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Column: The Rotary District Conference is coming to Cochrane

There are just over three weeks until the Rotary District 5360 Conference will be coming to Cochrane. On Saturday, May 14, our town will be host to a number of amazing speakers and the theme is “Supporting the Environment.
Jade- Martin Parnell column
High-school student Jade Jansen will be one of the speakers at the Rotary District 5360 Conference in Cochrane next month.

There are just over three weeks until the Rotary District 5360 Conference will be coming to Cochrane. On Saturday, May 14, our town will be host to a number of amazing speakers and the theme is “Supporting the Environment.”

The Conference will be held at the Alliance Church and we are looking forward to having more than 250 Rotarians, Rotaracts, Interactors, and guests participate in the exciting event. We have a number of incredible presenters and I would like to introduce one of our amazing local speakers, Jade Janzen, from Cochrane.

Growing up in an environmentally conscious family and spending time outdoors as often as possible, it was evident early on that Jade would always be environmentally minded. Jade Janzen founded Lives With Less Plastic in 2018 when she was in Grade 7.  Now a Grade 11 student, she continues to be passionate about making positive change within her community. Jade loves educating younger students about ways in which they can be more environmentally aware.  Jade lives and plays on Treaty 7 land with her parents and younger sister. In her free time, she can be found doing homework, playing ringette, soccer, or basketball, or cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, backpacking or mountain biking. When she graduates next year, she plans on pursuing a degree in environmental science, followed by medical school to study the effects of micro plastics on the human body.

Jade’s topic is When a School Project Evolves into a Passion. What started off as a plea to Cochrane Town council to ban single-use plastic bags and straws evolved into a mission to inform community members of the impact their consumption has on the environment and to empower them to take simple steps to reduce their consumption and environmental footprint for a sustainable future. 

I’d like to thank our sponsors, including Spray Lake Sawmills, Mountain View Optometry, Raymond James, Mackay’s Ice Cream, Cochrane Toyota, Rockies rentals, Canadian Rockies Experience, Bolder Menswear and the Rotary Clubs of Cochrane, Canmore, Calgary, Calgary Fish Creek, Calgary North, Calgary West and Lethbridge East.

Everyone is welcome – both Rotarians and non-Rotarians – to participate in this conference. Meet Rotarians from across Southern Alberta and learn about how we can all make a change in our community. If you are interested in checking out this conference, then register at discon5360.ca

We only have one Earth. It is only by working together that we can ensure that we have a sustainable future for everyone on this planet.