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Ted and Sharron Morrison: “People of Action”

Ted and Sharron Morrison are both highly active members of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood, and examples of “people of action.” (Photo supplied)

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Ted and Sharron Morrison were both born and raised in Oshawa. Ted was an educator, beginning his career as a science teacher and later serving as principal of Port Perry High School and R.S. McLaughlin CVI. Sharron worked for the Durham Children’s Aid Society and Durham House in Oshawa, and also served as an educational assistant in classrooms with multi-exceptional children for 15 years.

Ted is a proud Rotarian and has a long history with the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood, serving as President for two terms, implementing a Strategic Plan, and strengthening membership. He also served as District Governor responsible for 56 Rotary clubs in Southern Ontario. Currently, Ted leads the District Annual Fund Committee that educates and motivates Rotarians to contribute to the Rotary Foundation. All of these are unpaid positions and Ted works hard at it, with Sharron’s help, juggling their schedules to accommodate busy careers and a full family life with their two children and four grandchildren.

In 2018, Ted and Sharron brought “Kids Against Hunger Canada” to the Oshawa and Whitby Rotary clubs. Kids Against Hunger is a humanitarian organization with a mission to provide fully nutritious food to impoverished children and families around the world, and around the corner. The goal is to provide nutritious meals in a way that allows recipient families to move from starvation or food insecurity to self-sufficiency.

The Morrisons have always felt that hands-on service is one of the most significant ways one can give back to the community. Partnering with Kids Against Hunger, Rotary members and friends spent half a day packaging dried food containing vegetables, rice, seasoning and added vitamins for shipping around the world and to needy communities in Ontario.

On that Saturday morning the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood and the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise packaged 16,000 meals for delivery to hungry families.

It was a way for Rotarians to show that together we can fight hunger. This truly rewarding experience will be repeated again in 2019. On Saturday May 4, four local Rotary Clubs are joining forces and together they expect to package over 30,000 meals in one day!

Ted and Sharron Morrison are great examples of local Rotarians in action, and our community is grateful for their hard work and commitment to service.