P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol. 103 No. 39
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

Mindy Tulsi-Ingram
Founder & CEO, Green & Green Gifts with Flair, 
COVID & Abundance:  Resilience, Abundance, Emotional Intelligence

Mindy offers a reminder on the value of expressing gratitude as the impact of Covid-19 continues to reverberate through our personal and professional relationships.
As Chief Gift Officer of Green & Green Gifts with Flair, Mindy’s Vancouver based business
is deeply rooted in her innate culture of gift-giving. Since 1993, Green & Green has built a
niche in the corporate gift-giving market by delighting clients with unique gifts that extend
their brand. Whether branded promotional items and milestone programs or customized
gourmet gift baskets, each gift sent is beautifully presented and gratefully received.

A marketer with a double major in Economics and Communications from Simon Fraser
University, Mindy has perfected the art of strengthening business relationships through the art of appreciation.

St. Paul's Hospital, update on new hospital plans

Adriana Zylmans, President, Dutch Network
Liberation of Holland 1945

FUN!!  Excitement!!
An opportunity for every district and club in Zones 28 & 32 to celebrate
our Rotary Foundation!!
Save the Date!  We are planning a Zone-wide celebration of our Foundation on Wednesday May 12, 2021.  In short, this is a 1-hour Gala Fundraising Show to celebrate the Rotary Foundation (TRF) that will be available to ALL districts and clubs from coast-to-coast in Zones 28 & 32. 

Here is a teaser of what is so far confirmed for this event:
  • “Main” show will be from 5:00-6:00pm PDT.
  • Admission will be a donation of US$100 or more to TRF (+ $10 service charge), for which participant will get tax credit and Paul Harris points.
  • Co-hosts Rotary International (RI) Director Valarie Wafer & TRF Trustee Dean Rohrs.
  • Master of Ceremonies past RI Director Jeffry Cadorette.
  • The Program is continuing to evolve, but at this point we have confirmed participation from…
    • Past RI President Barry Rassin
    • RI President Nominee Jennifer Jones
    • PolioPlus Chair & Past RIVP Mike McGovern
    • Alex Lifeson (Guitarist for rock band RUSH)
    • Inspiring stories of TRF supported work
    • Music, entertainment & MORE!!
  • Celebratory “Red Carpet” pre-show
  • Optional pre- or post- show District or Club events.
CLICK HERE for more details.
Hello Fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors,
District 5040 Interactors invite you to participate in our Acts of Kindness initiative from April 18th - 24th 2021
Darcy Long endorses this initiative.
In celebration of Dave Hamilton & all he means to us please do an additional Act
of Kindness in his name.
For the 2021 year, we have designed a COVID-19 friendly campaign for your clubs to take part in.  After all, KINDNESS IS FREE.
Rotary International was founded by Paul Harris, who was born April 19th, 1868. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on February 23, professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships and give back to their communities.

Rotary Acts Of Kindness 2021 hopes to serve as a unique and fun initiative to better our communities and bring kindness to the world in these times of hardship. Remember kindness is free. In recognition of Rotary’s founder, our Acts Of Kindness week will take place over Paul Harris’ birthday week (April 18th - April 24th, 2021).   We hope to expand this project to a global scale and involve as many Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors as possible!

Interact Act of Kindness Committee
#ROTARYACTSOFKINDNESS2021          @rotaryactsofkindness2021
Looking for musicians of all types to perform O Canada at the beginning of our meetings. Happy to have a variety of instruments, so if you like the horns or banjo, step up! It would be wonderful to be able to share the task with Miya, our wonderful harpist, so she isn't alone in shouldering the responsibility.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
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
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
May 20, 2021 7:15 PM
Membership Committee Meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
May 25, 2021 8:30 AM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
May 27, 2021 6:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
May 28, 2021 10:00 AM
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Jun 08, 2021 1:15 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jun 11, 2021 10:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
Jun 15, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
View entire list


John Bathurst Apr 18th
Doug Kellough Apr 18th
at our Club
Charlene McDonald 22 years
Doug Kellough 34 years
none this week

Last Meeting April 13, 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, 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.
  • Last week was such a fine example of what we can accomplish as a club. Congratulations to all – the organizers, the donors, and the bidders. A wonderful, fun event all around. Joan Posivy will provide an update.
  • The Board met last week, here’s a brief update:
    • The club’s next strategic planning sessions are being organized by President-Elect, Wayne Fraser. Tentative dates have been set for April 28th, May 12th, and May 26th.
    • In case anyone missed the announcement a month or so ago, we have received $33,000 in gaming funds.
    • The Board approved the following funding requests:
      1. US$2,600 to Rotary World Help to cover container shipment
      2. $14,000 to Stay in School Scholarships
      3. $5,000 to Hoop-a-thon fundraiser
  • We have been invited by the RC of Tsawwassen to hear speaker, Rotary International President Elect, Shekhar Mehta on Thursday APRIL 15th at 7:30 AM.
    Shekhar will be the RI President for 2021-22 and will talk about his plans for the organization. His Rotary resume is no less than amazing. Shekhar’s guiding mantra in life is “Service is the rent that we pay for the space we occupy on this earth.”
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Special announcements & Members' Moments:
  • Joan Posivy – provided an auction update. Thank you to everyone, because of our members' generosity and participation the youth committee raised around $21,000!!
  • Looking for musicians -- Miya’s beautiful playing of O Canada – are there other talented musicians in the club? Can spell each other off playing O Canada through the year. Contact Carolyn or Gabby if you are interested.
  • Nathan Hesketh – provided a hoop-a-thon update.
    We are doing something a little creative for individual contributions: you can make a "per hoop" donation. We have someone shooting hoops for RCoV team – looking for per hoop donations. If donations are made via CHIMP, you will receive tax receipt immediately. Check your email for latest.

    Most of the money raised is used for scholarships for students with financial need, primarily in the Strathcona area. Some funds are used to support the Strathcona basketball program. Scholarship applications have already been received and are being reviewed. It is eye opening to see that many of the students are helping their families put food on the table with part time jobs. Very satisfying to know we can help support an educational future for these youth.
  • Looking for volunteers for Food on the Corner this Saturday, April 17th. Please contact Jill Pennefather, or, if you are interested in helping.
  • Rotarian face masks are still available, $10 a piece. Contact Gabby or Carolyn to order.
Jim Evans introduced our speakers.
Jonathan Crossen, PhD, MA, BA, hailing from Norway. Jonathan is a senior lecturer and Academic Coordinator (GENI Joint Master’s Program), Centre for Sami Studies, UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Jonathan is a Canadian who has settled in Norway.
Emmy Stavostrand Neuls is at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at University of Saskatchewan. Emmy Neuls’ role is the Manager, Graduate Programs (Distance Delivery), GENI and Online MPA at USask. She came to Canada as an international student and stayed.
Sami, are the indigenous peoples of Scandinavia. The Sami land runs over four countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Russia. The Sami do not carry status cards or anything like it to identify themselves; its difficult to survey accurate numbers. There is a Sami population estimated at 80-100K, about 30-60K are in Norway.
The history of government and Sami relations is somewhat similar to Canada’s. There was notoriously bad treatment of the indigenous Scandinavian people. Norwegianization policy forbid and discouraged any education in Sami culture. An official apology came for this in 1987. Currently there is a truth commission, similar to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
They are considered as reindeer herders though only about 10% of the Sami have direct connection to reindeer now. As a fall out from historical government policies, there are only 8 municipalities in Norway where the native Sami language is the official language. However the future looks brighter with more children in Sami kindergarten now than in upper grades, so the numbers are increasing. This is a good sign for the future of the preservation of the culture and language.
There are less and less people doing traditional reindeer herding. They have modernized along with the rest of the world. They use snowmobiles and drones. Drones to prevent avalanches that can kill or hurt the reindeer. They are used to keep animals out of most scary areas. Slaughtering is being done in bigger and bigger plants. The Sami increase the purchasing of the meat at the local grocery stores. An export market exists but is not a large one.
Are Sami same as Laplanders – yes. Do they have free movement across country borders? Varies a little. Russian border not always porous.
In terms of politics, Norway has its own Sami parliament. In 2005 Norway government transferred all crown land in Finmark from the national government to the residents of Finmark. It is managed jointly by municipalities and Sami parliament.
In order to vote for Sami parliament, anyone who considers themselves Sami, who has parents or grandparents Sami, has Sami as native language. 17000 on the electoral role.
Decisions are made in the south, sometimes without appropriate knowledge, impacting the north. Both regions are heavily reliant on natural resources, creating tensions. Even outside the Canadian Arctic, there are economies that are highly impacted by industry, e.g., LNG. They see the same issues in Norway.
The joint masters program, with possibly the longest name in the world, Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI). The students get joint degrees from both universities, USask & UiT. It is a multi-disciplinarian program.
The GENI program aims to build the necessary human capacity for relationships between:
  • Academia
  • Industry
  • Governments
  • Indigenous peoples
  • And norther communities
In order to:
  • Create thriving local economies
  • Ensure respect indigenous rights
  • And protect sensitive northern environments.
Why are the two universities, in northern Norway and northern Saskatchewan, cooperating? The two regions face similar challenges:
  • Transportation (more extreme in Canada) and communication
  • Cold temperatures
  • Local & indigenous governance
  • Industry vs indigenous rights
  • Industry vs the environment
  • Hunting and fishing rights
  • Tourism
  • Indigenous culture
  • Brain drain
  • Climate change issues, including Arctic ocean shipping
  • Arctic specific environmental issues
  • Polar night/midnight sun
The aim of the program is to facilitate overcoming challenges in a variety of ways.The program provides full or part-time study opportunities, on-line or in-person, in a mixed academic and practical curriculum. It is geared mostly to mid-career students, however, new undergrads are welcome. The program is flexible enough to allow students to work from home, and to attract students from around the globe, thereby pooling a variety of experiences, knowledge, and perspectives for all to benefit from.
The program includes international field schools, 2 required, 1 to northern Canada, 1 to northern Norway. COVID has put some dampers on the students getting together. Currently doing virtual field schools. This is an opportunity for students to build appreciation for northern peoples and issues. The north is large. They visit communities that you wouldn’t have an opportunity to visit if not in the program.
The program launched in 2015 and has had 11 grads so far. Majority are working professionals working in the north. All are passionate about making a difference in the north. The average age mid to late 30s.
Meet their students:
  • Catherine Morarity, graduated in 2017. Currently working as the assistant negotiator at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Norther Affairs Canada.
  • Chris Moser, graduated in 2020. Currently working as director, project execution for Simpcw Resource Group (Simpcw First Nations’ members).
  • Dawawray Landrie-Parker, graduated in 2018. Currently working as a lecturer at the Yukon University and PhD candidate.
  • Fredrik Juuso, graduated 2021. Currently working as a reindeer herding manager, for the regional government of Northern Sweden.
There is a great diversity amongst the students with a broad scope of research topics. Students are matched with some kind of community host. They work together to apply the academic research skills to benefit that host.  Some examples of ongoing projects:
  • First Nation Census Spurring Economic Investment and Development, by Justin Paterson (Director of Economic and Investment Sector at the Ktunaxa Nation Council)
  • Indigenous Procurements Strategies, by John Desjarlais (GM, Great Plains Contracting)
  • Scoping of Sami Reindeer Products, by Oddbjorg Sara (Reindeer herder and school teacher)
  • Guidelines for a First Nation Educational Framework for the Yukon, by Lauren Wallingham (First Nation Education Advisor, Government of Yukon)
  • Apinoche Tahkosin (The Child Has Arrived): A Community Engagement Story, by Valerie McLeod (Program Coordinator, Indigenous Practical Nursing Program for Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies).
GENI is an amazing program – connects students with employments related to their studies. They are always recruiting potential students. If you know of anyone suitable, please get in touch.
More info:
  • Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, GENI program website, CLICK HERE
  • Sami People, CLICK HERE
  • Three Days with the Sami Reindeer People video, CLICK HERE
Meeting adjourned with a toast to shared heritage of Canadian north and Norway.

May 07, 2021


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary