Please note that this years conference begins at noon on Friday May 22 and ends Saturday evening May 23rd
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Keynote Speakers

Greg Yank serves on the 17 member Rotary International Board of Directors 2017-19.
A Rotarian since 1978, Greg is a member of the Rotary Club of O'Fallon, IL where he served as Club President in 1992-93, and then as Governor of District 6510 twice in 2001-2002 and again in 2010-11. District 6510 is comprised of 48 clubs and 1500 members in Southern Illinois.
He has held positions as the Regional Membership Plan Project Plan Lead (Membership Chair) for Zones 30 and 31 (2015-17), chair of zones 30-31 Club Visioning Initiative, International Training Leader twice, Membership Coordinator for Zone 29 and Rotary Institute Chair 2013.
Greg is married to past district Governor Catherine Taylor Yank. The Yanks are members of the Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris and Bequest Societies (level 3). Greg was honored to receive the Service above Self Award in 2014. He has travelled to Africa, Ecuador, India, Mexico and Belize on Rotary projects.
The Yanks are avid St. Louis Cardinal Baseball fans. Greg has been a proud Green Bay Packer fan since 1957 and owns one share of the team. Catherine is the owner of Jim Taylor Inc. a roofing contracting company located in Belleville, IL. The Yanks have three grown children and three grandchildren.
Professionally Greg has had three different career paths starting with 9 years in the Catholic seminary. He was never ordained. He then spent 25 years in health care executive management and leadership serving twice as a hospital CEO and as President and CEO of a Catholic Health System. For 11 years, Greg owned a business coaching/peer advisory board franchise called The Alternative Board TAB. He currently continues to be a business coach on a part time basis mentoring and working with eight business owners on a monthly/bi-monthly/quarterly basis. He is the principal in GY Consulting & Facilitation Services specializing in business coaching, strategy, facilitation, strategic governance and board development/education. As a business coach, Greg believes he is making a difference in his client's life.
Greg is actively involved in his community.  He is a President of the Metro East Park & Recreation District and a Board Member of the O'Fallon Shiloh Chamber of Commerce and Chairperson of its strategic planning committee.  He facilitates quarterly meetings of BEST (Building Educational Success Together) bringing together the four School districts in the O'Fallon area.
Greg believes that Rotary enables him to live a life that matters as lives in our communities and the world are changed because of what we do.
Senator Dan Christmas has served in various leadership positions in the Mi’kmaw Nation of Nova Scotia. After serving five years as the Band Manager for the Community of Membertou, Mr. Christmas worked for the Union of Nova Scotia Indians for 15 years - the last 10 as its Director.   He was actively involved in the recognition and implementation of Mi’kmaw aboriginal and treaty rights in Nova Scotia.
From 1997 to 2016, Mr. Christmas held the position as Senior Advisor with Membertou and had assisted the Chief and Council and its Management Team with the day-to-day operations of the Community of Membertou.   Dan also served as elected councilor for Membertou for 18 years.
Mr. Christmas has been active in a number of international, national, provincial and local agencies in a wide range of fields including aboriginal & treaty rights, justice, policing, education, health care, human rights, adult training, business development and the environment.  
In 2005, Mr. Christmas was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University and an honorary diploma from the Nova Scotia Community College in 2016.  In 2008, he was the recipient of the National Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Award from the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada.
In December 2016, Mr. Christmas was sworn in as an Independent Senator for Nova Scotia.  Senator Christmas is the first Mi’kmaw senator to be appointed to the Senate of Canada.

Buhle Dlamini is a global keynote speaker with Tomorrow Today Global based in Canada and South Africa. He speaks to top companies and conferences around the world on the future of work, leadership, organisational culture and managing diversity.


  Born and raised in the Rural Zulu Village of Hlabisa, Buhlebethu (Buhle) Dlamini has risen and beaten the odds to become one of the top South Africans on the global stage today. Buhle has proven himself in the youth development field, business, public speaking, media and social entrepreneurship.


  As a speaker Buhle always delivers a gripping and memorable experience with his genuine sense of humour, smile, and great content. He is as comfortable speaking to a group of top managers and CEO's as he is speaking to teenagers in a school prize-giving. One of his most common accolades is that he is able to connect with anyone and make them feel like they've always known him. 


   He has met iconic leaders like Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, started and run successful ventures, worked with youth in Germany, USA, and the UK and spoken to business audiences the world over.


  He was also the founding member and served as the project manager in the development of the 2006 Heartlines Award-Winning 8 Films on Values for which he, alongside Garth Japhet (founder), received an award from Arch-Bishop (emeritus) Desmond Tutu. He is an author of six books in business and personal growth.



Nina Davey is 16 years old and a Grade 11 at Pictou Academy. At school, she is a member of the 90s club, the IWK committee, the Me to We club & various other school committees.
She is a competitive figure skater with the Mariposa East Skating Club and a member of Team NS. She has been training in dance since she was 2 years old and attended summer school at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and Ballet Jorgen in Toronto. 
She is the founder and Team Captain of a Pictou County group of girls, known as 'Jeana's Girls' that she created in memory of her best friend Jeana English in 2016. The team has raised $63,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society and an additional $35,000 for the Children's Wish Foundation since 2016.
The team was awarded the YMCA Peace Award in 2017 and Nina was recently received the  NS Youth Volunteer of the Year by the Canadian Cancer Society and Children's Wish Foundation and the Pictou United Church. She also spoke to over 10,000 youth at the Halifax We Day at the Scotiabank Centre and received the Paul Harris Fellowship Recognition from the Pictou Rotary Club in 2018. 
Nina intends to study Science at St. FX and has plans to become a child psychologist or work in science. 
Wayne King       
Wayne joined Rotary in 2003 when he moved to Happy Valley Goose Bay and served as club President from 2014 to 2016.  Wayne chairs the club’s 50/50 funding committee and is involved in various club projects throughout Labrador.  Wayne championed the club’s spin bike initiative which saw spin bikes being made available to schools in Happy Valley Goose Bay and all schools in coastal Labrador.  Wayne is a Paul Harris Fellow.
Speech topic:  Charity begins at home. 
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