P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol 104 No. 48
Wayne Fraser, President
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary

Toby Hinton, Special Cst. Chin-I Hsiang, Cst. Dave Steverding, and Roberta Watt
ODD Squad Productions

Toby is the current ED for Odd Squad Productions. Retired Sgt. with 30 year's service with VPD. Original Founding member of the charity Odd Squad Productions. Film Director - Odd Squad and Founding Member Police Judo - Instructor Police Judo Juniors - Odd Squad.
Special Cst. Chin-I Hsiang is the head of Physical Literacy for Odd Squad Productions, Special Cst. In Vancouver City Remand Jail with over 18,000 prisoners a year. S/Cst. Hsiang is a former National Junior and Senior Champion for Taiwan in Judo, NCCP Level 3 Instructor and has managed all the Police Judo Junior programs coaching youth from diverse backgrounds, ranging from autistic 
Cst. Dave Steverding is a long time member of Odd Squad Productions, a 18 year member of the Vancouver Police Department, and heads up the Peer-to-Peer Programs for Odd Squad Productions - focusing on Drug Education for Youth.
Roberta Watt was profiled in the Odd Squad documentary on Crystal Methamphetamine entitled "Scathed" as a young teenager who was trapped in a drug-using cycle. With help and support Roberta was able to enter the Portage Recovery Program in Montreal, break free from her addiction and then, once recovered, enter Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. Roberta graduated with a BA (Honours), moved back to Vancouver and started working and volunteering at a not for profit housing provider in the DTES of Vancouver. Roberta also volunteers with Odd Squad and the VPD providing insight for others on the challenges of drug addiction. She is a new mother, raising her son with her partner Matt in Coquitlam, BC.
Their combined presentation will include: What is Odd Squad, How Rotary Vancouver Has Helped Odd Squad - Physical Literacy, How Rotary is Helping Odd Squad - Current Funding, and Roberta's Story.

Wayne Fraser, Club President
2021-22 Year End Review


37th Rotary Ride for Hearing
There's still time to get involved!

Ask from the committee:
There is still a need for neighbourhood gift certificates. When you are out and about, ask your regular vendors if they can help with a gift certificate, a gift basket, or some such thing. All support is welcome, and in turn we will be generating business for them.

Want to volunteer?
Contact Melody Hu, 

Want to ride?
Click here to register

Want to be an event sponsor?
Contact Franz Gehriger,

Want to pledge a specific rider?
Click here to pledge

Want to donate to the RCV Hearing Foundation?
Click here to donate

Other ways to help
Be a pledge collector, doesn't cost you anything and you will be supporting in a big way



July 10th, 5:00 p.m.
Vancouver Rowing Club
Limited seating available
Join us in celebrating our Ride participants, volunteers, and also our newly inducted RI President, Jenifer Jones who will be attending our banquet.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Rotarians' Investment Club meeting
Jun 30, 2022
Ride for Hearing committee meeting
Swissreal office
Jul 05, 2022 1:45 PM
Rotary Ride for Hearing
Stanley Park
Jul 10, 2022
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Jul 12, 2022 1:30 PM
Food on the Corner
Jul 16, 2022 11:00 AM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jul 20, 2022 7:15 PM
Membership Committee meeting
Swissreal office
Jul 26, 2022 8:30 AM
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Aug 09, 2022 1:30 PM
View entire list


Sahra Homayounian Jun 15
Ian Storrs Jun 15
at our Club
Franco Gallo 7 years
Keith Phillips 7 years
Phil Webber 23 years
Tremayne Perry 58 years
John & Cindy Hayto
37 years Jun 15
* come in person to celebrate with Purdy's chocolates!!

Last Meeting June 14, 2022

Wayne Fraser, President, chaired the meeting
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary, hosted the ZOOM meeting
Jill Pennefather, Sergeant at Arms, introduced guests
Miya Otake played O Canada on the harp
President’s Announcements:
  • Thank you to all of you who came to Tuesday’s meeting. It is wonderful to see you all, both those in person and those attending virtually.
    A reminder of an announcement made last week:
    • Meals will once again be billed for on a 1/4ly basis starting July. It is possible to be on a pay-as-you-go meal arrangement where you pay at the door $52. To do this you will need to put in writing the request specifying why you want to do it and for how long.

      The exception is for our R85 members. For those who don’t know R85 is those who are at least 65 years of age and with an aggregate of their years of service, adds up to 85 or greater. For those a written request is not needed, just need to let Carolyn know of your preference.
    • Once a quarter we will be replacing our luncheon meeting with an evening meeting. This will be experimental to start so that we can gauge the overall response from our membership. The dates will be advertised well in advance.
  • Past Presidents: check your inboxes for an invitation that will be arriving soon to the 2022 Past Presidents’ dinner. The date is set for July 19th at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. Wilf Wassersleben is once again organizing this event.
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Special announcements and members' moments:
  • Bill Schulz let everyone know that the memorial service for Leo Allas will be held on July 9, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.  The location will be: St. Peter's Estonian Lutheran Church, 6520 Oak St., Vancouver (49th & Oak). Lunch will follow the service in the church hall.
  • Franz Gehriger is home and getting better after his surgery to resolve a serious blood clot issue in his leg. He is supposed to be resting – not easy for him. Happy for all the visitors!
  • Kendall Jessiman attended the recent RI convention in Houston. Everyone survived the 100+ degrees. There were about 12K people in attendance, smaller compared to some past conventions but a good sized crowd nonetheless. Kendall attended the youth exchange conference and made some wonderful contacts from all around the world.  A wonderful experience, highly recommended for all Rotarian to attend. The next one, May 27-31, 2023, is in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Navid Morawej gave an update re the upcoming Ride for Hearing. He and Darren Radbourne have ridden the entire route and identified the tricky spots. They need a lot more volunteers to help mitigate this and ensure all riders follow the route and are safe. Posters and rack cards are printed and available for everyone to take a few. Pass them along, post them everywhere possible in your neighbourhood. With the big changes in the event this year they really need lots of extra support. There will be a family/kids ride this year for the first time. Please ask your family, friends, neighbours to come out in support in whatever way they can, e.g., volunteering for a couple of hours.

    Even if you are not participating an any way through the day, you can come out to the Celebration Banquet to enjoy the unique opportunity to meet and chat with our incoming RI President, Jenifer Jones. See notice above for the link to purchase tickets.
  • Dr. Brian Westerburg spoke about the impact of the funds raised through the Ride for Hearing on their work. A cochlear implant, the first in Canada, was implanted here at St. Paul’s thanks to the money raised through our club’s then known a the Rotary Bike-a-thon. The advances in the technology over the years have been wonderful with better and better results for those who need the implants. They now receive funding for 70 or so operations at St. Paul’s, and a few more at Children’s. The total cost is $60-70K. They need replacing every 6 years, with the government covering most of the cost, the patient still need to come up with up to $1K to cover the balance. The Rotary Hearing Foundation has been incredible with their support in helping those in need to hear.
  • Melody Hu made the decision with support from our President to postpone the June Business Networking Social event due to lack of ticket sales. It will be rescheduled for September.
David Wray, incoming President for the VYP Rotaractor Club, introduced guest speaker, Jenna Wray. Jenna is the engagement coordinator for suicide prevention in Calgary. She is a suicide survivor herself. Her brother, and everyone close to her, is so proud of her and how far she’s come in her life.
Myths and facts:
  • Globally, more people die by suicide than in war and homicide combined – FACT
    Over 800,000 people die by suicide each year, while 500,000 die by war and homicide. We don’t hear about suicide in media. There is only so much media can report upon – suicide is not one of them.
  • Teenagers die by suicide more than any other age group – MYTH
    Males aged 40-65 have the highest number of suicides. We often believe its youth and perhaps that’s because they have the highest number of hospitalizations for attempted suicide or for suicidal thoughts. Though there is no concrete evidence as to why the suicide rate is highest among adult males, it is thought that perhaps adult men have trouble expressing emotions due to a variety of reasons, including societal stigmas.
  • Suicide often occurs without warning – MYTH
    Even when suicide seems impulsive, there have usually been prior warning signs and behaviours. But often, others do not recognize them as “invitations” or know how to respond when they do notice. The communication is often indirect and hard to recognize.
Who dies from suicide?
Anyone can have thoughts and feeling of suicide, however there are priority populations:
  1. Indigenous peoples, primarily young men
  2. Midde-aged men (40-65 years of age)
  3. Older adults, primarily men
  4. LGBTQ youth
Why do people die by suicide?
Suicide is complex. There is no single cause. It is the result of the interaction of multiple factors. There is never going to be just one reason. People who are considering suicide often experience deep psychological pain. They have “tunnel vision”. There is a reluctance or inability to seek help. Those considering suicide can no longer access the list of activities or thoughts to self sooth – suicide is the only thought.
Are you worried about someone?
Notice, reach out, ask, support and connect. You may notice that something is “off”, out of the ordinary. Reach out in a safe environment, using a non-judgemental approach, to ease the conversation. Ask directly if suicide is being considered. This does not put the idea in their mind. Rather it brings the possible thought out into the open. Non-judgemental discussion helps to ease the stigma around it.  Don’t skirt the issue – be direct. Ask the question, are you considering suicide? Stay in contact to support the person and connect them to the help and supports they need. That said, stick to your role – a friend, a parent, a sibling, not a counsellor.
Want to learn more? Here is what’s offered:
  1. Start online training. Though a 60-90 minute online module you can learn to recognize the warning signs and how to engage, “Safety Starters”.
  2. How to talk about suicide webinar teaches a 4-step model for talking about suicide. Through a 1.5 – 2 hr virtual training with a small group you will explore risk and protective factors.
  3. SafeTALK workshop is ½ day in-person workshop teaching suicide alertness leading to understanding and how to connect as “Safety Connectors”. See,
  4. ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Workshop is a 2-day in-person workshop that teaches intervention skills and safety learning. See,  
Another option is to promote authentic conversation among men and their buddies. One can learn how to provide support by learning skills to:
  1. Pay attention
  2. Start a conversation
  3. Keep it going
  4. Stick to you role.
Visit to learn how to become a champion.
You can get involved with the Run for Life 2022 – A journey from darkness to light. It is a virtual event being held from September 18-25, 2022 with participants from around the world who will walk, run, buke, kayak, dance, or any other movement you want. Individual and team registrations are now open at They are putting together a commemorative video for the event; you are welcome to send in a picture to be included.
We all have a role to play. Anyone can help someone considering suicide, you do not have to be a professional. By creating safe space to talk about suicide it reduces stigma and encourages help-seeking and help-offering. Suicide prevention is everyone’s business!
In closing, if you want more information check out the Centre for Suicide Prevention website, . If you have any questions about training and resources reach out to Jenna at
The Canada Suicide Prevention Service hotline is available 24/7/365, 833-456-4566
Meeting adjourned with a toast to toast to those supporting others.

June 24, 2022


Wayne Fraser, President   Nadja Gehriger, Secretary