by John Borst, Past President Rotary Club of Dryden, ON
Two Dryden High School students, Abbey Taylor and Sarah Becker were the first Dryden students to take part in a new Rotary District 5550 program called “Rotary Adventures in Human Rights” (RAHR).
The one-week program, limited to 24 students, is held annually each August and is co-sponsored by the University of Winnipeg, The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) and Rotary District 5550 World Peace Partners and local Rotary clubs. At present, it is open to 24 Grade 11 and 12 students from across Canada and the United States of America.
Taylor and Becker were accompanied by their teachers Cynthia Seitz and Cynthia Palermo. Palermo was so intrigued by the program, as a history teacher she contacted the District 5550 organizer, Irwin Kumka and volunteered to become an instructor, an offer of help which was accepted.
Abbey and Sarah thanked Rotary and described how emotionally moved they were by the week they spent on the course and the friends they had made during that time.
Highlights of the RAHR
Two days were spent touring the museum. The first was an overview tour;
the second put an emphasis on Indigenous Peoples, the Holocaust and the history of immigrants and refugees.
A visit to the Legislative building of Manitoba provided an “awesome history lesson”. Dr Albo took them on a step-by-step tour to reveal a trail of occult clues concealed in the building’s architecture including hidden hieroglyphic inscriptions, numerological codes, and Freemasonic symbols so intelligently masked they have escaped historians and visitors for nearly a hundred years!
At the community BBQ the students talked to all the people involved with the program.
On a visit to Fort Whyte where the students interacted with a herd of Buffalo.
The week concluded with a visit to Manitoba’s Lt Governor Janice Filmon, with whom they shared a dinner.
In conclusion, Abbey Taylor and Sarah Becker felt this experience will affect how they go ahead in life and how they will treat people in the future.