Rotary Club of Surrey
The Future Lives Here
in The City of Parks


Oct 13, 2015
Oct 20, 2015
Ivan Michael Scott
Survive or Die
Dec 01, 2015

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President Elect


October 2015

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Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
EagleQuest Coyote Creek Golf Club
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On October 1st we held our second Annual Innovative Labour Solutions Awards Banquet.It was a resounding success over 160 registrants attended a full evening recognizing Businesses that had inclusive labour practices or Organizations that furthered the opportunities of persons with disabilities in becoming part of the workforce and finding rewarding jobs.
We "SOLD OUT" the event and as the registrar I spent the last week hoping no more would come as we could not expand the room.. An enviable position to be in on any event.
The committee comprising of 5 diverse Organizations
Rotary Club of Surrey,Community Living BC,City of Surrey,Milieu Family Services and WorkBC worked like a well oiled machine and brought the Event to a successful conclusion "SOLD OUT"
Special thanks go to our GOLD LEVEL Sponsor VanCity Credit Union 
A full report will appear in next months bulletin as we collate the photographs and stories from the evening.  

We had discussed, many times that we need to get back to doing small effective hands on projects involving our members in physically taking on a project in the community
Bryce McElroy found one for us at the local Salvation Army on 96th.Avenue.

Polio this week as of 30 September 2015    

  • The week, WHO removed Nigeria from the list of polio-endemic countries following all samples in the polio laboratory being tested negative for wild poliovirus for a whole year following the most recent case on 24 July 2014. This is the first time that Nigeria has interrupted transmission of wild poliovirus, bringing the country and the African region closer than ever to being certified polio-free. 
Back on May 26th. Yolanda Bouwman ,Director Major Gifts for the Surrey Hospital & Outpatient Foundation updated us on the 
major renovations that have occured in the past year at Surrey Memorial Hospital.
Wow what a lot has happened in the past year. The Critical care Tower opened June 2014  increasing critical care beds to 650.
The Tower hosts Canada's second largest Emergency Department in Canada( Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga/Ontario is the largest) Surrey is the  the busiest ER in BC seeing up to 500 people a day.
Part of the ER is the pediatrics ER the largest in Canada with its own entrance and staff it provides a calming environment for children.
Also in the Tower is the NICU ( Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit) With 48 beds it doubles what was in place and has a helipad for speedy transportation from other parts of the province.
The next addition is a CAPSU ( Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilizaton Unit) site to be located in the Old Emergency Department area. Our Donation of $1,000.0 is going to this Unit. Plans are to have it operational by year end and now the push is on the raise the additional capital  ($1 million)required to complete the project.
Last week I had the opportunity to tour these facilities and it is awesome to see how much our local hospital has changed and is now one of the preeminent facilities in Canada. Attracting the best in the profession and leading the way in many areas of patient care.
Past president John Edwards presents Yolanda with our Donation towards the CAPSU..

On May 4th the Rotary Club of Surrey held their annual program Adventures in Citizenship.  Four students from Kwantlen Park Secondary were select by the school to take part in the event.  This years students included Emily Wright, Danielle Ocampo, Kyle Boutilier and Shaun Renshaw.  The program included a tour of the BC Legislature in Victoria and a seat during the Oral Question Period in the Chamber of the Legislative Assembly.  In addition, the students enjoyed lunch with the Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Education and MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood.  Mr. Fassbender was also gracious enough to allow the students to visit his office and speak with his staff.  The students were accompanied by Ed Landry, President Elect of the Rotary Club of Surrey and Colin Borst their English/Social Studies teacher at Kwantlen Park.  A special thanks goes out to Margaret Ackroyd, Social Studies teacher at KP, for her continued support of the program this year. 

Another successful RYLA. We sponsored two participants this year Mariah Basran and Maninder Ghag. Many thanks to Duane Buchanan for organizing our participation in this years event. Both participants will be providing details of their weekend at RYLA at a meeting later in May.
However we have received thank you letters that I will post now...So you can see the benefits of this ROTARY Program.
Hello Mr. Buchanan, 

          Words can not express how grateful and thankful I am for giving me the opportunity to attend Ryla and for sponsoring me. My experience was amazing at ryla and not only did I learn how to improve my leadership skills. I learned a lot about myself and how I can better myself before I help others. I was able to meet many amazing individuals with goals and dreams just like myself. It was so inspiring to see so many young, driven, and passionate individuals. I am currently attending school and wanting to join the police force after I am done school. I want to make a difference and help people in my community and around the world. It was so relieving knowing that there are still good people out there in the world wanting to make a difference like myself. At the Ryla event they also did a presentation on the Rotary club and I was able to learn more about it,  which I am also very interested in joining ! Once again I would like to thank you so, so, so much for giving me this opportunity to experience this very special event. 


Mariah Basran
Hi Duane, 
      Thank you so much for sponsoring me for RYLA, I had such an amazing time there. It was honestly a life changing experience, it taught me a lot about myself but also changed my outlook on how I view others.
This experience has enabled me to take initiative with Surrey Crime Prevention Society. A few members of Surrey Crime Prevention and I will be presenting some ideas to start a new program, which will be reaching out to kids from Grade 6 to 9. We will be going into classrooms in both high schools and elementary schools and doing presentations to help students understand some tough problems they may be facing and offer guidance and support. 
RYLA has given me some great tools that I can carry on, and put into effect in my life. Without the skills I have acquired at RYLA I would not have been able to put forth my ideas to start a new program and make a change. I cannot thank you enough for providing me such an amazing experience; I will be cherishing all the memories I made there for a lifetime. Thank you so much for sponsoring me.   Regards, Maninder Ghag
Rotarian Duane Buchanan with our two RYLA participants.

On Tuesday April 21st we had a presentation from Terrance Evans and Sean Morozuk from "Teen Voice Project" part of the programs
of A>C>M>E Arts Society. YACME YOUTH RADIO is a project for youth(Age9-25) which allows them to showcase their talents in the Arts. choosing this link will take you to their website which explains the breadth of programs they have that allow youth to 
expose their creative talents to a wider audience and gain confidence  improve their self esteem .Totally youth focused this is a very interesting
and novel way to reach youth and add direction to their creative lives. 

Back in September we attended the 25th.Anniversary celebrations of this initiative started by Rotarian Anup Jubbal of the Guildford club. Here is a full Page Ad placed in the Voice News paper April 25th. You will note some photos from the 
September event showing
our Past president John Edwards who assisted in hosting the event.

That used to be the word you heard most often in the Library. But not in today's Library as we learned from Linda Stromberg ,Chair of the 
Surrey Public Libraries and Chief Librarian Melanie Holden when they presented to us last tuesday.
The Surrey Public Library has 9 branches and a staff of 250 serving our information needs. They are governed by a Board of 8 who serve for 2 year terms. Board members are approved by the City of Surrey. The Library Board is responsible for the delivery of library services and programs, setting strategic priorities, developing policies, and presenting the budget to City Council.
Programs you say? Yes , Surrey has many as you will see on their web site
Over the years our club has been involved in many of these programs one that we have supported since its inception is
If You Give a Kid a Muffin Storytime"
​It runs every friday from 10-10:30 am at the City Centre Library. It is for Children birth to 5 years and their caregivers.
In 2014 the Library launched "Read to Baby " which is offered to 1000 families per year. There is a Summer reading Club that served 
13,000 children last year. 4000 people were helped with basic computer skills . Each branch has programs geared to their demographic
From Board games to Business planning ,Crafts to Computer classes and a large number of programs for kids and new Canadians.
Once you get Carded (with your library card) all of this is free  even Movies and you can bring your own Popcorn.. 
Past President John Edwards and President Elect Ed Landry present a token of our appreciation for taking the time to come and 
share this magnificent resource with our Club.

Leslie Micheals ,Rotarian from Maple Ridge Club. Presented a history of India.Leslie really knows his subject and with the use of Maps,Photos and stories presented a brief history of India starting with the early trading posts, British control , The Ghandi Era, Partition when India was divided into India and Pakistan and current day status. Many questions were posed by members and effectively answered by Leslie. This presentation was another in the series organized by Past President John Edwards to educate us in the background of members of our diverse community.
Bryce McElroy presents Leslie with a token of our appreciation for taking the time to share his knowledge with the club.

Another of our monthly fellowship events. A visit to Fraser Downs Race Course and Casino.
Lahkjit Sarang put together another fun evening (unfortunately many members could not attend) but those that did along with 11 guests
had a great Buffet and got to watch the Harness Races. The weather was good we had great window seats to view the action..
It was fun to watch the antics of some of the horses who had different agendas than their jockeys.
Here are a few snaps from the evening . Walt looking for the winner,Bryce rejoicing at his great choice  
Our April event will be our fundraiser International Dining night. (Tickets should be available this week.)

Another of our Social Nights where we get to network and have fun.
This was a great idea we tried out a new restaurant (for some of us) . It matched with the Movie ...
Dinner was at the Saffron Flavor Indian Cuisine & Bar  7548 -120th.Street.
They prepared a buffet for us (love that Butter chicken and fresh naan bread.)
After we were well saited we went over to the Strawberry Hill cinemas and enjoyed a movie on the 
life journey of Bhagat Puran Singh the founder of the Pingalwara (Now the All India Pingalwara Charitable 
Society)  Our President Garry is a member of this Society and they are the group we are working with to get our Wheelchair project into Amritsar .
If you get a chance to see the movie please do so it is very inspriring.  Here is a link to Pingalwara Society
If you click on Canada you will see our intrepid president Gary 

Our featured presenter was Jessica Foster from DIVERSEcity.
​DIVERSEcity is a Registered not for profit agency offering a wide range of services and programs to the culturally diverse communities of the lower mainland. It was established in 1978 as the Surrey Delta Immigrant Services Society and underwent a name change to better describe its focus serving a diverse community. They deliver a wide range of services as embodied by their mission statement "To promote the independence of new Canadians and to build strong,culturally diverse communities"
Jessica was presenting one of their programs "Child and Youth Empowerment Camp" A free 4 day for children between 5 and 14. It is not your normal summer camp but is as its name states an empowerment camp providing tools to the attendees to deal with issues that may include bullying,abuse violence and other emotional or mental health issues.Children and Youth are referred to the camp by School counsellors,teachers,caregivers and the Ministry of Children and Family Development.Jessica explained how the camp operated and  the activities they used to deliver the tools.Camps are limited to 40 children & Youth. The Camp is free to the attendees but actual cost per student is $370.00  for which they have no funding available so they are looking to Organizations like Rotary to Lend a Hand. We agreed to present the opportunity to our next board meeting to see if we can provide funding or in kind assistance.   For more information on DIVERSEcity here is a link to their Website.
President Garry and President Elect Ed thanked Jessica for taking the time share and enlighten us to the work done by DIVERSEcity.

Citizenship Court Judge – Gerald Pash was our Keynote speaker on February 3rd.
He was appointed Citizenship Judge in BC. He brings to the position a 27 year career in Broadcasting and 22 years with the Department of National Defence as a Public affairs officer. During his career he has received many awards
Citizenship judges are appointed for a three-year period and are responsible for making decisions with regard to citizenship applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship to new citizens.
Gerald Pash  enlightened us on the history of Canadian Citizenship.To be automatically a citizen of Canada you have to have been born in Canada after 1947.
He described the process to apply for citizenship and the qualifications to get  citizenship and responsibilities once granted.
As a closing to his presentation he donned his ceremonial robe and we all swore the Canadian Oath of allegiance.
For more information here is a link.
Judge Pash presented President Garry with Certificate  AG Pat Bond and Duane Buchanan joined President Garry in thanking Judge Pash for taking time to educate us on the Citizenship process.

January 26th.2015 was our first Business meeting for 2015 and we formally set the Board of Directors for the 2015-16 Rotary Year.
President   - Ed Landry
Treasurer  - Ten Tran
Secretary - Dick Wareham   (Club Administration)
​Past President - Garry Thind.
President Elect - Lakhjit Sarang (Public Relations)
John Edwards (Membership & Programs)
Duane Buchanan (Service Projects and New Generations)
Bryce McElroy  ( Rotary Foundation)
We have also assembled a Strategic Planning Committee to guide our longer term planning working with our Club 
Vision established in 2013 and updated in 2014.
Members of this team will be senior club members including John Koropatnisky,Roy Holman and Deane Gurney
along with the President and Past President 

On tuesday January 20th.Caroline Lepine provided us with a report on her climb of Mount KILIMANJARO to raise funds for Summits of Hope.
She presented John Edwards with his flag that had been taken to the summit of Mt KILIMANJARO. A slide and movie presentation showed us the 
trek and Caroline expounded on the challenges met on the climb..  She thanked the club for our support and invited us to join in on the next climb 
planned for Mongolia later this year.  Past President John Koropatnisky presented Caroline with a token of our apprecaition for taking time to share her experiences.

Some interesting facts:
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public-private partnership led by national governments and spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide. 
Last case of wild polio virus in the Americas 1991.

Global cases of Polio down 20 from same period last year.
Good news in non-endemic countries YTD 19  last yr YTD 224   
Not so good news in endemic  countries YTD 323  last yr YTD was 138
The endemic countries are Pakistan,Afganistan and Nigeria 
Here is the link for the latest detailed statistics.


Mission Accomplished:

On December 24th our final team completed their shift and we completed our Salvation Army Kettle drive for 2014. Bryce McElroy took the challenge and put together in very short order teams of volunteers to man the Kettle every wednesday in December. We were lucky to get a nice and warm inside location in the Guildford Town Centre on the 2nd floor by H & M. My observation from my shift was it was not as profitable as our old venue in front of the liquor store but we did our part. Here are some photos of the volunteer teams .


On Tuesday December 2nd. Our Speaker for the evening was Lin Chen from BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support. Lin  is a graduate of McGill University with a Master’s of Social Work (specializing in community and international development). She has over 5 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, during which she has taken on a variety of roles as a support worker, group facilitator, and program and volunteer coordinator. She is passionate about social justice, particularly in defending and promoting the rights of people, immigrants and refugees. Lin coordinates the BCCEAS Seniors Reaching Out to Seniors Workshop Program and provides information, assistance, and practical and emotional support to older adults who call the SAIL (Seniors Abuse & Information Line) Line. Together with the Community Education volunteers, she presents 6-8 workshops each month to community groups around the Lower Mainland, raising awareness about elder abuse and empowering older adults with knowledge and resources. - 
She provided a very informative presentation on exactly what elder abuse is and is not providing advice on what you should do when you believe you have witnessed elder abuse. President Garry thanked Lin for sharing with us and providing very useful information.
If you get the opportunity to go to one of Lin's presentations take it you will learn a lot.For more information call 604-437-1940 or link to 

Another successful project. Now completing our 4th. year We delivered 213 dictionaries to 5 inner city schools. 
Bringing our four year total to over 900 Dictionaries. In a hands up poll it showed that less than 25% of the students had a dictionary at home before our donation.
The classrooms were abuzz with joy and sharing as we took the students through their first exercises in looking up words and finding the meanings. 
The SCHOOLS were :
We had overwhelming positive responses from the teachers in the program.
With the help 7 other Rotarians that makes 40% of our membership we showed them that "ROTARY CARES"
Here are some photos of our teams with the teachers.(Cannot photograph students due to privacy rules)

Our November 25th meeting had a special presentation from our longest serving member Walt Johnson who joined the club the night it was chartered March 27th.1971..Since that date he has maintained perfect attendance..
Walt told us about the early years we were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Langley so starting Sept 1970 a group of local businessmen met weekly at Fernwood Acres (Now Dams Lincoln Mercury on 104th Avenue). Seven months later the Club received its Charter at an event held at the Willimar Ballroom (no longer in business) The Charter President was Ron Redman a total of 25 members. Walt recalled the highest membership was in 1985 when the club reached 45.
In the early days Club Service was a focus in addition to the weekly meetings held Fireside meetings at members residences and also started Annual BBQ's later called round-ups held at  The Cloverdale community Hall and with raffles were the first fundraisers. Chicken gave way to salmon which with the addition of the "Secret Sacred Surrey Salmon Sauce" Created by Walt and his wife Shirley made salmon the main course at the BBQ's. Actually I hear the club bestowed the title "Knight of the BBQ"on Walt for his BBQ prowess. From its early days the club always had guest speakers at each meeting Notable speakers were Bill Vanderzalm,Preston Manning,Bill Reid,Benno Freisen and Rita Johnson amongst the Politicians.  To expand the world of Rotary in 1988 the club sponsored the Rotary Club of Surrey Guildford.
In the area of Community Service  the first step is to raise funds which was an ongoing activity. Notable events were Annual Plant Sales which were held at Surrey Place(now Central City) these gave way to Fashion shows but both filled the club coffers for Community giving. Other activities wew Rummage sales,Christmas Wine raffles and then Celebrity Dinners the first being a roast of Bill Vanderzalm. Casino Nights,Auctions. Surrey Memorial Hospital was one of the clubs early and major charity recipients where the club provided several pieces of equipment and also sponsored 2 rooms.The Variety Treatment Centre and George Greenaway School for the handicapped where also supported by the club supplying equipment and playgrounds.The Annual children's Christmas party at the Variety Centre was another where the club could give back.
The biggest fundraiser brought to the club by John Koropatnisky was the Parking lot by Surrey Memorial Hospital which enabled us to reclaim Quibble Creek and return it to a salmon bearing waterway. 
Walt's final comments were that regular attendance is important and make-ups widen your network and ideas from other clubs can be used to improve our club.
President Elect Ed Landry presents Walt with a token of our appreciation for sharing.


Clint Sparling is a longtime employyee of a Tim Hortons outlet in Scarborough.                   Clint Sparling is a longtime employee of a Tim Hortons outlet in Scarborough.


By:  Living reporter, Published on Tue Sep 16 2014

With the launch of Canadian Business SenseAbility, an organization that will train companies how to hire disabled employees, we look at the worker who inspired the movement

Clint Sparling loves his job.

And since the day Sparling, who has Down syndrome, began work at a Scarborough Tim Hortons nearly 20 years ago, he has been Mark Wafer’s best employee.
“He didn’t want to go home, he worked through his breaks,” Wafer says. “He had loyalty I couldn’t buy.”
Sparling, 41, keeps the dining room at Wafer’s biggest outlet running smoothly: clearing tables, operating the dishwasher, dealing with the garbage and keeping the floors clean. And he is clear about his feelings for the job. 

“Working at Tim Hortons was like opening a door,” he says. “I love it.”

The job, along with his supportive parents and brother, gave him the confidence to expand his world further to a local swimming club, where he met a young woman named Katie. After dating a few years, he proposed. A year after their 2006 marriage, they bought a condo.
And as Wafer expanded his business, which now includes six Tim Hortons outlets, he expanded his pool of employees with disabilities. 
Wafer hasn’t done this out of the goodness of his heart. He realized his bottom line was better than that of his cohorts, and that it was due to his staff complement and workplace environment.

“People with disabilities don’t leave,” he says. “It affected my turnover rate. The absenteeism rate with people with disabilities is almost zero.”

The safety rate also improved, Wafer adds. “People with disabilities don’t take risks,” he says. 

At first Wafer’s hires were other people with developmental disabilities. Then he branched out and included other disabilities, people with sight or hearing impairment, mobility challenges, mental health issues.
He now has people with disabilities in every department, including management, changing the overall culture. 
Wednesday, with the help of Lieutenant Governor David Onley, Wafer will launch Canadian Business SenseAbility, an organization that will help businesses hire inclusively.
With seed money from the federal government, seven corporations, including Loblaw, Royal Bank of Canada and Assumption Life, will form the first wave of businesses to benefit from the training.

Onley plans to stay involved in boosting employment for people with disabilities after his term ends this month. 

“Ebenezer Scrooge, in modern days, would still be hiring people with disabilities, because he’d be making more money,” says Onley, the organization’s honorary patron.

“People with disabilities are the last minority group to be able to get into the marketplace and have real opportunities,” Onley says. “The future of SenseAbility is going to be very positive, because all of the business models are on our side. This is as airtight as anything can be.”

Whereas most fast food restaurants have a turnover rate of close to 100 per cent, Wafer’s is half that among his able-bodied staff. 

Business leaders talk about a looming labour shortage, but that’s false, Onley notes. There are 800,000 unemployed Canadians with disabilities, 250,000 of them with post-secondary degrees.
“We don’t have a labour shortage,” Onley says. “We have an awareness shortage.”

For business owners, SenseAbility is aimed at their profit. “If you are an inclusive employer, you will have a better workplace,” Wafer says. “You will make more money.”
But for the workers, it’s much more than that.
“Having a job means everything, because I like working,” Sparling says. “I was born to work.”



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