rhonda is passionate about early childhood development to support lifelong health and wellness. Rhonda and her family live in Nipawin.
Motivated by the tragedy of September 11, Rotarian Steve Brown has traveled to Afghanistan twelve times during the last thirteen years working with various programs of the Rotary Foundation and other partnering organizations to carry out educational and humanitarian programs in the City of Jalalabad. He has been successful in working with Rotarian Fary Moini and local Afghans to establish a Rotary Club in Jalalabad and create a Sister Cities relationship between his home town of San Diego and Jalalabad. Additional experiences of Steve and Fary in Jalalabad include building schools, establishing internet-connected computer labs for boys and girls in public high schools, working with a local university to facilitate English language training and assisting with Rotary’s polio eradication efforts through a meeting with a Taliban leader and a separate meeting with Afghan President Karzai.