P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol. 103 No. 11
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

Duncan Stewart, Director of Telecommunications & Media, Deloitte Canada
Artificial Intelligence, 5G & Robots; and Ask me anything!

Duncan Stewart  is the Director of Technology, Media & Entertainment and Telecommunication (TMT) Research for Deloitte Canada, and is a globally recognized expert on the forecasting of consumer and enterprise technology, media & entertainment and telecommunications trends. He has been co-author of Deloitte Global Research’s annual Predictions report on trends in TMT since 2008. As part of his Predictions road show, he meets with over 100 of the top tech, media and telecom companies globally each year, and incorporates their insights into his presentations.
He presents regularly at conferences and to companies on marketing, consumer trends, and the longer-term TMT outlook. He also works with individual clients (across all industries) in assessing the impact of technological, demographic, and regulatory changes on their business strategies.
Duncan has 30 years of experience in the TMT industry. As an analyst and portfolio manager, he provided research or made investments in the entire Canadian technology and telecommunications sector, and won the Canadian Technology Fund Manager of the Year award in its inaugural year. In his time as an investor he deployed a cumulative $2 billion of capital into global TMT markets, in public and private companies.
Duncan has a high-profile media presence and is frequently interviewed on technology, media and telecommunications issues. He has been a regular columnist for all three of Canada’s largest newspapers…plus CBC Radio.
He is a CFA® charterholder and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.


John Weston
Associate, The Critical Risk Team / Lawyer, Pan Pacific Law Corporation / President, National Health and Fitness Institute


Club Day


Meeting attendance

In-person attendance:
We are able to safely accommodate people in-person at the Open Outcry Restaurant, 811 W Pender St. If you would like to attend in-person please register with Carolyn,
The technology is set up there for the combined in-person and ZOOM attendees. You do not need to bring your own laptop but if you would like to be more involved with the ZOOM attendees as well, it is recommended.
You are asked to order lunch off of the restaurant menu and take care of the charges before you leave.
ZOOM meeting guests:
If you know of guests, or would like to invite guests to our ZOOM meetings, please let Carolyn know in advance,


The following is a short list of conditions that we strongly recommend for our members when attending Rotary Club of Vancouver in-person events at restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, etc. These conditions are based on the Order of the Provincial Health Officer regulating events.
  1. Register your attendance with our Club Administrator, Carolyn, for the purposes of contact tracing (as well as our attendance records)
  2. Wear a mask when moving around the venue.
  3. Maintain a safe distance of two metres from other guests when seated, unless they are from the same social bubble, or are separated by physical barriers.
  4. Once seated, remain seated for the duration of the event except to use washroom facilities or to leave the premises.
  5. The maximum number of guests at a table is six, even if from the same social bubble.
sourced from Sept 2020 Rotary magazine
Volunteering is at the heart of the Rotary experience. We ask all of our members to take note of and report their volunteer hours through their committee Chairs. Why do we do this? As per the article, "The value of volunteering", in the September issue of the Rotary member magazine, as a global organization Rotary International recognized the need to quantify the impact and social outcomes of the organization's volunteerism to be able to provide the information to enquiring people when they are looking to donate or join.
In December 2019, enough data had been collected to produce a report.
Here are some highlights:
*Rotarians volunteer at least 47 million hours per year
*The economic value of the volunteer services provided is estimated $850,000,000 per year
*Rotary's emphasis on service is a major reason new members are drawn to us
*There is a large variety of volunteer activities including:
23.8% social assistance
17.5% health care
13.3% education
13.1% culture and arts
4.3% community & economic development
3.7% environment
2.2% international cooperation
1.3% emergency assistance
1.1% advocacy
19.8% other
Where do you direct your efforts? 
Let us know. We want to hear from you.
Write a short paragraph about your own volunteerism -- where & why?
Send it to for sharing.
Talitha Koum Society is a group that our Club has supported for a number of years. They are a registered non-profit empowering women with addictions to lead healthy and fulfilling lives by providing a home, a nurturing community, 12-step programming and life-skills training.
Though there 2020 "Set Her Free" fundraising gala has been cancelled, in it's place they have organized an online celebration to raise both awareness of the programs and funds to support those programs.  The event is a brand new forum for them. They are still finalizing the details but know that it will feature celebrity speakers, entertainment, testimonials, and prizes galore. 
Save the date: October 3, 2020
Check the Talitha Koum Society website (CLICK HERE) or their facebook page (CLICK HERE) for details on how you can purchase a ticket to participate.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Membership Committee Meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Sep 29, 2020 8:30 AM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 02, 2020 10:00 AM
RCoV Speakers Committee meeting
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 06, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
International Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 15, 2020 7:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 16, 2020 10:00 AM
Food on the Corner
Oct 17, 2020 11:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 20, 2020
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
Oct 20, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
RCoV Speakers Committee meeting
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 20, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2020
Membership Committee Meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 27, 2020 8:30 AM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Oct 29, 2020 6:00 PM
View entire list


Due notice having been given, the following individual member has been declared elected as a member of the Club.
Miya Otake
Education - Music
Proposer & Sponsor: Kayo Otake
Seconder: Verona Edelstein
Anna Mandryko Sep 17th
Navid Morawej Sep 19th
Juno Parlange Sep 19th
at our Club
Ian Storrs 7 years
Inder Johal 4 years
Joan Posivy 4 years
Peter & Colette Clarke
10 years Sep 19th
Richard & Maureen Landahl
52 years Sep 16th
Don & Shirley McPhee
64 years Sep 19th

Last Meeting September 15, 2020

Gerry Glazier, President, chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, hosted the meeting via ZOOM.
President’s Announcements:
  • Welcome to our guests, new and returning
  • There was a group of Past Presidents who attended the in-person meeting location at Open Outcry last week. Firstly, a huge thank you to the venue's owner Sean for accommodating us on their normal closed day. Secondly, the club has been and will continue to work with Sean to ensure the safest possible meeting space for all. It is up to you, if you are attending in-person, to adhere to the recommended safety guidelines laid out by our Club, noted above. If you have any questions, contact Carolyn.

    There are still some AV issues that we need to work out; a work in progress.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, provided the Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Special announcements & members' moments:
  • Katherine Copelandlooking for help, made a request on behalf of BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse) for two computer monitors, keyboards, and mice. They have the desktop towers already. Katherine will be connecting with Mitra Tshan from Britannia to ensure the computers go to people in real need. Please connect with Katherine if you're able to help.
  • Parisa Adrangi completed the rapelling challenge as a fundraiser for Easter Seals. Because of difficulty getting a Rotary team together, she particpated as part of the Terminal City Club team. CLICK HERE to view a video of her scooting down the side of a VERY large building. CLICK HERE if you would like to donate to the cause.
Ron Suzuki of RC Vancouver Sunrise, introduced our speaker, Mitra Tshan from Britannia School. Ron mentioned that Mitra recently shared that when she graduated from high school she received a scholarship from RC Burnaby. She’s known the generosity of Rotary for a long time. Ron is always asking, well when she retires…
Mitra is a one woman village, known mainly through basketball. She took Britannia senior girls to provincials with very successful results. Through Britannia community programs she works with, Mitra has virtually touched hundreds of families in the community. The way she engages and empowers local youth is amazing. She’s a great model.
Mitra shared that she has walked alongside Ron along the way for the last 20 years. Their shared passion of working with youth on the downtown east side has bonded them.
Trying to fit what Mitra does is sometimes quite confusing as she wears a lot of different hats in the community. A lot of her work is related to her job within Britannia, the only high school on Vancouver’s east side, however her roles extend much further into the community.
The impact Rotarians have had on her community during the pandemic brought to mind for her a quote from Sun Tzu, “In the Midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.” Rotary was very generous in helping with these programs:
  • Strathcona Hoop-a-thon: Scholarship Winners
  • Britannia Secondary: Adopt-a-School Tech Campaign
  • Strathcona Hoop-a-thon: Girls who LEAP (Lead to Empower & Act with Purpose)
  • Don Kavanagh Memorial: Britannia Basketball
Scholarship Winners:
Eight students received scholarships this year from the hoop-a-thon! All very deserving students receiving help with the next step in their education, post secondary. The presentation ceremony was a very socially distanced presentation outdoors at Strathcona Park. Mitra has since checked in with most of the recipients – all on-line and settling in.
Adopt-a-School Tech Campaign:
When pandemic hit there were 30 7-year old iPads and 30 laptops in the system for 750 students. As an inner city school technology wasn’t high on the list of priorities. Things such as food security and social crisis were much more of a necessity to focus on. With the pandemic and being forced to go into remote learning they were presented with a huge problem: how to get the students logged on with the right technology so they could continue their education. A lot of the families did not even have Wi-Fi at home. It was very challenging to even begin to tackle the problem. The Minister of Education stated that 93% of the province had the ability to go to remote learning – well, this was certainly not the case for Britannia. They had to do some quick outside the box thinking. During that time, our Rotary Club was one of the first to step in and ask, “how can we help?” For that they are extremely thankful.
Have never known a time when the school and the community centre closed at the same time. A good majority of the students rely on the school to feed them, elementary students get fed multiple times a day every day. It was impossible to deliver food to everyone. They moved to a grocery gift card program so families could shop for themselves. Challenging to switch to a new system.

Needed to figure out how not to leave students behind in education. Close to $53,000 was raised, and with a great deal negotiated with Best Buy, were able to purchase 180 laptops and 2 charging carts. The equipment was put on loan until June with summer school kids able to keep their equipment throughout. A bonus, that after the pandemic is done they will have 5-6 sets on portable charging carts available to all teachers; something they’ve never had before. Extremely grateful to their 3 major funders who stepped in so readily and helped out.
Girls Who Leap (Lead to Empower & Act with Purpose), a registered non-profit:
Were in partnership with the City of Vancouver, when operating as a program. The community centre shut down with the pandemic hence they wouldn’t be able to run any in-person programs. As we all know routine is important, especially for teenagers. Wanted to make sure the youth had schedules; so they’ve been running almost daily providing leadership and mentorship programs with wrap around services to support family. It is 100% volunteer-run, an amazing group of 30+ mentors and elders. The program includes weekly life skill sessions, monthly community outreach, and seasonal “power” weekends.
The youth range in age from grade 6 to 12. The older kids mentor the younger ones, connecting in a way that prepares them when they attend high school. Amazing to see the impact they youth have on each other. Wanting to be guides to the younger kids. Moving into high school can be scary – a lot of positive results from the youth to youth connections.
In the spring when the pandemic hit, they moved to daily ZOOM meetings. Didn’t want the kids to miss out and ensured the gaps were filled. Homework club, a couple of alumnus in university ran the club. Still doing fitness, having discipline to get on line and feel good physically – a few partnerships with Vcr Basketball Assoc for example. Every day between 3-6 there would be some sort of connectiveness.
In the summer, they decided that some in-person programming was needed. They purchased appropriate insurance and did workshops and activities.
Power weekend was scheduled at Zajac Ranch – one of the workshops planned was “anti-racism”, very timely as it turns out providing help for them to navigate what is happening globally now. Really important to work on active witnessing and understand where all this takes them. This is just an example of the amazing workshops teaching these youth real world skills.
Busy weekly schedule. Will add new things as the social requirements open up. Limiting numbers to 10-15 youth per session so need to have multiple sessions to accommodate all the youth registered.
Don Kavanagh Memorial, boys’ basketball:
The boys’ team didn’t have enough uniforms and they were already approx. $2K in the hole. About 90% of kids are not able to pay the $30 fee. Referee costs have increased so much now, it is difficult to make the payments. When Gerry offered for the Rotary Club and specifically the Don Kavanagh Memorial funds to help, it was fantastic.
They encourage the boys to work hard giving back to the community on an on-going basis, Their outdoor basketball camps focus on skill development bundled with off-court sessions (e.g., guest speakers on resiliency, how to turn basketball into a job, alumni sharing journey of breaking out of the cycle of poverty). Their girls have seen some success with almost 20 of them moved on to play post-secondary basketball to fund further education. Still working on this with the boys to improve success.
Gerry delivered crests for the boys uniforms with the Rotary logo and Don Kavanagh’s name on it.
The current school year 2020-21:
The school ran with a Day 1 - Day 2 system – a bit of a disaster April to June. They are now changing to a different format: four quarters. Every 10 weeks the students would switch two classes ensuring they complete the whole program by the end of the school year. ½ the day in person and ½ the day remote to ensure numbers are limited and cleaning time is incorporated. Flex time allows lab and cafeteria lunch time. Don’t know yet how well it will work, it’s only day 2.
Support needed moving forward.
Rotaractors would love to be more involved. Volunteerism is a challenge – because of COVID not allowed outside folks in the building. Will need to put some thought into this. It is important to put faces behind donations.
Ron & Mitra have started a Strathcona Rotaract Club. Provides a structured way for the youth to stay involved in volunteerism.
Teachers trying to navigate teaching both remote and in-class students simultaneously is challenging – classrooms do not have projectors. Trying to find funding for projectors now with rolling carts so they can be shared.
If you have any projects that can support Britannia and their wider community, contact Mitra.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to Rotary's support for our youth at risk

September 25, 2020


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary