Huge opportunity for clubs to recommend Rotary Peace Scholarship candidates from their communities

Posted on Apr 07, 2024
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Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of Rotary’s peace centers. The Rotary Foundation partners with premier universities to offer master's degrees and professional development certificates in disciplines related to peace and development.
 
This opportunity is available to people living and working in our communities of BC, through our clubs in Rotary District 5040, from Greater Vancouver up the coast to Prince Rupert, and through other clubs and Districts in the province.
 
Clubs and districts have the power to shape the next generation of peace leaders both by recruiting and recommending peace fellows, and by keeping them engaged during and after their fellowships.
Huge opportunity for clubs to recommend Rotary Peace Scholarship candidates from their communities Peter Roaf 2024-04-07 07:00:00Z 0
Waterford and Wexford seniors' residential living in Tsawwassen Peter Roaf 2024-04-02 07:00:00Z 0
Delta native and Washington resident returns to Ladner Rotary Peter Roaf 2024-03-26 07:00:00Z 0

Honour House and Honour Ranch for those on the front line for our country and communities

Posted on Mar 19, 2024
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Since 2011 Honour House has been a refuge, a “home away from home” for members of our Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans, Emergency Services Personnel and their families to stay, completely free of charge, when they travel to receive medical care and treatment in the Metro Vancouver area. These brave individuals, along with their families, sacrifice so much on a daily basis to protect our freedom and our everyday way of life. Honour House provides the opportunity to show them that their community cares and how much all that they do for us is appreciated. It costs $10,000 per year to provide each room at Honour House. To date, donations to Honour House have funded over 14,000 nights of accommodation for those needing this support with thanks to the more than 500 volunteers who make this service possible.
Honour House and Honour Ranch for those on the front line for our country and communities Peter Roaf 2024-03-19 07:00:00Z 0

Food for school students and community
to benefit from April 13th Ladner Rotary Shred A Thon

Posted on Mar 07, 2024
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Over one million Canadians could be accessing food charity programs for the first time in 2024, according to Second Harvest’s annual “Hungry for Change” national study. As of late February more than one-third of those programs were already reporting they have had to turn people away.
 
Food for the Rotary-sponsored pantry program at Delta Secondary School, for students of families who need a hand up over weekends, and food for the South Delta Food Bank are the two causes which the Rotary Club of Ladner Shred A Thon on Saturday, April 13, 2024 will support. The Shred A Thon on April 13th will be open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on the property behind Eastlink (Delta Cable) at 5381 Ladner Trunk Road in Ladner.
Food for school students and community to benefit from April 13th Ladner Rotary Shred A Thon Peter Roaf 2024-03-07 08:00:00Z 0

A tribute to Brian Mulroney

Posted on Mar 05, 2024
 
Ladner Rotarian Brian Smith, second left, at the 1991 opening of the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo by former Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney, right. Brian paid tribute to Mr. Mulroney on his passing this past week.
 
A tribute to Brian Mulroney Peter Roaf 2024-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

Thai visitors for youth exchange conference drop in at Ladner Rotary

Posted on Mar 05, 2024
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North American Youth Exchange Network (NAYEN) is an association representing 167 Rotary Districts in Canada, Mexico, and the United States involved in Rotary Youth Exchange throughout the world. The Exchange creates transformative exchange experiences that promote cultural understanding, foster global citizenship, and build a more peaceful world. The 2024 Nayen Annual Conference is being held March 7 to 9 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre in Vancouver.
 
Having arrived in Vancouver after a 13-hour flight from Thailand on the morning of March 5th, three members of Rotary District 3330 -- representing the 353 clubs in Thailand -- who are attending the NAYEN conference, dropped in for lunch at the Rotary Club of Ladner's mid-day meeting with District Governor Designate Dean Hsieh and heard about Rotary Club of Tsawwassen's support of, and visit to, Project Amigo in Mexico. The visitors presented a District 3330 banner to Ladner Rotary as a thank you for their visit.
 
Thai visitors for youth exchange conference drop in at Ladner Rotary Peter Roaf 2024-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary - What is Your Story?

Posted on Mar 04, 2024
What drives you? What is your passion? What do you bring to the world? video (2:34) -- courtesy of Rotary Club of Silverdale, WA
 
 
Rotary - What is Your Story? Peter Roaf 2024-03-04 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary leaders saluted on International Women's Day Peter Roaf 2024-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

Vision for Delta and its three communities, of Ladner, Tsawwassen, North Delta
 

Posted on Feb 27, 2024
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Donny van Dyk started as the new City Manager at the City of Delta on September 18th, replacing Sean McGill who retired at the end of August. He came to his position over five years as City Manager for the City of Penticton, where he led the City through a sustained period of planned growth, instituted new climate initiatives, and grew a provincially renowned Community Safety Officer team and did so through wildfires, floods, and a pandemic. 
Vision for Delta and its three communities, of Ladner, Tsawwassen, North Delta  Peter Roaf 2024-02-27 08:00:00Z 0

Media literacy, news literacy needed for our democracy and in our schools

Posted on Feb 20, 2024
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International education consultant and Ladner Rotarian Dr. Avis Glaze gave the following invocation at the February 20, 2024 meeting of the Rotary Club of Ladner.
 
Recently, with all that is happening around us, I have been preoccupied the issue of media literacy in general and news literacy in particular. This highlights the importance of teaching critical and analytical skills in our schools.
 
Media literacy, news literacy needed for our democracy and in our schools Peter Roaf 2024-02-20 08:00:00Z 0
Tsawwassen Anglican rector has led a "Rotary-like" life of service above self Peter Roaf 2024-02-20 08:00:00Z 0

Educator Roy Sakata returns to the club

Posted on Feb 07, 2024
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Roy Sakata, a former teacher, vice principal, school principal in Prince Rupert and Richmond, and Principal and Member of the Economic Development Committee of the Gitxsan Community of Gitsegukla, has returned as a member of Ladner Rotary. President Brian Coe presents Roy with his Rotary pin.
Educator Roy Sakata returns to the club Peter Roaf 2024-02-07 08:00:00Z 0

Strong Towns speaks up for financially strong, resilient development to replace the suburban experiment

Posted on Feb 06, 2024
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Strong Towns is a nonprofit media advocacy organization that analyzes the failures of the post-war North American development pattern and gives the citizens of towns and cities the knowledge and tools to start making their communities better places to live and work. As every city, town, and neighborhood pursues growth, development, and prosperity Strong Towns recommends its approach.  
Strong Towns speaks up for financially strong, resilient development to replace the suburban experiment Peter Roaf 2024-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

Longest serving member receives Rotary award

Posted on Jan 24, 2024
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Paul Harris Fellows honourees are individuals who meet high professional and personal standards set forth by Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International. Honourees may have contributed more than US $1000 to The Rotary Foundation or may be recognized with this award by their club for extraordinary service above self. Dr. Arthur Birk received a Paul Harris Award +2
Longest serving member receives Rotary award Peter Roaf 2024-01-24 08:00:00Z 0

Kirkland House a landmark of Ladner heritage

Posted on Jan 23, 2024
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In 1910 William Kirkland commissioned Ladner architect J.B. Elliot to build him a large Edwardian-style home on the family farm. Construction on what would be named ‘Hawthorne Grove’ began in that year and was completed in the fall of 1911. The pioneer Kirkland family was prominent in the political and social life of Delta and resided in the house until the late 1940s. In 1949, Claire Haynes purchased the home and farmed the 280 acres until the mid-1950s. Then followed a series of house renters and the farm buildings were abandoned. -- stock photos courtesy of Delta Optimist and Kirkland House Foundation
Kirkland House a landmark of Ladner heritage Peter Roaf 2024-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

McKee House lunch and tour field trip

Posted on Jan 16, 2024
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Ladner Rotary members took a field trip to McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in Ladner on January 16, 2023 for lunch and a tour. The Centre for those 50+ years of age is operated in partnership with the City of Delta and the volunteers of the McKee House Seniors' Society. President of the Society, Mae Quon-Forsythe, spoke to club members and led a tour of the facility, with its large hall, multipurpose/activity space, meeting rooms, snooker room, lounge with fireplace and cafeteria.
McKee House lunch and tour field trip Peter Roaf 2024-01-16 08:00:00Z 0
Delta Quilters support various causes with their craft Peter Roaf 2024-01-09 08:00:00Z 0

Vocational Service a theme in January

Posted on Jan 04, 2024
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January is a time when Rotary recognizes the purpose and value of "vocational service". As one of Rotary's five Avenues of Service, Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. By including men and women from diverse professions and backgrounds, Rotary recognizes the importance of all skills and occupations. 
Vocational Service a theme in January Peter Roaf 2024-01-04 08:00:00Z 0

Hampers for 29 local families at Christmas from Delta Secondary School

Posted on Dec 21, 2023
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To help 29 Delta families in need enjoy the festive season students at Delta Secondary School held their annual 20 Days of Giving Campaign from November 20 until December 15 to purchase $11,000 of food items, pet food, toiletries, gift cards and cash donations for Christmas food hampers purchased. Members of the Ladner Rotary-sponsored Interact Club at the school also collected donations at Save On Foods in Ladner on December 5th. -- main photo and story courtesy of the Delta Optimist.
Hampers for 29 local families at Christmas from Delta Secondary School Peter Roaf 2023-12-21 08:00:00Z 0

St. David's Church Tsawwassen rector joins Ladner Rotary

Posted on Dec 20, 2023
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Rev. Simbarashe (Simba) Basvi, rector for St. Davids Anglican Church in Tsawwassen, has joined the Rotary Club of Ladner. Simba was inducted as a new member at the Ladner Rotary Christmas dinner on December 19th. Simba has been serving the St. David's parish for two years with his wife, Mebbo. They have three children. He is in the process of applying for permanent residency status. President Brian Coe presents the Rotary pin. -- photos by Chris Offer
St. David's Church Tsawwassen rector joins Ladner Rotary Peter Roaf 2023-12-20 08:00:00Z 0

Christmas cheer for special needs adults and families

Posted on Dec 16, 2023
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50 members of the South Delta Weekend Family and Peer Support Group for special needs adults and Rotarians celebrated Christmas with the 19th annual dinner hosted by Ladner Rotary. The eagerly anticipated dinner always gives a lift to those who can find the festive season somewhat lonely. Santa Claus was on hand to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and hand out gifts. Mitch Drew entertained throughout dinner singing some favourite Christmas songs. -- photos by Chris Offer
Christmas cheer for special needs adults and families Peter Roaf 2023-12-16 08:00:00Z 0

Producer of Ladner's Barnside Havest Festival talks about his showbiz career

Posted on Dec 12, 2023
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Ladner resident John Donnelly counts among the latest concerts and community events he has produced the Barnside Harvest Festival in Ladner’s Paterson Park in September. The Rotary Club of Ladner provided parking services over the three-day event. John recalled the many types of events he has organized over the years and the challenges and rewards which accompanied them.
Producer of Ladner's Barnside Havest Festival talks about his showbiz career Peter Roaf 2023-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
Ukraine will receive medical equipment shipped by local Rotary clubs Peter Roaf 2023-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

Delta Hospital Christmas lights bring Rotary cheer

Posted on Nov 29, 2023
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The Delta Hospital is now lit up for the Christmas season. Colourful lights provide a little seasonal cheer to the patients, visitors, care professionals and staff, who may need it most in our community. Six Ladner Rotary members and three friends of Rotary put up the lights and decor at the main entrance plus the Healing Garden in the hospital's courtyard -- opened in 2008 by the Delta Hospital Foundation, in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Ladner and Tsawwassen -- and at the entrance to Mountain View Manor home to over 90 residents. -- photos by Patricia Sibley & Peter Roaf
Delta Hospital Christmas lights bring Rotary cheer Peter Roaf 2023-11-29 08:00:00Z 0

Delta's charity for charities

Posted on Nov 21, 2023
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Delta Community Foundation is a charitable organization which the Rotary Club of Ladner incorporated in 1986 under the Societies Act of British Columbia. It has been the only charity that has given to all other charities in Delta for more than 35 years, through administering community donations, endowments, and community involvement by addressing local needs. It is now an independent foundation for the community.
Delta's charity for charities Peter Roaf 2023-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

Foundation Dinner brings future project grants to our clubs and communities

Posted on Nov 21, 2023
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Ladner Rotary Splash Park, part of the new plaza at the corner of Ladner Trunk Road and Elliott (shown here), winter coats and boots for kids, a valley trail viewing platform, an off leash dog park, seniors’ outdoor fitness stations, lower income family kids sponsored for summer camp, young musicians to participate in a youth orchestra are the kinds of projects made possible with proceeds from a recent Rotary fundraising event.
 
Members of Rotary District 5040 -- Ladner Rotary and 47 other clubs from Vancouver up the coast to Prince Rupert -- many throughout the Lower Mainland raised net proceeds of $23,000 at a dinner on November 18, 2023. The funds will all go to the The Rotary Foundation, among the highest ranked international foundations over the past 15 years. 
Foundation Dinner brings future project grants to our clubs and communities Peter Roaf 2023-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation does good in the world with endowments and major donations Peter Roaf 2023-11-07 08:00:00Z 0
District Governor speaks on meaning of membership and recognizes club and members Peter Roaf 2023-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

Raise a Flag around Remembrance Day for our community 

Posted on Oct 25, 2023
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Join hundreds of your neighbours to show our Community Spirit! Rotary Clubs of Ladner and Tsawwassen will Raise a Flag on your front lawn for a week to commemorate Remembrance Day.

For just $40 you will be supporting local community literacy programs, food security, special events at Easter and Christmas and you will be helping to build new community amenities such as a Fitness Park in Tsawwassen and new public space in Ladner Village.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER: LADNER RESIDENTS OR TSAWWASSEN RESIDENTS

Raise a Flag around Remembrance Day for our community  Peter Roaf 2023-10-25 07:00:00Z 0 celebrate,flag,flagpole,holiday

Delta School District Indigenous Cultural Enhancement leader loves working with kids

Posted on Oct 24, 2023
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At Delta School District building intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect is considered vital to education. The School District starts its school assemblies, presentations, district and Board meetings, and public events with a Land Acknowledgment: "We recognize that the Delta School District is situated on the ancestral and unceded lands of the Tsawwassen and Musqueam First Nations and all Hun’qumi’num speaking people who have been stewards of this land since time immemorial." More recently a Monday Morning Welcome and Acknowledgement of the Territory comes to 30 classes of more than 700 students and teachers in the schools over Zoom to start the week in a good way. Nathan Wilson is the Indigenous Cultural Enhancement Facilitator for the Delta School District
Delta School District Indigenous Cultural Enhancement leader loves working with kids Peter Roaf 2023-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day Oct 24th is a time to celebrate, reflect and continue to act

Posted on Oct 24, 2023
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World Polio Day, October 24th, is a time to celebrate the huge achievement of the global campaign to rid the world of polio, which Rotary started in the Philippines 38 years ago. Back then more than 350,000 children in 120 countries were paralyzed by polio every year. Today, Rotary and its partners have reduced the incidence of polio by 99.9%. Today 20 million people, who might have been paralyzed by polio, are walking. Another 1.5 million people, who would have died from polio, are alive.
World Polio Day Oct 24th is a time to celebrate, reflect and continue to act Peter Roaf 2023-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Ladner Board of Directors 53 years ago

Posted on Oct 15, 2023
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Over many decades, through achievement and turmoil near and far, and in our ever more rapidly changing world, Rotary members have continued to provide service above self to our community here and communities from afar. Yet we have all come a long way in our demographics and how we look and work together. Here is a June 1970 photo of business and community leaders on the board of Rotary Club of Ladner, the only club in Delta at the time and which eventually founded the Rotary Clubs of Tsawwassen and North Delta. They are part of the proud heritage of Ladner Rotary which has been celebrating its 65th Anniversary. Photo courtesy of Arthur Birk and Ulf Ottho.
Rotary Club of Ladner Board of Directors 53 years ago Peter Roaf 2023-10-15 07:00:00Z 0

Trees in Ladner and town centre plaza supported by Shred A Thon

Posted on Oct 14, 2023
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12 Ladner Rotary members and six members of the Rotary-sponsored Interact Club at Delta Secondary School raised almost $1,900 net for a planned tree planting in Ladner and features at the new Westham Plaza -- officially opening soon in the centre of Ladner -- thanks to local residents and business owners who dropped by on October 14, 2023 to the Ladner Rotary Shred A Thon, behind Eastlink on Ladner Trunk Road.
Trees in Ladner and town centre plaza supported by Shred A Thon Peter Roaf 2023-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

Facelift for gazebo garden in Ernie Burnett Park

Posted on Oct 13, 2023
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The gazebo in Ernie Burnett Park is now cleaned up and brought back bright and shiny thanks to the City of Delta and a team of nine Ladner Rotary members and "Friends of Rotary" volunteers from the community who turned out on October 13, 2023 to help the City horticulturalist and team replant and refurbish the surrounding garden. The gazebo was built to commemorate the life of Betty Burnett -- wife of former Delta Mayor and Ladner Rotary member Ernie Burnett -- who passed away in December 1989. Betty was also mother of Ladner Rotarian Jim Burnett. -- photos courtesy of Richard Pasco, Digital Content Coordinator, City of Delta
Facelift for gazebo garden in Ernie Burnett Park Peter Roaf 2023-10-13 07:00:00Z 0
Artificial Intelligence -- so many applications Peter Roaf 2023-10-10 07:00:00Z 0

Hybrid meeting technology enables Rotary clubs to increase productivity
in community service post-COVID

Posted on Sep 28, 2023
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Local community service and global humanitarian relief which the Rotary clubs of Richmond and South Delta have been providing for decades is now enhanced with new “hybrid” meeting technology thanks to $33,500 in funding from the Government of Canada. The funding will help the six clubs purchase OWL 3 hybrid meeting units to enable members to meet in person and involve speakers or other members online with a projector and screen at a meeting venue. An OWL unit connects to a laptop and a large projection screen so groups can meet with other groups in meetings or engage with a single guest speaker from afar.
Hybrid meeting technology enables Rotary clubs to increase productivity in community service post-COVID Peter Roaf 2023-09-28 07:00:00Z 0

Laser and Body Studio in Tsawwassen celebrates four years

Posted on Sep 26, 2023
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GLO Laser & Body Studio, in Tsawwassen, which provides medical aesthetics, Venus laser and bodysculpting, traditional Chinese medicine and Accupuncture, is celebrating its fourth year in business. Chantelle Savage presented the benefits of Red Light Therapy and other services of the Studio, founded by a born and raised Tsawwassen resident, Lauren Barber.
Laser and Body Studio in Tsawwassen celebrates four years Peter Roaf 2023-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Arthur Drive cleaned up for Fall Peter Roaf 2023-09-23 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary volunteers at 3-day music festival in Ladner 

Posted on Sep 18, 2023
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The Barnside Harvest Festival of live music September 15 to 17, 2023, at Paterson Park in Ladner, featuring a variety of bands, parade and activities with dogs, a harvest of locally grown food, Delta Firefighters Charity BBQ, a wide variety of appetizing food trucks and kids' activities in the Family Farm Zone, was possible in part because of Ladner Rotary volunteers who managed the vehicle access and parking.
Rotary volunteers at 3-day music festival in Ladner  Peter Roaf 2023-09-18 07:00:00Z 0

International Educator and Ladner Rotarian Dr. Avis Glaze 7 over 70 Award

Posted on Sep 16, 2023
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Congratulations to Rotary Club of Ladner member Dr. Avis Glaze as one of the 7 Over 70 Awards recipients at a gala dinner sponsored by Kin Village in Delta BC on September 16, 2023. Avis has made a significant contribution to the education of children across Canada and in other countries. All the recipients of the award have made our community a better place. The event raised significant funds for Kin Village’s building plans and expansion of their day program for seniors.
 
International Educator and Ladner Rotarian Dr. Avis Glaze 7 over 70 Award Peter Roaf 2023-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

School Food Pantry and Club, new Westham Square and planting 65 trees to benefit from Shred A Thon Oct 14

Posted on Sep 01, 2023
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To support the Ladner Rotary sponsored Interact Club and the Food Pantry both at Delta Secondary School, Ladner Rotary's donation to support the new Westham Square in the centre of Ladner and donation to support the planting of 65 trees at Westham Island Park, the Rotary Club of Ladner is holding its Fall Shred-A-Thon on Saturday, October 14, 2023, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at 5300 Ladner Trunk Road, behind Eastlink (Delta Cable).
 
Any individual, company or organization can bring their old tax returns, credit card bills, business records, bank statements, and personal information documents so a shredding company can safely and securely shred the paper on the spot. A donation of $15 per banker’s box of paper will go entirely to support the three programs in community service.
School Food Pantry and Club, new Westham Square and planting 65 trees to benefit from Shred A Thon Oct 14 Peter Roaf 2023-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

MP visits her former Ladner Rotary club members

Posted on Aug 15, 2023
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It was old home week when South Surrey White Rock Member of Parliament Hon. Kerry-Lynne Findlay returned to her former Rotary Club of Ladner for a visit on August 15th. Before her election in the South Surrey White Rock riding, Kerry-Lynne had served as MP for the Delta Richmond East riding in the Stephen Harper government, as Parliamentary Secretary to Justice, Associate Minister of Defence then as Minister of National Revenue. Between political gigs, she was active in Ladner Rotary, including a term as President. She is now the Conservative Party's Chief Opposition Whip, the first woman to hold that office, among various parliamentary duties.
MP visits her former Ladner Rotary club members Peter Roaf 2023-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

Adults with special needs and caregivers treated to annual summer picnic

Posted on Aug 13, 2023
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Thirty special needs adults and their family or guardians, in the South Delta Family Peer Support Group, enjoyed a sunny and breezy picnic on August 13th -- an annual event which Rotary Club of Ladner sponsors for the group every August with 10 Rotarians as hosts. The Rotary club held the event in Rotary Park, on the grass and beside the large pond and fountain next to Delta City Hall in Ladner. Games, such as horseshoes, following the lunch.
Adults with special needs and caregivers treated to annual summer picnic Peter Roaf 2023-08-13 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation Major Donor Level One award to Ladner Rotarian Peter Roaf 2023-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Return of the Delta native as member

Posted on Aug 08, 2023
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Delta native and former Montreal Alouette football player, Ty Morris, a long-time Rotarian, has returned as a member of Ladner Rotary. Ty is a former high school teacher in Washington State who lives with his wife, Anne, in Pt. Roberts, WA. He had to drop his membership in Ladner Rotary during cross-border COVID restrictions, but has returned. He is welcomed back by President Brian Coe and Past District Governor Chris Offer.
Return of the Delta native as member Peter Roaf 2023-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Ladner student's Ottawa Adventure in Citizenship experience

Posted on Aug 08, 2023
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Former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, former Prime Minister Joe Clark and former national leader of the NDP Ed Broadbent are among the thousands of high school students since 1951 who have participated in the annual "Adventure in Citizenship" Program, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ottawa. Every year, Rotary clubs across Canada sponsor 150 senior high school students to spend four days in Ottawa experiencing tours, lectures, discussions and social events designed to enhance their understanding and appreciation of Canadian citizenship. Rotary Club of Ladner sponsored Alex Price, a recent graduate of Delta Secondary School, to participate in the Program from May 14 to 17, 2023. Alex presented to Ladner Rotary members on his participation in the Program, which he described as the "best experience of my life."
Ladner student's Ottawa Adventure in Citizenship experience Peter Roaf 2023-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Bringing members and community to serve and enjoy online

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“Trello” is an online workspace for teams. “Meetup” is a global platform that helps introduce people to new people as well as organizations. Together these two systems expand our capacity to perform beyond the scope of ClubRunner, which continues to be valuable for administration and communication. 
Bringing members and community to serve and enjoy online Peter Roaf 2023-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

Rolling Hippos lead to 1000 Survival Garden Kits in rural South African communities

Posted on Jul 20, 2023
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Rotarians from over 120 clubs are collaborating to bring water and food security to 16+ marginalized rural communities in South Africa. Through the 1000 Survival Garden Kits Project, over 7700 beneficiaries have benefited from the delivery of hippo water rollers and farming tools to increase the water supply and create homestead food gardens. Rotary's dedication to community service and goodwill provides personal, family, and community impact.
Rolling Hippos lead to 1000 Survival Garden Kits in rural South African communities Peter Roaf 2023-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

Young Rotary exchange student from France about to depart with Ladner exchange partner

Posted on Jul 18, 2023
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Jeanelle Guideau, of Saverne, France, has been visiting the Morrisey family, of Ladner, in recent weeks as part of a Rotary, short-term youth exchange. Rotary youth exchanges are organized by Rotary clubs which send and host students ages 15 to 19 for travel abroad for cultural exchanges, short term up to two months or long term up to most of a full year. Learning and lifelong friendships develop among the exchange students.
 
While here, Jeanelle has toured with Patrick Morrisey and family, including daughter Claire, parts of BC and attended events. Now Jeanelle and Claire are about to depart for the second half of the exchange, with Claire visiting the Guideau family in Saverne for a few weeks. Patrick, Claire and Jeanelle spoke to Ladner Rotary members about this part of the exchange.
 
Photo shows a house in the centre of Saverne, France, built in 1605; from the Office De Tourisme et Du Commerce Du Pays De Saverne
 
Young Rotary exchange student from France about to depart with Ladner exchange partner Peter Roaf 2023-07-18 07:00:00Z 0

52nd Street summer bbq social

Posted on Jul 11, 2023
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Ladner Rotary members enjoyed a social bbq on the sunny patio of the Coast Tsawwassen Inn on July 11th along 56th Street in Tsawwassen, known as "South Ladner". Even Tom Smith, shown here, along with Rick Lewall, of the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen, joined lunch in the sun. photos by Penny Offer
52nd Street summer bbq social Peter Roaf 2023-07-11 07:00:00Z 0

Digital technologies for small, medium businesses boosted through fund

Posted on Jul 04, 2023
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The Canada Digital Adoption Program is a $4 billion initiative launched by the Canadian government in 2021. The goal is to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Canada to become more competitive by adopting digital technologies. Many smaller businesses across the country fell behind during COVID. They need to adopt new digital technologies to meet their customers' needs and stay competitive. Supporting a digital economy will help Canadian companies grow and create more jobs and will be crucial to Canada's long-term competitiveness.
Digital technologies for small, medium businesses boosted through fund Peter Roaf 2023-07-04 07:00:00Z 0

Ladner Rotary scholarships for Delta Secondary grads

Posted on Jun 27, 2023
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At the Delta Secondary School Scholarship and Bursary Night combined with the school's Valedictory Ceremony on June 27, 2023, 75 graduates received 117 scholarships and bursaries valued at $112,500. Rotary Club of Ladner presented two scholarships, as one of 52 local organizations and individual donors presenting a total of 92 scholarships valued at $81,250 to the grads of 2023. 
Ladner Rotary scholarships for Delta Secondary grads Peter Roaf 2023-06-27 07:00:00Z 0

BC has sidestepped Giant Hornet so far

Posted on Jun 27, 2023
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Apiculture is the management and study of honeybees and their key role in the production of most fruit and forage crops. Honeybees and other pollinators are vital to the agricultural crops grown in Delta and throughout the province. Provincial Apiculturist Paul van Westendorp, a fellow Rotarian in the Tsawwassen club, spoke about the Asian Giant Hornet, the world's largest hornet with a body length of up to 5 cm. It is an invasive hazard because it feeds on other insects, including  honeybees, and can destroy a honeybee colony. Some giant hornets have been sighted in this region in recent years. 
BC has sidestepped Giant Hornet so far Peter Roaf 2023-06-27 07:00:00Z 0

Create Hope in the World

Posted on Jun 27, 2023
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Rotary International President in 2023-24, Gordon McInally, of Scotland, calls for Rotary to "Create Hope in the World" as the theme for the coming year, by working for peace and mental wellbeing. He urges members to engage in tough conversations and earn the trust that’s necessary to realize these values. Ladner Rotary President 2023-24 Brian Coe (left) receives the theme banner from incoming Assistant Governor for Richmond and Delta and fellow club member, Peter Roaf.
Create Hope in the World Peter Roaf 2023-06-27 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary International’s General Secretary and CEO optimistic, despite global upheavals because Rotary is a peace builder

Posted on Jun 21, 2023
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In his address to the 14,000 Rotary members and guests at the Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia on May 29th, Rotary International’s General Secretary and CEO John Hewko said:
 
“Building peace is more than just ending war. It’s also about taking on the challenges of food insecurity, the climate crisis, civil unrest, and toxic polarization. These are huge challenges. But this is a not a moment for despair. Rather, this is Rotary’s moment to step up and take action. Because this is what we do. We are practitioners of peace, and this gives us an opportunity to fulfill our historic role — one that has been built through our decades-long investments in peace. Because today, peace is an imperative. And that imperative begins with us because we have the means to wage peace as aggressively as nations can wage war.”
Rotary International’s General Secretary and CEO optimistic, despite global upheavals because Rotary is a peace builder Peter Roaf 2023-06-21 07:00:00Z 0

Cops for Cancer has raised $52 million for kids with cancer since 1997

Posted on Jun 20, 2023
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Cops for Cancer began in 1997 with one police officer who wanted to make a difference. Ever since, it’s grown into a collective effort across Canada and become one of the largest fundraising events of childhood cancer research in the country. As a partnership between first responders and the Canadian Cancer Society, Cops for Cancer has raised nearly $52 million to increase survival rates and support children living with cancer and their families so no child has to face cancer alone.
Cops for Cancer has raised $52 million for kids with cancer since 1997 Peter Roaf 2023-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary recognizes young achievers at Delta Youth Awards

Posted on Jun 15, 2023
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Over 30 young people throughout Delta who have contributed to our community and world without seeking personal reward or accolades received recognition at the annual Delta Youth Awards on June 12, 2023 at Genesis Theatre, Delta Secondary School, in Ladner. The award recipients were recognized for having demonstrated compassion and empathy, shown inner strength and reached out with a helping hand demonstrated that they are exemplary global citizens. The Rotary Clubs of Ladner, North Delta and Tsawwassen sponsor the annual event.
Rotary recognizes young achievers at Delta Youth Awards Peter Roaf 2023-06-15 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Ladner President and Board 2023-24

Posted on Jun 15, 2023
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Brian Coe became the 66th President of the Rotary Club of Ladner at the club's Installation Dinner and the club's 65th Anniversary celebration on June 13, 2023. The club's 2023-24 Board of Directors was sworn in at the same event, effective July 1st.
Rotary Club of Ladner President and Board 2023-24 Peter Roaf 2023-06-15 07:00:00Z 0

President & Board 2023-24, Rotarian of the Year

Posted on Jun 14, 2023
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"Create Hope in the World" is the 2023-24 theme throughout Rotary International, the world's original service club since 1905. The Rotary Club of Ladner welcomes its new president and board of directors, effective July 1, 2023, and presents its Rotarian of the Year Award. -- photos by Chris Offer
President & Board 2023-24, Rotarian of the Year Peter Roaf 2023-06-14 07:00:00Z 0

From death threats to hugs: a school district transformed

Posted on Jun 06, 2023
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Susan LaRosa was the Director of Education (or Superintendent of Schools) for 15 ½ years in the York Region Catholic District School Board - a medium sized board north of Toronto in York Region, Ontario. She certainly had to manage rapid growth: in her District, 36 new schools were built during her tenure. She shared a few strategies she employed with her leadership team to move the District from "death threats to hugs ".
From death threats to hugs: a school district transformed Peter Roaf 2023-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
From Bees, Beer, Comedy to Railroads, Music, Magic, Rotary Fellowships form global communities Peter Roaf 2023-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

Canada prominent at opening of Rotary world conference in Melbourne

Posted on May 29, 2023
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Past District Governors and Ladner Rotarians Chris and Penny Offer are two among tens of thousands of Rotary members from all over the world at the Rotary world conference just underway in Melbourne, Australia where Canada has featured prominently with international President, Jennifer Jones, a Canadian and first female in the role in 119 years, and husband, taking the stage to welcome the assembly. -- photos by Penny Offer
Canada prominent at opening of Rotary world conference in Melbourne Peter Roaf 2023-05-29 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Areas of Focus featured at Ladner's May Days parade Peter Roaf 2023-05-28 07:00:00Z 0

Ladner Rotary contributes to Ladner Village plaza now under construction

Posted on May 26, 2023
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Stokes and Cullis Plaza is under construction at the entrance to Ladner Village. The project involves infrastructure and electrical upgrades to support new landscaping, seating, and lighting, including the construction of a new beacon sign for the village. Construction began on March 16 and final completion is expected for some time in August. The plaza will become a meeting place at the centre of the community.
 
Rotary Club of Ladner is contributing $25,000 towards the project for the installation of two e-bike charging stations and a large timber drifter bench. These two contributions will encourage visitors to explore Ladner Village in an easy, sustainable manner, while also providing a social space within the Plaza. Funding for this contribution comes mainly from the Ladner Rotary, but also from The Rotary Foundation through District 5040 of 49 clubs in the region. Photo of an e-bike charging station.
Ladner Rotary contributes to Ladner Village plaza now under construction Peter Roaf 2023-05-26 07:00:00Z 0

New development at Delta Hospital with community support through Foundation

Posted on May 23, 2023
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Pursuing its mission to fund and promote outstanding healthcare at the Delta Hospital Campus of Care and in the community of Delta, since 1988, the Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation has raised close to $63 million for state-of-the-art equipment, capital projects, building improvements, and ongoing education for staff. Through the Foundation the community can support new development planned for the Hospital.
New development at Delta Hospital with community support through Foundation Peter Roaf 2023-05-23 07:00:00Z 0

Nominate young leaders for Delta Youth Awards

Posted on May 20, 2023
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The Rotary Clubs of Ladner, North Delta and Tsawwassen are seeking candidates for this year's Delta Youth Awards. BY MAY 29th please nominate young people from your family, friends and neighbours. We want to recognize the service and achievements of over 30 young people throughout Delta who have contributed to our community and world without seeking personal reward or accolades.
 
Nominate young leaders for Delta Youth Awards Peter Roaf 2023-05-20 07:00:00Z 0

KinVillage campaign to support day program for seniors as part of major expansion

Posted on May 16, 2023
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Older adults live life fully in a community of health, housing and wellness programs at KinVillage in Tsawwassen. Now KinVillage is beginning a new phase of development, to not only expand and improve housing and care options for seniors living onsite, but expand the Day Program for Older Adults from 11 to 35 older adults a day and, in turn, provide respite for caregivers of those seniors.
KinVillage campaign to support day program for seniors as part of major expansion Peter Roaf 2023-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
General Motors backs Vancouver company mining lithium for electric vehicles Peter Roaf 2023-05-09 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary promotes the value of, and commitment to, Youth Service

Posted on May 02, 2023
Every year, over 350,000 young leaders participate in Rotary’s youth programs across Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and Rotary Youth Exchange. Rotary’s Youth Service Month is an opportunity to promote our young leaders’ local and global impacts and the Rotary and Rotaract clubs that make these programs possible.
Rotary promotes the value of, and commitment to, Youth Service Peter Roaf 2023-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
Egypt, Jordan, Israel travel experience for Ladner Rotarians Peter Roaf 2023-05-02 07:00:00Z 0

Burns Bog heritage site, Delta

Posted on Apr 25, 2023
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A group of citizens concerned with the protection of Burns Bog, in Delta, formed the Burns Bog Conservation Society in 1988. Over time this group has helped to save Burns Bog from various development proposals. In 2004, over 5,000 acres of Burns Bog was purchased by the City of Delta, Metro Vancouver, the Province of BC, and the Federal Government. This land was set aside as an ecological conservancy, limiting public access to these lands. The Burns Bog Conservation Society now holds education and stewardship events solely in the Delta Nature Reserve, where the public is able to join our hardworking staff. ---photo by Ruth Hartnup
Burns Bog heritage site, Delta Roaf Peter 2023-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

Sustainable farming and wildlife habitat in Delta

Posted on Apr 04, 2023
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Over 3,500 acres of farmland and wildlife habitat on the lower Fraser River delta has been preserved through co-operative land stewardship of Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust and local farmers. A group of local farmers and conservationists, with an interest in conserving agricultural and wildlife resources in Delta, founded the Trust in 1993. The Trust believes that the preservation and sustainability of farmland as a source of food as well as a valued wildlife habitat starts with a commitment to environmentally sound and economically viable agricultural practices. 
Sustainable farming and wildlife habitat in Delta Roaf Peter 2023-04-04 07:00:00Z 0

Saving the almost 6 million children under five from death

Posted on Apr 02, 2023
An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.
 
Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger. We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. 
 
Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.
 
Saving the almost 6 million children under five from death Roaf Peter 2023-04-02 07:00:00Z 0

Classroom in a Box: access to world knowledge with no internet in Kenya

Posted on Mar 28, 2023
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North Delta Rotarian and now retired school teacher, Bonnie Sutherland, on starting the first of many visits to Africa with her late husband, Don, 30 years ago, saw the great need for teachers and students in remote areas of Kenya. They recognized that remote, rural schools often had limited access to books, paper and writing materials, and suffered from intermittent power and no internet access. After earlier efforts to provide not only education materials, but failed attempts to supply equipment for digital learning, a Rotary team developed the African Ruggedized Education System (ARES), a "classroom in a box".
Classroom in a Box: access to world knowledge with no internet in Kenya Roaf Peter 2023-03-28 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Year banner handed in

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Rotary District 5040 Executive Administrator Nancy Eidsvik receives the District banner for Rotarian of the Year held from 2021-22 recipient Peter Roaf (right), saddened along with Past President Denis Denischuk, as they hand it back in preparation for presentation to this year's recipient.
Rotarian of the Year banner handed in Roaf Peter 2023-03-28 07:00:00Z 0
Pedestrian safety and road safety view from ICBC Roaf Peter 2023-03-21 07:00:00Z 0

Delta South MLA Ian Paton on serving Delta and BC in agriculture

Posted on Mar 14, 2023
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Member of the BC Legislative Assembly for Delta South Ian Paton, first elected in 2017 and again in 2020, serves as Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Food. He has also served as a Member of the Select Standing Committees on Health and Agriculture, Fish and Food. He spoke to Ladner Rotary on March 14, 2023. -- photo courtesy Alaska Highway News
Delta South MLA Ian Paton on serving Delta and BC in agriculture Roaf Peter 2023-03-14 07:00:00Z 0

Global and local Rotary leaders saluted on International Women's Day

Posted on Mar 08, 2023
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It is a special year in Rotary worldwide, on International Women's Day, March 8th with the first female President of Rotary International in its 117 year history: Jennifer Jones. She is also a Canadian -- an extra source of pride for all of us. Not only worldwide, but here in our District 5040 of 49 clubs, we have a number of women as our leaders. 
Global and local Rotary leaders saluted on International Women's Day Peter Roaf 2023-03-08 08:00:00Z 0

Counselling is a conversation about you and your goals

Posted on Mar 07, 2023
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Ladner-based Alongside You provides a team of counsellors which works with individuals, children, adolescents, couples, and families and are able to help navigate many of the challenges that people face in every day life. Sometimes people come to counselling simply because “something doesn’t feel right,” in their life. Some of the many common issues people bring to counselling sessions include depression, anxiety, addictions, chronic pain, grief and loss, sexual dysfunction, obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. 
Counselling is a conversation about you and your goals Peter Roaf 2023-03-07 08:00:00Z 0

Global and local Rotary leaders saluted on International Women's Day

Posted on Mar 07, 2023
It is a special year in Rotary worldwide, on International Women's Day, March 8th with the first female President of Rotary International in its 117 year history: Jennifer Jones. She is also a Canadian -- an extra source of pride for all of us. Not only worldwide, but here in our District 5040 of 49 clubs, we have a number of women as our leaders. 
Global and local Rotary leaders saluted on International Women's Day Peter Roaf 2023-03-07 08:00:00Z 0

Arthur Drive cleaned up for Spring

Posted on Mar 04, 2023
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From Ladner Trunk Road, a section of Arthur Drive in Ladner is now tidied up for Spring, thanks to a team of 10 club members who picked up bags of winter trash.
 
Arthur Drive cleaned up for Spring Peter Roaf 2023-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

Seniors Gymnastics Program, high school Interact Club to benefit from April 1st Shred A Thon

Posted on Mar 03, 2023
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To support the growth and value of the Delta Gymnastics Seniors’ Program for the entire community and the service above self of the 113 members in the Ladner Rotary sponsored Interact Club at Delta Secondary School the Rotary Club of Ladner is holding its Spring Shred-A-Thon on Saturday, April 1, 2023, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at 5300 Ladner Trunk Road, behind Eastlink (Delta Cable).
 
Any individual, company or organization can bring their old tax returns, credit card bills, business records, bank statements, and personal information documents so a shredding company can safely and securely shred the paper on the spot. A donation of $15 per banker’s box of paper will go entirely to support the programs for seniors’ wellness and youth achievement in community service.
Seniors Gymnastics Program, high school Interact Club to benefit from April 1st Shred A Thon Peter Roaf 2023-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

Clean water, sanitation, hygiene for a healthy environment, productive life

Posted on Mar 01, 2023
When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.
 
Rotary’s people of action mobilize resources, form partnerships, and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change.
 
March is Water Sanitation and Hygiene month throughout Rotary world.
Clean water, sanitation, hygiene for a healthy environment, productive life Peter Roaf 2023-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

Diversity Equity and Inclusion is belonging

Posted on Feb 28, 2023
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is becoming a way of life for clubs throughout Rotary. It's our sustainable future and, for some, our present as we plan and act to create a safe place for so many different people to thrive and belong as they engage in service above self, for our community and our world. Rotary District 5040 DEI Committee Chair Ardath Paxton Mann presented background and a Code of Conduct for DEI in Rotary. She was joined by fellow Committee member, Ladner Rotarian Peter Roaf, for part of the presentation.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion is belonging Peter Roaf 2023-02-28 08:00:00Z 0

Where kids are first - Delta Gymnastics

Posted on Feb 21, 2023
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Delta Gymnastics Society considers itself one of Canada’s top gymnastics clubs because of the way it treats each of its gymnasts, at every level. With the slogan, "Where Kids Are First," Delta Gymnastics doesn't just build athletes, it builds people.
Where kids are first - Delta Gymnastics Peter Roaf 2023-02-21 08:00:00Z 0

Auxiliary supports hospital's treatment, care and comfort of patients

Posted on Feb 07, 2023
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Over the years the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society has generated many millions of dollars to support purchase of expensive equipment for the Delta Hospital. The Auxiliary has provided that valuable support through four businesses: Thriftshop in Ladner; Courtyard Café; Dogwood Gift Shop; Lifeline. 
Auxiliary supports hospital's treatment, care and comfort of patients Peter Roaf 2023-02-07 08:00:00Z 0

Deadly earthquake in Turkey, Syria: Rotary partner, Shelterbox, preparing to respond

Posted on Feb 06, 2023
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A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake ravaged southern Turkey and northern Syria on February 6, 2023. Over 2300 people have lost their lives, and this number is expected to increase exponentially. A second major earthquake and over 100 aftershocks have also been reported. Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday's disaster was the worst the country had seen since 1939, when the Erzincan earthquake in eastern Turkey killed nearly 33,000 people.

Deadly earthquake in Turkey, Syria: Rotary partner, Shelterbox, preparing to respond Peter Roaf 2023-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution - a Rotary global focus Peter Roaf 2023-02-01 08:00:00Z 0

Chief, Chancellor, Dr. Kim Baird has left her mark on Tsawwassen and the province

Posted on Jan 31, 2023
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Chief Kim Baird is Chancellor for Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She was the elected Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation for six terms, from 1999-2012 and was the first woman in BC history, who was not an MLA, to address the BC Legislature on October 15, 2007 when the BC Treaty Legislation process was initiated. She is seen here with Melinda and Laura Cassidy at the Simon Fraser University convocation when Kim received her honourary PhD.
 
Chief, Chancellor, Dr. Kim Baird has left her mark on Tsawwassen and the province Peter Roaf 2023-01-31 08:00:00Z 0

Delta Police body cams, youth, drug & firearms detection

Posted on Jan 24, 2023
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When a person was poised to jump off the Alex Fraser Bridge on January 23rd, one of the first Delta Police Department members on the scene, trying to talk him out of his suicide intent, had a body cam which streamed to a fellow officer, who specializes in negotiating in volatile situations and was en route in a vehicle and who advised his colleague what to say and do until he arrived on the scene. That was one example of the value of a body cam. Delta Police Department is the first police force in BC to use body cams. Delta Police Chief Constable Neil Dubord and seven police officers, including a sniffer dog, were on hand the next day to present some of the ways the Delta Police Department serves the community.
Delta Police body cams, youth, drug & firearms detection Peter Roaf 2023-01-24 08:00:00Z 0

Paintings capture ships and ports then and now

Posted on Jan 17, 2023
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Delta resident John Horton was the first artist appointed to the Canadian Forces Artist's Programme (CFAP) in 2002 and was sent to join our Navy in the Arabian Gulf (Persian Gulf) aboard HMCS Algonquin. In earlier years John had served in the Royal Navy in the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific Oceans. This experience contributed to his knowledge in recording scenes of our Navy in action today.
Paintings capture ships and ports then and now Peter Roaf 2023-01-17 08:00:00Z 0
"Imagine" Rotary theme float wins trophy at Tournament of Roses Parade Peter Roaf 2023-01-03 08:00:00Z 0

Ladner Rotarians and friends plough through snow for Christmas lunch

Posted on Dec 20, 2022
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Despite the heavy snowfall on December 20, 2022, President "Papá Noel" Guillermo Bustos welcomed 30 of the planned 40 Ladner Rotarians and partners or friends, managed to gather for a cheerful Christmas lunch at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn, which treated all to a delicious meal, with some fun seasonal music and friendship. -- photos by Penny Offer
Ladner Rotarians and friends plough through snow for Christmas lunch Peter Roaf 2022-12-20 08:00:00Z 0

A brighter Christmas for some families receiving food hampers

Posted on Dec 17, 2022
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Over 600 families in apartments of multiple storey buildings or those in the basements of single family homes throughout Delta received a Christmas hand up to celebrate the festive season with two boxes of food each delivered on December 17, 2022 through the Deltassist annual Christmas Hampers program.
 
Returning after a two-year pandemic haitus -- when food gift cards were distributed instead of food -- the 30+-year-old Christmas Hampers program once again benefitted from the generosity of Delta residents through food drives at schools and community organizations then the pick up, organization and distribution of over 1,500 boxes of food by various community agencies, including the Rotary Club of Ladner. Mike Storey delivers one of two boxes of food to the door of a Delta resident as Jim Burnett looks on.
A brighter Christmas for some families receiving food hampers Peter Roaf 2022-12-17 08:00:00Z 0

Exercise is the best medicine

Posted on Dec 13, 2022
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Live Well Exercise Clinic South Delta in Tsawwassen area uses exercise, lifestyle and nutrition counselling and healthy habit formation to give clients the information and support they need to become more active and make lasting changes in health and lifestyle. The trained exercise physiologists work with clients no matter the age, stage or shape -- not just the young, fit and glamorous -- in a culture of comfort, acceptance, care and kindness.
Exercise is the best medicine Peter Roaf 2022-12-13 08:00:00Z 0

Christmas Dinner for special needs adults and families, friends

Posted on Dec 10, 2022
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The Weekend Family & Peer Support Group in South Delta, for special needs adults, their families and caregivers, were hosted for the 18th annual Christmas Dinner on December 10, 2022 at the Ladner Community Centre by the Rotary Club of Ladner. 21 Ladner Rotarians and friends prepared days in advance and on the day of the event to serve the traditional Christmas dinner to a group of 50 guests, with entertainment and gift giving sponsored by the Group.
Christmas Dinner for special needs adults and families, friends Peter Roaf 2022-12-10 08:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow +5 Award to Walt Hayward

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Paul Harris Fellow honourees are individuals who meet high professional and personal standards set forth by Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International. Honourees may have contributed more than US $1000 to The Rotary Foundation or may be recognized with this award by their club for extraordinary service above self. This is the sixth time Walt Hayward has received this award, at the Ladner Rotary Annual General Meeting on December 6, 2022.
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Ladner Rotary recognized for End Polio support

Posted on Dec 06, 2022
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For its support of the global campaign to rid the world of polio, started by Rotary in 1986, the Rotary Club of Ladner received a certificate from Rotary International for over US$1,200 donated by the club and individual members in 2021-22. Immediate Past District 5040 Governor Lorne Calder presented the certificate at the club's annual general meeting on December 6, 2022. 
 
Ladner Rotary recognized for End Polio support Peter Roaf 2022-12-06 08:00:00Z 0

Fundraising success thanks to Delta community and Ladner Rotary members' generosity recognized 

Posted on Dec 06, 2022
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Food for school students and families needing a hand up, planting of trees in Ladner, supporting medical and dental equipment to regions of countries in need are some of the causes supported in 2021-22 by the generosity of Delta residents in supporting fundraising events as well as that of club members in raising a total of CDN$133,000 in 2021-22. Our Rotary District 5040 of 48 clubs recognized this achievement and that of almost CDN$25,000 for The Rotary Foundation's Annual Program Fund and End Polio causes.
Fundraising success thanks to Delta community and Ladner Rotary members' generosity recognized Peter Roaf 2022-12-06 08:00:00Z 0

Christmas decor brightens life at Delta Hospital, Manor and Hospice

Posted on Nov 24, 2022
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Patients in acute care beds, outpatients, residents in long term care residents, staff, auxiliary volunteers and visitors in the "community" of the Delta Hospital and Mountain View Manor and those at Irene Thomas Hospice next door are getting a lift from the Christmas lights and decorations now brightening up the main entrance, in the Healing Garden at the hospital's central courtyard and inside and outside the extended care residence. Thanks to a team of 16 Rotary Club of Ladner members, including a team from Pure Sunfarms, took the morning of November 23 for this community service project. -- photos by Chris Offer and Peter Roaf
Christmas decor brightens life at Delta Hospital, Manor and Hospice Peter Roaf 2022-11-24 08:00:00Z 0

Local business needs workers & shop local -- Delta Chamber of Commerce

Posted on Nov 22, 2022
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Recruiting & retaining appropriately skilled workers is the top concern of businesses in Delta, according to Jill McKnight, Executive Director of the Delta Chamber of Commerce. Speaking at Ladner Rotary on November 22, 2022, Jill also advised: for every $10 you spend locally $6.10 recirculates in our community. For instance, Delta's 730+ retail businesses employ more than 18,300 people, and businesses pay 46% of the property taxes that fund services in our city.
Local business needs workers & shop local -- Delta Chamber of Commerce Peter Roaf 2022-11-22 08:00:00Z 0

So many lives more productive, happier with guide and service dogs

Posted on Nov 15, 2022
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BC and Alberta Guide Dogs is a non-profit charitable society, based in Ladner, which breeds, raises and professionally trains Guide Dogs for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, Autism Support Dogs, for children 3 to 10 years and their families, and Service Dogs for veterans, first responders and RCMP members suffering from Operational Stress Injury or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, all at no cost to the client. Each fully trained guide dog or service dog enables each client to live a fulfilling and productive life.
So many lives more productive, happier with guide and service dogs Peter Roaf 2022-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Ukrainians served Canada in WWI, but many were also sent to camps

Posted on Nov 08, 2022
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Among the 600,000 who served in the Canadian military during World War I, several thousand were Ukranian immigrants or of Ukrainian heritage. Among those were the grandfather of Wayne Gretzky and grandfather of Delta military historian Peter Broznitsky, seen here at the war memorial cenotaph in Ladner. At the outset of war in August 1914, however, the Canadian government quickly enacted the federal War Measures Act (WMA). The Act’s sweeping powers permitted the government to suspend or limit civil liberties in the interest of Canada’s protection, including the right to incarcerate “enemy aliens” including many Ukrainian immigrants and those of Ukrainian heritage.
Ukrainians served Canada in WWI, but many were also sent to camps Peter Roaf 2022-11-08 08:00:00Z 0

40 ambulances to Ukraine from Rotary partnership

Posted on Nov 05, 2022
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A convoy of nearly 40 ambulances wound its way from Slovakia, around mountains and through roadblocks, military checkpoints, and torrential rain to arrive in Kyiv, bringing the critically needed vehicles to Ukrainian government officials.
Rotary is responding to the crisis in Ukraine.
 
The US$600,000 initiative was the first joint project between Rotary and Ukraine Friends, which agreed in July to collaborate to provide resources, organize logistics, and distribute funds for high-impact projects that help Ukrainians affected by the war with Russia. Each organization donated US$300,000 to get the ambulances, and Rotary districts in Ukraine and Slovakia coordinated the delivery. Rotary's funding came from a Rotary Foundation disaster response grant.  Read More
40 ambulances to Ukraine from Rotary partnership Peter Roaf 2022-11-05 07:00:00Z 0

Flags go up for community projects to mark Remembrance Day 

Posted on Nov 05, 2022
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Canada flags to honour Remembrance Day for a week have gone up around the Ladner community thanks to 10 Rotarians who erected them. The project jointly administered with Tsawwassen Rotary in that community, provides homeowners and business owners the opportunity to recognize around Remembrance Day on November 11th the past sacrifices of those killed and wounded in world wars. Revenue from the flags rented now and around Canada Day will go towards community service projects such as a hand up with food for those families in need and planting of trees in the Ladner area.
Flags go up for community projects to mark Remembrance Day Peter Roaf 2022-11-05 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians in business can develop a Generosity Purpose

Posted on Nov 05, 2022
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What injustice keeps you awake at night? What really bothers you and makes you say, "I want to do something about that"? What wrong do you see in society that you want to make right? Is it in your local community? Is it elsewhere in the world? What is the cause that you care deeply about? Connect your cash to a cause, your money to a movement, your profits to a purpose. That is what changes everything. That is the Generosity Purpose.
 
What’s your Generosity Purpose? Is it helping abolish sex trafficking? Helping your city’s homeless population? Or is it more personal, like funding your children’s college tuition or paying for the piano lessons your granddaughter has always wanted to take? It’s not about you, but about someone or something that you believe can do more good and leave an impact on the world. After all, the Me Show will one day get canceled. The We Show always gets high ratings and airs longer.
 
-- excerpt from "Good Money Revolution: How to Make More Money to Do More Good," by Derrick Kinney, Rotary Club of Arlington, Texas
Rotarians in business can develop a Generosity Purpose Peter Roaf 2022-11-05 07:00:00Z 0

Ladner Rotarians tour container port in Delta

Posted on Nov 01, 2022
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A group of Ladner Rotarians had the chance to tour the facilities of Global Container Terminals (GCT), at the Vancouver Port Authority's Deltaport in the Tsawwassen area on November 1, 2022. Marko Dekovic, GCT Vice President Public Affairs, led the tour by bus by the massive cranes for unloading ships and through the multiple stacks of containers ready for train or truck shipment, all part of a massive, complex, global network of shipping and transportation.
Ladner Rotarians tour container port in Delta Peter Roaf 2022-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

Funds from Shred A Thon support school food program

Posted on Oct 27, 2022
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From the proceeds of the Ladner Rotary Shred A Thon on October 15th, club President Guillermo Bustos (left) and Walt Hayward (right) presented $500 to Delta Secondary School in the form of 10 gift cards, each of $50 value, for the student in need food program, known as the youth work program, operated by three teachers, (l to r) Venetia Sylvester, Gillian Wallace and Dana Rowland.
Funds from Shred A Thon support school food program Peter Roaf 2022-10-27 07:00:00Z 0

Despite lung transplants and kidnapping, Ladner Rotarian keeps going on positive attitude

Posted on Oct 25, 2022
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Ladner Rotarian Alfredo Goco, business owner and retired financial management advisor, says faith and a positive attitude towards life has kept him going through some extraordinary challenges including a double lung transplant in the past two years. Another hurdle earlier in his life was being kidnapped for ransom in this native, The Philippines. He negotiated the ransom demand of 5 million pesos (today CDN$11,6387) down to 50,000 (CDN$1,163) and was freed. A second person kidnapped at the same time was executed by the kidnappers.
Despite lung transplants and kidnapping, Ladner Rotarian keeps going on positive attitude Peter Roaf 2022-10-25 07:00:00Z 0

TV news producer latest to join Ladner Rotary

Posted on Oct 18, 2022
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City TV News producer Matt Graves, who recently joined Ladner Rotary, hails from Nova Scotia. He and his family have been living in the Ladner area since 2019, as we learned from his "getting to know you" classification speech to the club.
TV news producer latest to join Ladner Rotary Peter Roaf 2022-10-18 07:00:00Z 0

Shred A Thon supports Ladner area food security and park tree planting

Posted on Oct 15, 2022
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More families faced with the increased cost of living and relying on food banks will receive support through $2613 net proceeds from a Ladner Rotary Shred A Thon on October 15, 2022, along with trees to be funded for planting in Ladner's North 40 Park near Boundary Bay Airport. Despite competing with municipal election day local residents and business owners showed up on the property behind Eastlink (Delta Cable) on Ladner Trunk Road. 
Shred A Thon supports Ladner area food security and park tree planting Peter Roaf 2022-10-15 07:00:00Z 0 food,shred,tree

Notaries provide many legal services, when parties are in agreement

Posted on Oct 11, 2022
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Notaries’ Tradition of Trust goes back over 2000 years. Notaries laid down the Codex Hammurabi, the oldest evidence of documented law. Notaries were also employed by the Catholic Church to be the guiding light of civilization through the Dark Ages. Throughout centuries of upheaval, the Notary’s reputation for trustworthiness ensured that documents remained reliable. Today, Notaries do not get involved in litigation or argue cases before a judge. Their activities are restricted to non-contentious matters—those where the parties involved are in agreement.
Notaries provide many legal services, when parties are in agreement Peter Roaf 2022-10-11 07:00:00Z 0

Almost $1.3 million from BC Rotarians will provide aid and development to people and communities in need, here and worldwide

Posted on Oct 08, 2022
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As communities in BC become stronger through facilities and services, often with a focus on those in need, through the work of Rotary clubs, funds for those projects often come from The Rotary Foundation. Communities around the world, where there is so often a desperate need for people just to survive, The Rotary Foundation provides funds to fight disease, help mothers and children survive, provide disaster relief, and improve lives often through our Rotary clubs worldwide.
 
To support any and all of those causes, The Rotary Foundation is receiving US $1,292,288 from generous Rotary members, and some others, in British Columbia’s Rotary District 5040 with some from Rotary District 5050. Announcement of this gift came at District 5040’s Million Dollar Dinner on October 8, 2022 at Quilchena Golf Club in Richmond.
Almost $1.3 million from BC Rotarians will provide aid and development to people and communities in need, here and worldwide Peter Roaf 2022-10-08 07:00:00Z 0

2020-21 Rotary International President visits StoryWalk in Ladner and tours Vancouver

Posted on Oct 08, 2022
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At one of three Rotary StoryWalk trails in Delta, sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Ladner, North Delta and Tsawwassen, Rotary International President 2020-21 Holger Knaack, visiting from his home in Northern Germany, volunteered to help with changing the monthly children's storybook featured at 21 stations along a one-kilometre StoryWalk trail in Ladner on October 8, 2022. Holger was in town as special speaker at Rotary District 5040's Million Dollar Dinner that evening. After joining the work party, he toured some of the sights of Vancouver. The chair of the committee which organized the Million Dollar Dinner and Holger's visit was Ladner Rotarian and Past District 5040 Governor Chris Offer.
 
2020-21 Rotary International President visits StoryWalk in Ladner and tours Vancouver Peter Roaf 2022-10-08 07:00:00Z 0

Helping with access to clean water in Ukraine

Posted on Oct 04, 2022
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Environmental clean up authorities in the Ukraine are working on cleaning up rivers and lakes throughout the war-torn country so residents can access clean water with the help of a Rigid Inflatable boat and 11 underwater diving suits provided by our Rotary District 5040 and Districts 5030 in Seattle and Area and 5060 in the Okanagan area of BC and part of Washington State through a multi-District disaster response fund.  https://tinyurl.com/2y983zrc
Helping with access to clean water in Ukraine Peter Roaf 2022-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
National recognition for District 5040's top Foundation giving Peter Roaf 2022-10-04 07:00:00Z 0

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation September 30th

Posted on Sep 27, 2022
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Of those children in Canada in the care of others than their parents, there are six times more than others in our society who are Indigenous. Action to educate the parents of Indigenous children and provide the resources needed to achieve effective change is among the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission chaired by Senator Murray Sinclair in 2015. Some of the funding recommended would cover the education of adults who were deprived of education long ago in their childhood. That education denied is one reason that among those in prison in Saskatchewan and Manitoba 70% are Indigenous people compared to 30% for all others. There are more than 600 First Nations in Canada and over 200 of those in BC. Canada marks National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th, and along with it, Orange Shirt Day.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation September 30th Peter Roaf 2022-09-27 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary District Governor visits Ladner Rotary

Posted on Sep 20, 2022
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and empowering girls at home and around the world are among the priorities of our current Rotary International President, Canadian Jennifer Jones, according to District 5040 Governor John Berry who visited the Rotary Club of Ladner with his wife, Pat, on September 20th. Assistant Governor for South Delta and Richmond, Dean Hsieh, also attended. One main theme of John's presentation was the importance and necessity for clubs and Rotarians to make choices in Rotary and in life because, “You can’t do everything.”
Rotary District Governor visits Ladner Rotary Peter Roaf 2022-09-20 07:00:00Z 0

Australian Rotary exchange student returns to Ladner almost 40 years later

Posted on Sep 13, 2022
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39 years ago 17-year-old Mary Wooldridge spent a Grade 11 high school year as an exchange student from Australia with the Rotary Club of Ladner, staying with various families throughout her year. Today she returned to Ladner with her husband, Andrew, and son, Jamison, from their home in Melbourne, to start a tour of four centres in Canada and the United States.
Australian Rotary exchange student returns to Ladner almost 40 years later Peter Roaf 2022-09-13 07:00:00Z 0

Casino and hotel planned to open this Fall

Posted on Sep 06, 2022
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Gateway Casinos & Entertainment is nearing completion of the Cascades Casino and Delta Hotel in Delta, expected to open later this year. The new 160,000 sq. foot entertainment facility, on the property which was formerly the Delta Town and Country Inn, home of Rotary Club of Ladner for 40 years near the south end of the Massey Tunnel, will feature a gaming floor, entertainment centre and restaurants. Gateway projects that the facility will bring up to 600 new jobs and a $99.3 million investment to Delta economy. 
Casino and hotel planned to open this Fall Peter Roaf 2022-09-06 07:00:00Z 0 casino,entertainment,hotel,restaurant

Delta Police new member introduces himself to club

Posted on Aug 30, 2022
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A 15-year member of Delta Police Department, now heading the Ladner Community Policing Office, Constable Geoff Young, inducted as a new member just a week ago, told the club about his service in the Canadian Armed Forces, his passion for flying and eventual career in policing. He enjoys his community policing role, working with people of all ages, with a team of volunteers building to 100 by the year's end.
Delta Police new member introduces himself to club Peter Roaf 2022-08-30 07:00:00Z 0

District Governor 2024-25 visits club

Posted on Aug 30, 2022
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District Governor Nominee Drew Antrobus, who will be District 5040 Governor in 2024-25, visited Ladner Rotary with his partner and fellow Rotarian Judy Smith, seen here with Ladner Rotary President Guillermo Bustos.
District Governor 2024-25 visits club Peter Roaf 2022-08-30 07:00:00Z 0

Education shapes hearts as well as minds

Posted on Aug 26, 2022
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Rotary Club of Ladner member, Dr. Avis Glaze, has visited various countries as international education consultant to school systems and governments, including Scotland on many occasions over the past six years as a member of the Scottish government’s International Council of Education Advisers. In an article for Tes Global, which works with 25,000 schools in more than 100 countries, Avis is quoted as saying that the strength of an education system is that it shapes hearts as well as minds. She says, "Attainment is important but 'so are the kind of citizens you are creating'." 
Education shapes hearts as well as minds Peter Roaf 2022-08-26 07:00:00Z 0
Fortis BC Liquefied Natural Gas plant expansion advancing in Delta Peter Roaf 2022-08-23 07:00:00Z 0

Delta Police constable joins Ladner Rotary

Posted on Aug 23, 2022
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The Delta Police constable now leading the Ladner Community Policing office, Geoff Young, became a member of Ladner Rotary on August 23rd. He replaces Ladner Rotarian of several years, Acting Sergeant Ken Kirk, who is now leading the Community Policing office in North Delta. Farewell to Ken and welcome to Geoff. Ladner Rotary President Guillermo Bustos applies the Rotary pin as part of the member induction ceremony.
Delta Police constable joins Ladner Rotary Peter Roaf 2022-08-23 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary's global Health Care Worker Appreciation Week Aug 21 - 27 

Posted by Peter Roaf on Aug 22, 2022
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More than two years into COVID-19, many people are feeling “pandemic fatigue”. Around the globe, more than 555 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported, according to the World Health Organization. Health care workers have continuously dedicated their time, energy, and skills to ensure our safety, often putting their own health at risk to do so, paying the price of their own physical and mental health amidst unrelenting demand and staff shortages. Rotary saluted the courage and commitment of our health care workers who have given up so much to treat those who have become ill and contain this disease. 
Rotary's global Health Care Worker Appreciation Week Aug 21 - 27  Peter Roaf 2022-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

Delta Rotary clubs golf tournament

Posted on Aug 18, 2022
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Lowest score foursome at the annual Rotary Tri-Club Golf Day August 18th among 17 golfers from the three clubs in Delta, Ladner, North Delta and Tsawwassen: (l to r) Jako Krushinisky, Tsawwassen, Denis Denischuk, Ladner, Teresa Marshall, North Delta, and Jerome Vermeulen, Tsawwassen
 
Delta Rotary clubs golf tournament Peter Roaf 2022-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

Special needs summer picnic bbq always popular

Posted on Aug 14, 2022
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Ladner Rotarians hosted its annual special needs adults' picnic, with family and guardians in the South Delta Family Peer Support Group, at Rotary Park next to Delta City Hall on Sunday, August 14, 2022. The event included a bbq picnic lunch, games and socializing. Many members of the Group expressed their sincere appreciation to the club for the event which makes a difference in their lives. -- photos by Chris Offer
Special needs summer picnic bbq always popular Peter Roaf 2022-08-14 07:00:00Z 0 BBQ,peer and family,picnic,special needs

Active life giving to Delta community for new member

Posted on Aug 09, 2022
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Distribution and Warehouse Manager for the five Quest Food Exchange not-for-profit grocery market locations in Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby and North Vancouver, Brian Coe, a Ladner resident, who transferred to Ladner Rotary from Tsawwassen Rotary, earlier this year, gave his "classification" speech to our club on August 9, 2022.
Active life giving to Delta community for new member Peter Roaf 2022-08-09 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary District Grants make community service possible

Posted on Aug 04, 2022
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District Grants allow Rotary and Rotaract clubs to identify, plan, and fund worthy projects in their own communities or internationally. Grants can fund improvements such as kitchen equipment for a food pantry, assistance for after-school programs, a defibrillator for a community centre, or renovations to an accessible playground.
Rotary District Grants make community service possible Peter Roaf 2022-08-04 07:00:00Z 0

Ladner Rotarian continues to influence education in Canada and overseas

Posted on Aug 02, 2022
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Former school district superintendent in Ontario, now international education advisor to several nations, Dr. Avis Glaze described the start of her career in her native Jamaica and since in the field. As superintendent she desribed how she and others worked with the principals and staff of the 25 schools with the lowest academic results among their students and how the performance of those schools improved over time. She always says, "No child left behind." Avis just returned from further consultation with education leaders in Scotland and earlier this year spoke at a global, virtual conference of educators. 
Ladner Rotarian continues to influence education in Canada and overseas Peter Roaf 2022-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary-led Rebuilding of Ukraine village after Russian bombing

Posted on Jul 31, 2022
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Before Russia invaded Ukraine earlier this year there were 2,789 buildings in the village of Moshchun. After Russian artillery shelling there were 789 still standing. Left behind were 1,597 craters from shells. With the participation of Rotary clubs of the world, in partnership with Ukrainian state, the rebuilding of Moshchun has the aim of developing a symbol of happy, independent, modern Ukraine.
 
Rotary-led Rebuilding of Ukraine village after Russian bombing Peter Roaf 2022-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

Looking for ways to improve relationships of police with First Nations

Posted on Jul 19, 2022
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Armand La Barge is a former Rotarian who began his career with York Regional Police in 1973 and served as Chief of Police until his retirement. During his 37-year police career, he held multiple positions throughout the organization. He is known as a champion of diversity, equity and inclusion, an ardent defender of social justice and human rights, a hfe-long volunteer and community activist and someone committed to service on volunteer boards, community and faith-based organizations. He has been engaged in research around more effective ways for police authorities to develop less confrontational relationships with Indigenous People in Canada, including First Nations.
Looking for ways to improve relationships of police with First Nations Peter Roaf 2022-07-19 07:00:00Z 0

Delta Secondary grads receive Ladner Rotary scholarships

Posted on Jul 14, 2022
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Three of the 61 students graduating from Delta Secondary School received scholarships from the Rotary Club of Ladner. They were among those receiving 110 scholarships and bursaries valued at $97,665 at the School's Scholarship and Bursary Night and Valedictory Ceremony on June 28, 2022. Ladner Rotary was one of 55 local organizations and individual donors presenting 87 scholarships valued at $68,915 to the grads of 2022.
Delta Secondary grads receive Ladner Rotary scholarships Peter Roaf 2022-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
2022-23 President Jennifer Jones is eager to advance Rotary’s narrative Peter Roaf 2022-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

Dementia and home care

Posted on Jul 05, 2022
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Dimentia comes in many forms, including Alzheimer's, and home care is part of the support which clients and their families can find in the community.
Dementia and home care Peter Roaf 2022-07-05 07:00:00Z 0

Food distribution manager joins Ladner Rotary

Posted on Jul 05, 2022
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Brian Coe, a Rotarian since 2004, is Distribution and Warehouse Manager for the five Quest Food Exchange not-for-profit grocery market locations in Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby and North Vancouver, has joined us from Tsawwassen Rotary. By bridging the gap between food banks and traditional grocery stores, Quest Food Exchange redirects at reduced cost good food, donated by local food partners from across British Columbia, that would otherwise end up in the landfill and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.
Food distribution manager joins Ladner Rotary Peter Roaf 2022-07-05 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome 2022-23 President & Board and Rotarian of the Year

Posted on Jun 28, 2022
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"Imagine Rotary" is the 2022-23 theme throughout Rotary International, the world's original service club since 1905, which finally inducts its first female president for the 1.4 member global network, Canadian Jennifer Jones. As Rotary opens itself to new opportunities, the Rotary Club of Ladner welcomes its new president and board of directors and a new member, and presents awards to two of its female members.
Welcome 2022-23 President & Board and Rotarian of the Year Peter Roaf 2022-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
Thousands inspired by Rotary International CEO Peter Roaf 2022-06-15 07:00:00Z 0 Hewko,conference,convention

'Discovering' Delta at learning centre

Posted on Jun 14, 2022
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Ladner Rotarians and guests visited the Douglas J. Husband Discovery Centre, next to Delta City Hall, on June 14, 2022. Opened in May 2020, the Centre is an exhibit of our community’s past, present, and future. It features Delta’s storied history.
'Discovering' Delta at learning centre Peter Roaf 2022-06-14 07:00:00Z 0

Delta Optimist Publisher advises about clickbait

Posted on Jun 07, 2022
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Delta Optimist Publisher Pierre Pelletier advised how some web services make money with "clickbait", luring web users to their sites with sensational stories or claims and make money in the process, in competition with mainstream news media which support our community with responsible journalism, essential to our democracy.
Delta Optimist Publisher advises about clickbait Peter Roaf 2022-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Neighbours helping neighbours near and far May Days parade

Posted on May 29, 2022
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In gratitude to our first responders and frontline workers who protect and serve our community, Rotary Club of Ladner and members of the Delta Secondary School Interact Club salute them. They enable us, in service above self, to also serve our community and communities in need around the world: neighbours helping neighbours in the parade at Ladner May Days, founded 1896.
Neighbours helping neighbours near and far May Days parade Peter Roaf 2022-05-29 07:00:00Z 0
More than meets the eye in daily TV news Peter Roaf 2022-05-24 07:00:00Z 0

Brighter Futures for those needing a hand up

Posted on May 17, 2022
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Education can offer life-changing opportunities. But every year, too many bright, driven students from disadvantaged backgrounds make the decision not to pursue post-secondary education because they can't afford it. Beedie Luminaries, created by the Beedie Construction Group family, is a scholarship program for students with potential who are facing financial adversity. Students who are smart, but constrained by circumstance. Students who are resilient and gritty. Students who are ready to make a positive change in their lives. The program supports Grade 12 students and single parents in pursuing further education.
Brighter Futures for those needing a hand up Peter Roaf 2022-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
Club recognizes Walt Hayward for outstanding service to community Peter Roaf 2022-05-17 07:00:00Z 0

New story for May along Ladner StoryWalk trail

Posted on May 15, 2022
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The StoryWalk for children and families in Ladner, along part of the Millenium Trail, receives a change of story for May thanks to Ladner Rotarians John Thomas, Ulf Ottho and Guillermo Bustos, on behalf of the regular installers, Tammy Hansen and husband. -- photo by Lynn Cameron
New story for May along Ladner StoryWalk trail Peter Roaf 2022-05-15 07:00:00Z 0

Black education producing leaders in Canada

Posted on May 10, 2022
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The Lifelong Leadership Institute (LLI) is an educational organization that exists to inspire leadership and develop leaders, and dedicates its resources to advancing leadership competence and personal success among Canadian youth of Jamaican, Caribbean and Black heritage.
Black education producing leaders in Canada Peter Roaf 2022-05-10 07:00:00Z 0

Trades important to Canada's future

Posted on May 03, 2022
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The Industry Training Authority (ITA) is building the trades careers in BC through a training and apprenticeship system that meets the needs of British Columbia’s economy. ITA works with employers, apprentices, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue credentials, supports apprenticeships, fund programs, set program standards and increase opportunities in the trades. 
Trades important to Canada's future Peter Roaf 2022-05-03 07:00:00Z 0

Ladner Rotarian to chair international Rotary Peace Centers Committee

Posted on Apr 30, 2022
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As of July 1st, 2022 the new international Chair of the Rotary Peace Centers Committee, which every year selects the Rotary Peace Fellows for the 50 Master's Degree or 80 Professional Certificate programs in peace and conflict resolution at seven universities throughout the world, is Past District 5040 Governor Chris Offer. Member of the Rotary Club of Ladner, Chris also serves on the board of The Rotary Foundation Canada. 
Ladner Rotarian to chair international Rotary Peace Centers Committee Peter Roaf 2022-04-30 07:00:00Z 0 peace,peace fellow,peace scholar,peacebuilding

Children and Youth with development needs served at REACH

Posted on Apr 26, 2022
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Since 1959 Reach Child and Youth Development Society has been providing programs and child development and therapy services to special needs children and their families in Delta, Surrey and Langley, B.C. Reach provides a variety of programs and services designed to meet the needs of children to ensure their optimum development. Ladner Rotary has had a long relationship with Ladner-based Reach, formerly at its location near Boundary Bay Airport, as one of the first sponsors of the $5.7 million Lois E. Jackson Kinsmen Centre for Children adjacent to Memorial Park, and as sponsors of the Ladner Rotary Splash Park next door, both partially or equally sponsored by the City of Delta.
Children and Youth with development needs served at REACH Peter Roaf 2022-04-26 07:00:00Z 0 child,children,development,special needs,youth

Long time Ladner Rotarian Tom Siba passes away

Posted on Apr 25, 2022
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The Rotary Club of Ladner, where he served the community over 30 years including as club president, and the newspaper industry are mourning the loss of a respected newspaper man and community leader, Tom Siba, former Delta Optimist publisher. who died peacefully on April 22. He was 73-years-old. Siba's last few years has been impacted by Lewy Body Dementia. -- courtesy of the Delta Optimist
Long time Ladner Rotarian Tom Siba passes away Peter Roaf 2022-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary global Ukraine relief fund nearing US$10 million

Posted on Apr 19, 2022
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As of April 18, 2022 Rotary's global Disaster Response Fund for the Ukraine has reached $9.5 million. The funds will support locally-led relief efforts underway by Rotary clubs in Ukraine and neighboring countries. More information about this crisis and Rotary's response.
 
Rotary global Ukraine relief fund nearing US$10 million Peter Roaf 2022-04-19 07:00:00Z 0

Raise a Flag for our community in 2022

Posted on Apr 14, 2022
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Local residents and businesses in South Delta can celebrate national pride in their neighbourhoods and on their street fronts with a flag of Canada planted on their front lawn for a week around each of two holidays in 2022. The fee will contribute to services to make our community of Ladner and Delta a better place to live, work and play.
 
With a donation towards community service projects, the Rotary Clubs of Ladner and Tsawwassen will plant a Canadian flag, on a 10-foot pole, on your lawn or in your garden around Canada Day and Remembrance Day as a display of community and national pride for a donation of $60 for the season. Then they will remove the flags.
Raise a Flag for our community in 2022 Peter Roaf 2022-04-14 07:00:00Z 0 celebrate,flag,flagpole,holiday

Here2Help helps ensure your healthcare wishes

Posted on Apr 05, 2022
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Here2Help supports patients and their care partners navigate the healthcare system through education and advocacy. It provides compassionate and personalized service to a wide variety of clients to achieve better health outcomes and direct healthcare when they cannot, much like one might do through others with power of attorney in legal and financial matters.
Here2Help helps ensure your healthcare wishes Peter Roaf 2022-04-05 07:00:00Z 0

US$7 million humanitarian relief to date for Ukraine through Rotary

Posted by Peter Roaf on Apr 05, 2022
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Rotary International CEO John Hewko reports that, as of April 5, 2022, Rotary has raised over US$7 million to support clubs responding to the war in Ukraine, thanks to the many Rotary members and others for their generosity during this humanitarian crisis. Thank you to Delta residents and sponsors who supported our Ladner Rotary Shred A Thon on April 2, 2022 contributing to this cause.
US$7 million humanitarian relief to date for Ukraine through Rotary Peter Roaf 2022-04-05 07:00:00Z 0

Delta residents help people in need with Shred A Thon

Posted by Peter Roaf on Apr 02, 2022
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At home, people in our community less able to afford the rapidly rising cost of food for themselves and their families, and in Ukraine and nearby countries, millions of desperate residents and refugees struggling to survive, will benefit from the Rotary Club of Ladner's Spring Shred-A-Thon on Saturday, April 2, 2022. -- photos by Chris Offer
Delta residents help people in need with Shred A Thon Peter Roaf 2022-04-02 07:00:00Z 0 Ukraine,families,food,refugees

Service above self for fellow member recognized

Posted on Mar 29, 2022
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Long time Ladner Rotarian, Irene Forcier, who has been on extended leave for health reasons, recognizes the generous support of fellow club member, Avis Glaze, for her ongoing service above self, with a Paul Harris Fellow Award.
 
Irene says, "Avis has for a very long time, gone the full length of the course, cheering me on and checking on me, in between cooking, shopping, driving and adding support that is critical to my healing in my very eventful life. I want her to proudly wear a Paul Harris fellow. Her service above self has made a world of difference to me and I am truly grateful."
Service above self for fellow member recognized Peter Roaf 2022-03-29 07:00:00Z 0

Ladner Rotarian speaking at the World Education Summit

Posted on Mar 22, 2022
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On March 22, award-winning, revolutionary educator and Ladner Rotarian Avis Glaze was one of the speakers to estimated 50.000 educators from 87 countries, at a four-day virtual conference: her topic was how equity, social justice and empathy need to be embedded into the education system. The story appeared in the Delta Optimist.
Ladner Rotarian speaking at the World Education Summit Peter Roaf 2022-03-22 07:00:00Z 0

Connecting People with the Ocean

Posted on Mar 22, 2022
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Plastic and other marine pollution is killing our ocean. It is estimated that 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris are floating in our oceans. One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed by ocean plastic. Each year 500 billion plastic bags are used around the world.

For most of us this damage is far away and invisible. Without a personal connection to our oceans, it’s difficult for us to feel inspired to save them. As famed French explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, scientist, Jacques Yves Cousteau, who studied the sea and all forms of life in water, once said, “People protect what they love.” Ocean Ambassadors Canada is turning our attention to the massive challenge of cleaning up our oceans and the possible solutions.
Connecting People with the Ocean Peter Roaf 2022-03-22 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary’s network enables rapid humanitarian relief for Ukrainian refugees

Posted by Peter Roaf on Mar 17, 2022
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The crisis in Ukraine is having devastating consequences on civilians as families flee their homes. According to the United Nations, more than 2 million people, most of them women and children, have sought refuge in neighboring countries and across Europe, while about 1 million more people have been displaced within Ukraine.

Rotary and Rotaract clubs in Europe and around the world have taken swift action and are working with members nearby to provide food, water, medical equipment, and shelter for refugees.

Rotary’s network enables rapid humanitarian relief for Ukrainian refugees Peter Roaf 2022-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Incentive program for Grade 4 students in Mexico supported by Ladner Rotary Peter Roaf 2022-03-15 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary on the move and on the ground for Ukraine

Posted on Mar 09, 2022
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To provide relief for the people of Ukraine and refugees from there to neighbouring countries, Rotary Club of Ladner has donated CAN $2,000 through The Rotary Foundation's disaster response fund. So far Rotary has raised $1.1 million and counting to support clubs responding to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. This money will be used by Rotary districts and clubs in Poland and other countries adjacent to Ukraine for immediate assistance of refugees. Rotarians can make a personal donation, and receive a Canadian tax receipt and Paul Harris Fellow credit.
 
As Rotary International CEO John Hewko reports, "Two of the most difficult aspects during a humanitarian crisis are communication and coordination around supplies. I’m proud to share that Rotaract Europe (young professionals and university students in Rotary) has accomplished both. Within 48 hours, its Supplies Team, consisting of 60 members from across ten countries, developed a matching tool that quickly links demand for goods on site with the supplies inventory."
 
Ukrainian refugees are shown boarding a minivan, sponsored by Rotary District 2231 in Poland, for transport to a safe location in Poland. 
Rotary on the move and on the ground for Ukraine Peter Roaf 2022-03-09 08:00:00Z 0 Ukraine,refugees,relief

She, Him, Ze, Hir/Zir: gender pronouns

Posted on Mar 08, 2022
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Personal gender pronouns or personal gender pronouns refer to the set of pronouns that an individual wants others to use in order to reflect that person's gender identity. In English, when declaring one's chosen pronouns, a person will often state the subject and object pronouns—for example, "he/him", "she/her", or "they/them"—although sometimes, the possessive pronouns are also stated. The pronouns chosen may include neopronouns such as "ze" and "zir". Ladner Rotarian Pania Lincoln gave on overview of using various pronouns people now use to identify their gender.
She, Him, Ze, Hir/Zir: gender pronouns Peter Roaf 2022-03-08 08:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow +4 award to Guillermo Bustos

Posted on Mar 08, 2022
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Paul Harris Fellow honourees are individuals who meet high professional and personal standards set forth by Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International. Honourees may have contributed more than US $1000 to The Rotary Foundation or may be recognized with this award by their club for extraordinary service above self. This is the fifth time Guillermo Bustos has received this award.
Paul Harris Fellow +4 award to Guillermo Bustos Peter Roaf 2022-03-08 08:00:00Z 0

Quilt finds its way back home to Leo

Posted on Mar 08, 2022
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Past District Governor Penny Offer (left) returns a quilt from the Vancouver General Hospital Lost and Found to Diana Cabott Nimsick on behalf of her husband, Past District Governor Leo Nimsick, whose name tag was on the quilt. 
Quilt finds its way back home to Leo Peter Roaf 2022-03-08 08:00:00Z 0

Ladner Rotarian Dr. Avis Glaze to speak at world education summit

Posted by Peter Roaf on Mar 04, 2022
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Around 50,000 people from over 87 countries are expected to attend the World Education Summit March 21st to 24th. One of the featured speakers is internationally recognized education consultant and leader Dr. Avis Glaze who is a Ladner Rotarian. The World Education Summit is described as the largest annual virtual gathering of the greatest minds in education, passionate teachers and brave leaders from every corner of the world.
 
 
Ladner Rotarian Dr. Avis Glaze to speak at world education summit Peter Roaf 2022-03-04 08:00:00Z 0 education,educator,learning,school

Power to speak up and stop crime anonymously -- Crime Stoppers

Posted on Mar 01, 2022
People can share information anonymously about criminal activity through Crime Stoppers, which is committed to engaging the public to reduce, prevent, and solve crime in our communities. Crime Stoppers delivers that anonymous information to the appropriate law enforcement agency, so that a crime – or potential crime – can be solved. Crime Stoppers chapters throughout BC to engage the public to share information anonymously about criminal activity. It is affiliated with the Canadian Crime Stoppers Association and Crime Stoppers International forming a global network to disrupt crime.
Power to speak up and stop crime anonymously -- Crime Stoppers Peter Roaf 2022-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary International statement on Ukraine conflict

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It is a tragic and sad time for the people of Ukraine and the world.
 
At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship there. Continued military action against Ukraine will not only devastate the region, but also risk spreading tragic consequences across Europe and the world.
 
As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, we have made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We join the international community in calling for an immediate cease fire, withdrawal of Russian forces, and a restoration of diplomatic efforts to resolve this conflict through dialogue.
Rotary International statement on Ukraine conflict Peter Roaf 2022-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

City of Delta Outlook 2022, Mayor George Harvie

Posted by Peter Roaf on Feb 22, 2022
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Highlights of a presentation Delta Mayor George Harvie gave to Ladner Rotary on February 22, 2022, on the state and future look of the City, included:
• Delta is the second highest community in BC for immunization.
• Throughout Canada Delta is in the top 50 best communities to live and the best in Metro Vancouver, according to the annual Maclean's magazine assessment.
• A number of parks have been improved.
• There is now or will be no fee for use of recreation centres for youth and for those 75 and older.
• A final solution to the Fraser River crossing and replacement of the George Massie Tunnel is now expected for 2030.
City of Delta Outlook 2022, Mayor George Harvie Peter Roaf 2022-02-22 08:00:00Z 0

City of Delta Outlook 2022, Mayor George Harvie

Posted on Feb 22, 2022
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Highlights of a presentation Delta Mayor George Harvie gave to Ladner Rotary on February 22, 2022, on the state and future look of the City, included:
• Delta is the second highest community in BC for immunization.
• Throughout Canada Delta is in the top 50 best communities to live and the best in Metro Vancouver, according to the annual Maclean's magazine assessment.
• A number of parks have been improved.
• There is now or will be no fee for use of recreation centres for youth and for those 75 and older.
• A final solution to the Fraser River crossing and replacement of the George Massie Tunnel is now expected for 2030.
City of Delta Outlook 2022, Mayor George Harvie Peter Roaf 2022-02-22 08:00:00Z 0

A family's journey, from incarceration (1942 -1949) and beyond

Posted by Peter Roaf on Feb 15, 2022
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Mary Kitagawa is an educator and crusader for human rights who has helped dismantle society’s systems of racial apartheid and legalized discrimination, create a more inclusive and just world, and demonstrate it is never too late to make right a wrong. Kitagawa and her family were among the more than 22,000 Canadians of Japanese descent incarcerated during the Second World War. As a result of the injustices her family endured, she became an advocate for human rights, maintaining a sustained focus to raise the problem of injustice due to racism and intolerance.
A family's journey, from incarceration (1942 -1949) and beyond Peter Roaf 2022-02-15 08:00:00Z 0

A family's journey, from incarceration (1942 -1949) and beyond

Posted by Peter Roaf on Feb 15, 2022

Mary Kitagawa is an educator and crusader for human rights who has helped dismantle society’s systems of racial apartheid and legalized discrimination, create a more inclusive and just world, and demonstrate it is never too late to make right a wrong.
 
Kitagawa and her family were among the more than 22,000 Canadians of Japanese descent incarcerated during the Second World War. As a result of the injustices her family endured, she became an advocate for human rights, maintaining a sustained focus to raise the problem of injustice due to racism and intolerance.
A family's journey, from incarceration (1942 -1949) and beyond Peter Roaf 2022-02-15 08:00:00Z 0 Japan,Japanese,human rights,immigration,war

Peace advanced through The Rotary Foundation in Canada

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The Rotary Foundation Canada reports that, in the past year, Canadian Rotarians have envisioned greater peace in the world through the creation of eight 𝗣𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗔𝗿𝗲𝗮 𝗼𝗳 𝗙𝗼𝗰𝘂𝘀 𝗚𝗹𝗼𝗯𝗮𝗹 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀 valued at US$400,000. Half of the grant funding provided scholarship funding to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace as part of Rotary’s mission. 
Peace advanced through The Rotary Foundation in Canada Chris Offer 2022-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

Honour your past, embrace the present, forge your future: Black History Month

Posted by Peter Roaf on Feb 08, 2022
Equality means everybody gets a pair of shoes. Equity means they get shoes that fit. As Canadians celebrate Black History Month in February, the Member of Parliament, whose motion to establish the national celebration received unanimous approval in the House of Commons in 1995, The Honourable Jean Augustine, the first Black woman to be elected as an MP also describes Diversity as everybody being invited to a dance. Inclusion, she says, means everybody gets an opportunity to dance. Dr. Augustine spoke to Ladner Rotary on February 8, 2022.
Honour your past, embrace the present, forge your future: Black History Month Peter Roaf 2022-02-08 08:00:00Z 0

Stories year round outdoors

Posted on Jan 24, 2022
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On a recent sunny winter's day a local day care centre brought a group of children to the StoryWalk sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ladner. Along 1 km of the Millenium Trail in Ladner, starting at Neilson Grove Elementary School, 5500 Admiral Boulevard, the children took the trail with parents helping them read a two-page spread of a story book at each of 21 stations.  The children were running, hopping, skipping, and singing between each story board as directed at each station.

The stories along the trail are changed every month throughout the year, promoting reading literacy and physical literacy. StoryWalk is a collaborative project throughout Delta among the Rotary Club of Ladner and the two other Rotary clubs of North Delta and Tsawwassen, which have each sponsored their own StoryWalk, the Delta Child and Youth Committee, Delta Literacy Outreach and the City of Delta. -- photo Chris Offer
Stories year round outdoors Peter Roaf 2022-01-24 08:00:00Z 0 child,children,education,literacy,recreation

Mother & Child Health, Basic Education a legacy of Michael Cruise

Posted by Peter Roaf on Jan 09, 2022
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Our late friend, fellow club member and Past District 5040 Governor Michael Cruise, who passed away a year ago, bequeathed through his estate a significant donation to The Rotary Foundation Canada, in support of two of Rotary's seven areas of focus: Maternal and Child Health; Basic Education and Literacy. Thank you, Michael, with Beryl, for your forwarding thinking when you were with us, now and well into the future as your gift has a positive impact on so many young lives and their communities around the world. 
Mother & Child Health, Basic Education a legacy of Michael Cruise Peter Roaf 2022-01-09 08:00:00Z 0 child,children,education,health,mother,mother and chld

Rotary aims to leave no girl behind

Posted on Dec 28, 2021
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Women continue to face economic hurdles, declining levels of political participation, and challenges in the workplace, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021. And the COVID-19 pandemic is among the factors that have extended the amount of time that experts estimate it will take to close the gender gap.
 
"There is no shortage of need, and the impact of even simple projects can be significant when the power of Rotary is focused on empowering girls," says Elizabeth Usovicz, Rotary International Director. 
Rotary aims to leave no girl behind Peter Roaf 2021-12-28 08:00:00Z 0 girl,opportunity

Delta Hospital lights brighten up Christmas

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Delta Hospital patients, long term care residents, hospital and medical staff, and visitors are being treated to some Christmas spirit with decorations in the hospital's central courtyard Healing Garden, a project originally sponsored in part by Ladner Rotary. A team of Rotary Club of Ladner members, including a crew from Pure Sunfarms, installed the lights and seasonal figures. -- photos by Patricia Sibley and Pania Lincoln
Delta Hospital lights brighten up Christmas Peter Roaf 2021-12-16 08:00:00Z 0 Christmas,hospital,lights

Ladner Rotarians sing for Christmas supper

Posted on Dec 14, 2021
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Ladner Rotarians and guests celebrated Christmas in fun company, with a delicious dinner and homegrown seasonal music and singalong at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn on December 14, 2021. Thanks to organizers, Ann Waldo and Avis Glaze, President Denis Denischuk and, after a late cancellation of the musician because of illness, musician Ulf Ottho, the 30 or so attending sang Christmas carols led by the choir of Arthur Birk, Patricia Sibley and Guillermo Bustos. -- video & photos by Chris Offer 
Ladner Rotarians sing for Christmas supper Peter Roaf 2021-12-14 08:00:00Z 0 Christmas,dinner

Paul Harris Fellow Awards to Rotarian and business woman, counsellor

Posted on Dec 14, 2021
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Thanks to Rotarian Wilbur Walrond, Rose Chiron/Howitt, Managing Director at Delta-based Grand Bliss Developments LTD, has received an international Paul Harris Award through Ladner Rotary. Her company creates real estate investment opportunities, but she also supports people in reaching forgiveness when they have suffered from not being able to let go of something bad that happened to them for a bright, hopeful and less painful future. She receives her Paul Harris Award from Wilbur Walrond, presented by Rotary Past District 5040 Governor Chris Offer.
 
Ladner Rotarian Richard Shantz received a Paul Harris Fellow Award +9, as his tenth for his generosity in donating to The Rotary Foundation over the years. Both awards were presented at the Ladner Rotary members and guests Christmas Dinner on December 14, 2021.
Paul Harris Fellow Awards to Rotarian and business woman, counsellor Peter Roaf 2021-12-14 08:00:00Z 0 Paul Harris,award

Ladner Rotarian Peter Podovinikoff passes away

Posted on Dec 13, 2021
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Peter Podovinikoff, Ladner Rotarian of 45 years, passed away on December 13, 2021 after a lengthy, courageous battle with cancer. He was 85. Peter joined the Rotary Club of Grand Forks, BC 56 years ago. He joined Ladner Rotary in 1976. In 2008-09 he served as club president. Over many years he was an active participant in community service projects for the club and was a generous supporter of The Rotary Foundation.
Ladner Rotarian Peter Podovinikoff passes away Peter Roaf 2021-12-13 08:00:00Z 0

Special needs adult volunteer awarded Paul Harris Fellow

Posted on Dec 11, 2021
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For his 25 years of volunteering in support of the South Delta Family and Peer Support Group for special needs adults, Ladner Rotary honoured Allan Kiess with a Paul Harris Fellow Award. His mother, Viola Keiss, having founded the Group 25 years ago, now at age 91 gave a thank you/farewell speech as she prepares to retire, at the annual Christmas Dinner which Ladner Rotary hosted on December 11, 2021. Allan receives his Paul Harris pin and lanyard from Ladner Rotary President Denis Denischuk.
 
Special needs adult volunteer awarded Paul Harris Fellow Peter Roaf 2021-12-11 08:00:00Z 0 Paul Harris,adult,award,special needs
Protect mangroves, Rotary urged at COP26 climate conference Peter Roaf 2021-11-29 08:00:00Z 0 climate,environment,sustainability

ICBC in the Community

Posted on Nov 23, 2021
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Road Safety programs, especially for pedestrian safety, Enhanced Road Assessment for seniors), and the new Enhanced Care Coverage insurance coverage were three highlights of a presentation to the Rotary Club of Ladner by the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) on November 23, 2021.
ICBC in the Community Peter Roaf 2021-11-23 08:00:00Z 0

District Governor 2020-21 Dave Hamilton named Delta’s Citizen of the Year

Posted on Nov 22, 2021
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Delta’s highest community honour was presented posthumously to Tsawwassen Rotarian and Rotary District 5040 Governor 2020-21 Dave Hamilton, one of its beloved community champions and business leaders at the 70th Annual Hats Off to Excellence Awards, sponsored by the Delta Chamber of Commerce. -- courtesy of Ian Jacques, the Delta Optimist
District Governor 2020-21 Dave Hamilton named Delta’s Citizen of the Year Peter Roaf 2021-11-22 08:00:00Z 0

Remembrance Day salute with flags displayed in community

Posted on Nov 06, 2021
In a salute to Remembrance Day 2021, Ladner Rotarians Ulf Ottho and Jim Burnett raise a flag for a week on the lawn of a Ladner resident who has registered for this service to generate funds for local community services in Delta. Lest we forget. -- photo by Chris Offer
Remembrance Day salute with flags displayed in community Roaf Peter 2021-11-06 07:00:00Z 0

Needy Delta families will enjoy Christmas a little more from Shred A Thon

Posted by Peter Roaf on Oct 30, 2021
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Christmas will be a little brighter with food for festive season dinners among 40 Delta families who need a hand up thanks to the generosity of Delta residents. People from Ladner and area showed up in 75 vehicles for the Ladner Rotary Shred-A-Thon on October 30th. Proceeds of $4,000 from the event will go to Deltassist which organizes the annual "Christmas Hampers" program for 600 or more needy families which register each year.
Needy Delta families will enjoy Christmas a little more from Shred A Thon Peter Roaf 2021-10-30 07:00:00Z 0 Christmas,food,shred

Articling law student joins Ladner Rotary

Posted on Oct 19, 2021
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Steven Potter, law student articling with Delta Law Office, joined Ladner Rotary on October 19th. President of The Rotary Foundation Canada and former Vice President of Rotary International, Dean Rohrs, officiated at the induction ceremony.
Articling law student joins Ladner Rotary Peter Roaf 2021-10-19 07:00:00Z 0

Food hampers from Shred A Thon for a brighter Christmas

Posted by Peter Roaf on Oct 15, 2021
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At least 600 low income families throughout Delta, registered with Deltassist, will enjoy a happier Christmas thanks to proceeds from a confidential, secure paper Shred-A-Thon which Ladner Rotary is holding on Saturday, October 30, 2021, 10 am to 2 pm, behind Delta Cable/Eastlink offices at 5381 Ladner Trunk Road in Ladner. 
 
For decades Deltassist has distributed hundreds of Christmas food hampers to low income families and seniors in Delta with food collected through local schools and other organizations. Ladner Rotary is one of the community partners of Deltassist in not only funding the hampers, but delivering them through volunteer service of club members.
Food hampers from Shred A Thon for a brighter Christmas Peter Roaf 2021-10-15 07:00:00Z 0 Christmas,family,food,fundraiser,hamper,low income,mother and chld,paper,shred

Horseback riding competitor and former national para-equestrian coach

Posted by Peter Roaf on Oct 12, 2021
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Langley based Andrea Taylor spoke to Ladner Rotary members about her international level equestrian experience and that of National Team Coach for Para-Equestrian Canada. Andrea is credited for guiding Canada's Para-Equestrian team to results at the 2007 World Championships and the 2008 Paralympic Games. Rider Lauren Barwick won individual gold and silver medals. She was awarded the Petro Canada Coaching Excellence Award in recognition of her coaching achievements at the 2008 Paralympic Games.
Horseback riding competitor and former national para-equestrian coach Peter Roaf 2021-10-12 07:00:00Z 0 Paralympic,equestrian,horse,riding

Rotary fights disease

Posted on Oct 11, 2021
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400 million people in the world can’t afford or do not have access to basic health care. Disease results in pain and poverty for millions worldwide. That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to Rotary as one of its seven areas of focus.
Rotary fights disease Peter Roaf 2021-10-11 07:00:00Z 0 PolioPlus,disease,medical,polio,treatment

Ladner Village revitalization

Posted by Peter Roaf on Oct 05, 2021
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Since the City of Delta (then the Municipality of Delta) drafted the Ladner Area Plan in 1998, the centre of Ladner Village has been under planning discussion. Now a specific plan is emerging. The City of Delta's Deputy Director of Community Planning and Development James Klukas presented an update of this planning to Ladner Rotary on October 5, 2021. Delta Councillor Dylan Kruger also spoke to the club.
Ladner Village revitalization Peter Roaf 2021-10-05 07:00:00Z 0 Ladner,city,plan,waterfront
Rotary International Citation for Ladner Rotary Peter Roaf 2021-09-28 07:00:00Z 0 award,citation

Indigenous Education in Delta

Posted by Peter Roaf on Sep 28, 2021
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All students and Delta staff will benefit from a deeper understanding of Canada’s history of colonization and its influence on current relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people when they embark on a journey towards reconciliation. Diane Jubinville, Delta School District Vice-Principal, Indigenous Education Department, and Heide Wood, an Educator in the School District's Indigenous Education Department, spoke to Ladner Rotary members on September 28, 2021.
Indigenous Education in Delta Peter Roaf 2021-09-28 07:00:00Z 0 First Nation,reconciliation,truth
Enhancing and empowering out of mental illness Peter Roaf 2021-09-21 07:00:00Z 0 mental health,rehabilitation,substance abuse

Sport, Success and contributing to your community

Posted by Peter Roaf on Aug 31, 2021
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Ladner resident, Michael Edgson, who is partially blind, is Canada’s most decorated Paralympian. He competed internationally as a swimmer in able bodied as well as para events. Having won 18 Gold and 3 Silver medals, and set 9 World Records during his career as a Paralympic Swimmer, he carried the Canadian flag during the closing ceremonies at the 1988 Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea. 
Sport, Success and contributing to your community Peter Roaf 2021-08-31 07:00:00Z 0 Olympic,Paralympic,swim

Flags raised for Labour Day

Posted on Aug 28, 2021
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Labour Day is the second of three occasions in the year when Ladner and area residents and businesses Raise A Flag in support of community service projects. The Rotary Club of Ladner has been signing up people in our community who pay $60 per season for a flag of Canada on a 10-foot pole to be installed for a week on their front lawn or nearby. The other two occasions in the season are Canada Day and Remembrance Day. The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen has been providing this service to residents of that community. Thank you to all our subscribers and to our work party volunteers who install and remove the flags. photos by Chris Offer
Flags raised for Labour Day Peter Roaf 2021-08-28 07:00:00Z 0

Special needs picnic in the park

Posted by Peter Roaf on Aug 15, 2021
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About 40 special needs adults and their family or guardians, in the Family and Peer Support Group, came to Rotary Park, next to Delta City Hall, on August 15, 2021, to participate in the annual summer picnic which the Rotary Club of Ladner sponsors every year for the group. Members of the group as always were grateful for the chance to enjoy the outdoor event, with tasty food and games, which, they say, makes a difference in their lives. Ladner Rotary also sponsors a Christmas dinner for the group. Thank you to Mike and Kathy Storey and to Arthur and Geraldine Birk for organizing this event, along with 12 other Ladner Rotary volunteers. -- photos Chris Offer
Special needs picnic in the park Peter Roaf 2021-08-15 07:00:00Z 0 picnic,special needs
Conservative MP candidate speaks up ahead of anticipated election Peter Roaf 2021-08-10 07:00:00Z 0
StoryWalk trail gets a new story for August Peter Roaf 2021-08-08 07:00:00Z 0 children,family,literacy,reading,recreation

Rotary International President new nominee 2023-24 former guest of Ladner Rotary

Posted by Peter Roaf on Aug 06, 2021
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Guest of Ladner Rotary in February, Gordon McInally, a member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry, Lothian, Scotland, is nominated to become President of Rotary International for 2023-24. Gordon spoke to our club about Scotland. He lauded Rotary’s ability to adapt technologically during the COVID-19 pandemic -- an example being his speaking to our club from afar via Zoom -- saying the approach should continue and be combined with the best of our past practices as Rotary seeks to grow and increase engagement.
 
He says, “We have learned there is a willingness within communities to care for one another, and we must ensure that we encourage people who have recently embraced the concept of volunteering to join us to allow them to continue giving service.”
Rotary International President new nominee 2023-24 former guest of Ladner Rotary Peter Roaf 2021-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

Police highlights in Delta

Posted by Peter Roaf on Aug 03, 2021
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The death of an off duty corrections officer, who was recently shot in a North Delta shopping mall, has led to protocols developed by Delta Police with local retailers about what to do in the event of a similar incident to protect themselves and their customers. Ladner Rotarian, Acting Sergeant Ken Kirk, provided this update at our club meeting on August 3rd. The theft of catalytic converters, especially from larger vehicles, has been increasing, now even in daylight from the middle of shopping malls, he reported. A driver can have their catalytic converter etched with their identification, through Delta Police Department, and a bike rider, their bike registered, in case of theft. Stolen property has been returned through that kind of system. Delta Police continues to serve, and work with, Tsawwassen First Nation, as well as all of Delta. Volunteers' contributing to community policing had dropped off during the past year or so of pandemic restrictions, but will be picking up again this Fall. Once again, Delta residents are encouraged to keep an eye out for any threats to security and safety and report them to police: "No call too small."
Police highlights in Delta Peter Roaf 2021-08-03 07:00:00Z 0 crime,police

Funding relief going to Lytton fire evacuees

Posted by Peter Roaf on Jul 27, 2021
Dozens of families, among the more than 1,000 people suddenly forced to flee their homes in Lytton, BC when fire swept through most of the town on June 30th, so far have received from many Rotary members in this region $10,000 in gift cards plus $4,000 in fuel cards and supplies, as requested by leaders of the destroyed community. These funds are half of the total $28,000 in funds Rotary has raised to date for the BC Wild Fire Relief fund through the club in Steveston community of Richmond.
Funding relief going to Lytton fire evacuees Peter Roaf 2021-07-27 07:00:00Z 0 fire,fund,relief,wildfire

Paul Harris Fellow Award to Shirvan Bakhtiyari

Posted on Jul 27, 2021
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Paul Harris Fellow honourees are individuals who meet high professional and personal standards set forth by Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International. Honourees may have contributed more than US $1000 to The Rotary Foundation or may be recognized with this award by their club for extraordinary service above self. After many months, Shirvan Bakhtiyari, of Millenium Pacific Greenhouses in Delta, received his Paul Harris Award on July 27, 2021.
Paul Harris Fellow Award to Shirvan Bakhtiyari Peter Roaf 2021-07-27 07:00:00Z 0 Paul Harris,award,pin
Pania Lincoln officially joins Ladner Rotary Peter Roaf 2021-07-27 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary serving to change lives in Delta -- new board
 

Posted by Peter Roaf on Jul 10, 2021
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With the global theme for 2021-22, “Serve to Change Lives,” Rotary Club of Ladner installed its new president, Denis Denischuk, and board of directors at a virtual ceremony on June 29, 2021, officiated by the 2021-22 Rotary District 5040 Governor for 50 of the Rotary clubs in BC, Lorne Calder, of the Rotary Club of Prince George. Ladner Rotary, now in its 64th year, will continue to build on projects for the community, such as the StoryWalk trail of reading stations for young children, the pantry for high school students who need nutritious food over weekends, events for special needs adults and the Ladner Rotary Splash Park.
Rotary serving to change lives in Delta -- new board  Peter Roaf 2021-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Video review of productive Ladner Rotary year in 2020-21 Peter Roaf 2021-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

We're listening as we Raise A Flag

Posted by Peter Roaf on Jun 30, 2021
Rotary's Raise A Flag program in South Delta has coincided with a period of national mourning with the discovery of remains of children from the Tk’emlùps te Secwèpemc First Nation in unmarked graves at the residential school in Kamloops, and more recently in Saskatchewan.
 
Planning and development of the Raise A Flag program, by the Rotary Clubs of Ladner and Tsawwassen, began months ago to provide a means for local residents and businesses to demonstrate national pride on special occasions, and raise funds for projects which contribute to our communities where there is need.
We're listening as we Raise A Flag Peter Roaf 2021-06-30 07:00:00Z 0

Ladner Rotary board installed for 2021-22

Posted on Jun 29, 2021
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Denis Denischuk became the 64th President of the Rotary Club of Ladner at the Installation ceremony on June 29, 2021 as Rotary 5040 District Governor Elect Lorne Calder swore him in as well as the board of directors for 2021-22, effective July 1, 2021.
Ladner Rotary board installed for 2021-22 Peter Roaf 2021-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

Ladner Rotarian of the Year

Posted on Jun 29, 2021
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Rotarian of the Year
The Rotary Club of Ladner's Rotarian of the Year 2020-21 is Richard Shantz. Congratulations and thanks to Richard, who received a Paul Harris Fellow +7 Award pin, for:
• member Satisfaction for Fundraising was rated in a recent survey at 77% (up from 59% in 2020);
• Pumpkins for Polio fundraiser in October achieved, with matching grant, a total of US$2,580 which will save 857 children from the lifetime crippling disease of polio, even death;
• Shred-A-Thon fundraisers in Fall and Spring raised $8,000 for 50 needy Delta families at Christmas, StoryWalk for thousands of children and families, and a food pantry for needy high school students;
• flagpole rentals can lead to $12,000 to fund future community projects.
Ladner Rotarian of the Year Peter Roaf 2021-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

Ladner Rotary's glorious golfers

Posted on Jun 24, 2021
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Team Ladner Rotary foursome played in the June 24th Delta Chamber of Commerce annual golf tournament at Tsawwassen Golf Club: Ulf Ottho; Richard Shantz; Brian Smith; John Thomas. Ulf won the award for coming closest to the "tooth", an award undoubtedly sponsored by a dentist or dental supply company.
Ladner Rotary's glorious golfers Peter Roaf 2021-06-24 07:00:00Z 0
Europe and Africa a major part of Rotary's global operations Peter Roaf 2021-06-22 07:00:00Z 0 Africa,Europe,Rotary Foundation,international
Interact rocks, at Delta Secondary Peter Roaf 2021-06-15 07:00:00Z 0 Interact,high school,school,youth

Final flagpoles prep work party

Posted on Jun 13, 2021
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Flag stands needed metal cutting and power grinding as the final phase of prep before distribution of the first round of Canadian flags on poles, out of three rounds this year, to those renting them in the Ladner area as a demonstration of national pride. Flagpoles at residences and businesses can be rented for one week around Canada Day, Labour Day and Remembrance Day for $60 each flag, on all three occasions, to support local community projects in the coming months. For more information. -- photos by Mike Storey
Final flagpoles prep work party Peter Roaf 2021-06-13 07:00:00Z 0 flag,flagpole

Delta Police Challenges and Opportunities

Posted on Jun 01, 2021
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Delta's recently appointed Deputy Chief Constable Michelle Davey spoke to Ladner Rotary about the challenges and opportunities for policing in Delta. Deputy Chief Davey came from Vancouver Police Department where she served for 24 years. Latterly she was responsible for support services in the department’s investigations division. She is a recognized expert in mental health issues and has built innovative partnerships to help ensure those experiencing mental health challenges are not criminalized.
Delta Police Challenges and Opportunities Peter Roaf 2021-06-01 07:00:00Z 0 law,police

Getting ready to raise flags on national days

Posted on May 30, 2021
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A Ladner Rotary work party attached 200 flags of Canada to 10-foot aluminum poles and prepared them for delivery to homes and businesses of people throughout Ladner subscribing to the Raise a Flag program for $60 to have them erected and removed for a week around Canada Day, Labour Day and Remembrance Day in displays of national pride. Proceeds from the program will support community service projects, along with the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen. -- photos by Chris and Penny Offer
Getting ready to raise flags on national days Peter Roaf 2021-05-30 07:00:00Z 0 flag,flagpole
Rotary celebrates Ladner May Days 125th Anniversary Peter Roaf 2021-05-29 07:00:00Z 0 May Days,parade

One of BC's two LNG facilities in Tilbury industrial park

Posted on May 18, 2021
FortisBC is the owner and operator of the only two Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities in British Columbia. One is at Tilbury industrial park in Delta, where the company has run part of its operations since 1971. These facilities have a variety of special features designed for the safe handling of LNG—including sophisticated monitoring, control and alarm systems. Regular maintenance and upgrading of equipment, operator training, safety equipment and continuous process monitoring ensure safe operation.
One of BC's two LNG facilities in Tilbury industrial park Peter Roaf 2021-05-18 07:00:00Z 0 LNG,energy,gas,industrial park,natural gas

Raise a Flag for our community

Posted on May 12, 2021
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Services to make our community of Ladner and Delta and better place to live will benefit when local residents and businesses celebrate with national pride in their neighbourhoods and on their street fronts with a flag of Canada planted on their front lawn for a week around each of three holidays in 2021. 
 
With a donation towards community service projects, the Rotary Clubs of Ladner and Tsawwassen will plant a Canadian flag, on a 10-foot pole, on your lawn or in your garden around Canada Day, Remembrance Day, and Labour Day as a display of community and national pride for a donation of $60 for the season. Then they will remove the flags.
Raise a Flag for our community Peter Roaf 2021-05-12 07:00:00Z 0 celebrate,flag,flagpole,holiday
Service far above self...of self...with organ transplant donation Peter Roaf 2021-05-11 07:00:00Z 0 kidney,transplant

Youth service above self

Posted on May 03, 2021
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Rotary is committed in many ways to not only developing, but learning from, our next generation of leaders. We help younger leaders build leadership skills, expand education and learn the value of service. In serving our youth, Rotarians of all ages learn so much from them.
 
Rotary Club of Ladner sponsors the Interact Club – stands for “International + Action” -- at Delta Secondary School, in Ladner, for young people ages 12-18. From a small group of members at the start of the school year, the club grew quickly to upwards of 30 or more, despite the pandemic restrictions. 
Youth service above self Peter Roaf 2021-05-03 07:00:00Z 0 Interact,high school,youth

District Governor Dave Hamilton's life celebrated

Posted on Apr 28, 2021
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A small gathering of family, Rotarians and colleagues gathered in person to celebrate the life of District 5040 Governor Dave Hamilton, who passed away recently. The service was livestreamed and it was recorded. The service was a fitting tribute to a 30-year member of Rotary, who gave so much of himself in Service Above Self, to Rotary, the community and the lives of so many. Here are just a few comments at the service about Dave:
 
"inspired us, left a lasting legacy"
"didn't stop going"
"never complained"
"knew everybody in the community"
"was a servant of the community"
District Governor Dave Hamilton's life celebrated Peter Roaf 2021-04-28 07:00:00Z 0

Delta Chamber advocates to relieve traffic congestion

Posted on Apr 27, 2021
Traffic congestion has been an ongoing challenge for businesses and residents in Delta over many years. Businesses are struggling with the realities of unreliable travel times and are reluctant to develop to meet full potential. The best case scenario for replacement of the George Massey Tunnel is 7 to 8 years, but only once the provincial government finally has made a decision. The Delta Chamber of Commerce sees the need to engage with industry, government, and other stakeholders, particularly Translink and BC Transit, to help develop a comprehensive public transit service plan for Industrial Lands and Business Parks. The Chamber has developed a new Transportation Policy, which Chair of the Delta Chamber of Commerce, Rotarian Yvonne Anderson, presented to Ladner Rotary on April 27, 2021.
 
Delta Chamber advocates to relieve traffic congestion Peter Roaf 2021-04-27 07:00:00Z 0 car,traffic,transit,transportation,truck

Waving flags for District conference

Posted on Apr 24, 2021
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Rotarians from Ladner and Tsawwassen clubs lined 34b Avenue off Arthur Drive in Ladner by their cars, with flags of nations to wave for a video at the June 4-5 2021 virtual District 5040 Conference, in place of the normal part of the opening ceremony which would include international exchange students as flag bearers from around the world.
Waving flags for District conference Peter Roaf 2021-04-24 07:00:00Z 0 conference,flag

Captain Cook Rediscovered

Posted on Apr 20, 2021
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Captain Cook Rediscovered is the latest book by David Nicandri. It is the first modern study to frame Captain James Cook’s career from a North American perspective, recognizing that Cook sailed more miles in the high latitudes of all of the world’s oceans than in the tropical zone. The book focuses on Cook's voyages in seas and on lands usually neglected. The most famous protege of this world renowned explorer was Captain George Vancouver.
Captain Cook Rediscovered Peter Roaf 2021-04-20 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary International incoming President on priorities for 2021-22

Posted on Apr 15, 2021
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Rotary needs to grow more and do more with bigger, better and bolder projects, according to Rotary International President for 2021-22, Shekhar Mehta, of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India. President Elect Shekhar spoke to 61 members of the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen on April 15 and Rotarians visiting from nearby clubs and from as far away as India and the Philippines.
 
Mehta says Rotary needs to become more contemporary and adaptable by focusing on partnerships with governments and corporations, expanding partnerships with organizations that specialize in Rotary’s areas of focus, and investing in technology.
By the end of his term as President, on June 30th, 2022, he hopes Rotary will have grown from its steady position of 1.2 million members to 1.3 million. Each member can aim to bring a new member to Rotary in the next 15 months and that can make the difference.
Rotary International incoming President on priorities for 2021-22 Peter Roaf 2021-04-15 07:00:00Z 0

Plant-based lifestyle business a growing success story

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A plant-based lifestyle is far more than just a diet. The goal of West Vancouver-based PlantX is to educate the masses on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle and eliminate the barriers to entry for all. As PlantX co-founder, Sean Dollinger, describes the lifestyle on his company website, "It’s a way to be closer to nature, to each other, and work toward a kinder and cruelty-free future for everyone."
Plant-based lifestyle business a growing success story Peter Roaf 2021-04-13 07:00:00Z 0 food,investment,lifestyle,vegan

Soccer cleats and books on their way to children in the Philippines

Posted on Apr 10, 2021
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A collection of soccer cleats and books for children in the Philippines, which members of the Rotary-sponsored Interact Club at Delta Secondary School collected in recent months, are now on their way by shipping container along with used medical and dental equipment for services in some communities. One Ladner Rotary member and six Interact members joined other Rotarians to load the container at a warehouse in Coquitlam on April 10. 2021. Ladner Rotary has provided $1,500 as one of the clubs sponsoring shipment of the container.
Soccer cleats and books on their way to children in the Philippines Peter Roaf 2021-04-10 07:00:00Z 0 Interact,books,children,dental equipment,international,literacy,medical equipment,school

Children’s reading trail, food for high school students in need
supported by shredding

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Children can read a story over the course of a trail of reading stations scheduled to open by this summer in Ladner. Some students at Delta Secondary School and their families, who need a hand up, will continue to receive food over weekends from a food pantry program. These two services to the community are being provided by Rotary Club of Ladner thanks to proceeds from a paper shredding fundraiser it organized on April 10th.
 
The South Delta residents and business people who showed up in 130 vehicles over four hours with boxes and bags of confidential and other documents to the shredding site behind the Delta TV/Eastlink building on Ladner Trunk Road, made the event a success with about $3,000 raised for the two community service projects.
Children’s reading trail, food for high school students in needsupported by shredding Peter Roaf 2021-04-10 07:00:00Z 0 children,food,fundraiser,literacy,reading,school,youth

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion -- values for us all

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are values which Rotary International Board Director and DEI Taskforce Chair Valarie Wafer has not only spoken about passionately over many years, but has practiced in our own business. In 2021-22 Valarie, who will become Vice President of Rotary's 1.2 million member global network, says DEI aren't just the right values to practice, they are good for business. She will be serving on the RI board with fellow Ontario Rotarian Jennifer James, who in 2022 becomes the first female president in 117 years of Rotary International, considered the world's original service club. Valerie spoke to the Rotary Club of Ladner on April 6, 2021.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion -- values for us all Peter Roaf 2021-04-07 07:00:00Z 0 diversity,equity,inclusion
Children and families will soon enjoy outdoor reading trail Peter Roaf 2021-04-05 07:00:00Z 0 children,family,learning,literacy,outdoor,reading,trail

Millions under age 5, mothers giving birth, die -- Rotary acts

Posted on Apr 01, 2021
Almost six million children under the age of five die every year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation. As people of action, Rotarians have been working with authorities in various countries to prevent those deaths. They have also been working on reducing maternal deaths by 30% through family planning and ultimately empowering women. 
 
Poverty and hunger can be alleviated if mothers are empowered and healthy, and in turn, their families. Thanks to the Rotary Foundation, communities receive the help and training they need to take control of their own maternal and infant health care.
Millions under age 5, mothers giving birth, die -- Rotary acts Peter Roaf 2021-04-01 07:00:00Z 0 babies,birth,mother,mother and chld

Leaders in Ladner Rotary featured in national journal

Posted on Mar 31, 2021
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Ladner Rotarians Chris and Penny Offer are featured in the April 2021 issue of Rotary Canada magazine. Both are Past District 5040 Governors and have held, and continue to hold, national and international leadership positions in Rotary.
Leaders in Ladner Rotary featured in national journal Peter Roaf 2021-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

Sad farewell to our District 5040 Director

Posted on Mar 30, 2021
Rest in Peace
Dave Hamilton,
our District 5040 Governor.
 
Thank you, Dave,
for your legacy
from service above self to
Rotary and our community
over many years. 
Sad farewell to our District 5040 Director Peter Roaf 2021-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

Ladner Rotary hitting targets with their goals

Posted on Mar 30, 2021
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Members of the Rotary Club of Ladner are people of action. They engage in service above self to make our community a better place......and our world. Members spoke up in a survey last Spring. The club has acted on those priorities, despite the pandemic. Here are some highlights.
Ladner Rotary hitting targets with their goals Peter Roaf 2021-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

People who make our community and our world a better place

Posted on Mar 23, 2021
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Lynn Cameron and Graham Witcher are two members of Rotary Club of Ladner who have seen much of the world and bring their life's experience, sense of humour and commitment as people of action to service above self. They, like our fellow members, make Rotary such a positive experience of friendship in working with other members in fellowship.
People who make our community and our world a better place Peter Roaf 2021-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

Youth get a better chance in Delta Police community program

Posted on Mar 16, 2021
For the past 15 years, Constable Mike Grandia has been a member of Delta police where he is assigned to the Youth Services Team working with "high risk" youth. In recent years Constable Grandia has been a leader in the youth program developed with Tsawwassen First Nation where he was the Delta Police liaison officer and where he continues to work with youth. Now his team is working on implementing a similar program for urban setting in local communities.
Youth get a better chance in Delta Police community program Peter Roaf 2021-03-16 07:00:00Z 0 crime,police,substance abuse,trauma,youth

April 10th Shred-A-Thon to make outdoor reading fun and provide food for students

Posted on Mar 10, 2021
StoryWalk® is a way for children to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. It is one of the projects to be supported by proceeds from the Ladner Rotary Shred-A-Thon fundraiser on Saturday, April 10th. Laminated pages from a children's book are attached to wooden platforms on wooden posts, which are installed along an outdoor trail. As children stroll down the trail with their families and friends they are directed to the next pages in the story at the next station. The Delta Child and Youth Committee is working with the Rotary Club of Ladner on a StoryWalk for Ladner, and one each with the two other Rotary clubs in Delta and the City of Delta, for an expected launch possibly this summer. 
 
The Shred-A-Thon will also support a program to feed families of high school students in need on weekends just started at Delta Secondary School in Ladner. Rotary Club of Ladner is sponsoring a School Grocery Pantry to provide students of families in need with nutritious food to take home for wholesome meals to help their learning at school. Save-On-Foods in Ladner is providing the food at “food bank prices”.
April 10th Shred-A-Thon to make outdoor reading fun and provide food for students Peter Roaf 2021-03-10 08:00:00Z 0 children,food,high school,outdoor,reading,shred

The Fraser

Posted on Mar 09, 2021
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The Fraser River is the 11th largest river in Canada. In their new coffee-table book, "The Fraser, River of Life and Legend," Carol and Rick Blacklaws raise the profile of its rugged and wild beauty, capturing over 20 years of exploring the river and some of its life and history, from the Cariboo region to the Strait of Georgia. The Blackwells -- whose son became a river guide, and who named his own son Fraser -- wanted to recognize the Fraser as a rich resource for most of us in the province, because, in many places, it is only accessible on backroads or river rafts by those who work on the river.
The Fraser Peter Roaf 2021-03-09 08:00:00Z 0 BC,Fraser,river

Clean water and sanitation essential worldwide

Posted on Mar 08, 2021
Residential consumers of water in Canada use over 340 litres per person per day. That’s roughly twice as much per person as in other industrialized countries, other than the United States and Australia. Those of us fortunate to be living in this country of ours, and this province, may take our supply of fresh water for granted, and the sanitation facilities which come with our high standard of living. In other, less fortunate places on Earth, water may be delivered to communities through expensive processes such as desalination or complex recycling. Water is a vital, and can be a scarce, resource.
Clean water and sanitation essential worldwide Peter Roaf 2021-03-08 08:00:00Z 0 water,water and sanitation

Saluting women in Rotary and the world

Posted on Mar 05, 2021
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Rotary Club of Ladner salutes women who are members in this club and among millions of Rotarians worldwide on International Women’s Day, on March 8 -- a day to join voices with people around the world around the message, “Women’s rights are human rights!” It is time to celebrate all women, in all their diversities. We embrace their facets and intersections of faith, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual identity, or disability. We celebrate those who came before us, those who stand beside us now, and those who will come after. It’s a time to celebrate the achievements of women, whether social, political, economic or cultural.
Saluting women in Rotary and the world Peter Roaf 2021-03-05 08:00:00Z 0 leader,leadership,women

Bringing basic education and literacy to the world

Posted on Mar 02, 2021
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Over 776 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population. In 1985, Rotary declared basic literacy to be a pre-condition for the development of peace. Early literacy training is critical to the success of a child's later education. So Rotarians work worldwide with children, parents, and educators to encourage and build reading skills at an early age for the life and fulfillment of each child and their community, the avoidance of conflict and building of peace. 
Bringing basic education and literacy to the world Peter Roaf 2021-03-02 08:00:00Z 0 children,education,learning,literacy,read,reading

Wheelchairs given by sister Rotary club in Chile

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Presidente Luis Seguel of Ladner Rotary's sister club, Rotary Club of Temuco Norte, in Temuco, Chile sends his greetings to our club along with those of his club. They shared a video clip with a report from TVN, the public national tv channel in Chile. President Seguel and some members of the club are shown donating wheelchairs needed in the community. This event, was done to highlight the 116 years of Rotary international, on February 23. As our honourary member in Santiago, Patricio Ramirez, says this presentation was, "An excellent way to show the citizens of this country the great social and community work done by Rotary International." Congratulations, Presidente Seguel and members of Temuco Norte Rotary.
Wheelchairs given by sister Rotary club in Chile Peter Roaf 2021-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

Celebrating 116 years of Rotary International

Posted on Feb 23, 2021
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Rotary Club of Ladner, one of 34,000 clubs in 200 countries and territories of 1.2 million members in Rotary International, celebrated the 116th Anniversary of now the world's oldest and second largest service organization on February 23, 2021. The date is known as World Peace and Understanding Day. Club members enjoyed a virtual tour of the Rotary International headquarters in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois.
Celebrating 116 years of Rotary International Peter Roaf 2021-02-23 08:00:00Z 0 anniversary,headquarters,tour

Rotaract -- a dynamic, developing movement in the Rotary world

Posted on Feb 23, 2021
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Rotaract is Rotary for young professionals and college/university students, aged 18 to 30+ years. There are 203,298 Rotaractors in 10,698 Rotaract clubs in 180 countries worldwide.
 
At the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, then Rotary International President Barry Rassin presented Rotaract leader, Phoenix MacLaren, with the Rotary International Award of Honor for helping lead her District into increasing overall membership by 150%. Phoenix talks about Rotary on February 23, 2021, the 116th Anniversary of Rotary. 
Rotaract -- a dynamic, developing movement in the Rotary world Peter Roaf 2021-02-23 08:00:00Z 0 Rotaract,college,professional,university,young,youth

Making Arthur Drive clean again!

Posted on Feb 20, 2021
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One of the biggest teams showed up for the periodic street clean up of Arthur Drive on February 20, 2021. Thank you to the 12 who picked up bags of anything from cigarette butts and candy wrappers to drinking cups and straws scattered along the sides of the road and under hedges along Arthur Drive, from its start at the intersection with Ladner Trunk Road along to 44th Avenue, under the City of Delta's Adopt-A-Street program. -- photos by Chris Offer and stock shot by Alamay
Making Arthur Drive clean again! Peter Roaf 2021-02-20 08:00:00Z 0 Arthur Drive,adopt-a-street,clean up,street

Grade 3 newcomers benefit from dictionaries

Posted on Feb 17, 2021
Rotary Club of Ladner collaborated with the North Delta Rotary Club which requested our assistance in delivering 180 free dictionaries to elementary students in South Delta. North Delta Rotary has managed this project in recent years through in-person visit to the schools, not possible because of pandemic restrictions.
 
The international Dictionary Project aims to assist school students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, so the focus is on elementary school children in the third grade.
Grade 3 newcomers benefit from dictionaries Peter Roaf 2021-02-17 08:00:00Z 0 book,education,school,student

A Solution That Ends Malnutrition

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Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group (FPSRAG) is a dynamic project that focuses on addressing malnutrition, hunger and food security using readily available local food plants.
 
FPSRAG creates educational resources to help people, particularly women, understand the connection between plant selection and nutrition. It empowers them to grow a range of plants with differing seasonal requirements and maturities.  
A Solution That Ends Malnutrition Peter Roaf 2021-02-16 08:00:00Z 0 action group,food,health,malnutrition,nutrition,starvation

Chinese New Year celebrated at dinner, not as usual

Posted on Feb 12, 2021
26 Ladner Rotarians and partners gathered over dinner, to celebrate the Lunar or Chinese New Year, as usual, or not.....via zoom. Gung Hey Fat Choy. Thank you, Chris Offer. Guillermo and Paulette read fortune cookie fortunes for some of us. We gave toasts as we start the Year of the Ox. The event included two breakout sessions in smaller groups.
Chinese New Year celebrated at dinner, not as usual Peter Roaf 2021-02-12 08:00:00Z 0
Past Chair of the Delta Foundation receives Paul Harris Fellow Award Peter Roaf 2021-02-09 08:00:00Z 0 Delta Foundation,Foundation,award

Tom Siba receives Paul Harris Fellow Award for outstanding service

Posted on Feb 09, 2021
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Paul Harris Fellow honourees are individuals who meet high professional and personal standards set forth by Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International. Honourees may have contributed more than US $1000 to The Rotary Foundation or may be recognized with this award by their club for extraordinary service above self.
Tom Siba receives Paul Harris Fellow Award for outstanding service Peter Roaf 2021-02-09 08:00:00Z 0

Scotland Today

Posted on Feb 09, 2021
Dr. Gordon McInally Gordon, of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry, Lothian, Scotland, spoke to Ladner Rotary on February 9, 2021 from his home in Scotland about “Scotland Today”. Gordon is the past president of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and has served on the Rotary International board of directors.
Scotland Today Peter Roaf 2021-02-09 08:00:00Z 0 Scotland,Scots,United Kingdom

Peace and conflict resolution in a war weary world

Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year. 90 percent of those killed in conflicts are civilians and half of those are children. Often conflict starts and continues over long periods in competition for dwindling resources and as environmental changes force people to migrate.
 
Volatile rainfall and temperature trends in many parts of the world have exerted significant pressure on available land, water and food resources leading to diminishing food stocks, inadequate water supply, mass migration and desertification.
 
Rotary aims to look beyond the temporary cessation of violence in many parts of the world. There is a need to identify over the longer term conditions that lead to conflict management and mutual cooperation among those who have previously been adversaries.
Peace and conflict resolution in a war weary world Peter Roaf 2021-02-08 08:00:00Z 0 conflict,peace,peace fellow,peace scholar,peacebuilding

Peace Leaders recruited for international Rotary Peace Fellowship
 

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While the world hopes for peace, Rotary International works to make it a reality by training the next generation of peace leaders.
 
The Rotary Club of Ladner, and the Rotary Clubs of Tsawwassen and North Delta, are now recruiting local, Delta candidates for the Rotary Peace Fellowship, a program that gives up to 130 fellows the opportunity to obtain professional development certificates or master’s degrees in Peace and Conflict Resolution from one of seven universities around the world.
 
“Today, there are still far too few mediators who are experienced practitioners in conflict resolution. There is an urgent need to produce another generation of people who can play a mediating role in the future,” said Professor Paul Rogers, University of Bradford, in the United Kingdom. “This program is the most significant development in graduate work in conflict resolution in decades.”
Peace Leaders recruited for international Rotary Peace Fellowship  Peter Roaf 2021-02-08 08:00:00Z 0 conflict,peace,peace fellow,peace scholar,peacebuilding

Caring for seafarers around the world

Posted on Feb 02, 2021
When the Mission to Seafarers began in the 1830s, at the port of Bristol, England, the goal was then, as it is today, "to care for the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of all seafarers and their families." Seafarers, who run the container ships and other cargo ships, bring us 90% of what we have in our typical households and lives. In doing that, they are isolated from their families and the rest of society spending many months at sea, sometimes 12 to 16 months and more.
 
The Mission to Seafarers is a ministry of 'presence' and 'hospitality' by leaders in different faiths visiting seafarers on their ship, listening and letting them know we care, by providing centres a 'home away from home'  where they can go and relax, speak with family, watch TV, play pool, send money home, buy a snack or two. We provide transportation to take them to the centre or to the mall. The Mission also advocates for seafarers, keeping a watchful eye on conditions on board and helping them know their rights. 
Caring for seafarers around the world Peter Roaf 2021-02-02 08:00:00Z 0 church,port,seafarer,ship,shipping

Two new members from greenhouse businesses

Posted on Jan 26, 2021
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Dalell Amed, of Village Farms, came to this community from Mexico. Pania Lincoln, of Pure Sunfarms, came from New Zealand. They both give their classification presentations so we can learn more about them as our newer members.
Two new members from greenhouse businesses Peter Roaf 2021-01-26 08:00:00Z 0

Delta Hospital Christmas lights thank you

Posted on Jan 23, 2021
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A team of Ladner Rotarians, with some from Pure Sunfarms, took down the outdoor Christmas lights and decorations at Delta Hospital on January 17th. The lights and decorations, installed in early December, were appreciated:
 
" Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society would like to send out an enormous thank you to the Rotary Club of Ladner for putting up the Christmas Lights at Delta Hospital this year. Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society would also like to thank Pure Sun Farms for donating not only their valuable time to help the Rotary Club in putting up the lights but for also donating new lights to the existing lights for Delta Hospital. The lights have definitely sparked the festive spirit in everyone at the hospital. Thank you, Rotary Club of Ladner and Pure Sun Farms for helping spread the holiday spirit!"
Delta Hospital Christmas lights thank you Peter Roaf 2021-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

Deltaport update and expansion status

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One of the main facilities of the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest port system, is in Delta. Deltaport is a deep sea port for companies shipping containers and coal, amounting to much of the activity in the system. Tanya Hawke provides an overview on port operations in Delta and an update on the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project.
Deltaport update and expansion status Peter Roaf 2021-01-19 08:00:00Z 0 deltaport,port,ship,shipping,transportation

Recovery from serious mental illness and the opioid crisis

Posted on Jan 12, 2021
Coast Mental Health (CMH) believes that people living with mental challenges can thrive in our communities if they are given the right resources: housing, support services and employment and education opportunities. With compassion and courage, recovery from mental illness is possible when clients take the lead in their recovery, working with the team at CMH. Port Moody Rotarian, Darrell Burnham, speaks about the impact of Covid-19 and the opioid crisis on our community. 
Recovery from serious mental illness and the opioid crisis Peter Roaf 2021-01-12 08:00:00Z 0 homeless,housing,mental health,opioid

Rotary leader, Michael Cruise, passes away

Posted on Jan 11, 2021
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Our long-time club member and Rotarian of 58 years, Michael Cruise, suddenly passed away at age 95 at Waterford Delta, in Tsawwassen, where he had recently moved. He had contracted the COVID-19 virus and was in isolation, but was not suffering serious effects as some have done. Michael was a Past District 5040 Governor (1995-96) and a Paul Harris Fellow, who made many contributions to Rotary over the years here in this community, this province and overseas. Michael’s wife Beryl died in 2018.
Rotary leader, Michael Cruise, passes away Peter Roaf 2021-01-11 08:00:00Z 0

Vocational Service: sharing one's knowledge and expertise

Posted by Peter Roaf on Jan 09, 2021
As we all suffer the hardship of this pandemic in one way or another, we are inspired by the best in generosity and creativity among people in our communities. We are sometimes ashamed or disgusted by the poor judgment and bad behaviour of far fewer people among us in public and private life.
 
One way to describe many of the kind of supportive, caring actions of volunteers among us is vocational service. That is the essence of any service club: "service above self" to make the community and the world a better place, by working with integrity and contributing expertise to the problems and needs of society.
Vocational Service: sharing one's knowledge and expertise Peter Roaf 2021-01-09 08:00:00Z 0 expertise,knowledge,sharing,vocation
Chris Offer in Rotary magazine and joins Rotary Foundation Canada board Roaf 2021-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
A look at common eyesight problems we could face Peter Roaf 2021-01-05 08:00:00Z 0 age,eye,health,sight