NAME: Barb Cameron
HOME CLUB: Courtenay
AG AREA / CLUB NAMES: Area 1 • Port Hardy • Port McNeill • Campbell River • Campbell River Daybreak
YEAR JOINED ROTARY: 2017
- Why did you join Rotary? What did you expect from your Rotary membership?
I learned about Rotary when I was in university and stayed with family friends who were hosting a youth exchange student. When I decided to join a service club, Rotary seemed a good fit for my interests, and I quickly learned that there were so many opportunities and areas of focus.
- Has Rotary lived up to your expectations – how?
Rotary has something to offer everyone who is interested in service and humanitarian issues. It helps lift up those who need help and also develops leaders who can sustain the type of work and projects that are needed around the world.
- We know Rotary is a big part of your life, but what do you like to do for fun? Hobbies?
I love to travel – but always as an adventure and off the beaten path of tourists. Fitness is an important part of my lifestyle and I spend a lot of time hiking, running and exploring in the local mountains. I love to cook and entertain, and am really looking forward to being able to get together with friends and family for dinners and celebrations.
- What inspired you to become involved at the club level? Then at the district level?
I saw that my skills could be useful at the club level and I was encouraged to take on a leadership role in youth exchange soon after I joined Rotary. After being club president, I sought out a role on the District scholarship committee and have been active in that role for several years. I also signed up for the Visioning Team when it was first introduced in the District and hope to continue to play an active role (in my spare time — ha! ha! ha!)
- Best experience so far as Assistant Governor?
Attending club meetings throughout Area 1 has allowed me to meet a lot of interesting, committed Rotarians and to explore parts of the Island I had not visited. Zoom meetings have actually been useful in terms of seeing clubs more frequently and developing a better connection than just popping in to a formal setting a few times per year.
- When will we see you as the District Governor?
That’s not in the cards for me.