Posted by Susan Kowalski on Jul 08, 2019
Today Aruna and Shiva Koushik from the Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club visited us.  Aruna spoke to us about Cultural Diversity.  Aruna is our Rotary District Governor Nominee for 2021/2022.  She is passionate about polio and supporting her community.  Welcome Aruna!
Announcements from our meeting today:
  • The Canton Police Awards will be held at the Summit on the Park in Canton on July 30, 2019.
  • Trash pickup July 20, 2019.  Please see the "Community Flyers" section to the right for more information.
  • We are starting to discuss additional fundraisers.  The Canton Rotary Clock project with commemorative bricks and benches was suggested.
  • Our Journey 2 Housing District Grant has been approved by our local Rotary District, and has been forwarded to Rotary International for final approval.
  • Belleville Rotary Club has a Golf Outing coming up on August 23, 2019, at Fellows Creek.  For additional information see http://rotary6400.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/belleville.jpg.
  • Remember Sarah's Maiga Homes Partner Appreciation Mixer on Thursday, August 1 from 4-6pm.  Please contact her to make your reservation.
President Lisa Kennedy introduced Aruna Koushik with an interview.  We learned that her husband is Shiva Koushik who is the Immediate Past President of the Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club.  Aruna and her family have no pets, as she is allergic to them.  Shiva and Aruna have a son and a daughter, and three other children who call them Mom and Dad.  Aruna is a human rights officer for the Province of Ontario, is a sexual harassment expert, has worked in the office of mediation services, is the Past President of her Rotary Club, and runs a school for classical Indian dancing. 
 
Aruna talked about some of the little things that we can do to make guests from other cultures feel welcome when visiting us.  She talked about the areas of food, seating, conversation, and events.  Cultural is learned behavior that is found in our family, origin, environment, and beliefs.  Questions to think about when considering our cultural reactions are:
  • How do we connect?
  • How do we share?
  • How do we listen?
Some ways of showing healthy and respectful curiosity to another person's culture are:
  • Ask a simple question.
  • Listen carefully.
  • Reflect back on what has been said.
  • Be willing to accept differences.
  • Show genuine appreciation for someone else's culture.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us Aruna, and for helping us to expand the way we think about diversity.