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Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Delta Hotel
540 Victoria Street
Kamloops, BC











Kamloops, Dr. RW Irving, Tranquille Sanatorium

 and the Rotary Club of Kamloops


Presented to the Club on April 25, 2002 by Ken House

    In the year 1811, the first fur traders arrived in Kamloops from the USA. Not long after the Hudson's Bay Company came west and by 1821 the H.B.C. held sole trading rights throughout the fur territory. They were the source of supplies for the trappers and the indigenous people. In 1861 the HBC built the Thompson's River Post on the south side of the Thompson River. This was the beginning of Kamloops as a settlement.   The Cariboo Gold Rush of 1865 increased Kamloops' importance as a supply depot. Up until 1869 the Hudson's Bay Company was the "de facto" government in the area. That was to change. By virtue of the British North America Act, Canada became a nation. Confederation occurred in 1867. It was to be four years later, 1871 that British Columbia was to enter Confederation, on the condition that a railway was to be built connecting BC to the railway system in eastern Canada within 10 years.

   Surveying work began for the Canadian Pacific Railway, Kamloops continued to be the source of general goods for the surveyors, miners, the first farmers and ranchers. Kamloops had grown up west of First Avenue, development was promoted to the east. More and more settlers were coming from the surrounding district and Kamloops became a small market town with a rapid increase in stores.

   On July 1885 the first train reached Kamloops from the Coast, construction continued east and the last spike, joining the nation by rail was driven at Craigellachie (near Revelstoke) on November 5, 1885.  

   Incorporation as a city came in 1893. The City acquired the existing water works and electrical system from local entrepreneur James McIntosh. Telephone service arrived, a post office was built as well as a bridge to North Kamloops proving a great boon to farmers at Tranquille and along the North Thompson River.

   Stuart Wood school was built in 1907, health care up to this time was provided by the CPR doctor who took in private patients in addition to his CPR duties.


The first hospital was opened on Lorne Street in 1885 - the community had raised $3,900. to build the two storey building. After incorporation the City named it the Royal Inland Hospital. Elenor Potter was the first Matron of the hospital,  Nurse Jean Matheson was to take her place as Matron in 1901.   Kamloops had a new fire hall in 1905, and two newspapers, the Kamloops Standard and the Inland Sentinel.


The CPR mainline still ran through the centre of Main Street (now Victoria Street West) - it wasn't removed until 1914).

And the first new autocars were beginning to compete with old-fashioned horse power.   This was Kamloops in 1906.  In December of 1874, a boy Robert Washington Irving was born to parents David and Ellen Irving near Toronto, Ontario. Robert's grand parents had emigrated from Scotland. Young Robert grew up and attended the University of Toronto.

He graduated with Honors from the U of T Trinity Medical College in May 1902. That's him, top left. The photograph illustrates that the Medical College was a most prestigious institution and Robert Irving was an active participant, a member of the  Literary Society and the Banquet Committee.

    As Robert Irving began his medical career, he married Eva Parsons Roden in 1904 (she was 24 years old , Robert 30). Eva's background is most interesting. Her grandparents left Ireland by ship in 1847 bound for Canada. However her grandfather died "at sea", Eva's father was just 8 years old, one of the 7 children that grandmother Margaret Roden arrived with as a widow at the age of 36.

 Now back to Kamloops.    In the late 1800's Tuberculosis was pandemic and the world's leading cause of death. In BC the death rate was at least 200 per 100,000 population.  By the early 1900's, there was much public concern about tuberculosis, also known as "consumption" and "the white plaque". In British Columbia, the "Anti-Tuberculosis Society of the Province of  British Columbia" was formed in 1907 and headed by Dr. C.J. Fagan. This provincial body took over lobbying of the provincial government for assistance, fundraising and administration for an isolated provincial sanatorium. It was decided that the sanatorium should be established at Tranquille in Kamloops where there was already a precedence.

   During the 1890's, two large ranches (Fortune and Cooney) had begun to accept "consumptives" as boarders. The infected individuals lived in small cabins or tents near the ranch houses and generally took care of themselves as long as they were able.

    When the "Anti-Tubs" Society had raised the funds, it purchased the  Fortune ranch as a base for the hospital. William Fortune was an original "Overlander" arriving in Kamloops by river raft in 1862. He actually sold his Tranquille ranch to a steamboat Captain Troup, however payments by the Captain lapsed. The Captain had built a 19 room mansion on the property and Fortune repossessed the ranch and sold it to the Society. The mansion was large enough to house 10 patients.

Doctor R.W. Irving got the call to become the first Medical Director of the Tranquille Sanatorium. It was obviously a great opportunity for the young doctor, but not without its challenges, Eva Irving had just given birth to their first child, son Roden Irving on October 10, 1907. The records show that on November 28, 1907 with Dr. Robert Irving as the first Medical Director, the Tranquille Sanatorium, TB Treatment Centre for all BC opened. The matron of the RIH in Kamloops Jean Matheson left her position to join Dr. Irving at Tranquille, she became the first "Lady Superintendent".

   It turned out that Dr. Irving found "remote control" of the hospital by Dr. Fagan in Victoria somewhat irksome, so in 1910 he gave up his position at Tranquille. He moved into Kamloops where he developed an excellent practice, the basis of the present Irving Clinic.

   A major factor in the rising incidence of TB in the 1910's was related to the large number of military personnel infected during World War I (1914-1918). Recognizing the need for care, the federal government began to pay a portion of the cost for veterans being treated. Dr. Irving opened two private TB facilities in Kamloops, first the Riverside Cottage Sanatorium and later the Sunny View Sanatorium in Powers Addition which continued into the 1920's

   Dr. Irving was not the only one to have difficulty with the Tranquille management. Matron Jean Matheson survived a bitter dispute with Dr. Irving's successor who charged her with insubordination. The Board investigated and expressed its full support for Miss Matheson. She remained at Tranquille until December 1911. Dr. Charles Voorman took over from two short-lived successors to Dr. Irving, managing the facility from 1910 to 1918.

 A daughter Evelyn was born to Dr. and Mrs Irving in 1912. In 1919, Dr. Irving was very involved in the city, joining with other prominent citizens in a community drive to raise funds for the efficient operation of  R.I.H. Surprisingly, considering that this was immediately after WWI and money was not plentiful, the drive managed to raise $20,000.

   In 1922 the Red Cross Guild managed to hire a public health nurse and held Baby Clinics every two weeks. The nurse and a local doctor were in attendance at these clinics. This picture shows Dr. Irving  (on the left) attending one of the clinics.

The next picture I believe is of all the Kamloops doctors that volunteered at the Baby Clinic. (Dr. Irving is centre, back row). The reason I say that the Doctors volunteered at the Clinic is because in this next picture,all of the doctors have a baby in their arms! 

And now to Rotary in Kamloops.

   From 1914, the Rotary Club of Vancouver began raising money for a large free standing Tuberculosis clinic. In January 1919, the long awaited Rotary Clinic opened in Vancouver and Dr. Charles Voorman came from Tranquille in Kamloops to manage the facility.    I think it is obvious that Dr. Irving became aware of Rotary through his TB connection with Dr. Voorman at Tranquille.

    In July 1921, Dr. M.T. MacEachern, a member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver first discussed the idea of a Rotary Club in Kamloops with Dr. Irving. He then talked with his Vancouver Club, the Governor of Rotary District 22, who in turn contacted Rotary headquarters in Chicago. Word came back to proceed, "that Kamloops was decidedly a place for the establishment of a Rotary Club."   Dr. Irving was appointed chairman of an organizing committee "with a view to having Kamloops put on the Rotary map and fully equipped and ready for the District 22 Conference in Vancouver April 1922."    On January 7th, 1922 the Rotary Club of Kamloops came into being after a dinner at the Leland Hotel. Dr. M.T. MacEachern was in attendance and Vancouver Rotary Club President W.C. Shelly installed the 25 charter members with Dr. R.W. Irving as President.

     The evening was duly reported on the front page of the Kamloops Standard-Sentinel and the story concluded thus: "it was a memorable night and the morning of Rotary in Kamloops has a somewhat benevolent forecast, suggestive of weather that will be as bright and happy as the day is long."    President Irving was quick to credit J.T. Robinson (former Mayor of Kamloops 1908-1913) for being the first man to to place tangibly before him the need for just such an organization as the Rotary Club in order to weld the different factions together for the common good of the community. The members included "most of the elite of the City". Mr. Robinson was just one of three former Mayors in the new Club plus a future Mayor. Others included the Chief of Police, the Fire Chief, City Manager, Supervisor of Schools, Public Health Officer, manager of the Hudson's Bay Company, a Bank Manager and a Lumber Company Manager.    President Irving attended the District 22 Conference in April in Vancouver and received our official charter as Club # 1119 in the International Association of Rotary Clubs.

   With the start of the 1922-23 Rotary year in July, Dr. Irving was reaffirmed as Club President. He remained very active in the Rotary, and (for unknown circumstances) he served a second term as Club President 1932-33.  In 1939, Dr. Irving was nominated by the Club for the position of  Rotary District Governor. He was not successful, however he was nominated again in 1945 and served as District Governor of the newly formed District 103 in 1945-46. It was a large obligation, the District included Clubs in all of B.C., Washington and Idaho, USA.

   This page is from the Club bulletin of May 1945.  It includes congratulations and this poetic tribute from the current District Governor:

        "The actions of men interpret the thoughts,

        only leaders like Bob sail to life's finest ports;

        he counts the day lost whose low-setting sun

        views from his hand no good action done."

The caricature in the bottom corner is captioned:

        "many worthwhile Rotarians have an eye upon the Governor's chair --

        but just look what our BOB has upon it......"

    Dr. Irving remained active in Rotary. Sadly, he passed away in Kamloops in 1950 at the age of 75. His wife Eva had predeceased him in 1938, his son Roden graduated from UBC in 1935, married and moved to Los Angeles, California where he worked as an Aeronautical Engineer.    Roden passed away in 1986, Dr. Irving's granddaughter Chris Cameron and two great grandsons are living today. Dr. Irving's daughter Evelyn never married and passed away in Kamloops in 1979. 

The City of Kamloops and the Rotary Club of Kamloops owe much to our founder Dr. Robert Washington Irving.



Shirley-Pat Chamberlain – Rotary Club of Steveston

Dubbed the ‘original champion sparkplug’ by His Honour, Steven L. Point, the 28th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Shirley-Pat Chamberlain (nèe Gale) is an energetic passionate literacy advocate with infectious good cheer who is committed to service above self in the pursuit of Aristotelian real good. Driven by an insatiable curiosity and passion for changing the world around her, Shirley-Pat has been committed to social action literacy initiatives and community development innovation in rural and remote British Columbia in both indigenous and non-indigenous communities. Shirley-Pat is a woman of mixed heritage and is Tl'esqox na whelh deni heelen (adoptee of Tl'esqox). She brings 20+ years of leadership, community planning and development, fund development, grant writing, project management, facilitation, teaching, and mentorship. Shirley-Pat is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Steveston and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012 for outstanding volunteerism. She is the proud co-lead of the Write to Read BC project, a joint Government House of BC and Rotary International literacy equity initiative that works with rural and remote Indigenous communities across the province. Shirley-Pat is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Edinburgh. Shirley-Pat will be District Governor of Rotary International District 5040 in 2023-2024.

On Aug.23rd we had the pleasure of our District Governor Richard DeRock and his wife Robin visit us and Kamloops last week. The DeRocks are from Wenatchee Washington. It was a pleasure to have them up on this side of the border.  On the 23rd they made their club visit to us, and during the week did some tours of projects the Rotary has been involved with  the Kamloops Food Bank and the new Nursing building at TRU.
President Sara Sandholm was installed as the 100th President of the Rotary Club of Kamloops June.28th out at Monte Creek Winery. One of the Hottest days of the year or even a record. 
Elementary school speech contest champions from Kamloops and area competed at the Rotary Club of Kamloops’s Ross Dickson Speech Contest on Monday March 3 at the Delta Hotel by Marriott.
From left: Rotary District 5060 Governor Peter Schultz, Danika Howard of Beattie Elementary, Alli Piroddi of Kamloops School of the Arts, first place winner Janessa Rushka of Aberdeen Elementary, second place winner Anisha Narang of McGowan Park Elementary, Ryland Brown from Sun Peaks Elementary, Lachlan de Fouw of Juniper Elementary, Kenadie Cooper from Arthur Stevenson Elementary, Lauren Suchuck from Dallas Elementary and Al Thompson of the Rotary Club of Kamloops.
Our speaker at the meeting on February 3  was the Kamloops North Thompson MLA  Mr. Peter Milobar,  he gave us an insight about  his work in Victoria, fascinating talk about debates, procedures and process.  I also learned that Peter used to be a Hockey Player.  Rotarian Vi Hilton in the picture thanking Peter Milobar.  s. 
Today we inducted new member Kelly Melynyk into our club, and heard from Andrew Skapenko of Checkmate Fire Prevention, a former Rotary Youth Exchange Student, on "What Rotary Has Done For Me." An inspiring day at our club!
At this meeting we heard from TRU president Dr. Brett Fairbairn about the university's upcoming 50th anniversary year, and celebrated past-president Arjun Singh's 50th birthday!
Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone was the guest speaker at the March 11 meeting of the Rotary Club of Kamloops. Todd gave us an update on Budget 2019 and an overview of what's been happening at the BC Legislature since his last visit (SPOILER ALERT: It's been eventful...). 
Rotarian Fred Legace of Daybreak also updated the club on the activites of the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) and challenged our club to sponsor more worthy local students than Daybreak.
The Rotary Club of Kamloops wishes you all a Happy and & Healthy Holiday Season. Our next meeting is Jan.7th @ Storms Restaurant . We hop to see you there everyone is welcome! Merry Christmas and Happy 2019!!!
 Well we have been busy since our Fundraiser Chefs in the City. We have inducted two new members into our great Club - Sarah Sandholm, sponsored by Sadie Hunter and Brandon Smith, sponsored by Alex Lange. WELCOME TO THE CLUB. As well lots of cheques were given out to local agencies -  Kamloops Food Bank, Kamloops Interact Hybrid, and Operation Red Nose. We also have been listening to our Exchange Student, Up, from Thailand on his activities while he has been here. Just this last meeting we had the privilege of listening to two of our past Presidents in their Classification talks. Past President Geoff Collier (2011-12) and Arjun Singh (2015-16). 
Tracy Hoot, interim associate dean of nursing at TRU, explained that a purpose-built three-storey home to TRU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Nursing and Health Care Assistant programs will open at the beginning of 2020.
Daybreak's Danica Wilkinson reminds us Ribfest is coming up Aug. 10-12 and they are seeking volunteers.
Dawn Christie is community resources manager of the Mount Paul Food Centre, a hub for local food security programs. The centre works to
  • Increase skills and education for cooking, growing and sourcing local food
  • Increase food literacy
  • Promote the engagement of community members
  • Foster local partnerships.
Nicholas Adams is involved with Kamloops Makerspace, a member-driven non-profit collective dedicated to sharing tools, space and skills. He is now working on a MakerBus that mobilizes the education, engagement, and empowerment of building things mobile.  
Heather McCarley is the managing director for the Kamloops Airport. Recent YKA projects include a new floatplane dock and area beautification, a new website, the launch of Air Canada Rouge direct flight between Toronto & Kamloops, and two rainbow crosswalks.
The 2018 Rotary Installation Dinner was held at Storms on the River Restaurant. Thanks to Mathew Dundas (R) for a great year of service as President, and congratulations to Brad Serl (L), the new President of the Rotary Club of Kamloops.
We look forward to an excellent year with Brad and the new Executive!

Chantelle Stone spoke about The Reach, a new residential development at TRU.



We also had an End-of-Year presentation by youth exchange student Julia Soares.

Congratulations also to our new District 5060 Governor, Sherry Chamberlain, who was installed at the Coast Hotel Kamloops that evening!

Bursaries ($500) were awarded to Megan Roe, Samantha Carmichael, Joy Kwak, Kiara Jones and Lauren Carlson (left to right, with Arjun Singh & President Mat Dundas).
Teacher Joanne Simpson from Sa-Hali Secondary thanked the Club for our support of their Guatemala project. Renay, one of the participating students assembled and played a short video of their Sa-Hali/Guatemala experience.
Today members visited Horizon North, touring the manufacturing plant and show rooms. Horizon North is currently working on modular housing for Kamloops and other communities, which will help provide supported housing for those who need it.
Today's speaker was Mona Murray, accompanied by her team from Colliers International. They presented on the state of both the residential and commercial real estate markets in the Kamloops area and their team and what role each person plays.
Today we were joined by Carl DeSantis, executive director of the Downtown Business Improvement Association (Kamloops Central BIA). This Association helps to promote local business and events happening in the heart of Kamloops. Carl filled us in on some of the projects happening since he stepped in to his new role.

The Amarok Society teaches uneducated mothers how to read and write, and then teaches the mothers to be neighbourhood teachers – educating their own and their neighbours’ children every day in their homes, with astonishing results. (Meeting was held at Storms Restaurant)

George Emery is the CEO of a new company in town, Canadian Shield Data Centre Inc. (CanShield). He spoke about the industry, his company and what opportunities Kamloops has for such businesses.
Denise Bouwmeester also gave her classification talk.
Alex Lange was inducted at our meeting. Alex is co-owner of Storms Restaurant. He is sponsored by Natasha Schraeder and was joined by his wife, Heather, as well as his mother (visiting from Germany).
We welcomed new Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student Kyla Christianson (pictured here with inbound Yex student Julia Soares). Bernadette Siracky of Kamloops Food Bank gave a brief overview of some of the changes happening with the Rotary Food Drive happening April 21. Now you can leave any bag or box full of food on your doorstep -- just attach the Food Drive card that comes in the mail. 
Mike Dedels spoke about Rotary Club Central, our Clubrunner website and the Rotary Foundation. Congratulations also to Ryan Liebe, who received his second Paul Harris Fellowship!
Organized by Chris Rose, the Rotary School Speech Contest was a success! Many Rotarians volunteered their time and the judges had a tough decision -- the speeches were excellent. Thanks to emcee Al Thompson and DG Elect Sherry Chamberlain. Pictured, left to right are the participants: Alex Middleton, Riya Marang, Kayee Pringle, second place finisher Skylar Kleissen, winner Keeley Petel and Hanna Edwards. Thank you -- you all have reason to be proud.
The Kamloops River and Lake Access Initiative is a loose coalition of user groups and optimistic citizens who want to make sure that a plan is put in place by the City of Kamloops and our surrounding regional districts to ensure the gradual improvement in access to our waterways for recreational users of all types. Learn more here.
River City Squash Club engages students through the sport of squash and fostering personal growth through academic tutoring and mentoring. Dave spoke about how they aim for early intervention & try to build relationships while kids are young.  They partner with Arthur Hatton, Brock Middle School, the Boys & Girls Club, and No Limits Fitness. 
Our guest speaker today was our inbound exchange student, Julia Soares. Julia gave a presentation on her home country of Brazil and her experiences in Canada. Julia present to our Club last week and she wanted me to confirm a list of things she still has left to do on her Exchange. These include; KFC, BBQ, Taco Bell, Tofino, Whale watching, Banff, Whistler, Toronto, Montreal, Seattle, Joffre Lakes, Takakkaw Falls, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mtn, Mt. Seymour, Mt. Paul, Rocky Mtns, Camping/Canoeing/Kayaking, Dog sledding, Northern Lights, Edith Lake, Golden Ears, Johnson Lake and the Cultus Lake Waterslides. If you or your family are able to take her on any of these adventures, please let Ryan, Devon or Julia know. Julia also auctioned off a Dinner for 6 to help fund her year-end bus trip. She will prepare and cook an authentic Brazilian meal -- the lucky winner was Ken House!
Today's speaker was Joshua Molsberry of Developing World Connections. DWC has a similar approach to Rotary International work in that the projects are initiated in conjunction with the people who live in the country / location that is being helped. Find out more about DWC here.
Welcome also to Grayden Flanagan! Grayden is a returning member who was inducted today. He is the owner of Subway and is known for being very involved in a variety of community causes. Grayden was sponsored by Past President Stella Black.
We were pleased to host Mayor Ken Christian at today's meeting. Mayor Christian offered the 2017 year in review, which included some hardships, including the summer wildfires and the passing of Councillor Marg Spina. Elected as Mayor in September, Ken shared a few projects the City is now working on, including the opioid crisis, housing, business (it's been a banner year for real estate thus far), and more. Thank you for coming in to speak with us!
Thanks to Ken House for today's Rotary Moment, and to Rick Windjack (pictured) for the classification talk today. Rick is the coordinator of the PIT Stop Program at Kamloops United Church and recently received a Local Hero Award. PIT Stop provides weekly hot, nutritious meals to anyone who needs them. The program has been running over 20 years. Over 8500 meals were served in 2017. Guests include seniors, youths, families and adults, many who may be marginalized or street entrenched community members. PIT Stop strives to reduce the impacts of poverty by providing food and support in a caring and safe environment. 
(Image credit: CJFC Today)
Today's speakers were Heather Brandon and Kari Rubel from People in Motion. People In Motion is a non-profit which has been “Creating A Better Tomorrow” for people with disabilities  since 1989 by providing fitness, recreational, educational and social programs and  services.  The organization's Para Transit bus picks up and provides transportation to members so they can attend programs and community events. The current Para Transit is breaking down, and People in Motion is currently campaigning for funds for a new bus with wheelchair lift that will carry 18 to 20 people. Our Rotary Club was happy to present them with a cheque toward this cause. Update: as of Jan. 24, People in Motion has nearly reached its $120,000 goal!
Today we were from pleased to host Tina Parbhakar from the Vancouver Sunrise Rotary Club as our main speaker. Tina is a lawyer with the BC Ministry of the Attorney General who has a growing focus on children's law. She spoke on International Development, with a focus on her experiences in early childhood and child rights in Uganda.
We also inducted newest member, Joshua Claycamp. Joshua is the senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Kamloops and is sponsored by James Dyment.
Our President Elect Brad Serl recently attended Rotary Zone Conference 2017 in Chicago. This conference is for incoming District Governors, but Brad was able to participate via a future leaders program. Themes of the conference included struggles with membership (especially in the west), struggles with attracting & retaining young people, costs and alternative meetings. Rotary was originally established as a business networking club.  If Rotarians & their businesses are doing well, we can do more good. The next Zones Conference will be in Montreal, October 2018 and is open to all members.
Pictured: a thank you from participants in the Christopher Seguin Family Dinner; our inbound Youth Exchange student Julia received Christmas presents from the club including slippers, Toblerone, and a nice jacket embroidered with the Aurora & Downtown logos.
The Rotary Club of Kamloops annual Christmas Luncheon took place Monday. Dec. 11 at Hotel 540. Featuring local choir the Jewel Tones, as well as costumes, fun and fellowship -- plus a rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" that included Club President Mathew Dundas! Thank you to all who helped organize this event. Pictured: Mathew Dundas, Syndey with Russ Gerard, Past President Karl Stegeman, Danalee Baker, the Jewel Tones. Happy holidays to all!

Happy birthday to our inbound Youth Exchange Student Julia Soares! We celebrated Julia's 18th birthday with a cake and presents.
Our guest speaker today was Dr. Max Zahir. Dr. Zahir lived in the province of Punjab with four brothers and three sisters at the time of partitioning of India into India and Pakistan. Serious conflict between Hindu and Muslim communities broke out after British rule ended and Dr. Zahir's family was involved in a hijacking. Dr. Zahir and his family were rescued, but they never saw one of his sisters again. For more information, see Dr. Zahir's book, 1947: A Memoir of Indian Independence.
Today we welcomed three new members to our club. Dieter Dudy introduced Rick Windjack. Rick moved to Kamloops in 1994 and has 4 adult children. He manages the Aberdeen Village Centre and runs the Pit Stop program. Mat Dundas introduced Denise Bouwmeester, whose family has been in Kamloops since the 1930s. She has 2 girls and has been a Rotarian since 2008 with the North Kamloops Club. 
Arjun Singh introduced Margaret who has worked in the arts for past 20 years. She is currently the ED of the Kamloops Art Gallery. Her husband teaches at the School of Business and Economics at TRU and together they have 2 daughters. Welcome to all new members!
Our featured speaker was Sukh Gill, the CAO of the Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD). Sukh provided some background on regional districts. The TNRD is 50 years old and covers about 45,000 sq kms and has a population of about 132,000. He also provided information on the BC Emergency Management System and how it interfaced with our wildfires this past summer. The TNRD was incredibly busy setting up an Emergency Operation Centre just an hour after the fire broke out at Ashcroft. Fires and evacuation orders continued all summer and with 180 wildfires, the evacuation centre moved from McArthur Island to TRU to Sandman Centre. The TNRD operated in coordination with other agencies and services in a dynamic and moving situation. In all, there were 63 Emergency Operations Centre staff, 6068 addresses impacted, and 1700 pets evacuated over the 77 days of operation.
Thanks to club member Vlad Sasarman for giving us an update on the Rotary Foundation today. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. About 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support six causes: promoting peace, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, growing local economies and fighting disease. The Rotary Foundation has wiped out 99.9% of polio cases worldwide. You can learn more at the Foundation website.
Today our guest speaker was Joanne Simpson from Sa-Hali Secondary School. Joanne filled us in on the upcoming school project, Light Up Guatemala, that our Rotary Club has sponsored for 2018. Joanne was joined by Josh Molsberry, Executive Director of Developing World Connections.
In Guatemala, more than half of families rely on open fires to cook. The smoke fills their homes, resulting in severe health problems. Years of smoke exposure can cause pneumonia, cancer, stroke, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Respiratory infections are among the leading causes of death in Guatemala, particularly for women and children who spend a lot of time around the fires. The open fires also lead to deforestation. Light Up Guatemala provides villagers with eco-stoves that channel smoke to outside the home. The project will put 5,000 eco-stoves in the homes of families living in poverty throughout Guatemala.
Longtime Rotary member and City Councillor Arjun Singh shared today his experiences of being the Acting Mayor for Kamloops over the summer of 2017, as well as opportunities for the community today. Thank you for your service, Arjun!
Today we heard from Dina Gilbert, the new music director for the Kamloops Symphony. A native of Québec, Dina is the founder and artistic director of Ensemble Arkea, a Montreal-based professional chamber orchestra that presents innovative interpretation of orchestral music. Over the last years, Dina Gilbert has conducted numerous orchestras in Canada including theToronto Symphony Orchestra, the NAC Orchestra in Ottawa and the Orchestre Métropolitain. She also has collaborated many times with young Canadian composers, premiering over thirty works and has also conducted studio recordings for films and video game soundtracks. Dina earned a doctorate from the Université de Montréal, where she studied with Jean-François Rivest and Paolo Bellomia. She is also the holder of a Bachelor's degree in clarinet performance and a Master's in conducting. Welcome to Kamloops, Dina!
Thanks to Jo-Anne, counsellor at the Kamloops Hospice Association, for coming to speak with us about grief today. She shared that grief is a natural and internal response to losing something.
Mourning is the outward expression of our grief and facilitates the healing process. It is an important part of grief. It is normal to want to avoid painful experiences, but it can be harmful to shut down and not experience it.
Mourning can also be expressed privately, through journaling and reflecting away from the business of life.
Thursday, Oct. 5 was our joint meeting with West co-hosted by Mat Dundas & Kelly Fawcett and featuring Rotary 5060 District Governor Bill Jenkins. Bill lives in Prosser, Washington. Bill spoke of the education to become DG – Conferences, zones, PETS, etc.  He’s enjoyed his trip to the area so far, got to visit Clearwater and a Kamloops Chamber mixer.  The theme for this year's district conference (May 17-19, 2018 in Prosser) is challenge, commitment, change.  He asks for us to go for the Changemaker Award nomination.  Our clubs have given $4300 (Downtown) and $3900 (West) to foundation this year.  Last year the district Million Dollar Dinner raised $1.5m in pledges for foundation. Bill also noted that President Riseley has asked each Rotarian to plant one tree.  He then played the conference introduction video and hopes to see us all there.  
Venture Kamloops does economic development for the City of Kamloops and is funded by the City. Kamloops is mostly about small business -- Venture Kamloops supplies data and information. VK served 300 businesses last year, responsible for 2500 Kamloops jobs. Kamloops is generally a stable place for economic development - not huge ups and downs. Venture Kamloops' next big event is Nov. 23 - Linkup Business Development Summit.




It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Christopher Wayne Séguin on September 22, 2017. Christopher was born October 20, 1977 in Pinawa Manitoba. Christopher is survived by his wife Melissa, sons Logan and Harrison, parents Deb & Joe, sister Jennifer, father Patrick and his wife Shirley, many uncles, aunts and cousins.

Chris spent his early years in Lac du Bonnet Manitoba, where he arrived as the youngest member to a fairly large extended family. His love for travel began with trips in his rumble seat on the back of his father's bicycle while visiting with friends and family. Most of all he loved the farm. This would usually include a tractor ride or a spin on the dirt bike with uncles Mark or Bruce.

Being of a mining family he moved to BC at an early age and soon became acquainted with many of BC’s mining communities. He began his pre-schooling in Granisle BC, elementary in Chetwynd, Greenwood and Kamloops to finish up his secondary education as a “Golden K” recipient of Kamloops Senior Secondary.

Christopher was very active in athletics and enjoyed basketball, rugby and football. His academic standing and football carried him over to Simon Fraser University (SFU) with a scholarship to play for the university’s varsity team, the Clan. He graduated with a BA (Honours) in linguistics and made the Dean’s list for his work related to the Fijian Culture.

At an early age in life Christopher set his sights on world travel. While a student at SFU he made several trips to Fiji, with his linguistics professor and students, to document the Fijian language. He found himself in Prague in following years learning about the Czech language. Other trips included Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Australia, China, and Central America to name a few. His travels gave him an appreciation of this world’s cultural diversity, the values of others and the strength gained by embracing the diversity of people. From this he learned what is truly important in life which was giving back to his community.

Christopher began his career with SFU as cultural liaison in the International Education department. Over the next twelve years, he established his expertise in a number of development positions at SFU, including statistician, development officer, and account manager. In July 2007 Christopher made the move back to his home town as Vice-President Advancement at Thompson Rivers University (TRU).

Under his leadership, TRU set new fundraising records virtually every year of the last decade, generating millions of dollars for student awards, groundbreaking research and major buildings, notably the House of Learning, the renovation of Old Main for the Law Faculty, the Trades and Technology building and the soon to be constructed Nursing and Population Health building.

Christopher’s energies and passions went beyond the university with participation and support for the Kamloops community at large. Maintaining his athletic nature, Christopher completed various triathlons, 5-10 km runs for a cause and awareness, and his first Ironman competition in 2011 while continuing to put his energies into community involvement. Through his contributions in Rotary, Developing World Connections, TRUly United, the Kamloops Marathon and the North Kamloops Family Dinner, to name a few, he gave back to Kamloops with the many initiatives he championed and internationally with his climb of Kilimanjaro to raise funds for a school project in Sierra Leone for example. Christopher’s accomplishments as a community change maker were recognized in 2015, when he received the BC Community Achievement award.

Christopher was a very passionate bigger than life guy, a giving man with a huge heart, a wide smile and big laugh. We choose to remember Christopher for who he was, husband, father, brother, son, champion for causes, a passionate community leader and an accomplished VP of TRU who gave so much so others may succeed.

We welcome you to attend his celebration of life which will take place October 14 2017 at the Calvary Temple 1205 Rogers Way, 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, honoring Christopher and his memory would be best expressed by donating to a trust fund for his children through any Kamloops CIBC branch.

Today we enjoyed meeting Julia Soares, our new inbound Youth Exchange student (shared with Aurora this year). Julia told us a bit about herself. She lives in Belo Horizonte (population 1.4 million). We are looking forward to hosting Julia! Please consider taking Julia on an outing this year.
Our main speaker today was our own member Heidi Coleman, CEO of the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation. Heidi provided an update on the Clinical Services Building and the upcoming surgical tower. She also discussed doctor recruitment and provided some statistics. Thank you Heidi for the update! 
Today's speaker was Bernadette O'Donnell of the Spec-Team Assessment Society. Spec-Team Assessment is a registered non-profit society located in Vernon, serving the central interior of BC. Spec-Team is a specialized team of professionals who provide adult suspected of having Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) with a confirmed diagnosis and follow-up assistance in accessing community supports. Bernadette shared some of the characteristics of individuals with FASD as well as shattering some of the myths. Individuals with FASD, once diagnosed and supported, can and do go on to lead healthy and productive lives.
FASD affects individuals from all backgrounds and all socio-economic situations. A woman from a well-to-do, professional background is just as likely to give birth to a child with FASD as a teen mom. Education is key in preventing this disorder. In terms of services for the FASD community, BC lags far behind.
After the meeting, a group went to pick up new inbound Youth Exchange Student Julia Soares from the airport. Julia is from Brazil. Welcome, Julia! We look forward to hosting you here in Kamloops!
We were happy today to induct two new members to our club: Amanda Martin and Colin Lyons. Amanda is the parish secretary with Holy Family Catholic Church, is a mom of two young children and a volunteer with ASK Wellness. Colin is the president and founder of Lyons Landscaping; he is involved with numerous community projects including Grow a Row for the Kamloops Food Bank. Welcome to Amanda and Colin!
Our guest speaker today was Jonathan Natavio, CEO of Porter. Jonathan told us about his new tech-enabled concierge application and how it will affect the Kamloops business community. Jonathan is the winner of the Kamloops Innovation Council's 'Built in Kamloops' contest. He recently accepted the award of $50,000 and started a six-month Kamloops residency in July.
Today we heard from "rebound" (returning) Rotary Youth Exchange Student Carlie Thompson. Carlie returned to Kamloops in July after spending a year in Fukuoka City, Japan -- a city of about 1.5 million people. She was hosted by five different host families and was able to learn Japanese at home and at school as she taught her host families English. Some of the highlights of her time in Japan included joining the String Orchestra Club, three days of New Year's celebrations, her host siblings and spending time with other Rotary exchange students from Switzerland, Australia and more. Carlie will be graduating from high school next year and intends to study zoology at university starting in September 2018. She also really wants to go back to Japan! Past President Devon O'Toole presented Carlie with a $500 bursary. Congratulations, Carlie!

Bill Sundhu is a member of our own Rotary Club and today he spoke about recent developments in international law for mass crimes. Bill is a Canadian lawyer and former judge with more than 30 years of experience in the courts of justice. His current practice includes trial and appellate advocacy in criminal justice, human rights and civil liberties. Bill has broad legal experience that includes criminal justice, family law, child and youth law, indigenous rights, police misconduct and wrongful deaths, non-discrimination, access to justice, law reform and legislation, professional legal responsibility, and judicial independence and administration. He is a regular speaker, lecturer and media commentator on human rights, justice, diversity, equality and international legal issues. He has extensive knowledge of the Canadian justice system and international human rights law, with particular interest in international criminal law. (

We also welcomed a Rotarian from Brazil to this meeting, Felipe Bittencourt (pictured with Club President Mat Dundas). Felipe was visiting his brother in Kamloops this week.

Today our featured speakers were Christa Mullaly, executive director of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kamloops, and Sherry Robinson. Christa and Sherry are working together to help build a music therapy program that our club's Shine the Light event this past spring fundraised for. Sherry related stories from the life of her son, Tyler, who tragically passed away at the age of 25 in January 2016 due to addiction. Tyler had ongoing mental health struggles that began at a very young age, and Sherry gave several examples of how music had helped stabilize him over the course of his life. She had been trying to get him into a music therapy recovery program in the US when he had a relapse. We applaud Sherry for her bravery in telling Tyler's story and wish Sherry and Christa all the best in establishing this important music program in Kamloops.
Glenn Grant is Executive Director and General Manager of the BC Wildlife Park. He spoke about the increase in visitors the park has experience since having Clover (the only Kermode bear in captivity). Attendance has increased from 88,000/yr to over 100,000 and includes visitors from China, Germany and Australia. The park has boosted the Kamloops economy through tourism and more overnight stays.
Glenn was joined by Queenie Lai, educator from the Wildlife Park and Neenum, a burrowing owl.  They shared some interesting facts about the breeding program that was started after the species was extirpated from BC (meaning there were none left). 
Something a little different... today Greg Reid gave a very interesting talk on the history, types, flavours, and business around olive oils. Greg is a fellow Rotarian (past President of Kamloops North) with a variety of professional and personal interests working with busy professionals and nonprofits within our Kamloops community. As it turns out, the mob is connected to olive oil, and 2/3 of "extra virgin" olive oils aren't actually virgin (1/4 of those aren't even olive oil!).  We had also a blind taste testing of 3 different oil types.
Tonight Devon O'Toole (right) passed the role of President of the Rotary Club of Kamloops over to Mathew Dundas (centre, with fiancee Shelley) at the Rotary Induction Dinner, held at Hotel 540. Before he handed over his role, the now Past President gave a heartfelt speech on the past year and what Rotary has meant to him. A hearty congratulations to Past President O'Toole, and all the best to President Mathew for the coming year!
The President will be supported by a new Executive, also appointed last night.
Awards were presented to Mathew Dundas, Devon O'Toole, Karl Stegemann and Colin Lyons. Congratulations to all.
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