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Posted: January 27, 2016

I received an email yesterday about a Rotary Club initiative to support Chief Rosemary McKay of Bearskin Lake. Her community has suffered 12 deaths in the last year, and they are currently reeling from the suicide death of a 10-year-old girl in December and don't have the funds to give her a proper burial. The Rotary is raising funds to help provide emergency mental health support and programming dollars to the community overcome by grief, while there is a “Go Fund Me” site raising money for the cost of the burial.

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Posted: January 18, 2016

There are moments in life sometimes that scarcely seem believable. A few months ago, I found myself sitting in a state boardroom in Kyiv, Ukraine. Across the table from me sat the wife of Ukraine’s President Maryna Poroshenko, who chaired the meeting, and the Child Ombudsman for Ukraine, Nikolai Kuleba. Assembled at the table around us were officials from Ukraine’s Ministries of Social Services, Health, and Education, as well as business leaders and advocacy groups from Ukraine’s civil society. Surrounding the table were representatives of Ukraine’s fifth estate. The air was filled with formality.

 

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