Speaker Date Topic
April Klassen Apr 13, 2021 12:00 PM
Rotary Peace scholar
Rotary Peace scholar

April Klassen grew up in the Fraser Valley, but has found herself impassioned by the opportunities of a global world. The cultural exchanges she embraced as a youth led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in International Studies at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby. Upon completing her degree, the next 10 years of her life were spent working and volunteering with NGO’s in the areas of global development, and peacemaking. She has worked in France, Turkey, Iraq, Burundi, Bangladesh and Cambodia amongst other countries. Working with refugee and migrant families has become one of her greatest joys. To see community bridge culture, language and conflict is what drives her to want to continue in this particular field. Receiving a Rotary Peace Fellowship, she hopes, will help equip her in her work to walk alongside women and youth in areas of conflict. She is grateful and humbled by the support she has already received and desires to multiply the investment in her own life, into the lives of others.

 

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Lisa Stevens - Star FM Apr 20, 2021 12:00 PM
"Life in a radio station"

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Dave Loewen & Chris Oliver Apr 27, 2021 12:00 PM
Vocational Talks

International Service Director Dave Loewen and Club Secretary Chris Oliver will each share their vocational talk with us.

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Jennifer Stangl, Prospera Credit Union May 04, 2021 12:00 PM
Online presentations / Prospera Credit Union

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Mary Rhode May 11, 2021 12:00 PM
Fraser Health / Covid vaccine update

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Phil Esau May 18, 2021 12:00 PM
Starfish Packs USA Update

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Brad Hendy, Producer Jun 01, 2021 12:00 PM
Bard in the Valley
Bard in the Valley

We will be joined by Brad Hendy, a board director and producter for the Bard In the Valley. He will  tell us all about this cultural event.

This is Brad’s second year on the BIV board. Brad has moved BIV into a registered Charity and secured long-term contracts to improve our sustainability.  His experience with community relationships and business mentality will help BIV obtain its two goals of sustainability and growth.  

 

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Ron Dart Jun 08, 2021 12:00 PM
City Heritage

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Carmen Larsen Jun 15, 2021 12:00 PM
Kelowna Rotary/Starfish

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Kees van der Pol and guests Jun 22, 2021 12:00 PM
Their role with the Peace Park on the border of India and Pakistan
Their role with the Peace Park on the border of India and Pakistan

We will be joined by fellow Rotarians, Kees van der Pol (PDG District 5080), Tony Sharma (IPDG District 1130 London, UK), Mohammed Ayyaz (Past AG District 1130 London, UK), Norm McCarvell (PDG District 5080) who will speak on their role with the Peace Park on the border of India and Pakistan.

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Kees van der Pol is a retired British Columbia high school principal, and has been a Rotarian for 17 years.  He was a two-year president of the Rotary Club of Nakusp from 2011 to 2013, and was Rotary District 5080 Governor in 2016-17.

Currently, Kees is Registrar for Pacific Northwest PETS (Rotary Presidents-Elect Training), Director on the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Association, President of the Indus Peace Park Society, Director on the Kashmir-Peace and Saving Paradise Board, and Treasurer of his Rotary Club.

His wife, Mayumi, is the third club member to complete a two-year presidency, and will become an Assistant Governor in July 2021.  Both are Paul Harris Fellows and Rotary Leadership Institute graduates.  Kees and Mayumi have been married for 43 years and have two daughters, both living in Calgary; and three grandchildren.

Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Kees received a B.A. in Geography and German from the University of Victoria, and an M.Ed. from the University of British Columbia.  In 1974, he spent one year at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, after which he travelled the full length of the Trans-Siberian Railroad.  In 1990, he spent a month in Indonesia examining the education system there.  A highlight was climbing to the top of Krakatoa. 

Kees has led seven student tours of Europe and one adult tour to Europe and Morocco.  In 2016, Kees and Mayumi went on a cataract surgery mission to Dembi Dolo, Ethiopia.

During a Rotary Polio Immunization and District 5080 Friendship Exchange tour to Pakistan in 2015, events occurred that led Kees to the idea of creating an international peace park on the India-Pakistan border.

President Milt Walker Jun 29, 2021 12:00 PM
Installation of the new board for the 2021/2022 Rotary year

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