Category: Monthly Meeting Spring Fling

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May 10, 2022: 7:30 pm -

The Unwanted Gift

Jodey Porter
International Service Director, Rotary Club Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

Career background:

Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Health, Health Strategies Group:

Overseeing a budget of $4 billion and a staff of 450 professionals, responsible for strategic planning, policy development, and legislation, for the Ontario Ministry of Health and its network of health systems across the Ontario province.

Ontario Human Rights Commissioner:

Three term commissioner on the Ontario human rights commission and tribunal, with primary responsibility for development of the landmark accommodation guidelines for persons with a disability, and equity guidelines for physical disability and equitable treatment throughout the province.

Executive Director, Canadian Diabetes Association, Ontario Division:

Senior manager for a large staff and a primarily volunteer-based, extensive network of fundraising and educational branches.

Director of Development, Canadian Diabetes Association, National Office:

Responsible for a broad-based portfolio of fundraising activities at a national, provincial and local level.

Director of Development Canadian National Institute for the Blind:

Responsible for planned giving and bequest funding, national Library campaign, liaison with the United Way.

Volunteer background:

  • Long term volunteer for Doctors Without Borders. (MSF)
  • President and founder of the Low Vision Association of Ontario
  • Chairman of the board Advocacy Resource Centre for the handicapped, (ARCH)
  • Executive member Canadian centre for philanthropy and the Chair of the annual conference on philanthropy sponsored by the organization.
  • A member of the Board of Directors for more than a dozen charitable organizations in the arts, health, advocacy, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Anglican Church Ministries Foundation (ACMF) and various World Health Organization committees (WHO).

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