Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jan 25, 2018
Guest Speaker: Friday, March 02, 2018
Location: To be Determined
Topic: The Rotary Club of Toronto $100k Centennial Polio Donation - How Did it Make a Difference?
Host: Neil Phillips
 
Born in England, Stella graduated from St Thomas' Hospital in physiotherapy in 1978, moved to Penticton, BC in 1980 to do a locum and to learn to ski.
 
She moved to Nova Scotia in 1985 to upgrade to a degree and sail her laser. Stella began her Rotary journey with the Bedford Sackville and District Rotary Club in 1994 and could not imagine the impact that Rotary would have on her life.  
 
Her club now is The Rotary Club of Halifax Harbourside, and she served as Club President in 1996-97.
 
Stella served as District Governor for D7820 in 2014-2015, which covers Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island and St Pierre et Miquelon (French Overseas Territory).
 
She loved learning that each community and club are unique and all the different ways that Rotarians are working in their communities, especially up in the north of Labrador and the small communities in rural Nova Scotia.
Stella is honoured to be working as the current End Polio Now Zone Coordinator for 24E. Or, in true Rotary acronym fashion:  EPNZC!  She is also trainer for the Rotary Foundation Grant program for District 7820.
 
Stella has been on NID (National Immunization Day) trips to Nigeria led by Ann Lee in 2013-2015 and recently returned in November if 2017 so is uniquely positioned to share the amazing changes that have led to Nigeria being polio free for the second time for over a year.
 
She has also been to India, and then Madagascar in 2015.  She saw the three stages of polio eradication, India being more than three years polio free, Madagascar in turmoil because of 10 cases of vaccine derived polio because of lax vaccination programs and Nigeria at 1 year polio free.
 
Stella is a Paul Harris Society member a Bequest Society Member, and has received the regional Service Award for a Polio free world.
 
She works as a physiotherapist in the area of Women’s Health in Bedford and her hobbies include sailing, hiking and paddle-boarding with her dog Sailor.