Rotary Club of Westshore Sunrise
Formerly Colwood

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The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
First. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
Second. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
Third. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
Fourth. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.;
Fifth. The empowerment of a new generation of global leaders through service, mentorship, international exchange, and leadership development opportunities

The Four-Way Test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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Welcome to our Club!

Westshore Sunrise

Where friendships begin.

We meet Thursdays at 7:00 AM
Langford Fire Hall
2625 Peatt Road
Victoria, BC  V9B 3T9
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Our first App'n Yap was a great success. We are hoping to hold other evening meetings to make it easier for people to join Rotary who cannot make breakfast at 7:00 am. 



John Lyall, Edward Milne, SD 62 Sooke updated the club on the successes of youth Rugby. He
reviewed the season and tournament fun and that the district Rugby players Boys Team from Belmont
Secondary and and Girls Team from Edward Milne were winners in the Westshore Rotary Sunrise
Tournament. John accepted a cheque from our Westshore Sunrise Rotary club on behalf of the Vancouver
Island Thunder Club.
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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. 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



• 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    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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