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Welcome to Harbourside Rotary!


Canada's First Breakfast Club

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
The Union Club of British Columbia
805 Gordon Street
Victoria, BC  V8W 1Z6
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Dr. Andrew Wender PhD was our guest, speaking on Critical Reflections on Religion and Global Conflict.
This is the 11th year that we’ve been pleased to make and offer superb quality fruit cakes.
We make them exactly as you would at home – the finest ingredients, care at every step, and with lots of love built in.  We use a recipe that has been handed down through generations to one of our members.
The cakes are wrapped in cheesecloth, dipped in VSOP brandy and overwrapped in parchment paper and foil.  They’ve been maturing since September and will be perfect for eating and gifting (we provide the gift bags!) by mid-November.
You just can’t buy comparable cakes anywhere in Victoria.  We know because a few years ago, our local CBC did a taste test and voted it as the best cake around!
Order yours today at 
Nancy Gilbert, a lawyer by profession, is vice president of Calliope Consulting Inc. and works as a WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) consultant.  She currently is the Executive Director of a new NGO, Transform International (TI) which develops and supports a network of in-country Community Transformation Centres across the developing world to build local capacity and address issues of sustainability in water, sanitation and hugiene and other development interventions.
Having been the Manager, Appropriate Technology Enabled Development program for PIND, an NGO in the Niger Delta for the past 5 years, Nancy is currently transitioning out of that role by providing coaching to the team in Nigeria.  She is also the Project Manager for Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) in its latest WASH in Schools collaboration with Procter and Gamble, H2O for Life and implementing partners for WASH in Malawi and the Niger Delta.  The partnership is working with 5 schools in Malawi and 30 in southern Nigeria to facilitate behaviour change, and improved and reliable water supply, toilets and handwashing and other hygiene facilities.  
Currently, Nancy is a doctoral candidate at Royal Roads University focused on sustainable sanitation in Niger Delta riverine communities.
This presentation was the first in the club’s series on Peace & Conflict. Speaker Paul Kershaw of UBC spoke on how housing is a point of conflict between the generations - between those who have benefited from the relative increase in real estate values and those younger generations who are now trying to enter the housing market.
Jeanne Socrates, aboard S/V Nereida, successfully completed a nonstop, single-handed, unassisted sail around the world, arriving back at Ogden Point on July 8, 2013,  259 days after leaving Victoria in October 2012. She became the first woman to sail solo nonstop around the world from North America and the oldest woman to sail solo nonstop around the world. 


Harbourside Rotary's  annual rose sale is on now.   For only $32.00 you can show you care twice, once to the person who receives the roses…and again to the people Harbourside Rotary Victoria will help with the funds raised by your purchase.     Roses will be delivered on Saturday, October 29th.    Place your order online at .  

Fredy Quib Oxom,  a graduate of Pearson College WUC, gave a presentation about a school that he started in Guatemala after he graduated and returned home.
Ann Moskow attended to the installation of the new Board and President as well as recognizing Past Presidents and Board Members.
Kim Fowler discusses the challenges facing Canada with the current levels of investment in public infrastructure.
Jeremy Kinsman attempts to explain all the world's problems in only 20 minutes.
RAdm Couturier joined the Navy in 1983 from Sept-iles, Québec.  He is currently the Commander of the West Coast Navy and the most senior officer of the Canadian Armed Forces in British Columbia.
Highlights of Rear Admiral Couturier’s operational tours include deploying onboard the US carrier ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Commanding Officer of Her Majesty Canadian Ship FREDERICTON where amongst other tasks he deployed to the coast of Africa for an RCMP lead operation that resulted in the seizure of 22.5 tons of hashish bound for the East Coast of Canada.  He was also the Royal Canadian Navy lead for Maritime Security for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and the Maritime Component Commander for RIMPAC 2014, the largest maritime exercise in the world that takes place off the coast of Hawaii and includes over 49 ships and 20 000 sailors. 
RAdm Couturier’s senior appointments have included Executive Assistant to the Chief of Defence Staff, Deputy Director for Military to Military capacity building at US Central Command in Tampa, Florida; and back in Ottawa as the Lead planner for the Canadian Armed Forces and finally as the Director General International Security Policy for National Defence.
RAdm Couturier still has a passion for our national sport and attempts to put the blades on as often as he can.  
Siem Lelum (Respected House) is a 41 unit urban village located at 120 Gorge Rd East, which houses Aboriginal Families, Elders, and Youth.  Phase 1 has been up and running for over 2 years and construction of 15 additional units of family house has just begun.  All are built with the help of grants from CMHC, the Regional Housing Trust Fund, the City of Victoria and BC Housing.  Siem Lelum receives no operating grants and operates from modest tenant rents.  It is owned by the Victoria Native Friendship Centre ande operated as a Social Enterprise by Linda E Ross Property Management. 

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Amir Ahmed Nasr
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Peace and Conflict "How and Why the Web Radicalizes Disaffected Youth (and What We Can Do About It)"
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Vocational Service
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Peace and Conflict Speakers Series
RYLA Report
Jan 18, 2017
Club Business
Feb 01, 2017
Vocational Service
Feb 08, 2017
Peace and Conflict Speakers Series
Feb 15, 2017
Club Business
Mar 01, 2017
Vocational Service
Mar 08, 2017
Peace and Conflict Speakers Series
Mar 15, 2017
Club Business
Apr 05, 2017
Vocational Service
Apr 12, 2017
Peace and Conflict Speakers Series
Apr 19, 2017
Club Business
May 03, 2017
Vocational Service
May 10, 2017
Peace and Conflict Speakers Series
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May 17, 2017
Raising money for Rotary International
Jun 07, 2017
Vocational Service
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