Meeting Minutes - Dr. Cate Dewey: Children of Bukati - Oct. 18th. 2018
President Martin Alderwick opened the meeting at 9:55 am by welcoming today’s guest speaker, Dr. Cate Dewey. He also extended a welcome back to Gregg Warren who has been recovering from an injury sustained during the summer. There were 41 members in attendance.
Announcements Activities – Ray Biffis - Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Sleeman Centre followed by lunch at Diana's. If you are planning to attend the lunch, please signup to indicate; - Christmas Luncheon on December 6th at Victoria East Golf Club. Signup sheets are now out. - Ray asked who would be interested in attending any of the following events: - January, 30th, 2019 at the Art Gallery of Guelph at a cost of $5:00 per person; - A Drayton Theatre event possibly including dinner; - Storm Hockey Game in February or March (TBD); There seemed to be enough interest in all of these events for the Committee to consider arranging.
Coffee Club Meeting – Andy Curtis - On alternate Thursdays at both the Boathouse or Airpark Café at 10:00 am.
Soren Sondergaard introduced today’s guest speaker, Dr. Cate Dewey from UoG on educating orphans in rural Kenya through food and permaculture.
When Professor Dr. Cate Dewey, chair of the Population Medicine department at the Ontario Veterinary College visited Kenya a decade ago to work with small-holder pig farmers and prevent human epilepsy, she found herself unexpectedly interacting with a group of desperately poor AIDS orphans who were not attending school. Her move to initiate a school lunch program led her on a far-reaching adventure to enrich the lives of the children, and a life-changing event for herself.
Bio: Professor | DVM, MSc, PhD (Guelph) Research Interests: Observational studies, productivity, field trials.
Prevention of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) transmission by early weaning
Evaluation of PRRS vaccines
Aspects of S.E.W.
Dr. Cate Dewey on The Children of Bukati
She began her presentation by telling us that she originally went to Kenya to study small holder pig farming. The intention of going to Kenya was to prevent a disease in pigs which causes epilepsy in humans. The idea was to help the Kenyans grow bigger, stronger and healthier pigs. Overtime she had three PhD. students work with her on the project.
But while she was there she discovered other issues with respect to the school children and this is what lead to the Children of Bukati project.
Dr. Dewey accompanied her talk with an excellent slide presentation which can be seen on the Club’s website under “More” and “Speaker’s Notes.” Additional information as well as on the following website: www.childrenofbukati.com
Dr. Dewey closed her presentation by saying many people got behind this project and it has changed the sense of hope in those communities.
Dr. Dewey followed her presentation by responding to questions from the membership.
Julian Sale thanked Dr. Dewey for her enlightening presentation and gave her with a token of appreciation from the Club.