Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, September through May @ 7:30 pm at the Grantham Lions Club, 732 Niagara St, St. Catharines. Please remember to Lug-A-Mug with your own beverage.

Click here to view the meeting Agendas for the 2022-23 year

  • February 14, 2023 - What They See is What They Will Be!, 7:30 pm

    Mentor/Mentee Program Participants - TOES Niagara (Tools of Empowerment for Success)

    At the Tuesday, February 14 General Meeting, Kithio Mwanzia and Maya Hassan will be speaking to members on behalf of Toes (Tools of Empowerment for Success) Niagara.

    Toes Niagara ( is a mentorship program founded on research indicating racialized youth are less likely to have natural mentors and are in greater need of formal mentoring programs. Research also shows a correlation between culturally focused mentoring and positive racial identity and better academic, psychosocial, and health outcomes for Black adolescents. This program is a regionally specific, culturally relevant, and locally developed bilingual mentorship initiative geared for Black children and youth in targeted communities and open to everyone.

    Kithio Mwanzia, mentor and Maya Hassan, mentee will speak about this program. Kithio is a Network Manager for the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI), a regional 9-institution partnership aimed at partnering with industry to develop disruptive solutions.  He will address Black youth mentorship, education, and how it impacts outcomes for individuals. Maya is an exceptional student who is passionate about social justice issues. She will speak about the impact of the mentorship program on her, (including having a mentor one on one) as well as her thoughts about Black youth and education. They will comment on how we, as members of the community, can support this program.

  • March 14, 2023 - Makers' Market, 6:30 pm

    A Makers' Market celebrates local talent. Show us your creativity.

    Want to know more about your club members? Come see the handmade creations, celebrate fellow members and get inspired!

    Items available for sale or as items in a Silent Auction.

    If you have something you have made and are willing to donate or if you will be a volunteer for this event, contact Christine at 905-525-0111 or

  • March 14, 2023 - Human Trafficking Awareness from an Indigenous Lens, 7:30 pm

    Elaine Berwald
    Indigenous Anti-Human Trafficking Liaison
    Niagara Chapter Native Women

    Elaine is an Indigenous Cultural Advisor/Liaison and a Grandmother. Her work as an educator and facilitator in Indigenous post secondary education provides student support and faculty education through an Indigenous Circle process. She also works in Indigenous child welfare, anti-human trafficking, healthcare, and community support. Elaine is a strong facilitator and storyteller with a passion for bringing an Indigenous lens to non-indigenous peoples, organizations, institutions, and communities. She serves on the Elder and Knowledge Keepers Circe for the Indigenous Circle Chapter of the Canadian Counsellors and Psychotherapist Association.

    Elaine Berwald is of Mi’kmaq and Metis heritage. Her maternal ancestral territory is Northern New Brunswick and her paternal ancestral territory is Selkirk, Red River Manitoba. She follows the teachings and practices of the guiding principles of Etawuptamunk “Two Eyed Seeing” which is an Indigenous framework by Elder Albert Marshall of Eskasoni First Nation Unama’ki (Cape Breton) Nova Scotia.

  • April 11, 2023 - Jane Goodall Institute Impacts on Conservation in Canada, 7:30 pm

    Bella Lam, CEO or
    Alex Johnson, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Jane Goodall Institute Canada

    Dr. Jane Goodall changed the world with her early research on chimpanzees, our closest-living relative. Observing chimpanzees in the wild taught Jane about the interconnectedness of all things; how animals, people, and the environment all affect one another. As a result, she helped spark global interest in “community-centred conservation” – an approach to conservation that addresses the needs of local communities, wildlife, and ecosystems so that all can harmoniously coexist.

    JGI Canada was founded in 1997 and is the Canadian Chapter of the global Jane Goodall Institute (JGI). JGI is a world-wide community-centred conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall in over 30 countries. It aims to understand chimpanzees and other wildlife and their habitats, and to empower people to be compassionate citizens dedicated to a more sustainable planet.

    JGI Canada supports youth and Indigenous communities to implement projects that address the convergence of climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental inequity.

    A representative from JGI Canada will speak on climate change in Canada, what JGI Canada is doing to help, and how individuals themselves can help.

    We work to inspire hope. Because where there is hope, there is action.

  • May 9, 2023 - Spring Fling, 7:30 pm

    Unwanted Gifts

    Jodey Porter
    International Service Director of Rotary Club Niagara-on-the-Lake

    Join us for some Spring Fling inspiration from Jodey Porter whose incredible life has taken her all over the world into situations far removed from our lives in Canada.

    Jodey is a very active member of the Niagara-on-the-Lake community. Currently she is the International Service Director of Rotary Club Niagara-on-the-Lake. Her other volunteer work includes many years with 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), and executive member Canadian Centre for Philanthropy. She has also been 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).

    Prior to her retirement, Jodey had a remarkable and varied career in leadership roles in public service, which included: Assistant Deputy Minister of Health for the Province of Ontario; Ontario Human Rights Commissioner, for three terms; member of the United Nations Human Rights Commission; Executive Director, Canadian Diabetes Association; Director of Development Canadian National Institute for the Blind; and numerous other roles.

    Jodey will talk about the "accidents in life" that lead to new discoveries. We all have moments of disappointment, of loss, of confusion, and of disorientation through our lives. The amazing thing is that so often these are not closed doors but open doors. The issue of disability, one each of us will face in our lives either personally or through family or friends, is one of these closed doors. Jodey will focus on characters in our world who have literally changed the way we live and how we look at the world, even though their world seemed shot by disability. Join us to be inspired by a talk full of humor, adventure, travel, and the promise of hope.