P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol. 104 No. 3
Wayne Fraser, President
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary

Dr. Jane Lea, Director of B.C. Rotary Hearing & Balance Centre, St. Paul's Hospital

Dr. Lea will speak about how the Hearing Clinic supports the provincial community including the Yukon. She will include: telehealth and cochlear implant remote mapping. Given the recent events with the residential school tragedies flooding the media, Jane will also talk about their First Nations outreach including a blurb on “sound sense” and adaptation of that program to First Nations communities across Canada for noise induced hearing loss prevention for school aged children.
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.

Club Day  


Meet the 2021-22 District Governor for District 5040
Lorne Calder

A Past President of the Rotary Club of Prince George, former Assistant Governor, former District 5040 Trainer and Rotarian of the Year (1997 and 2011), Lorne Calder, CMA, is the Rotary District 5040 Governor for 2021-2022. Calder has been the Chief Finance & Risk Officer for Integris Credit Union in Prince George since 2014. Prior to that he served Integris predecessor, Prince George Savings, as Chief Financial Officer for 22 years.
A 25-year Rotary member with Prince George Rotary, he has served on many boards and committees for numerous other Prince George organizations, including Initiatives Prince George, the Prince George Film Commission, and the Prince George Hospice Society. In 1999-2000 he served as President of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce (1999/2000) and then on the board of the BC Chamber of Commerce.
Some other noteworthy points about Lorne:
  • Lorne Calder received his CMA accounting designation in 1992.
  • Lorne accepted a job with Prince George Savings/Integris Credit Union in December 1992 moving his family to Prince George in early 1993.
  • In 1997, Lorne became actively involved in the Prince George Chamber of Commerce and became President in 1999/2000.
  • He was nominated and short listed for Citizen of the Year in Prince George in 2011
  • The CFO/CFRO for Integris Credit Union- 28 years seeing assets under administration grow from $56 million to $1.1 billion.
  • Lorne retired from Integris June 2021
  • Lorne joined Rotary in May 1993.
  • Shortly after joining, Lorne was selected as the club Treasurer (Banking and an accounting degree, go figure).
  • Lorne took the District Treasurer position in 1998 under PDG Neil King.
  • In 1998 Lorne became a 1st Vice President of the Rotary Hospice Society.
  • He was elected as President of his club for the 2007/2008 year (PDG Dean Rohrs) and receiving the RI Presidential Citation.
  • Lorne’s passion for The Rotary Foundation saw donation increase from US$2,000 to over $22,000 in 2007/2008.
  • He was the District 5040 Governor Award recipient in 2009
  • Achieved Major Donor Level 3 in 2019
  • Paul Harris Society member for 10+ years
  • RLI Instructor
  • Foundation Chair Rotary Club of Prince George 2017-2021
  • Elected to the District 5040 Board of Directors in 2010-2013 and became an Assistant Governor from 2011-2014.
  • Selected as District Governor Nominee Designate (2018-19), DGN (2019-20), DGE (2020-21) and DG (2021-22)
  • Married to Sue for 41+ years ( Just brought her in as a member of Rotary!)
  • Just became a grandparent for the first time May 2021
  • Loves to play Golf and brags about having 2 hole-in-ones
  • Loves curling; his career highlight was beating Russ Howard in the Ontario School Boys curling provincials (1975)
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


Ryan Crean July 21
Malcolm Hunter July 26
Sam Shorter July 26
at our Club
Wendy Guan 1 year
Robin Guo 1 year
Graham Coleman & Lorrie Miller
22 years July 25
Fred & Eva West
51 years July 25

Last Meeting July 20, 2021

Wayne Fraser, President, chaired the meeting
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary, hosted the meeting in-person & via ZOOM
Gabby Dickert, acting Sergeant At Arms, introduced guests
Miya Otake played O Canada on the harp.
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.
  • Looking for committee chairs. We have a few committees that are in need of, or are looking for new chairs this year. Here’s a list of committees currently looking for new Chairs. If anything on this list is of interest to you, either as Chair or as a committee member, or if you would like more information, let Wayne or Carolyn know.
    • Public Image committee - spread the word of the work we do both externally and internally
    • Fundraising committee – to vet ideas and move them forward once approved, supporting our club’s projects, especially youth
    • International Service committee
    • Vocational Service committee – one of Rotary’s avenues of service, one responsibility is identifying where and when members’ vocations (business skills) can best be used to support our club’s projects.
  • Point of interest - Rotary Fellowships
    • Rotary Fellowships, what are they? We do have some members who already know and are members of fellowships, e.g., John Hayto and John Bathurst.

      Rotary Fellowships consist of Rotary members who share a common interest in recreational activities, sports, hobbies, or professions. These groups help expand skills, foster vocational development, and enhance the Rotary experience by exploring interests while developing connections around the world.
      Fellowships help participants make lasting friendships outside your own club, district, or country while advancing Rotary’s public image and identity.

      Fellowships function independently of Rotary International by establishing their own rules, dues requirements, and administrative structure.

      Fellowships are open to Rotarians, their family members, and participants and alumni of all Rotary and Foundation programs.

      Our club has set a goal this year to have 10 members involved with fellowships. Can you help us meet that goal?

      CLICK HERE to explore what fellowships are available and for more information. Of course, talking to any of our members who already have experience with fellowships will help too.

      If you do find a fellowship or two that interest you and you join, let Carolyn know so she can update our records.
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Special announcements & Members' Moments:
  • Jim Evans was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow +1 for his contributions to The Rotary Foundation supporting Rotary’s global service projects.
  • Directors' pin presentation
    We weren’t able to present our Directors with their pins at the virtual Board installment with DG Lorne Calder. The following Board members received their pins:
    • Gerry Glazier, Immediate Past President
    • Kendall Jessiman, President Elect
    • Nadja Gehriger, Secretary
    • Paul Martin, Director
    • Sandra Lowe, Director
  • Congratulations to the bike-a-thon teams, there were 6 of them including the Gehriger team, the Dentons team, the Welsh team, and the Schulz team, who have completed their ride, one way or another, raising funds for the Bring Back the Sounds of Life campaign. Thank you all for your support, whether it be riding or pledging.
  • John Hayto is expecting a student from Germany to stay with them October-December 2021. She is a daughter of a Rotarian, was hoping to be part of the exchange program, but due to COVID made private arrangements. She is 16 years old and will be looking for volunteer opportunities while she is here, especially in the area of social work. If you can help with suggestions, contact John.
  • Bill Schulz conveyed great pride for his granddaughter, Sophia, who has achieved the highest marks in the history of her school, the Pacific Academy. She will be continuing her education in Auckland, studying engineering/architecture.
Jim Evans introduced our speaker, Daphne Bramham, a columnist for the Vancouver Sun since 2000. Daphne was named Commentator of the Year by the Jack Webster Foundation in 2019, an award she had won previously. She has also received a National Award for column writing. She is a past recipient of the Rosemary Brown Award for women and in 2011 was named Champion of Child and Youth rights by the BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition.
Daphne’s Dad was a Rotarian. It really is a small world.
Daphne’s intention was to speak about the trilogy, homelessness, addictions, and mental illness but some unprecedented events occurred recently that affected her greatly, so she has shifted her focus a little.
She acknowledged that the government is moving in the right direction in dealing with homelessness, addiction, and mental illness, recognizing the seriousness of the situation.
Daphne recently wrote about two 17-year old girls, both addicts, looking for residential care to help them with their illness. The only thing that was offered was a youth centre, a co-ed youth centre. This was not suitable – most, if not all, young women in addiction have been abused in one form or another and living with males was too frightening for these girls. By noon of the day the article ran they received enough donations to cover both girls staying at Westminster House, a female only treatment centre, for three months.
This story is simply indicative of the lack of subsidized treatment options available. There are not enough beds and not enough good facilities to handle the demand. If you have enough money, you can pay privately, approximately $20-27 thousand dollars for a two month stay. Needless to say, most addicts and their families cannot afford this. On top of that it often takes more than one stay in residential care before it sticks.
The first of the concerning events mentioned above was Councillor Jean Swanson handing out drugs to street people (or anyone who wanted), purchased from the dark web using crypto-currency. Granted the drugs, heroine, meth, and cocaine, were apparently tested for safety, however, they were being dolled out in fairly large quantities: up to 10 x 3.5mg units, per person. Supporting this action was Drug User Liberation Front (DULF) and the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU).  
The intention was to support supplying safe drugs so no one dies. Unfortunately the actions of Jean Swanson were not accompanied with any supervision for using the drugs, so deaths from using certainly couldn’t be guaranteed.
There were no repercussions for this act as noted many, including fellow city councillor, Melissa De Genova, who suggested that the actions were akin to drug trafficking. Simply handing out drugs on the street is not the same as a regulated safe supply program governed appropriately.
The second event of concern to Daphne was the announcement of B.C. offering Canada’s first permanent safe drug supply, including opioid replacement options, in response to the huge number of overdose deaths. $22.6 million has been earmarked by the provincial government over the next three years for the five health authorities to make the safe supply of drugs a permanent option, starting with opioids (including fentanyl patches and tablets).
Daphne says that there is no evidence that this approach works. Apparently there are a series of case studies but the government will not release the results. She is not opposed to harm reduction, and this program is an attempt to address the OD crisis, however, she is opposed to a program being funded and launched without the backup data to support it being available. They have not determined yet how they will collect the data over the 3 years of the pilot project for evaluation.
There are countries with proven track records in dealing with pharma heroine: Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands being just a few. They’ve been doing it for a long time. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) was established in 1993. It provides an overview, based on factual data, of the European drug problems. Offering policymakers data they need to develop and implement informed drug laws and strategies. It works because it is a highly regimented system.
There is a full spectrum of people’s beliefs with regards to the approach to the problem. At one end of the spectrum there are those such as DULF and VANDU who are looking for full legalization, and others who only want to decriminalize possession. It is important that we have a full public discussion around the issue. No one denies that there is an urgent need to build an integrated system of care. This will take a long time, so the argument goes, we need to decriminalize now.
Daphne spoke about Portugal. Theirs is a success story. In 1999 Portugal had one of the worst drug problems in Europe with 1 in 100 a heroine addict. In 2001 they decriminalized person possession. Those found possessing drugs for personal use are referred to a Commission and their drug use is assessed, leading to either no further action, a fine, intervention (counselling), or in the worst cases, specialized treatment services. The most important aspect was the end to the stigma attached to drug addiction. This allowed people to speak up and seek professional help without fear or shame. CLICK HERE for more information about Portugal’s successful fight against drug addiction amongst their residents.
Here at home in British Columbia there is no comprehensive care system, and it doesn’t look like it’s coming anytime soon. They are investing heavily in harm reduction and also social housing, however, there are no supportive services being put in place to continue the care and treatment for those in need. The number of government paid beds in detox/treatment centres is dismal. Residential care is very expensive and only those on welfare, or who are wealthy enough to pay themselves can find space. And for those on welfare, the space is limited with long wait lists. Something those in need cannot endure.
Until recently the treatment centres have been unregulated in BC. There have been many unethical operators, scooping people off the streets and then collecting the welfare. Many are related to gangs. Pre-Covid the government did change the regulations but not effectively. CLICK HERE for the BC Ministry of Health, Service Model and Provincial Standards for Adult Residential Substance Use Services.
It seems that in the government’s desperate attempt to keep people alive, they have forgotten about the next steps. We do need harm reduction, but only as the 1st step. The BC government is now the largest landowner on Vancouver’s east side. After decades of under funding in the area of social issues, it will be difficult to move forward quickly and effectively.
In closing, we must recognize that all those affected are people’s children, mothers, fathers, sisters, or brothers. We need to help them. We desperately need public discussion to find a middle road filled with compassion.
Mike Harcourt spoke to our club a few weeks ago about their plan. The proposal has been submitted and has been sitting on the Ministry’s desk for six weeks now. Why?!
For some more info about the topic, reference the At Home/Chez Soi project, CLICK HERE.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to helping others.

August 27, 2021


Wayne Fraser, President   Nadja Gehriger, Secretary