WHAT IS NJVA?
A UNIQUE EVENT!
This unique event brings together Rotary leadership, Rotarians and guests from across the five Districts of New Jersey to celebrate our vocational service and commitment to high ethical standards. RI President T.A. Warren (1945-46) said, “The only unique feature of Rotary is Vocational Service. Everything else we do is repeated by every other recognized service organization.” At the Assembly, an outstanding Rotarian, duly nominated and chose from each district, will be individually recognized and honored for exemplifying Vocational Service and for demonstrating high ethical standards through his and her business or profession. New Jersey is the only state in the Rotary world to sponsor a Vocational Assembly in which every club in the state participates.
2015 NJ VOCATIONAL ASSEMBLY SPEAKERS
Dr. Robert Scott
Bob Scott was born and raised in Edinburg, Scotland. He was a graduate in medicine at Edinburgh University and was in general practice in Leanduong, North Whales prior to residing in Cobourg, Ontario in 1966. He continued as a General Practioner and then became Chief of Staff at the Cobourg General Hospital. Prior to retirement, he also served as a medical director for a Home for the Aged and as a Coroner in the Province of Ontario. He is married to Ann, an honorary Rotarian, and both are members of the Arch Klumph Society. They have four children and eight grandchildren.
Bob Scott joined Rotary in 1971 and has served Rotary International as Vice President, Director, Group Discussion leader and District Governor. He served the Rotary Foundation as a trustee and in 2007-08 served as the chairperson of the Rotary International Polio Plus Committee. He also served as director on the 2002-05 Polio Plus Eradication Campaign. He also visited India, now completely Polio free, as many as 30 times.
He was a recipient of the Rotary International Service Award and the Rotary International Service Award for a Polio Plus Free World, and the Four Avenues of Service Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service.
Brian Moriarty is Adjunct Lecturer in Management Communications, and Director of the Institute for Business and Society at the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School where he teaches in the full-time MBA program. He is also Director of the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, an independent business ethics center housed at the University of Virginia which operates in partnership with Business Roundtable.
He is the author of several articles, chapters, and reports on business ethics and business and society relationships. His new book, Public Trust in Business from Cambridge University Press, provides business leaders with insight into the creation and maintenance of this critical asset. His articles have been featured in publications such as the Washington Post and Forbes.
Mr. Moriarty was selected as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business” by Trust Across America from 2011-2014. Since 2008 he has served on the advisory council for Ethisphere Magazine’s list of the “100 Most Ethical Companies.” He has spoken at a variety of business and academic forums, including the US Chamber of Commerce, the Society of Business Ethics, the Institute for Public Relations, Congress for Free Markets and the Culture of Common Good, and the Tuck Symposium on Communications.
He holds a B.A. in Political Science and English Literature from Boston College, an M.A. in Religious Studies from Wake Forest University and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia.
Mr. Moriarty lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife and two sons where he enjoys coaching youth baseball. He serves on the board of the Carson Raymond Foundation.
Valarie Wafer is the owner of six Tim Hortons restaurants located in Scarborough, Ontario, and has been with Tim Hortons for 25 years. Prior to this, Valarie held various positions in corporate accounting.
Valarie is an Ambassador and Builder with the Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation and an advocate for people with disabilities especially in the area of employment. She is a member of the Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Accessibility Committee and is a national leader in inclusive practices in her own business. Valarie has been recognized for her accomplishments and is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubiliee Medal, on Ontario Achievement Award and a Ruderman Foundation Best in Practice Award.
A proud member of the Rotary Club of Whitby, she was Rotary International District Governor in 2013-14, and sits on District, Zone and international committees. She has led and participated in many international initiatives including Polio eradication, youth mental health, micro finance, education and water.