Posted on Oct 31, 2023
Rotary District 5040 Governor Shirley-Pat Chamberlain talked about the meaning of membership in Rotary and recognized the club and some of its members on her annual visit to the Ladner Rotary on October 31, 2023.
The Reverend Dr, Graham Witcher gave this invocation at the start of the club meeting
Where to begin?
There is a danger inherent in paralysis by analysis on the turmoil throughout our world:
international conflict;
undermining of democracy;
damage to the environment;
proliferation of diseases;
subjugation of girls and women;
distortion by the media.
How to intervene?
Identify stakehholders and decision makers. Cross-fertilize best practices.
In other words:
Motto of Winifred Holby, 1898-1935:
"God give me work til my life shall end
life til my work is done."
Shirley-Pat Chamberlain is a member of the Rotary Club of Steveston. She is also a woman of mixed heritage and is an adoptee of the Toosey community.
She brings to her job as our District Governor that perspective and 20+ years of leadership, project management, community development, fund development, teaching, and mentorship.
Shirley-Pat has been committed to social action literacy initiatives and community development innovation in rural and remote British Columbia in both indigenous and non-indigenous communities.
Her extraordinary service above self has been demonstrated in what is likely this District’s largest, most impactful program throughout the province: Write 2 Read -- a joint Government House of BC and Rotary International literacy equity initiative. Write 2 Read is now preparing to set up its 27th library or learning centre in a remote First Nation community.
Shirley-Pat has been a leader of the program with Past District Governor Bob Blacker and former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia when the program was founded, The Honourable Steven Point, who referred to her as the ‘original champion sparkplug”.
She received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012 for outstanding volunteerism. 
Shirley-Pat recently completed a Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
District Governor Shirley-Pat Chamberlain
brings District greetings and thoughts about
meaning of membership
Ladner Rotary Immediate Past President
Guillermo Bustos receives a Rotary
International recognition certificate for
the club's generous support of the
global End Polio campaign
Guillermo Bustos also received from
Shirley-Pat a Paul Harris Fellow Award +5
for continuing to donate to
The Rotary Foundation
Shirley-Pat and Past District Governor Chris
Offer, Rotary Foundation Canada board
director, present to Elise Roaf and
Assistant Governor Peter Roaf pins as
Major Donors, having reached the
$10,000 level in total Foundation
President Brian Coe and Chris Offer thank Shirley-Pat, and her sidekick Mini Me, for
visiting the club with a donation in her name to The Rotary Foundation End Polio campaign
President Brian Coe models the new work vests for club members when out doing
community service