by Bill Robinson, one of the event organizers.

Thanks to the ten Rotarians and one spouse who volunteered to help set up and take down tables and chairs for the Reconciliation and Dialogue Workshop. The work was light and easy but the event itself was “heavy” in a most positive way.

Most of us feel that we are aware of the inter-generational impact Residential Schools have had but when you get to hear stories from Residential School survivors, especially the one who talk about the impact the sexual abuse he experience has had not only on himself  but his children and grandchildren, we understand the impact at a much deeper level.

Every one of our volunteers talked about the impact the experience had on them personally. Agreeing to take on this volunteer assignment was definitely a win/win opportunity for us.

Several of us are hoping that we can arrange to have one of the survivors speak to our club in the near future.

 

Click here to go to article in Nanaimo Daily News about the student session on Thursday.