Disaster Recovery Fund

About the DISASTER Recovery Fund

In June 2017 the wildfire season was in full swing.  People from all over BC and Washington were asking how they can help.  DG Sherry Chamberlain and Rotarian the late Christopher Sequin met to discuss a plan and to create the terms of reference with others like Matt Dundas.  Meetings with others in town over the course of another few weeks and a committee was created.
Mission: The Rotary Clubs of Kamloops and Area Wildfire Recovery Fund was created in July 2017 with the goal of supporting recovery and rebuild projects in any of the British Columbia communities affected by wildfire. Grants are awarded to assist in replacement or repair of non‐insured social, capital, or cultural losses in affected communities.  In July 2018, the Granting Council voted to change the name to "Disaster Recovery Fund".

Granting Council Membership

Chair:  Stan Fike, Rotary Club of Kamloops West

Co-chair/ Secretary:  Kristen Hamilton, Rotary Club of Kamloops Aurora Centennial

Treasurer: Vi Hilton, Rotary Club of Kamloops

Community Liasion: Kristi Rintoul, United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo


Voting Memberships includes: 

Rotary Club of Clearwater

Rotary Club of Kamloops 

Rotary Club of Kamloops Aurora Centennial

Rotary Club of Kamloops Daybreak

Rotary Club of Kamloops West

Funds Received (Cdn$) $47,593.55 as of November 2018

Rotary Clubs of:
Kamloops $5,000
Peachland $1,500
Kamloops West $5,000
Kamloops Aurora $5,000
Princeton $1,000
West Kelowna $3,000
Okanagan/Omak $1,236.60
Wenatchee Sunrise $294.55
Personal Donations: $1,800
- Earl/Barb Tilley
- John Corbishley
- Susan Magdolen
- Robert Fortier
- Elly/Ramiro Contreras
- Tony Gilbert
Rotary District 5060 $22,262.40

Applications & Funds Disbursed $47,593.55 as of November 2018

$3,000 Laska's Floor Service- assistance to re-building business
$3,000 Twisted Desert Music Society- sheet music replacement
$2,491.22 Clearwater Fire Supression- purchase of new pumps
$3,000 Boston Flats Park Fire Aide Group- Al Starkenburg - assist with home based business
$14,000 Loon Lake Fire Dept.
$5,000 United Way
$3,800 Cache Creek Farmers Market- Beautification Society *Paid but Pending receipts
$672.33 misc signage for Rotary plaques, certificates, postage, bank fees
$5,780 Equality Project Society - Cache Creek
$3,500 Kamloops Food Bank
$3,350 Cache Creek Firefighters Association


How to APPLY

Step 1: Identify a need in your community

Step 2: Identify two other local people who will support your application (Task Group)

Step 3 (optional): Contact your local Rotary Club or a member of the Granting Council to discuss your application and get help filling it out

Step 4: Complete the application


Apply Online


Download Application

Need assistance? Let us know! Contact a member of your local Rotary Club or a member of the Granting Council – we will be happy to help you.

Thank you for your generous contributions:




Kamloops Hindu Cultural Society                                       



Cheques can be made payable to “The Rotary Club of Kamloops” (Re: Kamloops Rotary Wildfire). Donors requiring a tax receipt should make cheques payable to “The United Way TNC” (Re: Kamloops Rotary Wildfire). All cheques can be mailed to:
The Rotary Club of Kamloops
P.O. Box 174 Stn Main
Kamloops, B.C.
V2C 5K6
For an online donation with tax receipt, visit http://www.unitedwaytnc.ca/ and choose “Give” (indicate in comments that the donation should be directed to Kamloops Rotary Disaster).