Our President, Gisele Seguin
Gisele Seguin is the Director of Public Affairs, Communication and Philanthropy for Windsor Regional Hospital. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work and an M.B.A. from the University of Windsor. She began her career as a Family Service Worker for the Children’s Aid Society in 1985. Her interest in local history and experience in public relations led her to the role of Coordinator for the 1992 City of Windsor Centennial Celebration. Following this she was the Executive Director of Big Brothers of Windsor and Essex County and then the Director of the St. Clair College Foundation.
Awards include Governor General’s 125th Medal (1992), the EJ Lajeunesse Award for contributions to local history (1993), Rotarian of the Year (2002) and Friend of Nursing Award (2010).
Gisele is fluent in the French Language. She is a member of the Windsor Roseland Rotary club and has participated in two Group Study Exchanges to India and is an Ambassador for the Guatemala Literacy Program.
A Message from Gisele Seguin, President of Windsor-Roseland Rotary
Last year was “a Year like no other.” We could not have imagined a full year of zoom meetings, canceled events and restrictions that have impacted our families, friends and our entire lives. We have persevered and there is light at the end of the tunnel.
The role of the President as I see it is to lead and guide to the best of my ability. To do this – I must listen. Listen to the opinions of all members. There will be conflicting opinions for sure – we live in a democracy but the Board will endeavor to make the best decisions on behalf of the club.
I could not be prouder of the newly formed Public Relations team – which under Mara Riccardi’s leadership will help position the club in a positive light and attract new members and prepare for the next year when Jennifer Jones is RI President. Many thanks to Darren Winger, Mander Matharu, Jeremy Renaud, Mambir Bhullar and Elaine Snaden for launching the site – it is awesome!
This year we are bringing back Small Change. Each week a member will be asked to perform a random act of kindness – instead of being asked for your change weekly you may be asked to make a ‘small change’ once or twice a year.
Illuminating Hope - as the home club of the District Governor Aruna Koushik we will “light up” the district. Yes, as you know, Aruna’s theme is Illuminating Hope – we will report on all the ways that we provide hope and support to those in need.
Recently, both the Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment. Under the leadership of Gordon Orr, Community Service Director, we will have projects that will specifically support and encourage environment-related projects.
Our 40th Anniversary that was marked in 2020 will continue with the implementation of the project at Jackson Park. Gordon Orr, Chair of the project, will continue to provide updates and there will be some fantastic ways for us to see this project come to fruition and participate even more. I CAN”T WAIT!!!
I would be remiss if I did not mention the Rotary Kids of Action. This has been, in my opinion, one of the best initiatives our club has embarked on in some time. Mander Matharu will now be responsible for Youth Service and I cannot wait until we gather in person and can see these young people – IN ACTION!
Our challenges in 2021 will continue – meetings will continue to be conducted by zoom until a time that we can safely meet as a group. The Program will be run by a committee this year with Elaine Snaden in the lead and joined by Paula Talbot and Doreen Thibert – we want a mix of informative and fun topics!
Your experience will only be as good as you make it – in the words of Hugh Archer – Enjoy Rotary!