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Rotary District 7815 Inaugural Conference

June 9, 10 & 11 in Moncton, NB


JUST A FEW DAYS LEFT to register for our first in-person district-wide event!

Please try to register by JUNE 6th AT 5PM so we can tally final numbers.

You will not want to miss a minute of the Rotary District 7815 Inaugural Conference in beautiful Moncton on June 9,10, & 11 at the Crowne Plaza Downtown.




Saturday Morning to be Broadcast Live
The Saturday morning session including the presentation from keynote speaker Anne-Marie Collette will be broadcasting live 9 am - 12 noon via Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed to all District 7815 Rotarians ~24 hours before the broadcast begins.
Friday & Saturday Dinners
Information on the Friday night dine around will be shared with registrants this weekend. Guests will have the opportunity to sign up for one of the four restaurants with a hosting Rotary Club.
Attire for the Saturday night Rotary Reception will be business casual.


Imagine One’s Dream Polio Fundraiser

Make a gift to The Rotary Foundation to help eradicate polio and your name will be entered into a draw to win a limited edition (600) print commissioned by Rotary International President, Jennifer Jones.

The draw will take place on the final day of the District Conference (June 11, 2023).

Donate today and you will receive a charitable gift receipt from The Rotary Foundation - Canada. Rotarians will also be credited with Paul Harris recognition points.



IMAGINE the feeling of finally being together again in Moncton.

See you there!


Marcel imageis a future-thinking leader who spends a great deal of time coaching and mentoring people to be the best that they can be, with a particular interest in youth.
Prior to arriving in Moncton in 1995,  Marcel, a native Albertan, lived a somewhat nomadic life. He had already lived in four other Canadian provinces, the Yukon and Germany, where his military father was stationed for four years.
As a result of the constant relocation early in life, Marcel did not attend the same school for more than two years, leading to him being very adaptable and quick to make friends.

He earned an Honors BSc in Physiology & Pharmacology from the University of Western Ontario in London, then spent two years post graduate study at University of Alberta in Edmonton before joining Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation as a sales representative.
Over the next five years Marcel held positions of increasing responsibility in district sales management and marketing. During that time, he continued his studies at the Canadian School of Business Management in Toronto
Marcel is the President & CEO of HealthConnect Inc., a company co-founded with his wife Vera in 1991. They moved their young family and fledgling business to Moncton in August 1995.
HealthConnect provides medical information, pharmacy & fulfillment services, with a staff of up to 35 employees, most of whom are in the Greater Moncton area. Marcel has always had a passion to help others. He is a consummate fundraiser for many causes such as the Canadian Asthma Society, the Children’s Wish Foundation, United Way and Headstart, to name a few.
For just over 10 years he coached minor hockey, as well as Ringette in Moncton. He was Director of Coaching for the Moncton Ringette Association, then Director of Coaching and President of South East NB
Ringette. Marcel has been an active member of the Moncton Rotary Club for the past 17 years. He is a Past President of the club and in 2016/17 was awarded the PDG McNeill Award as District 7810’s President of the Year. He continues to serve on the club executive as Treasurer and is a member of numerous committees including the Little Free Libraries program, Social Events, the club’s Prestige Car Draw Fundraiser. He recently completed his training as a Rotary Leadership Institute facilitator.
He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a Bequest Society Member.
With his drive to coach and mentor people, especially youth, it is no surprise that he is involved with the Youth Exchange program. He was his club YEO for several years and counsellor to a number of students. He and Vera have hosted a dozen students over the years. He has served on District Youth Exchange Committee since 2010 as the Treasurer, Long-Term Outbound Coordinator. Since July 1, 2017 has been chair of the D7810 Youth Exchange committee and currently is the chair for D7815. The committee has grown to 9 members and the program is again flourishing – District 7815 will be sponsoring 25 students on exchange in 2023-24.

Vera and Marcel live in McKees Mills on the Little Bouctouche River. They have two children. Kyle (Exchange student to France) is a respiratory therapist and Atlantic District Manager for Medigas. Their daughter Danai, is an Account Manager with HealthConnect. They both live in the Greater Moncton area. The family has traveled extensively and, as a family, have visited all seven continents, including Antarctica in 2018.
In his spare time, Marcel loves to cook, read and work in his man-cave, especially on his antique car. He is an avid golfer and has over 300 logoed golf balls from courses he has played in his collection.
imageMarcel est un dirigeant tourné vers l’avenir qui passe une bonne partie de son temps à entrainer et encadrer les gens pour être le meilleur d’eux-mêmes, il a un intérêt particulier pour les jeunes.

Avant son arrivée à Moncton en 1995, Marcel, un Albertain d’origine, il a en quelque sorte vécue une vie nomade. Il a déjà vécu dans quatre autres provinces du Canada, le Yukon et l’Allemagne, où sont père militaire était affecté pendant quatre ans.
Par conséquent de ces localisations constantes dans son plus jeune âge, Marcel n’a pas fréquenté la même école plus de deux ans. De ce fait, il est facile d’adaptation et se fait des amis facilement.
Il a obtenu un Honneur de BS en Physiologie et Pharmacologie de l’Université Western Ontario, London, Ontario, puis il a passé deux ans d’études post-universitaires à l’Université de l’Alberta, Edmonton avant de se joindre à la Société Pharmaceutique Ortho en tant que représentant des ventes.
Aux cours des cinq prochaines années, Marcel a occupé des postes à responsabilité croissante en gestion des ventes et en commercialisation du district. Pendant ce temps, il a continué ses études à l’école canadienne en Gestion d’Entreprise à Toronto.

Marcel est le Président & PDG de HealthConnect Inc., une compagnie co-fondé avec sa femme, Vera, en 1991. Ils ont déménagé leur jeune famille et leur compagnie grandissante à Moncton en août 1995.
HealthConnect fournit des services d’information médicale, de pharmacie et d’exécution, avec plus de 35 employés, dont la plupart d’entre eux sont de la région du Grand Moncton. Marcel a toujours eu une passion pour aider les autres. Il est un collecteur de fond accompli pour plusieurs causes telles que la Société Canadienne de l’Asthme, la Fondation Rêves d’enfants, Centraide et Headstart, pour en nommer quelques-uns. Pour un peu plus de 10 ans, il a été entraineur du hockey mineur et la Ringuette à Moncton. Il a été Directeur des Entraineurs pour l’Association de la Ringuette de Moncton, ensuite Directeur des Entraineurs et Président de la Ringuette Sud-Est du N.-B.

Marcel est un membre actif du Club Rotary de Moncton depuis les 17 dernières années. Il est un Ancien Président du Club et en 2016/17 il a été récompensé par la Récompense du PDG McNeill en tant que Président de l’année District 7810. Il continue à servir en tant qu’exécutif du Club comme trésorier et il est membre dans plusieurs comités incluant le programme de La Petite Bibliothèque libre-service, Événements Sociaux, Collecte de fond du club pour le Tirage de Voitures de Prestige. Il a récemment complété sa formation de facilitateur de Rotary à l’Institut de Leadership.
Il est un Paul Harris Fellow Multiple (Cercle de Paul Harris) et de la Société des Testateurs.
Avec sa volonté d’entrainer et d’encadrer les gens, spécialement les jeunes, ce n’est pas une surprise qu’il a été impliqué dans le programme d’Échange Jeunesse. Il était lui-même OÉJ de son club depuis plusieurs années et conseiller de plusieurs étudiants. Lui et Vera ont accueillies une douzaine d’étudiant pendant des années. Il a servi dans le Comité d’Échange Jeunesse du District en tant que Trésorier depuis 2010 et Coordinateur à Long Terme Sortant. Depuis le 1 juillet 2017, il était président du comité de l’Échange Jeunesse D7810 et il est présentement le président pour D7815. Le comité a augmenté de 9 membres et le programme est encore fleurissant – le District 7815 commanditerons 25 échanges étudiants en 2023-2024.
Vera et Marcel vivent à McKees Mills dans La Petite Rivière de Bouctouche. Ils ont deux enfants. Kyle (échange étudiant en France) est un thérapeute respiratoire ainsi que le Directeur du District Atlantique pour Medigas. Leur fille, Danai, est gestionnaire des comptes avec HealthConnect. Ils vivent tous les eux dans la région du Grand Moncton. La famille a voyagé largement et, en tant que famille, ils ont visité tous les sept continents, incluant l’Antarctique en 2018.
Pendant son temps libre, Marcel aime cuisiner, lire et travailler dans sa cave d’hommes, en particulier sur son ancienne voiture. Il est un golfeur passionné et il a plus de 300 balles de golf avec logo des parcours qu’il a joués, dans sa collection.
Save the Dates for upcoming District Training Sessions:

President-Elect Training - Part 1 on April 15 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Secretary-Elect Training on April 15 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
President-Elect Training - Part 2 on April 29 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Treasurer Training - TBD
Declaration of Appointment
For the position of the District Governor-Nominee Designate for
Rotary International District 7815 to become District Governor for 2024-25.
Following the invitations that the District Governors sent to the Rotary Clubs in Districts 7810 and 7820 to suggest names of candidates for this position, the Nominating Committee carefully considered the suggestions received.  The Nominating Committee then notified the District Governors that they nominated Jillian Gibson, Rotary Club of Halifax Harbour, for this position to become District Governor for 2024-25.
The District Governors duly published notice of her nomination to the Rotary Clubs in Districts 7810 and 7820 on January 28th, 2022 according to the Rotary International Bylaws.  The notice stated that clubs meeting the criteria in those By-laws could challenge this nomination on or before February 11th, 2022.  
No challenging nomination was received on or before that date.  
The District Governors, therefore, declare Jillian Gibson of the Rotary Club of Halifax Harbour to be the District Governor-Nominee Designate for District 7815, pursuant to the Rotary International By-laws.
Published this February 12th, 2022 by District Governors Alex Twells (District 7820) and Darren Hansen (District 7810) 
Jillian has always had an interest in building community, especially through education. Growing up in Newfoundland and Labrador (Grand Falls and Mt. Pearl), Jillian’s educational journey began at the University of Ottawa, graduating with a BA and BEd in French Literature and Education. Inspired by her aunt who lived in the Caribbean at the time, she moved to the Bahamas to work as a French teacher at a private school in 1994. After spending ten years in the classroom, she decided to follow another path to advance education and became the Director of Development at Queen’s College in Nassau. 
After marrying Michael and having two children, the family decided to leave the sunny beaches and return to Canada.  Making a home back in Newfoundland, Jillian worked at Memorial University as a Development Officer, raising charitable gifts in support of scholarships, research and infrastructure.  While there, she obtained a Masters degree in Educational Leadership.  Once the children graduated high school, an opportunity led her to her current role as Director of Philanthropy for Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.  Here, her passion for education is shared by philanthropists who want to make a difference in the lives of the next generation of change-makers.
While living in The Bahamas, Jillian was introduced to Rotary - first as a guest speaker.  At the end of the Friday lunch that day at the Rotary Club of East Nassau (home of Past RI President, Barry Rassin), she asked if she could return the next Friday.  That was the start of a lifelong commitment to Service Above Self.  In St. John’s, she was a member of the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest where she served as President in 2013-14.  In Halifax, she and her husband are members of the Rotary Club of Halifax Harbour where she will lead the club as President in 2022-23 while becoming the first Peacebuilder Club in this region.
Throughout her Rotary career, Jillian followed two self-declared rules:  join a committee that provides service to the club (secretary, communications, fellowship…) and another that serves the community (international, food drive, music festival…).  The other constant is her involvement with The Rotary Foundation.  A multiple Paul Harris Fellow and current District Rotary Foundation Chair, Jillian believes strongly in the global impact of The Rotary Foundation.   Her experience working with a Global Grant on a Vocational Training Team to Zimbabwe was a life-changing experience.  
Like many busy Rotarians, Jillian finds little time for many other hobbies, but enjoys trail walking (especially if the trail ends at a coffee shop) and entertaining friends as her husband (“Chef Mike”) delights everyone’s taste buds with flavours from the Caribbean.


District Mailing Address
Nicole Whyte
District Secretary
407-590 Queen Street
Fredericton, NB
E3B 7H9
Cell: 506-440-5404 
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