P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol 104 No. 4
Wayne Fraser, President
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary

Club Day
Featuring: Rotary World Help


Dr. Jack Taunton
Exercise in the face of a pandemic

Dr. Jack Taunton is a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Medicine, Division of Sports Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is very involved in clinical and exercise medicine research with a keen interest in overuse injuries, injury prevention, concussion in sport and cardiac disease in athletes. He is a member and co-founder of Sports Cardiology BC. He has been involved in the establishment of the Chronic Brain Wellness Program at UBC. In 2016 Dr Taunton and two others initiated the establishment of a sports medicine clinic in Uganda.

Dr. Taunton's list of accolades and awards is long. To name just a few, he was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. In 2014 he was named as one of Simon Fraser University Faculty of Science’s 50 most inspiring alumni. He was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine in February 2015. He received the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine Medal of Service Award in 2018, an award that recognized individuals who have made an exceptional and outstanding contribution to the advancement of sport and exercise medicine in Canada. In 2019 he received a Doctors of BC Service award.


Terra Paredes, Manager, Community Events & Engagement, Vancouver Food Bank



Thank you Bill Davidson, President 2019-20

as presented by Past President, Phill Webber
“Fellow members and guests, both here at the Terminal City Club, at our second in person meeting of Rotary Club of Vancouver (“RCOV”) since cessation of those meetings due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and those of you attending by ZOOM.
I am delighted to formally thank Past President, Bill Davidson, on behalf of all of us, for his initiative and hard work in leading our club, the Rotary Club of Vancouver, during some of the most difficult and unusual times the RCOV has faced.  In so doing, commencing in the spring of 2020, Bill established the prototype for RCOV meetings (both general meetings and committee meetings) which lasted us throughout the 2020/2021 Rotary Year, Gerry Glazier’s year, and still serves us in good stead as we experiment with “Hybrid Meetings” which allow guests, guest speakers, former Rotary program alumni (such as exchange students), and most of all, club members, wherever they are in Canada, such as Past President Tom Calkin in Nova Scotia, or in the world, such as the late Kayo Otake in Japan, the ability to join us at RCOV meetings and to participate in decisions over our many RCOV charitable projects.
Bill, thank you for your dedication to the Rotary Club of Vancouver during the 2019/2020 Rotary Year; including dealing with the challenges of the Pandemic and the need to transition the RCOV to ZOOM meetings, and please express our thanks to Candice for lending so much of your time for the good of RCOV.
In accordance with RCOV tradition, and as a memento of Bill’s year as President, I understand that the banners which were collected by the Club from visiting Rotarians, or were brought back to our Club by our own members who made-up at a Rotary Club outside the City of Vancouver, have been turned over to Bill.  These banners, along with the stories of member’s make-ups at foreign Rotary Clubs, are a reminder of the international nature of Rotary and how Rotary fosters extensive humanitarian services carried out or funded by Rotary Clubs worldwide, not the least of which are the humanitarian services performed by Rotary Club of Vancouver.  However, the international nature of Rotary, also fosters:
  • international fellowship;
  • international goodwill across borders;
  • international peace and understanding;
  • along with reliable and trust-worthy business connections.
However, after learning that Bill Davidson and his wife, Candice might be described as oenophiles, I thought something more useful than a collection of banners, particularly the virtual ones of these pandemic times, might be more appreciated by Bill as a memento of his year in office.  Accordingly, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Vancouver, on behalf of all of you, the members, I thought that getting a suitably engraved ice bucket to chill wine in would get more use as Bill and Candice seek to chill out over the record breaking heat of this summer.  In finding such an item, I thank the input I received from other members, Peter Clarke of Clarkes Recognition Products, Mindi Tulsi-Ingram of Green & Green “Gifts with Flair” and John Hayto (another self-described oenophile), as I sought out an appropriate gift to commemorate Bill’s year.
The inscription, engraved on the side of Bill’s ice bucket reads: 
  "Rotary Club of Vancouver
            Presented to
Bill Davidson, Club President
             2019 - 2020
With thanks from the membership”
In addition to leading the RCOV through the challenges of coping with the pandemic during the height of the busy tax filing season for accounting professionals, Bill worked tirelessly , along with his choice for the Club Secretary, Parisa Adranji, and the rest of the RCOV‘s board, to bring the Club together with unity of purpose by:
  • maintaining membership growth under the co-chairmanship of the Membership Committee by Franz Gehriger and Navid Morawej, including continuing to help with the continued development of the Young Professional’s Division;
  • by focusing on renewed efforts to develop an updated, coherent and unifying strategic plan with the assistance of many Rotarians, including one of our newest members, Saarika Varma;
  • by using his accounting expertise to modernize the Club’s fee structure and membership categories and then to take advantage of COVID financial relief opportunities affecting RCOV;
  • by raising the profile of RCOV in the community, and in carrying out the multitude of humanitarian projects we do from year to year;
  • by commencing and promoting the membership interview series, many by Rotarian, Franco Gallo or Navid, as the interviewer, as a means of getting to know more about our members and their businesses, including offering himself up as the first Guinea pig, for the “Know your President” interview;
  • by establishing a fully functional PR committee under Saarika Varma, for more media exposure, including getting the Rotary Club of Vancouver mentioned in the Adopt-a-School articles of the Vancouver Sun for its quick action in supporting Norquay Elementary School with electronic aids to facilitate remote learning due to COVID; and
  • Finally, by getting the stalled Vancouver Park Board Ping Pong Table project moving.
The gift presented to Bill on July 27, 2021 on behalf of the Rotary Club of Vancouver, an ice bucket and a little something  to cool off in it, speaks to Bill’s interest in as a oenophile, but more importantly speaks to our collective appreciation and affection for Bill and a job well done.
Typical of Bill, he insisted on having the mic after Phil's remarks, to also acknowledge the efforts and support of two of our newest members in 2020, Thomas and Sarah Reppchen, along with our club’s administrator, Carolyn Treger in transitioning our members to ZOOM meetings.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Membership Committee Meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Aug 31, 2021 8:30 AM
RCoV Board meeting
Sep 02, 2021 4:00 PM
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Sep 14, 2021 1:15 PM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Sep 16, 2021 7:15 PM
Food on the Corner
Sep 18, 2021 11:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting
Terminal City Club
Sep 21, 2021 11:00 AM
Membership Committee Meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Sep 28, 2021 8:30 AM
Rotarians' Investment Club meeting
Sep 30, 2021
RCoV Board meeting
Oct 07, 2021 4:00 PM
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Oct 12, 2021 1:15 PM
View entire list


Don McPhee Aug 1
at our Club
Allan Cheng 2 years
Adriana Zylmans 4 years
Barbara Welsh 12 years
Navid Morawej & Sahra Homayounian
6 years July 29

Last Meeting July 27, 2021

Wayne Fraser, President, chaired the meeting
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary, hosted the meeting in-person & via ZOOM
Jill Pennefather, Sergeant At Arms, introduced the in-person 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.
  • Point of interest - Rotary Avenues of Service
    1. Club Service
      Every member should take actions within the club to help it function successfully.
    2. Community Service
      Relates to actions taken to improve the quality of life of those who live within our club’s community.
    3. International Service
      Comprised of activities undertaken to advance international understanding, goodwill, and peace by fostering acquaintance with people of other countries, their cultures, customs, aspirations, problems, etc.
    4. Youth Service
      Recognizing the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs.
    5. Vocational Service
      The least understood avenue of service. The purpose of vocational service is to provide each Rotarian with the opportunity to use their vocation – business skills, to support the club’s activities and projects.

      The Declaration of Rotarians in Businesses and Professions was adopted by the Rotary International Council on Legislation in 1989 to provide more specific guidelines for the high ethical standards called for in the Object of Rotary, part of which reads:
    As a Rotarian engaged in a business or profession, I am expected to consider my vocation to be another opportunity to serve;

    Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community;

    Neither seek from nor grant to a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship.
    That said, networking is important to many of us. And Rotary is a perfect place to do it. We are all here for one reason: to help humanity, be it our wider community, or our own members.
    In doing so, we are guided by the Rotary motto: SERVICE ABOVE SELF.
    We look forward to more member interviews through the year as we continuously learn about one another. And now that we are able to meet in-person it will certainly be easier to network and look for opportunities to help and support one another.
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Special announcements & Members' Moments:
  • A belated thanks for Bill Davidson’s service to the Board and to the club, presented on behalf of the club by Phil Webber. See above to read Phil's comments.
  • Rene Abi-Rached, on behalf of the Community Service Committee let us know that the RCoV ping pong table has been installed near Kit's Beach. Looking forward to a ribbon cutting event soon.
  • Franz Gehriger extended a warm welcome to returning members, some of our most senior and experienced members, Tremayne Perry, Charles Flavelle, and Rene Fluri. Their combined Rotary experience equals 171 years!
Jack Zaleski introduced our speaker, Dr. Jane Lea. 
Dr. Lea completed her undergraduate BSc degree in 1999 at The George Washington University (Washington DC), followed by her MD in 2005 from the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Toronto. She then completed a 5-year residency in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto in 2010. This was followed by subspecialty fellowship training in Otology/Neurotology at The University of British Columbia (2010-2011), and further complemented by training abroad at Johns Hopkins (Baltimore, USA) & Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Sydney, Australia), with a special focus on disorders of the vestibular system (2011). In 2012, a second subspecialty fellowship was completed in Paediatric Otolaryngology at the University of British Columbia. Her current clinical practice focuses on disorders of the ear and its related nervous system, both in the adult and paediatric population.
She is currently the Director of B.C. Rotary Hearing & Balance Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital and her professional areas of interest are Quality Improvement, Surgical Coaching, Global health; with a focus on Indigenous Hearing Health and Outreach, Cochlear Implantation and Vestibular research, and Endoscopic Ear Surgery.
In her personal time she has several athletic achievements: Semi-professional, NCAA, provincial and national team level soccer player, J level carded athlete
Soccer coaching experience at the University level and national coaching certification training (levels 1, 2 & 3).
Dr. Lea spoke about two topics:
  1. Cochlear Implant Remote Mapping
  2. 1st Nations Outreach Program
After someone has a cochlear implant surgery, they must visit the clinic every 3 months for the 1st year and once a year for the rest of their life. The reason is that a continuous monitoring of the quality of hearing with the implant is necessary and will require adjustments over time. If you look at the age of the person who has had the surgery, the number of visits could be as many as 90+ over their lifetime.
There are approximately 900 patients all over B.C. working with the Hearing & Balance Centre, only 400 or so are located around Vancouver and can easily access the centre. For the rest, trying to get to appointments can be quite difficult in terms of time and expense. 
The role of virtual health has played an extremely important one is providing ease of access for the remote patients. The aim has been to implement remote cochlear implant programming for adult cochlear implant patients in BC and the Yukon. To provide the same level of care and reduce unnecessary patient and family travel, thus minimizing time off work, travel expense, and the impact on families.
The system was initially tested in the same facility but using different rooms to work out the bugs. This was done and the Cochlear Implant Remote Mapping Services has been launched successfully. It is now expanding to inland hospitals in Kamloops and beyond.
The 1st Nations Outreach Program has been very important in reaching remote communities who do not have the resources at hand. Dr. Lea has been travelling to some of these remote communities for approximately 10 years. She finds it the most rewarding part of her job. As part of her history she spent some time doing international health and medicine. She came to the realization that there were people at home with as much need as those she was serving internationally, so she switched focus to help our own.
The 1st Nations peoples suffer a greater hearing loss on average than the general population -- 38% vs 19%, 22% amongst children vs 5% in the general population. We don't really know definitively why this is the case as the studies have not been large enough. Though there are most likely many factors including social and cultural reasons. 
They are working with the Hearing Foundation of Canada to provide a preventative education program, Sound Sense, that has been adapted for the 1st Nations communities, ensuring it is culturally sensitive.
To close, everyone should take care of their hearing. Get tested as issues arise. Now that our culture is more accustomed to seeing people with things in their ears, like ear buds, the stigma around having hearing aids is lessening. When you experience hearing loss, it is best to act sooner rather than later for the sake of your brain and the way it interprets sound.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to helping others lead full lives.

August 27, 2021


Wayne Fraser, President   Nadja Gehriger, Secretary