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My name is Bruce Brown and I am very fortunate to be a friend of Bob Beckett, who, as many of you know, will be retiring on June 16th as the Chief of the Langford Fire Rescue.  Bob has been a firefighter for most of his adult life, serving in several communities across Canada.  In addition, Bob is an amazing humanitarian who has undertaken several projects to help those less fortunate in many countries around the world.  One of Bob’s major passions has been the building and support of orphanages in Haiti, a country devastated by a 2010 earthquake.

Bob and Laura have decided to host a retirement celebration in conjunction with a fund-raiser for the Divine Hand orphanage in Haiti that Bob and his Rotary Club, the Westshore Sunrise club, have taken on as a project.  This party will be on Saturday, June 10th, from 7pm to 9pm at the Royal Colwood Golf Club located at 629 Goldstream Avenue in Langford.

I have attached a copy of the poster for this event and Bob, Laura and their family sincerely hope you can attend.  The evening will be an opportunity to wish Bob well in his retirement and hopefully raise some money for this very worthwhile project at the same time.  As noted in the poster Bob is asking that in lieu of any retirement gift (should you be so inclined – but no obligation!) that instead a donation be made to the orphanage.

What Bob really wants to have is a fun evening with his friends that could possibly involve a couple drinks, some delicious appies and a quite a few laughs!

We hope you can attend!

Please RSVP by replying to this e mail, or email/phone Kathy at Langford Fire kbell@cityoflangford.ca (250-478-9555)

Sincerely,

Bruce Brown

250-888-7062

 

Arielle Hughton – Disaster Aid, Soap for Hope Program Arielle started with Disaster Aid when she was doing a project for her program at Camosun College. At that time she volunteered in a hygiene room at Rock Bay Landing. From there she and other students generated the “Soap for Hope” program, creating hygiene packets for the homeless and individuals accessing the food banks. People who don’t have enough money for food, generally will not have access to hygiene items such as shampoo and soap, either. “Soap for Hope” began in 2015. Since then it has grown 400%. They now serve over 30 shelters and are expanding to Duncan, Campbell River and Nanaimo. They are 99% volunteer based. They have partnered with a number of hotels who provide left-over shampoos, soaps, lotions which they are unable to reuse. The soaps are cleaned and sealed and the shampoos are poured into containers. This saves on the hotels disposing of a huge number of small plastic containers and recycling these instead to those who could use these items. The “Soap for Hope” program also is providing hygiene kits for the Disaster Aid relief kits which go overseas. They continue to reach out to additional hotels and hope to also create a program to provide old hotel mattress to homeless shelters. Their program is also reaching out to at risk children to teach them proper hygiene – handwashing, etc. Of course they are dependent on grants to maintain the program. Individuals can help by donating old shampoo and conditioner bottles.

Haley Bennett & Doug Ozeroff – Royal Roads University

Haley is involved with the creation and distribution of awards and scholarships at RRU. Doug Ozeroff is a senior communications officer, working to build community connections. Doug is also a member of the Harborside Rotary Club.

Haley spoke about the Westshore Rotary club’s RRU Bursary. In the past 10 years, it has helped 9 students, distributing over $5500. This money helps to cover the costs of being a student, such as books, rent, food, etc. It makes it possible for students to complete the program they are in. For 2015-16, RRU offered over $300,000 in bursary’s and scholarships. 30% of the applications received were successful.

Currently, the Rotary endowment is about $12,000. This allows for an annual bursary of about $800 annually. Today, most bursaries are around $1000. RRU would like to offer to match up to $6500 more towards the Rotary endowment fund. This would allow the fund to provide an amount of $1000 annually as a bursary. There was over 4500 students attending RRU since August 2016. The average age is 40 years.

Our club will discuss the option of increasing the endowment, with the matching funds, and if agreed, we can send in the information to Haley. They will need to know by the end of May in order to have the matching money available. The increased bursary would then be available for 2018.

A question was put forth asking how we can better connect with Royal Roads University. An invitation was put forth to invite Haley Bennett to be a member of the Westshore Sunrise Rotary.

Doug Ozeroff, as a member of Harbourside Rotary explained that Harbourside Rotary is holding a fundraising Garage Sale at Central Middle School on May 14. Their club helps sponsor the breakfast and the Stone Soup programs at Central Middle School and Victoria High School.

Update on Divine Hands

Doris has sent these photos & video clip of the kids starting to clean up behind the house today in preparation for planting the corn seedlings growing in the front garden patch which we saw on our trip.
Everyone should feel free to post these on their own social media pages (incl Rotary/Help for Haïti) with some personal words and the link to Help for Haïti site .... donations could always come in from this.
Francy is back from hospital, and now following a no-salt diet. He goes back in 2 weeks when test results are due back. No-salt certainly suggests renal issues may be at play.
Doris also wrote that the first transfer of $ for oven project has not been used to pay hospital so far as someone she knows stepped forward to pay this time.
Second transfer was yesterday. Two more to go.
 


Speakers Bob Beckett (Haiti) and Katie: Bob provided an overview of the Haiti project introduced Katie and Hilary to talk about what it means to be going to Haiti. Bob presented a few slides to contextualize the setting for the orphanage in Haiti. The first picture showed barb wired compound.
The club has been involved in two Orphanages - Baby Jesus and now the Divine Hands. A collage of photos of children and Rotarians interacting was shown. There are some immediate needs of the orphanage such as a new generator to provide additional power, an inverter, batteries, and looking to upgrade their chicken and egg operation, a bread oven as a source of an income, food provisions, elevated water tower needed, cost of a solar panel and also a secure fencing wall barb wired. Total cost of operations $11,609.95. Katie Engquist, The Gazette is excited to be going to Haiti and she will be covering the story and putting faces with the stories. Hilary has followed the club projects for some time and has been interested in helping the project along. Hilary speaks many languages and having French will assist the trip to Haiti. Hilary spoke about the importance of being part of this Rotary initiative and bringing the female perspective to the activity. Also mentioned was that Rotary International and Regional Rotary Grants have supported the chicken project. President Lew presented $16000. USD to the Haiti project as funds raised and donated from many community members

 

 

Speaker: Allan introduced Doug Kobayashi, former President of Rotary, Rebels, Chamber to speak
about participating in a Board of Directors
• Doug spoke about his experiences in Rotary in 1991 growing up in the Westshore having gone to school at
Belmont, UVic, Royal Roads, Colonel in the Airforce and enjoyed a career as an Engineer in many executive
positions and retired at 48 twelve years ago, and now owner of local business Bytes in Colwood.
• Doug talked about his many years and experiences involved in many Boards, Non-for-Profit, For Profit and the
responsibilities of the work of Boards. Doug teaches people about being on a board. Before accepting a role on a
board you must know your role and responsibilities and liabilities. He reviewed many aspects of being on a board,
some of which were outlined below in his presentation.
• Responsibilities and Duties:
- Look for diversity and skill set e.g. accountant, legal side
- Appoint President & CEO
- Approve term as of reference for Board
- Succession Planning
- Approve strategic plan and budget, external auditors, policies and procedures
- Approve external auditors
Rotary Club of Westshore may
• Legal Obligations:
- Directing management to ensure legal requirements have been met and documents and records
maintained properly
• Personal Liabilities:
- Liability in tort e.g. Unsafe condition on company property leading to personal injury
- Liability of breach of trust when dealing with a charitable property, involving investment decisions, for
lack of corporate authority
- Statuary liabilities
• Summary: Doug provided some examples of where things can go wrong for Board members if
due diligence is not exercised. His advice, "Go in with your eyes wide open and ensure there is
due diligence."
 
 Lorna Curtis - updated club on the Rotary involvement with the Food Rescue Program in the GV area:  20,000 people access food banks and 30,000 more people are food insecure.  Rotaries with Victoria Foundation sponsored a Food Coordinator to improve the efficiency of the Food Share Network.  RFP process to take on the food glean, storage, and clean process and project.  Mustard Seed was selected for this project and leased a warehouse, Rotary put coolers for food to the Coalition of Neighbourhood Houses who identify and get the food out.  Now Rotary is working on connecting this project to the school food programs in the school districts and also connecting this with fundraising ideas such as the Rotary International Golf Tournaments.

 

Speaker: Teen Fest Ali Berman spoke about the founding of Teen Fest. One day event 11:00-5pm.
November 5th, 2016 at Pearks. Events are free to youth and have exhibitors and speakers to come for
free and have them be interactive. Goal is to make a difference for youth in communities and move this
across Canada. Youth is the next generation and this works well as Rotary is philanthropy and this is
important for the future. www.teenfest.ca hope that all Rotaries (11) and Rotaract and 5 Interacts in the
South Island to join together and have a booth. Lorne to bring contact information of the Rotaract to
coordinate the youth. Determine ali@teenfest.ca

Scholarships

• Scholarship Committee: Jim and Lorne presented Scholarship awards to students from Royal Bay and Belmont
- Ana Mendez, Royal Bay
- Josh Gage, Royal Bay
- Kennedy Locke, Royal Bay
- MacKenzie Locan, Belmont
- Haley Thompson, Belmont
- Ryan Weins, Belmont (Absent) - Christie Ranns, Parent
 
Notes: Youth Housing Task Force Meeting,
Centennial Centre, June 13, 2016, 5:30-6:30 pm
 
In attendance: Jesse, Ravi, Bill, Christine, Mark, Amy, Lajah, Maureen. Regrets: Jen, James, Markus.
 
1.  Meeting called to order at 5:35 pm
 
2.  Introductions and Updates: Maureen reported that WestShore Rotary-Sunrise has received a cheque in the amount of $2200 earmarked for WestShore Youth Housing. WestShore Rotary-Sunrise has also committed to do a serious fundraiser and will liaise with WestShore Rotary to get them on board.
 
3.  Survey: Ravi reported on the recent Housing survey.  Belmont did not participate as they felt overwhelmed by a spate of recent surveys.  However, there were 333 responses from Edward Milne and 91 from Royal Bay.  This is a reasonable sample size to provide good data. 
Some results, pending a more thorough review:
  • 17% of Royal Bay students spend one or more nights away from home, mostly couch surfing with friends or relatives.  The number one reason for leaving home was family conflict.
  • 27% of Edward Milne students had left home for one or more nights and had spent that time couch surfing with friends or relatives.  Again, the main reason was family conflict.
  • A more comprehensive report on the results will be distributed to the Task Force before the end of June.
 
4.  Report to Rotary: Bill prepared a draft report, and a few suggestions were made to correct errors.  Ravi asked if the report could be made available to SD62 Trustees and the group agreed that was OK.  After some discussion, it was decided that we would hold off on sending the report until we could include the results and analysis of the survey.  Bill will do the analysis and distribute a draft report before sending it to Rotary.  Bill also agreed to prepare the results and put it into a rack card format, so that the info would be easy to see.  Mark mentioned that these results gibe with the “Point in Time” report, which noted that many homeless people first became homeless under the age of 18.  Preventative action for youth is one of the best ways to prevent long-term homelessness.
 
5.  Next Steps:
  • Hold another group meeting in September at the Colwood Golf Course to discuss the findings to date.  Maureen agreed to make the arrangements.
  • Bill will crunch the numbers from the Survey.
  • We will make sure Arnold Lim at the Goldstream Gazette gets the results of the survey.
  • Students will go ahead with interviewing their principals, many of whom have important insights into youth housing.  We will also try to get a survey done at Belmont, maybe in September.
 
6.  Meeting adjourned at 6:35. Next meeting in July at the call of the Chair, place and date to be set.
 
 
 

 

Rotary's Response to Panama Papers (David Stocks, Westshore Rotary Club)
Rotarians all over the world volunteer to support developing countries by drilling for fresh water, building schools and orphanages for children. Malawi is rich in resources and tourist potential. So, Why are countries like Malawi so poor? David provided a historical review of Tax Havens and the impact globally, especially on developing countries. He implored Rotarians worldwide to take action. He walked us through evolving money systems and allocation of Capital & Risk and the impact of the "computer" shifting the world to high frequency trading. Concepts were explored like unregulated banks, illicit financial flows such as paying too little for exports and paying too much for exports.
Tools of Economic Theft:
• Tax Havens (Cayman Islands, Double Irish)
• Secret Ownership of Bank Accounts
• Secret Ownership of Corporations
• Placing Intellectual Property in Tax Havens
The Effect on Taxation
• Lands can not move so more taxes on land
• Most people can not move so more taxes on people
• Local business can not move so taxes on local business go up • Profits can move anywhere so multi corporations can escape taxation
Rotary needs to press ethical response:
What laws should we demand?
• Identify human beneficial owners of private corps, bank accounts
• Force corporations to report income and expense by country
Rotarians should demand and advocate ethical behaviour guided by principles like the 4
Truths. For more information, see Facebook, Rotarian Advocacy Group for Business Ethics. Check out, The Price We Pay - Documentary Movie
Thank you, David.
Presentation - Linda Vansicle and Hilary McKay
Linda and Hilary are with the Westshore Refuge Sponsorship Group
This organization is made up of a group of private citizens from the Westshore. Their goal is to raise funds in order to help a refugee family come to the Westshore.
Rotary Club of Westshore Sunrise
There are a number of different programs available to new refugees but they require the grassroots community support.
WRSP is raising the funds to bring in one family of four. It takes about $45,000 to support a refugee family for a year. There are a number of subsidies and grants available so the group needs to raise about $18,000 of the $45,000. They are doing a dinner and auction with entertainment by local jazz artists. Otherwise they depend on the support of local organizations and individuals to raise the funds.
 
The funds would go directly to the Westshore Refugee Sponsorship Group. They are also looking for furniture and other items for the families.
Action: Rotary executive will discuss whether to donate some gaming funds for this group, if they qualify.
Speaker: Ron Rice, President of Victoria Native Friendship and employed with BC Aboriginal Friendship Centres; Vice Chair of Camosun Board
Good morning everyone.  There are 25 Friendship Centres in the province and 115 in Canada.  Friendship Centres initially began as a way to support aboriginal people in urban centres.  Victoria Friendship Centre is located in the former Hampton Elementary School site on Regina Avenue.  NFC's offer many educational and training programs including: Adult Education, Daycare, Drug Addiction Program, Employment Training, Retention Program, as well as integrating cultural aspects.  1100 people employed with the Friendship Centres as well many volunteer hours to make these happen. Victoria Friendship Centre launching new project - Siem Lelum Respecting Home - and new housing  projects, includes new Studios and Suites supporting students, elders, families, teen parents.  Of special mention, Aboriginal Back to Picnic, a regional project brings together many aboriginal agencies and families with over 2000 students hosted last year to be held again at the Government House.  Mike presented a children's book to Ron for signing and presenting to 1000x5 Literacy Project.
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Earth Day at Royal Bay Secondary School

A great display created by Maureen and Jeremy and hiding the display are Ron, Sheila, Dave, Bonnie and Jeremy. Other standard bearers were Alex, Lorne, Darrell, Doris, Sipili and Mike.
 
We were highlighting our activities in our neighborhood and in Haiti. The event was held in our brand new secondary school; our Youth Homelessness project seemed particularly relevant.
Suchil Saini, BA, MES Executive Director The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Canada  ssaini@dukeofed.org    250-385-4232   4086 Shelbourne St., Victoria,B.C. V8N 4P6
 
What is The Duke of Edinburgh’ Award  (TDEA)
ED for BC & Yukon main office is based in Victoria, but most involvement has been on the mainland.  However Victoria is the 2nd largest unit and fastest growing group.
 
This is a self-development leadership program available to your people across B.C & Yukon ages 14- 24.  Their mission is to provide youth with the opportunities to challenge themselves and develop into the best possible versions of themselves.
 
TDEA inspires youth to set and achieve goals in 4 activity areas:  skill development, volunteering, physical activity, and adventurous journeys in nature. 
The skill activity is personally chosen by the youth and it is limited only by their imagination and passion.
Volunteering develops empathy, self-esteem, and provides perspective on community for youth growing into adulthood
Physical activity is key to emotional and physical wellness
 
Presentation Trends on Sustainable Land Use Planning
Presented by Kim Fowler, Urban planner
Definition of sustainability is the quality of a process or state allowing it to be maintained indefinitely, encompassing social, environmental and economic
Kim was involved in the planning and development of Dockside Green in the old Queen Mary site in the Inner Harbour.  Dockside Green has its own septic treatment system.  It is an exceedingly sustainable development and has one of the highest ratings in the world for efficiency, meeting and exceeding LEEDS standards.
Kim has also been involved in the transition of an old motel to Queens Manor which contains low barrier housing units, housing over 20 homeless people, as well as the Siem Lelum housing.
She advises that the government needs to change its way of funding and promoting new development rather than focusing funding on creating a sustainable infrastructure model.  With the increase in climate change and risk of damage to current infrastructure, we need to look at more than just a band aid solution to current infrastructure maintenance.

Guest Speaker:  Elaine Harvey, nurse and author showed slides of her volunteering as a nurse with the Red Cross in Cambodia during the 70’s & 80’s.  Elaine also read excerpts from her book, Encounters on the Front Line, Cambodia: A Memoir.  Elaine brought to light the real life struggles for people of Cambodia.

In appreciation for her visit, we asked Elaine to sign a child’s book and her photo was taken with Maureen and Mike. 

Action:  Mike will order labels for the books.  

Lorna Curtis introduced Colin and Rudi who spoke on the Food Sharing Network
Rudi is director of Mustard Seed and Colin is with St. Vincent de Pauls.
 
Over $100,000 was raised in the car raffle over the summer and the Victoria Foundation matched these funds.
The challenge is how to get food from the stores out to the various organizations that need it.
In order to keep this sustainable, they need to shift the thinking from nonprofit to business enterprises.
 
Food Rescue Project
This project represents more than 40 organizations in the CRD, working collaboratively for only 3 years.  They want to serve the community as best they can.
Thriftys Foods has been instrumental in this project.
 
There are about 20,000 people who access food banks in the CRD region, and a food distribution service would help to supplement food donators with fresh fruit and vegetables, providing much healthier food options. Lots of food in the stores and our community goes to waste.  Food waste is $31 billion in edible food.  And there are a number of identified populations who still do not have good food access.  Some of these are school breakfast or lunch programs and the working poor who have to buy cheap, often unhealthy food. 
 
There are about 50,000 other people who do not have access the food banks and cannot afford good healthy food.  1/5 of school kids are below the poverty line and go to school hungry. 
The Food Rescue Plan is looking into how to subsidize the food access for these other groups on the fringe and reach people who are not currently being served.
 
Where is the Food Rescue Plan now?
They have to make sure this is a sustainable plan.  They are trying to shift the organization of the distribution so it is not a one-time thing.  They must follow many food regulations. Organizations are now sharing information.  They are identifying what assets they have and what their needs are.
 
Lots of grocery stores in the region and there is lots of infrastructure in place, but challenges remain.  Challenges include lack of storage space and lack of cooler storage access. Mustard Seed has refrigerated trucks and fork lifts, but not nearly enough. They need to look at how to adapt grocery stores to a model of discounts for "ugly" produce and not dump edible food.  Being done in some Ontario food stores.
 
Victoria is trail blazing the Food Rescue Plann process in Canada.  VanCity and Vancouver Foundation are interested. A decentralized model best serves outlying communities, giving flexibility. Project implementation begins in April 2016.
 
Thank you to Rotary members who have helped in this project.
Discussion Youth Homelessness:
Reporting on directions, Maureen spoke about the need to build momentum through awareness and educating community about the issue of youth homelessness. Key to educating ourselves, she stressed that this not a "quick fix project" but more one that involves community through consultation beginning with youth in the adult, alternative school as well as the two secondary schools Royal Bay and Belmont in the Westshore and the local municipalities to address concerns, barriers, and interests. Also it is key to not reinvent the wheel and be able to build on successful practice and models of housing such as Hope House in Sooke and M'aKola Housing projects which are underway. Next meetings will involve community via schools. Maureen invited questions and input from club members:
• What do you see being done to bring it together as a rotary project? For example, what kind of package will be need to drive or support the project? (Hugh)
• Looking at a Continuum of 1 .............................................10 with the beginning being building awareness and consultation of sectors including engaging youth, key stakeholders towards developing a focused vision, clear outcomes and a strategic action plan. I see Rotary as facilitating the process and the club choosing what we want to do specifically.
• Other questions for consideration:
• Where do I fit? As in, how do I bring my ideas forward to the project e.g. Mentoring and housing (Darrell)
• What timeframe are we developing? Dates, steps, action to check off
• What's the rotary project? Need to clear define the what. (Jim)
• What consultation? It's important for neighborhoods to be involved in the beginning and not just told what is already decided. ( Doris)
 
 
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