P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol. 104 No. 2
Wayne Fraser, President
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary

Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun Columnist
The unholy trinity of homelessness, addiction, and mental illness 

Daphne Bramham is a Vancouver-based journalist and author who has written extensively about children’s rights, women’s rights and animal rights. She has covered two Olympics, two elections in India, the handover of Hong Kong to Chinese control in 1997 and too many elections in Canada to count.

A columnist for the Vancouver Sun since 2000, she 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.

Her book, The Secret Lives of Saints: Child Brides and Lost Boys in Canada’s
Polygamous Mormon Sect, was published in 2008 and was a finalist for three national,
non-fiction book awards.

Dr. Jane Lea
St. Paul's Hospital representative

The new St. Paul's Hospital and health campus will be the most innovative approach to the delivery of integrated care in B.C. and Canada, designed to appropriately address the future health needs of patients, families and our communities. From hospital care to primary and community health solutions, the new St. Paul’s Hospital and health campus will continue to lead innovations in care, research and teaching.
Beginning in June, four drilling rigs have begun the months-long work of drilling secant piles along the existing guide wall.
Dr. Lea will provide more updates regarding the Rotary Hearing Centre.
Each year, Rotary Club of Vancouver organizes a Bike-a-Thon Rotary Ride for Hearing, now in its 36th year.  The objective of the ride is to raise funds to "Bring Back the Sounds of Life" to the individuals facing challenges with their hearing. Over the past 37 years, Rotary has raised over $3.5 million dollars to address hearing loss and Bring Back the Sounds of Life to the 400,000 people in BC who are hard of hearing and the 50,000 BC residents who are deaf.
Funds raised by the Rotary Ride for Hearing benefit the Rotary Club of Vancouver Hearing Foundation which in turn supports:
  • cochlear implant research and treatments at UBC and in other BC Hospitals ; 
  • the Rotary Hearing Centre at the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences;
  • the BC Rotary Hearing & Balance Centre at St. Paul's Hospital;
  • the Vancouver Community College Adult Education Programs for the deaf and hard of hearing; and
  • numerous hearing related programs in BC carried on by non-profit entities which work to Bring Back the Sounds of Life.  
For its 2021 Rotary Ride for Hearing, the Rotary Club of Vancouver decided that it had to reconceive the Ride due to the Pandemic. The 2021 format of Rotary Club of Vancouver’s Rotary Ride for Hearing was changed in order to permit dedicated riders to individually complete the 120 kilometer ride on any number of routes. This format also allowed a more diverse group of riders, including children, such a Alex Webber, now only 8 years old, to complete the challenge of a 120 kilometer ride over a period of days or weeks.
The Webber contingent of the Dentons team
Left to Right, Rotarian Shoshanah Webber, partner at Dentons, Rotarian Phil Webber, retired, Alex Webber and Phil's wife, Miriam Webber, retired, taking a break to admire the view from the Arbutus Greenway just below the home of Rotarian Charles Flavelle and his wife Lucile.
The Webber’s 2021 Rotary Ride for Hearing took place over 5 days.
  • It commenced on Canada Day with a 21.6 kilometre ride on the Arbutus Greenway which started and finished at Phil and Miriam Webber’s Kerrisdale home.
  • The July 1 ride was repeated on July 2 with another 21 kilometre ride for which Miriam joined Shoshanah, Alex and Phil.  That day’s ride brought the total to length to 42.6 kilometres.
  • On July 3, Shoshanah, Alex and Phil again repeated the Greenway Ride for 21.1 kilometres to bring the Webber’s progress on the Rotary Ride for Hearing to 63.7 kilometres.
  • On July 4, instead of repeating the route on the Arbutus Greenway, the Webbers rode the Richmond Dike, starting upstream from the UBC John Lecky Boathouse, to Steveston and return which added another 22.8 kilometres and brought the Webber’s total for the Rotary Ride for Hearing to 86.5 kilometres. 
  • Finally, Shoshanah, Alex and Phil were joined by Miriam, who also joined their rides on July 2 and July 4, in order to complete the last leg of their ride on Sunday, July 11 and so as to bring their total ride to 122 kilometres for the Rotary Ride for Hearing; slightly more than the ride from Burnaby to Harrison.  The Webber’s last leg on Sunday was 35.28 kilometres, measured again from Phil’s and Miriam’s Kerrisdale home to and along the Greenway to the entrance to Granville Island, then around False Creek past Science World and under the north ends of the Cambie, Granville and Burrard street bridges, along English Bay, around Stanley Park and back along English Bay to the Burrard Bridge; after which the Webbers crossed the Burrard Street bridge and connected to the Greenway via the Cypress bike route to return to their home. Some ride for eight year hold Alex!!!
From the point of view of fundraising, 8 year old Alex was leading the whole Dentons’ team (Shoshanah’s law firm’s team which also included among its members Rotarian Gordon Esau (retired)) in fundraising with $1820 in donations, when Phil’s fundraising finally overtook her. However, with subsequent and post ride donations, it appears that Alex is clawing herself back into a leadership position. 
If you or your friends and family haven’t donated yet, then please consider donating through Alex by CLICKING HERE.
After following the “Sponsor Me” and other prompts and completing your donation, you will get an immediate tax receipt from Rotary Club of Vancouver Hearing Foundation, a Canadian registered charity.  Best of all, you will know that your donation is making a real difference in improving the lives of the deaf and hard of hearing and that you are assisting Alex in creaming her mother and grandfather by getting more donations than them.”
submitted by Phil Webber who is Alex’s grandfather

Greater Vancouver Food Bank Mayor's Challenge Donation

Immediate Past President, Gerry Glazier, and Past Assistant District Governor, John Bathurst, presented the Rotary donation of $11,151 to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank in answer to the Mayor's Challenge. 
Thank you to all who donated to this worthy cause.

Easter Seals Drop Zone Fundraiser

Friday, September 17, 2021
Guinness Tower
1055 West Hastings Street

Do you love to challenge yourself and help others? Then you can’t pass up the Easter Seals Drop Zone in Vancouver on Friday, September 17, 2021. Drop Zone is back and ready for a new set of superheroes! Parisa Adrangi is rappelling at Easter Seals Drop Zone to help better the lives of children and adults with disabilities and medical conditions.
Parisa Adrangi would love for you to join her team, the Remax City Realty Team.
Or if the challenge is a bit too much for you, consider supporting Parisa with a donation.
CLICK HERE for more info about Parisa and her team.

Maybe you’ve walked, run or biked for a cause. Now here’s a taller challenge to take you over the top and down the side of a 25-storey office building! The Vancouver Drop Zone challenges fearless participants to pay or raise a minimum amount in support of Easter Seals for the rare opportunity to rappel down a skyscraper.

Minimum Fundraising Goal: Raise $850 minimum to rappel

CLICK HERE for more info about the event.

Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
RCoV Board meeting
Aug 05, 2021 4:00 PM
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Aug 10, 2021 1:15 PM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Aug 19, 2021 7:15 PM
Food on the Corner
Aug 21, 2021 11:00 AM
Rotarians' Investment Club meeting
Aug 26, 2021
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
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Congratulations to Gramma Stephanie Lawton and her family on the birth of granddaughter, Charlotte Alexandra Stewart, born July 12, 2021 at 6 lbs. 6 oz.
John Hayto July 13
Joan Posivy July 15
Rhianon Chow July 18
Peter Clarke July 19
at our Club
Daniel Hawreluk 1 year
Darren Radbourne 1 year
Nathan Hesketh 1 year
Gabriel Kalfon 21 years
Gordon & Janis Esau
45 years July 17

Last Meeting July 13, 2021

Gerry Glazier, President, chaired the meeting.
Gabby Dickert, acting 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, 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.
  • The Royal City Rotary Club is inviting us to participate as a golfer, sponsor &/or donor in their charity golf tournament, to benefit youth programs. $195 for golf, shared cart & banquet dinner 0n August 24th at Mayfair Lakes in Richmond. If interested, contact Carolyn.
  • Happy to let everyone know that we will be able to resume in-person meetings starting next week, July 20th. We will have a hybrid format for the summer at least, so those unable to or not ready to meet in person will be able to join via ZOOM.

    For the summer everyone will be on a pay-as-you-go. Note that TCC has had to raise their prices, so unfortunately we’ll have to pass that on to you. The cost per person will be $52, up $2 from $50 pre-covid.

    A meeting invite will go out to everyone with a request to RSVP if you will be in-person. This is because TCC has requested that we provide numbers in advance so that they can staff appropriately, keeping in mind that they are slowly getting back to normal and may not have their full complement of staff at the ready. Please do RSVP by the deadline on the invitation, or give Carolyn a call to let her know.

    Also, please note that the business portion of the meeting will start around 12:30 or slightly before, end time 1:30, to allow time to enjoy lunch.
  • Club history – Did you know?
    In 1989/90 Tremayne Perry was club President. It was then that our club admitted our first woman member. At the time our club had over 400 members, all male. It was recognized that accepting women would be a significant challenge, however, only one male member resigned as a result.

    Fast forward to today, there are still some clubs around the world that are male only, though they are few and far between. Our club is proud to say we have a growing female membership, now sitting at 32%.
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Special announcements & Members' Moments:
  • Gerry Glazier along with John Bathurst presented the Rotary donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. (see above)
  • Parisa Adrangi is once again supporting Easter Seals, one of our club's past recipients for funding, by creating a team in the DropZone event. (see above)
  • Congratulations to the bike-a-thon teams who have completed their ride, one way or another, raising funds for the Bring Back the Sounds of Life campaign. (see one of the team's narrative above)
Jim Evans introduced our speaker, Cybele Negris, co-founder and CEO of
Cybele Negris is a tech CEO, serial entrepreneur, experienced corporate director, sought-after speaker, columnist, and a Hall of Fame inductee of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.
She is the Co-Founder and CEO of, one of Canada's first domain registrars and web hosting companies, and Webnames Corporate, a leader in domain name portfolio management for corporations and government, Cybele has held technology leadership positions for more than 20 years.
Cybele currently serves on a diverse portfolio of corporate boards, among them the Royal Canadian Mint, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver and BCAA. A resident of British Columbia, Cybele is Vice-Chair of the province's Small Business Roundtable and works closely with the BC Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation to champion growth and economic diversification.
Some of Cybele's other recognitions include being a four-time winner of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women, an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, and a multiple-time recipient BC Business's Most Influential Women distinction. She speaks at dozens of events each year, from TEDx to the Level Up Conference, addressing topics of women in technology, workplace diversity, business leadership, and impostor syndrome.
Cybele’s entrepreneurial journey:
  • Received a psych degree from UBC
  • Worked in pharmaceuticals, where she was hired while studying for her MBA
  • Then started own consulting company.
  • BC fisheries and oceans, and industry liaison office at UBC, and on the side started a construction company.
  • Her construction company built luxury houses in the Point Grey area, restaurants, and more. Coincidently during a December, with bad weather and a slow construction time she met John Demco who is the godfather of .CA. He didn’t charge a single dollar for the domain. The intention wasn’t for commercialization, it was only to share knowledge. Cybele worked with him to download what was in his brain, and there was a lot. They started taking money for the registrations. Eventually sold to CIRA, who continues to run .ca for the country.
  • She started the company and made $2.5 M in their first year of operations. The have about 800 different products, mostly domain names. She still has great fun running the business.
Cybele’s path wasn’t always easy. Fear played a huge role in Cybel’s life for a long time. In particular the fear of public speaking. The fear was so great that she dropped out of the Commerce program to avoid the public speaking required. She did not have a lot of role models on her journey; there are not very many women in tech. She was very doubtful and fearful. You rarely meet someone who is completely fearless. Remember saying that the mantra of doing it over and over again will remove the fear would help would not work for her. It actually did.
FEAR = False, Expectations, Appearing, Real
Cybele was a speaker at a TEDx event that was scheduled during a particularly rough time in her life. Divorce, small children, at the same time Dad was dying. She accepted 21 speaking engagements over about 2½  months as a means of distraction. For the TEDx event Friday was the dress rehearsal, Saturday was the event, and then she was on to another speaking engagement on Sunday. The dress rehearsal went fine, but during the live event, about 5 minutes into her talk everything hit. Her body shut down and the room was spinning. She walked off the stage. Everyone was worried about her. She told them to send out the next speaker, and then the next, and the next. When the last one finished, she decided to try it again.  She did finish her talk, about 17 minutes long. It was a shaky performance, but it was done.
What happened at the end when audience members could speak directly with the presenters was amazing. Once lady said that she’d been watching Cybele’s career for a number of years and had always admired her, but today (the day of the talk) was special because of the vulnerability she exhibited. Cybele was recognized for being authentic and she realized that she didn’t need to fear anymore.
COVID-19 has caused a lot of fear on many levels. Though we are seeing pivots, some great opportunities are coming about where entrepreneurs are benefitting. The pandemic has forced the acceleration of tech, leading to true business transformation. There have been some amazing changes, and many are hoping that a lot of it will stay. Think of the rubber band analogy – the pandemic has stretched us beyond what we could have imagined, and we have survived, in many cases thrived. Let’s not go back to what was normal but move forward to better.
There are some negatives, e.g., cyber crime has skyrocketed with an estimate of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks about 4,000 a day, as well as phishing and scamming.
It became very clear, very quickly, that companies that have on-line presence did much better than those who did not. We all are either working for a tech company or a tech-enabled company. The more you are enabled the better off for the future.
Things that just a few years ago were new and novel, are now normal. Some examples:
  • Internet of things (IoT), where everything is connected to the internet. Think of everyday things such as lightbulbs turned on with your smartphone app, your thermostat, your washer or dryer, etc.
  • Agritech, using technical techniques and technology in and for agricultural practices.
  • Self driving cars and motorcycles.
  • Cleantech, a term, short for clean technology, used to refer to various companies and technologies that aim to improve environmental sustainability. Environmental issues are on most people’s minds. There is a lot of emphasis and funding going to this sector.
  • Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is a digital system for recording the transaction of assets in multiple places at the same time. Blockchain is a type of DLT. It will disrupt the major banks. Payments Canada, whose job it is to ensure financial transactions in Canada are carried out safely and securely, are working with different organizations developing insta-payments. Open banking, already used in Europe, will be coming to Canada soon.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI). We have all heard about the fear of AI taking over. Cognitive learning is the next wave. Webnames uses a machine learning component. Will definitely be watchful for AI taking over some jobs, but in terms of automation, let it happen and we, humans, will come up with better roles for us.
Vancouver is doing amazing things in technology. UNICORN – a term used around the world for organizations that have $1 billion dollar value or more. We have, right here in Vancouver, produced 7 unicorn companies in the past 7 months (Dec2020-Jun2021). This has been right in the middle of the pandemic. They are Trulioo ($2.1B), Thinkific ($1.38B), Clio (~$2B), Dapper Labs ($7.5B), GeoComply ($1B), Galvanize ($1B), and AbCellera (~$7B). This is very exciting.
To close, here a few take aways:
  1. Fear: When your worst case scenario actually happens, then you have nothing left to fear. What is you are actually afraid of?
  2. Those of us still in the workforce are all working for a tech or tech enabled company.
  3. It is the responsibility of all of us to ensure we do not return to normal (pre-covid), but rather move forward to better. Better workplaces, better relationships, better lives.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to moving forward to better.

July 30, 2021


Wayne Fraser, President   Nadja Gehriger, Secretary