P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol. 103 No. 35
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

Scott Ansell, VP Project Development, Sun Peak Metals
Mining in Africa

Scott will talk about the challenges facing gold mining exploration and development in Africa with particular reference to Ethiopia where Scott recently had to evacuate their mining camp due to the conflicts in the area.
Scott Ansell has an engineering background with over 25 years of expertise in project management, feasibility studies, permitting and mining finance. Scott was most recently VP Project Development for Sunridge Gold where he managed the completion of prefeasibility studies, feasibility and environmental and social studies for the Asmara Project in Eritrea, which led to the awarding of a mining license by the government of Eritrea. Scott was previously Technical Director of Studies and Manager of Consulting, Geology and Mining for AMEC Americas, located in Lima, Peru and Vancouver, Canada. He has previous experience in Africa with Nevsun Resources as Project Manager in Mali and Eritrea.

Katy Harandi, President, Board Chair, PALS Autism Society

Katy is the mother of two, one of whom has autism. Since 1995, she has devoted her time toward helping her daughter overcome many of the challenges with this condition. She has investigated educational and biomedical treatments for autism and has researched the field extensively. Katy supervised and actively participated in her daughter’s home-based ABA program, receiving many hours of training from educational and behavioural specialists as well as experts in the fields of speech and occupational therapy. She was the YWCA 2012 Women of Distinction nominee for her contributions to our community and recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada. Katy is a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade Women’s Leadership Circle and a member of the Sauder School of Business Women’s Leadership Council. She is also a director of the board of the Adam’s Apples Foundation and the Stanford University Alumni Club in BC. She received her B.A. degree from Stanford University in Computer Science and holds an MBA from the Sauder School of Business. Katy is one of the co-founders of PALS.

RCoV Youth Service Committee Auction 


A Live Virtual Event!
Celebrate Community, Connection and Learn!
Friday June 4th and Saturday June 5th

The theme for the conference is Rotary Family.  This is your chance to find out much more about Rotary and how it makes a huge impact beyond our local community.
Each year, members who attend the District conference find that it's an opportunity to see Rotary from beyond their club and it's very worthwhile experience. This year it's now possible because of the virtual program, for EVERY Rotarian to attend the District Conference.
  • No travel!
  • No hotels!
  • No other costs, beyond the $79 registration fee!
We can't think of a better way for us to show our support for DG Dave Hamilton than by registering for the 2021 District 5040 Conference, homed in his hometown of Terrace, BC.
If you have any questions, contact our President Gerry Glazier, or our Assistant DG, John Bathurst.

CLICK HERE to register and more info



Are you interested in connecting with someone who is just starting their career or contemplating which path they should take?
There are Rotaractors in the UBC and Young Professionals clubs who would like to connect with you. On one hand they may be considering which career best suits them, on another, it may be wanting to know how they can be better so they can maximize their opportunities.
Or, do you have a lot of experience with a particular hobby that you'd like to share? Think photography, sailing, travel.
It's a 30 minute course that will help you get started as a mentor. Note, you need a MyRotary account (easy to set up if you don't already have one.
Then, answer a few questions to see where your interests lie as a mentor by CLICKING HERE. The initial commitment request is only 1 hour per month for 3 months.

Vocational Service

Rotary's second Avenue of Service


Parisa Adrangi, Gabby Dickert, and Joan Posivy have been recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Congratulations and thank you for your support of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and by extension all of its projects.
All TRF donations have the benefit of being far-reaching, supporting international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs and projects. It is recognized as one of the most effective charities in the world.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Apr 13, 2021 1:15 PM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Apr 15, 2021 7:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Apr 16, 2021 10:00 AM
Food on the Corner
Apr 17, 2021 11:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
Apr 20, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Apr 27, 2021 8:30 AM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Apr 29, 2021 6:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Apr 30, 2021 10:00 AM
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
May 11, 2021 1:15 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
May 14, 2021 10:00 AM
Food on the Corner
May 15, 2021 11:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
May 18, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
View entire list


Narv Gill Mar 16th
Wolfgang Degemann Mar 21st
Soudeh Keypour Mar 22nd
at our Club
Charles Flavelle 57 years
Sean Chan & Tammy Nguyen
3 years Mar 18th
Aldo & Rosa Brussoni
56 years Mar 20th
A correction from last week's Rotor. Thank you Anne for noticing. It was reported:
"Anne Lippert (on behalf of the International Service Committee): The ISC has supported a water well project in Tanzania  together with the RC of Prince George, some other District 5040 clubs, and a RC club in Tanzania."
RCV ISC has NOT supported the Prince George Water well project in Tanzania. Anne reported on that project because it has been so successful. The ISC are working with the RC Kinshasa, DR Congo on a similar water well project which has not yet been successful. We are also looking for a future water well project in Tanzania.

Last Meeting March 16, 2021

Gerry Glazier, President, chaired the meeting.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, hosted the meeting via ZOOM & introduced guests.
Miya Otake played O Canada on the harp via taped 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.
  • We’ve received an email from a Rotarian in Germany, Dr. Hartmut Falter, asking for some help for his daughter, Florine. She will be in Vancouver for the summer (not sure if she is attending school here now) and wants to be part of a social project or animal care project. They are looking for recommendations from other Rotarians re good organizations or groups she can contact. If you can help, let Carolyn know and she’ll connect you with Dr. Falter.
  • A reminder that the Rotary Club of Terrace Skeena Valley will be hosting Dr. Jack Taunton March 17th, 7:00 p.m. via virtual meeting. Dr. Taunton is a Professor Emeritus in the faculty of medicine at UBC, and his topic is “Recovery & Return to Exercise After Covid-19”. We have all been invited.
  • Rotary, Rotaract & Interact in New Westminster would like to invite all of District 5040 to join in their Power of Pets Show (POPS) to support Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) & our Rotary Youth Programs. With a donation of $10-15, submit a picture of your pet before the end of the month. Check out this week’s Rotor for details.
  • All members are encouraged to register for the 2021 District 5040 Conference, June 4th-5th. Cost is only $79 per person. See above for info. This is a great way for us all to show support for Dave Hamilton, District 5040 DG, who is fighting prostate cancer.
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Member moments and special announcements:
  • Wayne Fraser let us know that we have received $33K from the Gaming Commission this year. Thanks to everyone involved in getting the application submitted with such successful results. Looking forward to using the funds in the best way possible.
  • Joan Posivy expressed that, on behalf of the Youth Service Committee, is in awe of the response and generosity of our membership in stepping up and providing items for the upcoming auction on April 6th in support of our youth programs. There is a great diversity and price point for the items with everything from Harley Davidson watches, to fly fishing expedition, to gift baskets, to accommodations in Hawaii and Arizona, just to name a few. Given the time limit of an hour for the auction, there is room for maybe one more item if you have something to offer. A message with previews of the items on offer will be distributed to all prior to the meeting so you can be ready well in advance to bid on the items you want.
  • Aldo Brussoni, a long-time member who has been in Uruguay for quite a long time hence away from our club, let us know he is back in Vancouver during these times of COVID. While away, he was an active guest member, actually made an honourary member, of the RC of Montevideo. Glad to have you back Aldo!
  • Phil Webber talked about the long-term relationship we've had with Norquay Elementary, more than 30 years in their reading program where volunteers help grade 2 & 3 students who are having a bit of difficulty reading. This year they are going to experiment with on-line coaching and sometime next year will be back face-to-face hopefully. Up to grade 3, children learn to read, then from grade 4, children read to learn so the skill of reading is so important to get right at a young age. If you are interested in volunteering for this great program helping kids who need support, and in some cases mentorship, contact Phil.
  • Rotarian face masks are still available, $10 a piece. Contact Gabby or Carolyn to order.
Jack Zaleski on behalf of the Rotary Club of Vancouver's Hearing Foundation provided an overview bringing the club up to date on projects and plans.
Reviewing a bit of history:
1985 – the Bike-a-thon was created, 14 riders raise just under $10,000 for Diabetes.
1986 – our club chooses Hearing as its principal fundraising project and the Bike-a-Thon for Hearing is born. That same year, the Hearing Foundation is created as the charitable entity tasked with raising funds for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in British Columbia.
1987 – 106 Riders raise $52,900 for the Hearing Foundation.
Fast forward to 2016 and 177 riders raise a record $166,500
Rotary Ride for Hearing:
The Rotary Ride for Hearing celebrates its 36th Anniversary this July, 2021. To-date we have raised over $3.53 million for our cause.
It is our Mission to “Bring Back the Sounds of Life” to millions of Canadians suffering from total or partial hearing loss.
Deafness & Hearing Loss:
Try to imagine the absolute absence of sound.  No wind, no traffic noise, no chatter in your favorite bar, nothing. Try to imagine living that way 24/7.  Not being able to hear your favourite music, the sounds of birds, the crash of ocean waves, or your children or grandchildren playing.
In BC over 50,000 people live that way.  Another 400,000 have severe hearing loss.
Hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic condition in older adults and the most widespread disability.  According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 5 people worldwide live with hearing loss.  By 2050 this will increase to 1 in 4.
And that’s not the whole story; approximately 4 in 1,000 Canadian babies are born with some degree of hearing loss or will develop early progressive childhood hearing loss.  1 in 800 are born deaf.
Over the last 10 years, the percentage of 2nd graders with hearing loss has increased 280%; for 8th graders that increase is 400%.  Today, 8% of children aged 6 to 19 have some hearing loss.
How We Have Helped through our financial support:
The following shows where the generous donation dollars have been spent:
Research - $713,163
  • We have donated over $713,000 to support hearing loss research which included:
  • Cochlear Implant surgery at UBC in the late 80’s.
  • A Hearing and Balance Study at St. Paul’s Hospital
  • The Acoustic Neuroma Project at BC Cancer Foundation
  • A study of the role of Stem Cell Therapy in enhancing Cochlear Implant Function
  • Research into treatments for Vestibular Schwannoma
  • Study of SenSoriNeural Hearing Loss
  • The use of Electroencephalography (EEG) to test hearing at UBC/VGH
Equipment - $836,471
  • We have provided $836,000 to fund over 40 projects including new speech processors for Cochlear Implant recipients to equipment for BC Children’s Hospital Otology/Cochlear Implant Program
Education - $261,095
  • $261,000 has been donated to support programs to teach young Cochlear Implant recipients to listen and to speak
  • Programs to teach children and adults sign language
  • Programs to educate parents on how to deal with children with severe hearing loss
Prevention - $78,500
  • We have donated $78,000 to the Hearing Foundation of Canada in support of their Sound Sense program which they delivered to school age children across BC teaching them the harmful effects of extended exposure to loud noise
  • Prevention is the best medicine.
Facilities & Expansion - $779,700
  • $780,000 has been donated to establish and/or expand the
    • UBC Hearing Centre
    • The BC Rotary Hearing and Balance Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital
    • The Clinical Speech Laboratory at UBC School of Audiology
In addition, we have donated $97,000 for training of hearing specialists and $66,00 for outreach programs to ensure proper care for patients in remote areas of BC.
Who We Support:
26 agencies in BC have received our support.  Here are a few.
UBC Faculty of Medicine
  • Cochlear Implant Research in the 1980’s
  • Rotary Hearing Centre
Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre
  • Children’s Hearing & Speech Centre of BC (Est. 1963) has taught hundreds of children who are deaf and hard of hearing to listen and speak, and to fully participate in the hearing world.
  • They are the first and only independent school in Western Canada to offer listening and spoken language education.
BC Children’s Hospital
  • BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s foremost teaching and research facility for child health.
  • The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology provides care for children with disorders of the ears such as ear infections and hearing loss and can perform cochlear implant surgery if a child has a severe to profound hearing loss.
Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility (formerly the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
  • The Institute’s three Hearing Aid Clinics are the only non-profit hearing clinics in all of British Columbia.
  • They provide hearing tests, sales of new hearing aids with the latest digital technology, and other hearing services. Income earned from these services goes towards supporting the Institute’s free community programs such as their:
    • Hearing Aid Drop-In Services for cleaning and inspection
    • "Lend an Ear" program - which refurbishes donated hearing aids and provides them on a permanent loan basis for those who cannot afford new aids.
    • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Seniors Outreach program - which provides volunteer outreach services for isolated seniors.
BC Family Hearing Resource Society
  • The BC Family Hearing Resource Centre offers support and resources throughout British Columbia to deaf and hard-of-hearing children, their families and community service providers.
  • The Surrey Early Speech and Language Program offers services to families with children who have speech and language learning challenges.
Hearing Foundation of Canada
  • The Hearing Foundation of Canada is a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting prevention, early diagnosis, leading edge medical research and successful intervention.
  • They believe that:
    • Hearing loss can hinder language development, education, employment and personal safety.
    • They foster safe listening habits and hearing loss detection, from an early age
    • They educate the public, particularly young people, on how to detect and prevent hearing loss.
Vancouver Community College
  • VCC offers a variety of courses for Deaf and hard of hearing students. These consist of basic English language skills including grammar, reading, vocabulary and writing.
  • They teach American Sign Language (ASL) to both deaf and non-deaf adults who wish to study the language more intensely with an aim to develop fluency.
St. Paul’s Hospital and the New Rotary St. Paul’s Hearing and Balance Centre:
  • The St. Paul’s Rotary Hearing Clinic is the referral centre for patients in BC with complex ear and hearing-related disorders. The clinic offers advanced diagnostic and management services for patients with hearing, balance and tinnitus disorders.
  • The Clinic also provides cochlear implant surgery and follow-on services to over 400 adults across British Columbia and the Yukon.
  • Over the 30 years we have supported the Hospital’s Hearing Centre, and have donated over $975,000 in support of research, equipment and facility needs.
And we did this because we had a dream.  A dream to build the most innovative, most responsive and most effective Hearing Centre in the Country.  And that dream is about to become a reality.
  • Last year, in 2020, we announced our commitment to partner with St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation to raise $12 million for the new BC Rotary Hearing and Balance Centre at the new St. Paul’s Hospital to open in 2026. Our commitment is $6 million to be matched by St. Paul's for the $12 million total. St. Paul's will match dollar for dollar what we raise.
  • This is a Province wide initiative, and we plan to involve every club in the 4 districts represented in BC. It is for the Rotary Hearing Clinic, versus the Rotary Club of Vancouver Hearing Clinic.
  • The plan is for a new hearing centre for the treatment hearing disorders in, as Dr. Brian Westerberg, head of the Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at St. Paul's, has put it, A BETTER WAY! 
  • It will feature:
    • Online registration for appointments
    • Ease of navigating the new hospital
    • Brilliant acoustics – especially helpful for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    • Prearranged tests
    • Onsite investigators, researchers, engineers, audiologists, physiologists, kinesiologists, and surgeons
    • As a patient your experience will be life changing.
Where are we today?
  • Our fund-raising efforts were delayed because of Covid, but we are now moving forward.
  • We feel that all club members have a part to play, and you all have been, or will be, contacted this month for your ideas and suggestions on potential donors. And this is the role we want you all to play:
    • Put your thinking caps on and tell us who you think might be willing to support the new Hearing Centre.
    • How much do we want them to donate?  Any amount works, or course, (Jack made a phone call last week and immediately got a donation of $1,000 plus a promise to come up with suggestions of other donors), but to meet our objective we are primarily looking for those donors with the resources to donate $10,000 or more. This is important: The donation can be made over a period of 5 years.
    • Provide a list of names, we will send it to St. Paul's to be vetted. We don't want to approach anyone they've already got on their list. St. Paul's will return the list with those who we, Rotary members, are free to contact.
    • And that’s it. We will do the rest. We don’t want our members to contact potential donors directly – leave it to the steering committee who have received direction from St. Paul’s as to the who's, where's, and how's. Every potential donor will be treated independently with a personalized plan developed to ensure the approach and ask is realistic.
    • Beyond a list of potential donors your participation is strictly voluntary. If you would like to be involved, we would love to have you introduce us to your suggested donor and even to participate in the formal presentation when we make our request, but that is strictly up to you. Training will be provided.
    • That said, if you feel more comfortable giving your contacts, once vetted by St. Paul's, a heads up that they'll be receiving a call, by all means. The only ask from us is that you keep the message as broad as possible, not providing any detailed information that may interfere with the "official" contact and presentation.
  • Plans are being formulated to take the message to all clubs in BC
    • The hearing center will benefit all British Columbians and who better to introduce us to potential donors in the far reaches of this province that the rotary clubs themselves.
    • Jack will be talking to the District Governors and hopefully will also present at the District 5040 conference.
  • And finally, we have the full support of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation and its vast experience and resources to support our fund-raising efforts.
  • We have with a few large donations been able to raise nearly $2 million as of now in actual and promised donations. That means $4 million when taking the matching funds from St. Paul's into account.
An important note:  please understand this initiative is independent of our annual fundraising event, the Bike-A-Thon. 
The Rotary Club of Vancouver's Ride for Hearing Bike-a-thon:
  • Covid happened, the 2020 in-person ride was cancelled
  • A virtual ride was held with past riders invited to participate
  • We got only 19 responses but these dedicated supporters raised over $50,000
This Year – 2021
  • Concerns about the pandemic are not over, so again the physical ride has been cancelled
  • However, this year the ride will be a Challenge ride event
  • Participants will be eligible for prize draws based on their success in raising funds for Hearing
  • Teams will challenge for the Team trophy
  • Individuals will be recognized for their achievements
  • Expect to hear more before the end of this month.
If you are interested in helping to organize this year's challenging virtual ride event, your help will be welcome. Contact Jack at
A bit more detail about the annual bike-a-thon for those who are new to it:
How we've done it until facing the challenge of covid:
  • As most of you are aware we have held our Annual Bike-A-Thon the second Sunday of July.
  • Riders gathered at Brentwood Town Centre in Burnaby and rode 120km to Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa. 
  • Riders were asked to secure pledges of at least $300 and are free to ride the entire distance or team up with others each doing a portion of the ride.
  • There are 5 checkpoints along the way where riders got snacks & refreshments.
  • A security team of radio equipped cars, provided by the Agassiz Rotary Club, and a Paramedic, accompanied the riders to deal with emergencies should they occur.
  • Reckless Bike Store supplied a repair van in the event of tire failure or other bike emergencies.
  • Upon arrival in Harrison, riders had lunch in our Lite Bite room and had access to the Hotel's spas and pools for a relaxing afternoon.
  • At 4:30 we hosted a Celebration Banquet named after our dear friend, and avid supporter, Don Waters who passed away 4 years ago. Riders and their families enjoyed a sit-down dinner and a ton of prizes were given away to lucky recipients.
  • At 6:30 buses transport riders back to Brentwood.  A truck generously provided by Salmon’s Transfer transported their bikes.
  • Our corporate sponsors play a major role in helping us stage this event.
  • Worksafe BC sponsored us since 2007 and over the past 13 years they have donated over $80,000.
  • Cochlear Canada as sponsored us since 2006 donating $16,000
  • Oticon Canada, Med-El, and our own Ian Storrs helped us make this event a success
  • McDonalds provided muffins and a drink and a much-needed rest stop at their 3 location in Coquitlam, Maple Ridge and Mission
  • Salmon’s transfer provided 2 trucks to transport our equipment to and from Harrison and the bicycles back to Brentwood.  In addition, they store our equipment and signs over the year.
  • Reckless Bike Store provided a repair van and 2 Bicycles for our major prize draws at the banquet
  • Paul Martin, a RCoV member, donated a laptop for our major prize draw.
  • Securiguard provided a security guard to watch over the bicycles in Harrison
  • Can’t say enough about our volunteers.  They start early and finish late.
  • 2 volunteers posted our signs along the route starting at 5am on Sunday morning and 2 more volunteers removed all the signs after 2pm and brought them to Harrison.
  • 25 volunteers manned the checkpoint stations from 7am until 2pm
  • The setup and tear down teams at Brentwood, Mt Woodside and Harrison started at 5am.
  • 10 volunteers manned the registration desk and attended to parking at Brentwood from 5am.
  • The Radio drivers from Agassiz were on duty from 6am until 2pm.
  • The truck drivers started on Saturday loading up the trucks and finished Sunday night.
  • The finish line attendants went to Harrison on Saturday afternoon and were up at 7am Sunday.
  • And of course, the Lite Bite volunteers started set up at Harrison at 7am.
  • We owe them all a debt of gratitude for their dedication and commitment to this event every year.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to all the good work Rotary has done for hearing.

April 16, 2021


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary