Vol. 103 No. 4
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

NEXT MEETING AUGUST 4, 2020 (virtual)
Club Day!!


Dr. Kris Magnusson, Professor, Faculty of Education, SFU
Canada scores 3rd in OECD education (PISA study) 

Dr. Magnusson recently completed two terms as Dean of the Faculty of Education at Simon
Fraser University, and in August returned to faculty life as a Professor. During his time as dean, he also served two terms as the Chair of the Association of BC Deans of Education, was co-chair of the BC Advisory Group on Provincial Assessment, led the development of the ACDE Accord on Internationalization in Education, and was co-chair of the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council. Kris’ academic work is in the area of counselling psychology and career development. He was the recipient of the Province of Alberta Career Development Award of Excellence and the 2006 recipient of the Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Development. Kris is also a cofounder of the Canadian Research Working Group for Evidence-based Practice. Prior to joining SFU, Kris was a junior high school teacher, a college counsellor, and a faculty member in counselling psychology at the Universities of Calgary and Lethbridge.
Dr. Magnusson will speak to our club about Canada's current PISA standing (with caveats around how much we can rely on such results). He will contextualize BC education within the overall Canadian data and will speak to the gap between actual system performance and public perceptions.
The Rotaract Club of Vancouver has been busy even though on their summer break. They have been volunteering with a Virtual Visitation Initiative. This is a program where volunteers socialize, hangout, and have fun playing and facilitating trivia games virtually with seniors at a local senior's home, via ZOOM. Kudos to these fantastic Rotaractors!
The 2021 District Conference is shaping up to be a great and unique program for our members. Check out the conference site for the latest information.
Watch the trailer, CLICK HERE
It's not too early to register for next year's 2021 District conference.
Until August 31, 2020 there is a special early bird rate of $325 + GST. 
Register now to lock in your reduced rate.
Prizes will be awarded to Early Bird registrants.
Register now to qualify and lock in your reduced rate!
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
International Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Aug 20, 2020 7:30 PM
Membership Committee Meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Aug 25, 2020 8:30 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
Aug 25, 2020 11:00 AM
RCoV Speakers Committee meeting
virtual ZOOM meeting
Aug 25, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Aug 27, 2020 6:00 PM
RCoV Speakers Committee meeting
virtual ZOOM meeting
Sep 08, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Youth Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Sep 15, 2020
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
Sep 15, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
International Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Sep 17, 2020 7:30 PM
Food on the Corner
Sep 19, 2020 11:00 AM
RCoV Speakers Committee meeting
virtual ZOOM meeting
Sep 22, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Sep 24, 2020 6:00 PM
View entire list


Don McPhee Aug 1st
at our Club
Allan Cheng 1 year
Adriana Zylmans 3 years
Barbara Welsh 11 years
Wilf Wassersleben 46 years
Navid Morawej & Sahra Homayounian
5 years July 29th

Last Meeting July 28, 2020

Gerry Glazier, President, chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Thomas Reppchen hosted the meeting via ZOOM.
Miya Otake played O Canada on the harp.
President’s Announcements:
  • On June 17th the Rotary Club of New Westminster - Royal City presented a Paul Harris fellowship award to Dr. Bonny Henry BC's provincial health Officer.

    As mentioned during the presentation ceremony: When Dr. Henry first spoke the words, Be kind, Be calm, Be safe she showed compassion for what the people of BC would be dealing with in Covid-19. She inspired us with her gentleness, and her calm voice of reason reassured us that we were going to get through this together.

    Congratulations to Dr. Henry… well deserved recognition from Rotary via our sister club in New Westminster.
  • Miguel Rizzo, our Peace Fellow recipient, has decided to decline the fellowship. He was due to attend university in the States, and the issues that we see there has been the main factor for Miguel making this incredibly difficult decision. Miguel will attend our attending next week to talk to us about it.  We are taking it up with the District to see how we can support Miguel moving forward.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, provided the Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays: Don McPhee Aug 1st
  • member club anniversaries:  Allan Cheng 1 year, Adriana Zylmans 3 years, Barbara Welsh 11 years, Wilf Wassersleben 46 years
  • wedding anniversaries: Navid Morawej & Sahra Homayounian 5 years July 29th  
Special announcements and members' moments:
  • Keith Phillips’ whale watching company is operating daily, probably at about 30% whereas other tourism companies 15-20%. Sharing a good thing: Keith connected with Easter Seals last Christmas time. He suggested them as a speaker for us which the Speakers Committee supported, and was thrilled when the Community Service and the Board funded them for a virtual camp.  Keith did a virtual tour for them where all the participating campers viewed about 9-12 whales spouting and tails up. The process was that they went out with the videographer to capture the wonderful images. They returned to land, edited quickly, then did a zoom meeting with 40 or so kids. They had wonderful retention rate; the kids loved it. Keith has been asked to give repeat performances. They are going to do it 2 more times using the footage they got that 1st time.
Thomas Reppchen introduced Tracey Watson, manager for major gifts for St. Paul’s Foundation. Tracey introduced Dr. Janice Leung, Respirologist at St. Paul’s Hospital and principal investigator at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation. In 2015 completed post doctoral fellowship at St. Paul’s Hospital. Dr. Leung spoke about their research finding the COVID-19 receptors in the lungs and their work in figuring out which drugs will either destroy or help block the receptor for the COVID-19 molecule.
Dr. Leung, showed us statistics that indicated clearly that older Canadian are more susceptible. As we age the risk goes up significantly. Some conditions that increase risk are obesity, diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery disease. Those with COPD have much worse outcomes with a 3-fold risk of dying or being put on a ventilator.
When we talk about how the virus enters the airways, very early on Berlin scientists figured out it was the ACE2 receptor in the airway cell that the original SARS used. Research focusses on the ACE2 and they found that COVID-19 uses the same receptor. So far an alternate form of entry into the body has not been identified.
Like all things in life its all about balance. This is true of controlling the ACE2 receptors both during infection and post infection.
The research team has been able to use data from bronchoscopies (over 700 are performed every year at St. Pauls). It’s a lot of data. Any patient having one are asked if its okay to take additional research samples during their procedure to be used in the biobank. Over 200 patients have cooperated and another 100 or so have voluntarily signed up for the procedure purely to aid the research.
The samples show that patients with COPD have significantly higher levels of ACE2. Smokers also have higher levels; if a smoker stops smoking the levels do fall back to a never smoked category.
There are central banks of data that are available around the world so scientists can compare data from other areas of the globe to their own. St. Paul’s was able to publish their findings very quickly, indeed they were the first. It has received a lot of attention from numerous news outlets, etc.
There are a lot of questions that still need answering:
  • Can we manipulate the expression of aCE-2 in the airway epithelium to prevent or treat COVID-19?
  • Do chronic inhaled medications that COPD patients use regularly alter ACE2 levels?
  • What is the effect of other inhaled toxins like cannabis, e-cigarettes, and air pollution on ACE2 levels?
We can take the airway cells and grow them in the lab allowing us to test treatments. There is some interest with Losartan. Though more significant results have been found with Dexamethasone. It has been used in the UK, which provided the best results showing lower mortality rates. ACE2 levels were higher. If given as a rescue drug, it may be able to return ACE2 levels back to a balanced level.
Ciclesonide (inhaled steroid) has been used, but unlike Dexamethasone, they have found the opposite effect. It lowered the ACE2 levels. Possibly a combination would work – use Ciclesonide initially and the Dexamethasone as a follow up rescue.
We are working in collaberation with a lab in Taiwan to mimic the conditions of COVID-19. It’s an ongoing project and is possible because of, and with thanks to, all of their supporters who are allowing the continued work and opportunity, including the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Providence Health Care, The Lung Association, to name a few.
Some links of interest:
  • Article, St. Paul’s researcher receives funding to help fight COVID-19, March 25 2020, CLICK HERE
  • CBC article, B.C. hospitals taking part in massive WHO COVID-19 treatment study, April 9 2020, CLICK HERE
Meeting adjourned with a toast to the fact that we have summer days. Go out and enjoy the day!

August 21, 2020


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary