Rotary exchange student from Japan enjoying Canadian experience

Rei Kenada, 16-year-old Rotary Exchange student from Kurayoshi, Japan, presented to Port Elgin Rotary and Saugeen Shores Rotary Club members over lunch on December 5th.

Rotarians present were impressed with the quality of her presentation, her English skills and her confidence as she told them about her country, city, school, family and some of the differences between life in Canada versus life in Japan.

Rei presented Kurayoshi Rotary Club banners & pins to Port Elgin Rotary president Melinda Myette and
Saugeen Shores Rotary president Ed Braun

She has also presented to Southampton Rotary (her host club), the SDSS Interact Club, and to Canadian students from our district destined for Rotary exchanges in 2024-25.

Rei is currently living in Southampton with Rotarians Tony and Sylvia Sheard, and has been attending SDSS since the beginning of the school year. She is enjoying her time at SDSS and in the community, and is soaking up many of the uniquely Canadian experiences her youth exchange year is offering her.

She looks forward to hopefully playing fastball with the Port Elgin Devils Women’s fastball team in the spring. At home in Japan, she practices and plays fastball six times a week, all year, as part of her club commitment at Tottori Prefectural Kurayoshi Higashi Senior High School.

Rei ends her year at SDSS and her Canadian adventure, in mid-July, when she will fly back to Japan.

Rei joined Rotary Bearama on the Christmas parade float