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Fredericton Sunrise

Service Above Self

Sunrise Rotary meets every Wednesday morning at 7:00 am except for the last Wednesday of each month when the club meets at 5:30 pm
Delta Hotel
225 Woodstock Rd.
Fredericton, NB  E3B 2H8
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PO Box 212, Station A
Fredericton, NB E3B 4Y9
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November 2018
Dimayacyac, Ed
December 2018
Street, Jean
January 2019
Bohnsack, Harry
February 2019
Whyte, Nicole
March 2019
Carkner, John
April 2019
Lenihan, Lynne
May 2019
Kairns, Tim
June 2019
Kilfoil, Sarah
Greeters Schedule
November 2018
Kilfoil, Sarah
December 2019
Whyte, Nicole
January 2019
Kairns, Tim
February 2019
Lenihan, Lynne
March 2019
Keddy, Adam
April 2019
Juta, Conrad
May 2019
Boone, Candace
June 2019
Cuthbertson, Ric
Home Page Stories
October 24, 2018 is END POLIO NOW day. We are so close to eradicating this disease but we need your help. For every dollar raised, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match two times the amount. This stretches our dollar even further to ensure that all children, no matter their ethnicity, no matter where they live, no matter their economic status can be protected.
Be the Inspiration you want to see...

Fredericton considers craft beer festival on the walking bridge

Sunrise Rotary Club proposes Beer on Bridge as a July fundraiser

Sarah Kilfoil, Regional Director of the York Library Region and Rotarian, spoke to us this morning about what's new with public libraries in the province, including 7 day opening at the Fredericton Public Library and STEAM programming. The library is definitely a happening place!
Rotarians Tim, Nikki & Sarah

Two Guests Today!

His Worship, Mayor Mike O'Brien
- updated us on the need for updates to and the future plans for the airport, a new Performing Arts Centre, the Garrison District & the riverfront. 
Rotary District 7810 ADG & DG Nominee, Noel Eustace                                                                               -  updated us on soon coming training events.

Several clubs in the Fredericton District 7810 organized for the Mayor to raise the Rotary Flag at City Hall to celebrate the 111th Anniversary. The flag will fly until March 1st, proudly telling the city that Rotary is a big part of the Community. Mayor Brad Woodside, Paul Harris Fellow, is a very keen supporter of all Rotary does in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, and internationally.  It was a cold winter's day but the sun shone brightly.  
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Photo shows from left to right, Mayor Woodside, David Balmain, President Fredericton North Club, Jean Street, President of Fredericton Sunrise Club, Past District Governor John Carkner of Fredericton Sunrise and Tim Porter, President-elect of the newly formed Hanwell Club.
John Landry of Sustainable Lifestyle Solutions (SLS) claims "Your poor health is not your fault." He inspired us with the fact & examples of simple changes in our day-to-day lifestyle that can result in amazing improvements to our health, happiness & overall lifestyle. or on FB
Fredericton Sunrise President Jean presented our clubs final payment toward the Rotary Lodge at Kilarney Lake to Fredericton North President David.
In 2005 Fredericton Sunrise & Fredericton North Rotary Clubs celebrated Rotary International 's 100th birthday by building the Rotary Lodge at Kilarney Lake. 
On April 15, 2015 Bernie Zebarth of FreddyLink provided the Rotary club of Fredericton Sunrise with an overview of its project in Haiti and plans to provide continued support in the coming year (2016). The project links individuals within the Fredericton community with children and families who are in need within specific villages under the COBOCOL and UDICC area development programs in the central plateau region of Haiti. The initiative is spearheaded in collaboration with World Vision.
Bernie Zebarth (guest)
Left to right: Jean Street (president-elect), Nancy Acreman, Bernie Zebarth (guest), Ed Dimayacyac
Ferio Pugliese, President, WestJet Encore, talked about the WestJet Encore Effect and being a presence in the Fredericton market. Mr. Pugliese presented to the Fredericton community on March 23 outlining the presence of the WestJet Encore Effect in Fredericton which should provide to citizens, residents, and visitors alike with the opportunity for lower, competitively fares, while providing better choices for regional travel.
On April 15, the first WestJet Encore flight will be coming to the Fredericton Airport. There will be 2 flights provided daily to Fredericton from Toronto.
The Club was visited by Hugh Kennedy, a representative with the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education. He talked with the club members, as well as Interact members about the Talk with our Kids about Money initiative. 
April 15 has been designated for parents, schools to talk with middle-school and high-school aged students able money matters, how to be responsible at any age!
This was a great presentation with an engaging discussion followed. Also in attendance were our Assistant District Governor, Jerry Misener and his wife Adeline.
Mark Wilson, senior project manager and principal at Stantec presented the findings ona five-year research project on alternative energy sources - Powershift Atlantic. The primary objective is to determine if wind generation could be more effectively used by shifting usage of customer equipment. This project is the first in the world to explore this venture. This leading edge project won both national and international awards.
Picture: Harry Bohnsack, Mark Wilson, Nicole Whyte (President)
At this week's meeting, we were honoured to have Martin Parnell (motivational speaker and Right to Play advocate) present on his five-year initiative Quest for Kids, which is raising funds for disadvantaged children to have the Right to Play globally. Martin is truly an inspiring and dynamic speaker who had us motivated in doing even more with helping children at risk.
Later that day, the 24-hour tennis marathon was held at the Abony Family Tennis Center; his first opponent was our very own Premier Brian Gallant.

Brian MacDonald, PC candidate for Fredericton-West-Hanwell, was the 4th candidate in our political series to speak with our club.                                                                                                                                                    

He shared the challenge & interesting work of being a politician followed by a good discussion of the election issues. Thank you Brian.




Our traditional view of a public library is one of borrowing books, CDs, DVDs and finding a quiet space to read or study. The Fredericton Public Library is all that and more, much more... Now one can find space to be creative, to develop ideas on the next entrepreneurial venture or just to meet your knitting or sewing group.

The Fredericton Public Library is offering space to the wider community, engaging them on a level that encourages interaction and yes, active discussion within the library structure. 

Tyler Griffin, the Young Adult / Adult Services Librarian brought his dynamism to our morning discussion and opened our eyes to the not-so-traditional view of our library space.

Content provided by: Niki Whyte


Trisha Hoyt represented the Liberal leader, Brian Gallant, at our last meeting. She is running in the Oromocto-Lincoln area and is her first time entering politics. Trisha indicated that NB has the potential of being a leader in the innovation field, with a tremendous number of IT start-ups finding their start in NB and making great strides nationally and globally. NB also has the potential of being completely self-sufficient by being present at the table with other provinces to develop and hone these ideas. A repeal of the tax-exempt given to certain companies, while taxing the highest income-earning sector of the population will result in the financing required to realize their initiatives. For more information, visit

Submitted by Nicole Whyte

Sustainability and transparency were key areas discussed by David. Sustainability with our resources; such as reliable and cost effective electricity through NB Power and the smart grid initiative ( NB Power's goal is to provide a modern utility service aligned with our customers evolving lifestyle requirements and will therefore invest in Smart Grid technology to reduce and shift electricity demand in the province.

He also spoke of encouraging local, homegrown food that will build a strong local economy using resources already available within the rural areas. Farming our own products and providing incentives for local farmers to do so is key.

In terms of governance - he indicated that for the last 4 years, the government has been electioneering instead of getting down to business and believes individuals should listen to the voice of the people (their constituents) rather than the usual towing the party line.

Preventative care was also discussed instead of trying to take care of a sick population within the hospital setting, additional doctors should be employed on the front-end to prevent or streamline the illnesses.

He also mentioned that our literacy rates are one of the highest across the country but illiteracy is still an issue and is not being properly addressed.

Submitted by Niki Whyte




Shannon Adam, Business Development Chair for Greener Village Food Bank accepts Sunrise Rotary's donation from John Carkner This donation will be used for furniture and materials to build more vegetable beds! (Sunrise Rotary's Fall Project)



This morning we were treated to a special visit from our District Governor (DG) Mike Walsh and his lovely wife Francine. Also in attendance were Asst. DG Jerry Misener and his lovely wife Adeline.

DG Mike brought us a very inspirational message, outlining his hope for the 2014-15 year, while tasking us to Light Up Rotary. He expounded on RI President Gary Huang's message that if each one of us lights a candle then the hope continues.

We are also so close to ending polio worldwide and were treated to messages from Bill Gates and Bono who have graciously joined the fight, reassured that Rotary is involved and will make a difference.

He is also hopeful that membership will be increasing within the district and encourages us to seek not just members but Rotarians who are committed to our plan of action. He identified that while we are a small club, we get quite a lot done and should feel tremendous pride in this fact.

Submitted by Nicole Whyte 



Ray Zahab, endurance athlete was the inspirational speaker at Partner's For Youth  20th Anniversary Gala. Running the Sahara began a lifelong journey of discovery. A journey of learning that some of the largest barriers to success are the ones we put upon ourselves. By breaking these down, we are all capable of truly extraordinary things.

Hope to see you there!

Tickets available online           <>  



Fredericton High School "Spooked The Hunger" by collecting & donating over 1,700 food items to Greener Village/Fredericton Food Bank. Congrats to FHS Interact Club for organizing this event!


A really big thank you goes out to Harry and his family for hosting our change over party on Saturday


                                                                    Alanna, Paula, Lise & Nikki

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