Speaker Date Topic
Sarah Champagne, Rotary Peace Scholar Sep 29, 2020 7:00 AM
The Journey of a Rotary Peace Scholar
The Journey of a Rotary Peace Scholar

Sarah R. Champagne is a journalist from Montreal, Canada, and will be joining UNC’s School of Media and Journalism as a Rotary Peace Fellow. Sarah worked for the prominent newspaper Le Devoir and as a freelancer for various Canadian publications, reporting from a dozen countries spread over four continents. Teaming with photographers, Sarah has undertaken a series of multimedia projects, proposing a new way to approach the issue of migration in Turkey, Haiti, Belgium, Mexico, Guatemala and Nepal. Other topics she has focused on in her work include human rights, feminism, development, peacebuilding and international relations.

In 2016-2017, she created a participative journalism project in Benin, West Africa, to give a voice to people with mental illness. Their radio show can still be heard on air in this country, while a special exhibition of pictures taken by patients was held in downtown Montreal in 2017. Sarah was awarded the 2016 James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship, one the biggest Canadian journalism grants, after being identified as an emerging talent by two federations of journalists in Quebec. She has recently contributed to a book about stereotyping in the French language called Dictionnaire critique du sexisme linguistique, and hopes to publish her first essay in 2018. While French is her mother tongue, she is fluent in four languages and aims to become fully bilingual in English in order to reach a wider audience as a journalist. Through the knowledge and skills gained at UNC, she wants to understand how storytelling can better serve peace. She hopes to produce journalism that promotes dialogue, humanizes enemies and sheds light on structural causes of violence.

DG Hadi Mortada Oct 13, 2020 7:00 AM
District 7040 Governor Visit
District 7040 Governor Visit
Join us as we welcome DG Hadi Mortada. Hadi was born and raised in Beirut Lebanon. He received early education at St Joseph school.
Hadi completed a diploma in Electronics Technology at the Beirut Technical College. In 1985 moved to the United States where he completed English studies and pre-engineering at the University of Georgia. In 1986 moved to Colorado where he completed Electronics Engineering Technology at the University of Southern Colorado. Hadi is also a Microsoft Certified Professional MCP (1998).
 In late 1989 Hadi moved to Canada and completed Sales & Marketing Certificates at Algonquin College. At the same time, he was part of a team that started a daily news paper in Ottawa, "The Ottawa Sun" where he worked with the company for 27 years.
Rotary involvement
  • Member of the Rotary Club of West Ottawa since 2003
  • Club President 2013-14
  • Years as AG 2014-2019, 5 years
  • District Legislative Committee
  • Completed all levels of Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)
  • Paul Harris X 2
  • Bequest Society
  • Lloyd Loynes Volunteer award recipient (Rotary Club of West Ottawa)
Foundation Committee Oct 20, 2020 7:00 AM
World Polio Day
World Polio Day

Join us in advance of World Polio Day, October 24th, as we review the year's progrss toward's polio eradication.