Laurel Thompson and Helen Dam accept cheque from past president Shikha Sareen

At the December 12th club meeting, we met Helen Dam and Laurel Thompson from the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club. Laurel is the current Commodore of the club, and Helen is a former Ontario Sailing Female Jr. Sailor of the year. The club presented them with a cheque for $500 towards their Able Sail Program.

The Able Sail program at The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club has a great history of putting adults and children with disabilities out on Hamilton Harbour. Laurel is axiously waiting for spring, to get out there once again. "Thank you Rotary for your on-going support to RHYC Able Sail program. You've helped to enrich the lives of many children and adults living with disabilities."

For Helen the gift is more personal. "I've been a participant in the program for the last 11 years. Since the program has outgrown its volunteer capacity the able sail program is hoping to hiring two full time day time staff, and I will be one of them. I think my role will be more administrative/on land and the other role will be a hired coach for on water."

We're honoured to be able to support the Yacht Club in this valuable service they provide.