P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol. 103 No. 37
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

RCoV Youth Service Committee

Let’s have some fun while we raise money for our club’s Youth Programs.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
  • The auction will begin promptly after the business portion of the meeting
  • We plan to conclude by 1:30 pm.
  • Paul Martin has agreed to be our esteemed auctioneer!
  • Carolyn will keep track of the winning bidders and process payment on the respective member’s credit card on file.
  • If you invite a friend or family member who is not a member of our club and they are a winning bidder, they will be asked to provide Carolyn their contact information for follow up payment. This can be easily done via a private message to her in the chat.
  • If there are items to be picked up or delivered, this is to be arranged between the donor and winning bidder.
  • Members are able to bid by proxy for another. If they hold the winning bid, payment information will need to be provided to Carolyn.
Come prepared to bid on any... or all, of the following items:
  2. SUSHI DINNER FOR FIVE - $250 (min bid $100)
  8. 1-WEEK IN ARIZONA - $1,600 (min bid $800)
  10. A PAUL HARRIS AWARD - $700 (min bid $250)
  12. GABBY’S BOOK OF JOKES! - $priceless
  14. SHAKEN OR STIRRED - $135
  20. SKI DAY AT CYPRESS MOUNTAIN - $650 (min bid $200)
  24. AFTERNOON YACHT CRUISE FOR 10 - $2,500 (min bid $1,000)
  26. 2-HOUR VPD CANINE EXPERIENCE - $priceless

Jonathan Crossen, Associate Professor,
UiT The Arctic University of Norway &
Emmy Stavostrand Neuls, Manager Graduate Programs, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, USask 

Indigenous People of Norway, the Sami

Jonathan Crossen is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Sámi Studies at UiT, the Arctic University of Norway. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Waterloo, Canada. His research focuses on the history of Indigenous internationalism. His most recent publication focuses on the links between Indigenous international organizations and the decolonization movement. He is researches the history of Indigenous participation in the Arctic Council.

Emmy Stavostrand Neuls, a native of Norway, led the development and implementation of the GENI program, in collaboration with partners from UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT). The program was the first international joint degree to be offered at USask with a European institution. It was also the first joint degree between Canada and Norway, and at the time of launch, was the first truly international joint degree in Western Canada. 


Mindy Tulsi-Igram, Founder & CEO,
Green & Green Gifts with Flair
COVID & Abundance



It is with profound sadness I share with you the news of the passing of our beloved District Governor Dave Hamilton.

Dave lost his battle with Prostate cancer last night, March 29th, with his wife, Tanya by his side.

There has been such an outpouring of love from all of you, and I have no doubt Dave has felt it and it has helped to comfort him in his final days.

As that same love will help Tanya, and Dave’s family, in the days moving forward as we all grieve with them.

The Rotary Family has lost a true champion, humanitarian, and friend.

Due to the Covid Pandemic restrictions we are unable to meet in person to celebrate Dave at this time.

Rest assured as soon as there is an opportunity to gather, notice will go out for a celebration of life to be held at the Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen as per Dave’s request.

We will pass on more information as it becomes known to us.

Rest in Peace Dave. Thank you for sharing your dance moves with us.
You were an amazing friend and inspirational leader who will truly be missed.

With very heavy hearts,
Darcy and Doug Long
District Governor 2018-19


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

RSVP to the 2021 PALS Armchair Gala HERE

Dear PALS Supporter,

We need your help.

The pandemic has brought inconceivable challenges for PALS students, adult learners, and their families -my family included. Caring for a child with special needs can take its toll on families at the best of times, but during a pandemic, it is more than exhausting. The impact of continued social isolation, unemployment, and mental and physical challenges can be harmful. Thankfully the School and Adult programs are running safely, and we're able to be a great source of comfort and consistency in a time of much uncertainty.

Despite being unable to gather in person for a second year in a row, our priorities have not wavered - to raise funds for PALS Autism Society and PALS Adult Services Society to ensure continuity of the year-round programs and continue raising awareness about autism and the impact it has on individuals and their families.

There is still time to RSVP to the 2021 PALS Armchair Gala, order your Wine, Cheese & Charcuterie box and purchase 50/50 raffle tickets, all before the virtual auction goes live next week. 

We're glad you're with us on this journey and I want to thank you for caring about PALS and people with autism.


Katy Harandi
President, Board Chair
PALS Autism Society

WINE, CHEESE & CHARCUTERIE | Serves 2-3 people, specially curated by the Vancouver Convention Center. Enjoy the selection at home or as a gift to others! Buy your package here.

  • Gouda Cheese
  • Salami
  • Sundried Tomato Tapenade
  • Red Onion Black Cherry Jam
  • Freshly Baked Bagel Chips
  • Hand Rolled Valrhona Chocolate & Passion Fruit Truffles
  • Lemon Shortbread
  • Bottle of Red Wine
  • Tropical Wax Candle (crafted by the PALS Adult Program - Social Enterprise)

50/50 RAFFLE TICKETS | It does not get easier than this - buy your tickets here and get ready to win!

RSVP | Tune in for the PALS Armchair Gala April 15th from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Hosted by Fred Lee, Vancouver’s ‘Man About Town’, and Sophie Lui of Global BC, the evening will feature auction highlights, Fund A Therapy, a student performance, and the 50/50 raffle draw.

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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


Daniel Hawreluk Mar 31st
Hussein Samnani Mar 31st
Bill Davidson Apr 2nd
at our Club
Juno Parlange 2 years
Graham Coleman 5 years
Peter Clarke 16 years
Tom Calkin 40 years
Paul McCrea 54 years
none this week

Last Meeting March 30, 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.
President’s Announcements:
  • Welcome to our guests, new and returning.
  • It is with great sadness that the news has reached us that DG Dave Hamilton passed away on March 29th, losing his battle with prostate cancer.

    John Bathurst spoke about Dave Hamilton’s Celebration of Life they held with Dave last Saturday while he was in palliative care. They had tremendous attendance, including his whole class of DG trainees. To hear them speak of his infectious joy, his love of dancing, and more, was very uplifting. He had an overall dedication to Rotary. He will be greatly missed. The celebration closed with Dave’s favourite saying,
    “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others? ' -Martin Luther King Jr.

    Peter Clarke added that he had known Dave since 2013 when Peter got involved with RLI. They spent a great deal of time together. His dedication over the last year, knowing that the cancer was beating him and yet he chose to spend a lot of his time with Rotary and our District. An incredible man.

    In Dave’s memory, all members are encouraged to register for the District 5040 conference. See above for more info and links.
  • President Gerry received an email from RC of Bromley, UK letting our club know that they have a tradition of toasting a club from somewhere in the world at their weekly meeting. This week they toasted our club sending their best wishes for all of us.
  • We have received a message from RI President Holger Knaack and TRF Chair K.R. Ravindran re Rotary’s involvement with Covid-19 vaccinations. CLICK HERE to view the short video.
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Member moments and special announcements:
  • Nathan Hesketh, our club’s representative on the Hoopathon event committee with RC Van Sunrise, sent an email to all members with details and a request for support. They are already receiving donations – thank you! The event is less than a month away now, April 24th, 9:00 a.m.
  • Joan Posivy - looking forward to a great attendance Tuesday April 6th for the Youth Services FUNdraiser auction. Paul Martin will be our MC, Carolyn will collect payment, and delivery of items will be arranged directly between winner and donor. See above for more info.
  • Rotarian face masks are still available, $10 a piece. Contact Gabby or Carolyn to order
Parisa Adrangi introduced our speaker Katy Harandi. From a personal standpoint, Parisa believes that Katy is a truly amazing lady. She is a role model, hard to live up to. What she does is amazing.
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 Harandi is the co-founder and Chair of the Board at PALS Autism Society, a specialized educational program for children and young adults with autism. 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 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 started with an overview of autism and her life experience. She’s had a few life altering experiences over the years. The first was when she was 15. Her family and to flee Iran because of the revolution. Katy has not been back to Iran since then. The experience turned their lives upside down. They moved to Canada, studied here, married here, and had a family. Her first born, a son in 1990. He was perfect, developing normally. They had a 2nd, a daughter in 1993. It was at the 5-6 month mark that they realized something wasn’t right. Some milestones that her daughter should have been hitting were missing.
They tried to figure it out. Keeping in mind this was 28 years ago, not a lot known about autism. They were told over and over that maybe she’ll grow out of it. It took 18 months before they got closer to knowing she had a disability. They did not know it as autism until she was three.
Katy had studied mathematics and computer science, both very structured, logical fields, demonstrating the way she thinks. Once they received the diagnosis of autism, Katy’s whole life revolved around educating herself, learning about and applying treatments. Her approach was like that of her education, very structured and thorough.
Autism is very complex; it does not distinguish between races, economic status, or genders. So much is still an unknown. They do not know what causes it. There is a missing link that no one seems able to find. Indeed, puzzle pieces are used in autism logos representing the missing link(s).
The UN has set April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day. April 2, 2021 is the fourteenth annual such day.
In those with autism their gross motor skills are fine – there are no obvious physical symptoms. Socially is where it is evident, they do not know what’s appropriate. They exhibit a lot of repetitive behaviours. Some are sensory seekers, some are sensory avoiders.
  • The former, seekers, experience a disfunction in harmonizing the senses within themselves.
  • The latter, avoiders, don’t like bright lights, crowds, etc. There is a need to limit the sensations surrounding them.
Katy had to travel to San Francisco to seek out autism experts to help. They started applied behaviour analysis. Still a common approach for therapy. She would engage students of psychology or education to help and who wanted extra work/education and use lots of different types of therapy. It was all very costly.
By the time her daughter reached school age, they realized the schools were not able to deal with the issue. She found 3-4 other families who had the same challenge with the public school system. They got together, pooled their resources, and started a school special for autistic children – PALS Autism School. It has grown over the years and now includes an adult program, and the beginnings of a housing program. It is located in New West for K-21 years. The group was fortunate to be able to buy the property they are in, the Robson Manor. John Robson owned it, it was bought by another school, then subsequently bought by PALS.
It is an endeavour of passion and heart. Everyone working there is incredible. They have created a family-like environment. Only through the generosity of great donors helping them along the way have they been able to continue.
Every public school is required to take on a certain amount of kids with autism. Unfortunately, a lot of the students cannot manage well in the public system. The specialized school is a better environment for many of these youth whose behaviours are too drastic for the public schools to cope. All the programs at PALS are tailored to each individual. It is a year round school.
These children have lots of abilities that need to be highlighted. They have been able to place students in volunteer positions or paid positions. Most often with very repetitive tasks that others do not want to do. There are things that they can do that are special and different, need to explore and figure it out. Hiring people with autism can be beneficial for everyone involved.
The day never comes where they say we’ve done all we can do. With developmental disabilities you can always help and teach. Those over 30 are still learning. In these there are have neurons that sometimes settle down, hence they are able to learn in a way they weren’t able to when they were younger. Never stop teaching.
There are 31 in the adult program. It has been an overwhelming success most likely because there is nothing comparable available. Post-secondary education is not an option for most of the kids. They need lots of community inclusion training and are taught on a daily basis. Never “that’s it, we’re done.”
The adult program is self sustaining to a point. Most of the students are funded totally by CLBC or are topped up by their families to cover costs. What is really needed now is funding for housing so that they can provide assisted living or communal living for adults. The ones they   currently have only pay $375 per month. The rest is subsidized by the charity and private funder. Catalyst is the developer they are working with for a new complex. 15 families will be able to live in this complex while only paying $375. Currently full at 31. COVID –  is not a good time to take in anyone.
The current statistics show 1 in 54 kids have autism. This is for children. The numbers have grown at quite a rate. It was 1 in 110 when they started PALS School. No one knows why there has been such growth. Is it because of more awareness, hence better diagnosis? Pediatricians in US have a mandate to check for the syndrome regularly as infants and toddlers grow. There are more and more being diagnosed earlier. It’s continually on the rise, so thinking it’s not just about diagnosis. Environmental perhaps? No one knows.
In recent years there has been a huge interest in the connection with gut health and brain issues. There is lots of research and theories being investigated regarding that connection now with CalTech at the front in this research area. They have not found any specific proven connections yet but are still in early stages of researching. Not discounted, promising to see more.
Autism is a spectrum disorder. Individuals lay somewhere along the spectrum from minimally affected to severely affected. E.g., her daughter cannot talk. Intangible things such as a headache is difficult to communicate, versus bringing a coat meaning wanting to go out for a walk. Most who are affected to this degree use picture cues. There is no, one size fits all when dealing with autism.
Some adults with autism can live independently, though this is rare. Usually they need some level of support. Generally speaking, they lack knowledge about safety around the house, e.g., fire safety. It doesn’t necessarily need to be 24 hour care but assisted living or supported living in a community would be ideal. Unfortunately, around 80% still live with their parents. PALS is working to start a residential program with some generous funding. It is a real concern for parents – what happens to their children when they are no longer there?
The occurrence of autism seems to be the same worldwide. As mentioned before, it is a disorder that doesn’t discriminate. There is a problem in that the statistics are not well gathered in the less developed world, so are not reliable. Katy does a lot of work in those countries raising awareness fighting against common neglect and ostracization.
In answer to a question about how PLAN can expand to include more students and in closing, the answer is more funding. They can always find more space, but funding is hard to come by. They put on a major fundraiser annually to support them through the year. This year the event is on April 15th, a virtual event, with auctioneer Fred Lee. See above for more info.
More info:
  • PALS Autism School website, CLICK HERE
  • PALS Armchair Gala, April 1st – 15th, CLICK HERE for more info and to register
  • PALS 50/50 Fundraiser Raffle, CLICK HERE
  • Read a article about Katy Harandi’s involvement with CAN (Canucks Autism Network), CLICK HERE
Meeting adjourned with a toast to DG Dave Hamilton.

April 16, 2021


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary