P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol 104 No. 20
Wayne Fraser, President
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary

Kristi Blakeway, School Principal & Author
Beyond Hello: Rekindling the Human Spirit One Conversation at a Time

Kristi Blakeway, a principal from Maple Ridge, will join us with one of her high school students, Maya. They will be share their advocacy work in Greater Vancouver helping homeless citizens reconnect with friends or family through greeting cards, phone calls and face to face reunions. Project HELLO (Helping Everyone Locate Loved Ones) was meant to be a one day fieldtrip but has spiralled into more than a decade of giving.  To date they have helped over 900 people reach out to friends or family. Their talk will remind us all to connect with compassion -- every one of us has a story worth hearing.

Beyond HELLO is a compilation of stories from the streets blended with wisdom gained from those who have lost it all. Kristi weaves life stories of the homeless community with her personal and unexpected journey into forgiveness. She encourages us all to go Beyond HELLO, to see those who are often invisible, to connect with compassion, and to rekindle the human spirit one conversation at a time.


NOV 23, 2021 @ 1:30 (Imm. after reg. mtg.)
Alison Parry, Senior Investment Counsellor, RBC Phillips, Hager & North Investment Counsel Inc.
RCoV investment review - all members welcome

Alison manages discretionary portfolios for private clients and clients in the non-profit sector. Her focus on comprehensive wealth management brings in elements of financial and estate planning.  Alison develops an understanding of her clients' financial goals and personal values in order to identify their investment, retirement, tax and estate planning needs. She then creates a customized strategy that is monitored and adjusted to accommodate the changing market environment and the evolving needs of her clients. Communication is an integral part of this approach; her goal is to gain a thorough knowledge of her clients' financial affairs so she can provide valued advice for the management of their wealth. She has a personal interest in the non-profit sector and is actively involved in several organizations in her community. 

June Goldsmith, Founder, Music in the Morning
My Life in Music

For decades, June Goldsmith has charmed audiences with her knowledgeable and enthusiastic approach to classical music. Her lifelong commitment has led to a rich and varied career as a concert presenter, entrepreneur, music educator and pianist, and now as a radio broadcaster and lecturer. Her warm style and personality has brought classical music to life for audiences in Vancouver, and indeed, across the country.
In 1986, June founded the groundbreaking Music in the Morning series where was artistic and executive director for over twenty years. She is currently a regular guest with host Sheryl MacKay on the CBC Radio One program North by Northwest, participates in various festivals and organizations in Canada and the US, and also organizes outreach performances and free concerts. June received the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia for her contribution to the arts in Canada. She is a member of the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.


RCoV Annual General Meeting, and speaker
Bill Hellyer, E-learning District 5040
MyRotary - Rotary Club Central and the Learning Center

Bill is a member of RC Prince George Yellowhead. He joined Rotary in 1995, and is a Past Club President (twice), a past Assistant Governor, and is currently a District 5040 Trainer.
E-Learning has revolutionized learning, improving efficiencies in a manner that we continue to  dedicate to Rotary.  The flexibility offered by e-Learning in place of learning and time of learning means that whole education programmes can be rolled out across teams and clubs all over the world.

We are pleased to that Bill will help to expand your Rotary experience and knowledge by taking advantage of some of the tools available. He will show you the step by step on how to set up a “My Rotary” account and then on to how to access the e-Learning courses. 
Tuesday December 7, 2021
Tuesday December 14, 2021
In order to complete the AGM on December 7, we will need to have at least 37 active members at the meeting in person. While we understand that there are many reasons people cannot attend meetings in person right now, it would be greatly appreciated if those who are able to attend in person try to do so on December 7.
Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation (VRCF)
The Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation was formed July 2, 1998 as a result of the amalgamation of two predecessor foundations, including the Oscar A. Olson Rotary Foundation, the origins of which reach back to December 23, 1950. It was visionary gifts from individuals that changed the course of the Vancouver Rotary Club.
Gifts from individuals like you continue to build the future of the Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation and in turn, the Rotary Club’s endeavours. Donations to the Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation allow it to assist the charities that we, as Rotarians believe in, and by which Rotary serves the local and international community to build a better tomorrow.
CLICK HERE to make a donation to VRCF
Tax receipts will be issued directly from CHIMP (Charitable Impact Foundation (Canada)) on behalf of the Rotary Club of Vancouver
Rotary International The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
When you give US$1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant it will be recognized with a Paul Harris Fellow. To recognize someone else as a Paul Harris Fellow, you can give that amount in their name. The goal of Rotary International's TRF is Every Rotarian Every Year. This means every Rotarian contributes an average of US$100 every year to TRF. When paying identify, AF Share.
CLICK HERE for more information about TRF donation options
Tax receipts will be issued directly from Rotary International.


The Rotaract Vancouver Young Professionals will be doing a community cleanup with the Strathcona Community Policing Centre (SCPC) on November 27th from 10 am to noon. Helping the SCPC in their Downtown Eastside cleanup. All Rotarians are invited to join forces with them. If you are interested contact Joan Posivy, the Club's liaison.
The UBC Rotaract Club is currently holding a clothing drive as the cold weather is upon us and there are many in need of extra clothing. They are accepting all clothing donations, especially men's clothing and socks, but anything is useful to those in need!
Bring along any donations you have to the lunch meeting next Tuesday, Nov. 23rd, at the Terminal City Club. Or, if you are unable to, contact Gabby Dickert to arrange delivery/pickup.


Nathan put up a coffee tasting tour by bike for the Youth Committee fundraising auction. Deb Sankey was the lucky winner who accompanied Nathan on the tour.
They started in Kitsilano and finished on Commercial Drive. The tasting included coffee roasted by companies in Portland, Berlin, and Vancouver with fortunate timing to meet the co-owner of Milano and Turks Coffee at the last coffee spot, who was picking up a coffee with her daughter. We ended with delicious paninis at Nathan's favourite spot. Great experience.
Thanks Nathan and Deb.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Membership Committee Meeting (contact
Swissreal office
Dec 07, 2021 8:30 AM
RCoV Bike-a-thon planning meeting
Dec 07, 2021 1:45 PM
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Dec 14, 2021 1:30 PM
Business Networking event
M Moser Associates
Dec 16, 2021 6:00 PM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Dec 16, 2021 7:15 PM
Food on the Corner
Dec 18, 2021 11:00 AM
Rotarians' Investment Club meeting
Dec 30, 2021
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Jan 11, 2022 1:30 PM
View entire list


If no written objection is filed with the Secretary within 7 days of Nov. 19, 2021 by (Nov. 26th), Ziad Boustany, will upon payment of the dues and assessments determined by the Board, be declared elected as a member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver recognized by Rotary International.
The classification that Ziad will hold is “Civil Engineering & Construction Mgmt”.
Proposer: Navid Morawej
Seconder: Franz Gehriger
Nick Blom Nov 16th
at our Club
Soudeh Keypour 1 year
none this week

Last Meeting Nov. 16, 2021

Gerry Glazier, Immediate Past President, chaired the meeting
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary, hosted the ZOOM meeting
Jill Pennefather, Sergeant At Arms, introduced the guests
Miya Otake played O Canada on the harp via video
President’s Announcements:
  • Welcome to our guests, new and returning, as well as our own members who have taken the time out of their busy lives to be with us today. Thank you for joining us.
  • The Vancouver Young Professionals Rotaract Club will be doing a community cleanup project and are hoping some of our Rotarians will join them. It is in connection with the Strathcona Community Policing Centre’s downtown eastside cleanup on November 27th, 10:00a.m. to noon. Contact Joan as the club liaison if you are interested in helping out. (see above)
  • The next Rotary Business Networking Event was on Wednesday November 17th, 6:00 p.m. at the Open Outcry restaurant. There was a beer tasting offered by Russell Brewing as well as some charcuterie refreshments for a cost of $20. By all accounts, another successful event. Stay tuned for information about the next scheduled event in December
  • Next week, Nov 23rd, immediately after our regular meeting there will be an investment review meeting @ 1:30 with PH&N, the group who manage our investments. All are welcome to attend.
  • D5040 is pleased to announce that plans for the RYLA programs are underway and all three 2022 RYLA's, Lakelse (aged 14-15), South (aged 16-18), and North (aged 19-30), will be face to face camps. The dates set are Lakelse July7-10, South March26-29, and North April28-May01. Contact Joan for more information.
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Special presentations and Members' Moments:
  • Barbara Welsh received her Paul Harris Fellow +8! Thank you Barbara and congratulations.
  • Gabby Dickert – The UBC Rotaractors are conducting a clothing drive especially for men’s clothing. Please bring whatever you can to our meeting next week or contact Gabby to make pickup/delivery arrangements. All donations will be going to local shelters.
  • Joan Posivy – is working on creating a podcast and is encountering some lighting issues. She is looking for a lighting consultant to help her out. Any suggestions, contact Joan.
Jim Evans introduced this week’s speaker, Micheal Vonn, CEO of PHS Community Services Society (PHS). Her topic was Radical Pragmatism – Bringing a Harm Reduction Approach to the Crises of Homelessness and Overdose Deaths.
PHS Community Services Society provides housing, healthcare, harm reduction & health promotion for marginalized people. They are North American pioneers in their approach to low barrier housing and harm reduction services. They provide supportive housing with “wraparound” medical care and mental health supports as well as safe consumption sites, medical clinics, affordable dentistry and a credit union branch.
PHS started the 1st legalized drug injection site in North American, Insight. It was founded in 2003, has had over 6,000,000 supervised visits, and has successfully intervened in over 6500 ODs.
These are difficult subjects: opioid poisonings, homelessness, mental illness. What is the way ahead for a highly marginalized and stigmatized community?
Opioid poisoning is distinct from past drug issues. Since 2016 we have seen a medical emergency situation where toxic drugs are the leading cause of deaths for those aged 19-30. The drugs themselves are becoming increasingly deadly. We are on track for over 2,000 avoidable deaths this year.
Providing safe alternatives to toxic street drugs is a gamechanger. The solution to lethal drugs is non-lethal drugs. Safe supply brings stability to chaotic lives. Opioid agonist therapy – offering opioid alternatives (methadone and slow release oral morphine) to provide some stability in the lives of those dependent upon the drugs. It is evidence based that this approach reduces OD deaths, related medical issues, and reduces criminal activities. However, more of these approaches are needed.
SAFER supply is a broader program. It catches those who are not eligible for the opioid alternative programs. There has been a soft launch already with the official launch to be in early 2022.
Supportive Recovery Programs are run both in Victoria (a 22 residential program) and in Vancouver. It is a different approach in that it’s not an abstinence based program. It supports respite and/or transition to therapies. It does include 12-step program which is optional if clients are ready for it and want it. The thought is that this is to be a stepping stone to full recovery.
In Vancouver the supportive recovery centre is Onsite, works with Insite, to provide respite. It provides medically supported detox and post detox recovery. There are additional indigenous wellness programming, leading to permanent housing.
PHS has the ability to move people through the continuum of their services to full recovery.
Canada is a world leader in managed alcohol programs, something not well known. The low profile programs are currently running in 20 cities in Canada. Community Managed Alcohol Program (CMAP) is a program applying harm reduction principles to alcohol consumption. Engaging people who may otherwise be consuming non-beverage alcohol – substances not meant for human consumption (e.g., hand sanitizer and mouthwash). It works to establish healthy boundaries with alcohol and help manage medical issues. The program substitutes limited amounts of beer and wine, brewed by participants themselves, daily along with medical supports. Using research supported interventions, the program increases quality of life, decreases the use of medical services, interactions with police, and violence.
In Vancouver, seniors are the fastest growing demographic experiencing homelessness. Seniors are being seen throughout the continuum of services. More and more in local encampments in and around the city. Shelters are not an answer to homelessness. It is, however, a bridge between homelessness and homed.
In Victoria, PHS used modular semi-enclosed living spaces within an arena during the most acute times of COVID. It demonstrated a quick way to move to stability, over 50 people moved from here to permanent housing.
They are using the same model in one portion of the old Army & Navy store in Vancouver – a 70 bed shelter open 24/7. What makes it so successful is the stability it brings to individuals.
PHS also runs the New Fountain Shelter, a 16 bed unit. It is a leader in best practice for generally low-barrier shelters. It is unique in that it brings in those who are turned away from other shelters. Couples can stay together. It is co-ed with some separated areas. Pets of all kinds are welcome. Critically, street drugs can be brought in. They encourage open use of drugs as they want to be able to respond quickly if needed to prevent OD deaths.
One of their proudest initiatives is the Pigeon Park Savings bank. It provides access to basic financial services to people living on low incomes on the downtown eastside, is supported by VanCity and is run by PHS on Hastings Street. They use a low barrier strategy and have approx. 4,000 members. The 1st and often repeated step is getting individuals proper identification. Tis is a huge portion of their work. The staff are not bankers, but rather individuals whose primarily training is in mental health issue support and then financial education. It was the only bank open in the downtown eastside during the worst of COVID shutdowns ensuring their clients were not left stranded.
Pigeon Park Savings has been such a success at providing basic services. It is a huge point of pride for their individual clients to be able to manage their lives at this basic level.
It is important to provide friendly and accessible community resources all along the continuum of care. One of the primary things PHS focusses on is that people are met where they’re at. They work at community building among the most marginalized of us.
If you’d like to learn more:

Meeting adjourned with a toast to all first responders and emergency crews who provide support for all of us, especially our communities' most marginalized.

November 26, 2021


Wayne Fraser, President   Nadja Gehriger, Secretary