Speaker Date Topic
Sabine Lehr Jul 28, 2021
ICA - Refugee Resettlement
ICA - Refugee Resettlement

The purpose of the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) is to support the full integration of newcomer immigrants and refugees into the social, economic and civic life of the Capital Region of British Columbia.

Sabine Lehr is an associate faculty member in the School of Leadership Studies.  Outside her academic work, Lehr manages the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program at the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria. Her research focus is immigration and refugee issues. Lehr is a member of the Executive of the Canadian Council for Refugees and a member of the Council of the Sponsorship Agreement Holders Association of Canada.

Ken Wu Aug 04, 2021
Canada's Amazing Ecosystems: From Old-growth Rainforests to Semi-Desert
Canada's Amazing Ecosystems: From Old-growth Rainforests to Semi-Desert

The inspiring and informative presentation will feature beautiful slides and interesting narration on the great diversity of native ecosystems across Canada and their flora and fauna, geography and conservation status and needs. The Endangered Ecosystems Alliance is working to expand the parks and protected areas system across Canada for the benefit of our health, economy, biodiversity and the climate, and this will be explained in the presentation.

Ken Wu, Executive Director at Endangered Ecosystems Alliance, has given hundreds of presentations to conservation, naturalist, recreation, rotary, church, and business groups over the years, and is a highly informative and compelling speaker.

He is the former Executive Director and co-founder of the Ancient Forest Alliance. He has worked to protect ancient forests in BC for over a quarter century, after first seeing the Walbran Valley as a teenager in 1991. Previously he worked as the Executive Director and Campaign Director for the Wilderness Committee’s Victoria chapter, from 1999 to 2010, and before that for a variety of small environmental groups. He graduated from the University of British Columbia’s ecological science program and has also worked as a biologist, tree-planter, math tutor, and door canvasser.

We will also hear from our Membership Director, Kevin Hilgers regarding membership growth.

DG Lorna Curtis Aug 11, 2021
District Governor Official Visit
District Governor Official Visit

An Oak Bay Rotarian takes over one of the largest districts in North America on July 1.
Lorna Curtis assumes the role of District Governor from Greg Horne, of Lakewood, Wash. as district governor overseeing 91 clubs in District 5020. The district includes Vancouver Island, B.C. and western Washington from Pierce County south to Woodland including the Olympic Peninsula. It is one of the organization’s largest districts worldwide with almost 4,700 Rotarians.

John North Aug 18, 2021
How Covid vaccines were developed
How Covid vaccines were developed

John North completed his PhD in Immunology at Cambridge University nearly 50 years ago and had a career developing new medical devices & pharmaceuticals in UK, USA and BC. For 8 yrs he led a UBC spin-off company developing a new type of drug to control infection and inflammation. He retired to Comox 9 years ago and is a member of the Rotary Club of Comox.

John will talk about the science behind the new vaccines against the virus that causes Covid-19. He will explain the technology developed by scientists in Vancouver, that enabled the novel “mRNA” vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech to win the race to become the first Covid-19 vaccine available in most of the world.


Miscellaneous presenters Aug 25, 2021
The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
The Rotary Foundation (TRF)

The presentation will be mainly informational - what is TRF, what programs does it support, how to donate, etc.

Rick Bergh Sep 01, 2021
Dementia and the role of music.
Dementia and the role of music.

In September 2017, four departments at the University of Victoria (Nursing, Psychology, Sociology and Music) joined forces in a study to research the effects of participating in a choir on those with dementia. Spearheaded by Dr. Debra Sheets, founder and researcher, Voices in Motion is a multigenerational choir that offers an effective non-pharmacological approach with surprising benefits for all who socially sing together.

VIM is  a non-profit and operates through an online choir format as well as providing numerous online community building events to care for our seniors who are isolated and struggling with memory loss.

Rick Bergh (M.Div., CT, NT)Executive Director, Voices in Motion

Rick brings a wealth of nonprofit and marketing expertise to his role with Voices in Motion. In addition, he has well over 33 years of bereavement education and counseling experience. His narrative therapy and grief counseling background allows him to help people transition through loss as well as understand the complexities of grief that arise when families journey with a loved one who has memory loss. Rick began singing with the Voices in Motion choirs initially to support his wife, but since joining has been inspired by the individuals who find joy in the midst of their challenges. As a result, he now sings in three of the ViM choirs. Rick has published numerous books dealing with bereavement and meaning-making. As a thanatologist, he offers workshops and training across Canada. He has been heard frequently on CBC Radio as a story-teller.

Lauryn Kerr Sep 15, 2021
Canada's first online tribunal
Canada's first online tribunal
The Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) is Canada's first online tribunal, and one of the first in the world. The CRT resolves strata (condominium) and small claims disputes, encouraging collaborative dispute resolution, and making binding decisions when people can't agree. The CRT is a transformational access to justice initiative, bringing the justice system to the public and fitting around people's busy lives. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Lauryn Kerr is the CRT’s Legal Counsel. She earned her Bachelor of Commerce from Royal Roads University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria. Lauryn has instructed at the University of Ottawa and Thompson Rivers University in the field of technology and access to justice. Since 2016 Lauryn has served on the board of directors of the Justice Education Society, a Vancouver-based organization that carries out public legal education and information activities, justice reform and capacity building programs in British Columbia and in several jurisdictions outside Canada. Lauryn is a frequent presenter on the topics of access to justice, legal technology, and innovation.
Harbourside S&S Chat (No main speaker) Sep 22, 2021
Social meeting

Missing interaction during Wednesday meetings? Your S&S Committee has arranged to have some “Chat” sessions in place of a speaker, about every month, well, with you. Table Chats will see us broken into random tables (rooms) of 6. Each table will have an S&S facilitator introducing important topics like “what’s the worst job you’ve ever had?”.  Or “What was fun about where I grew up??  The idea is getting to know each other a little better while having 10 minutes of fun during the meeting. 

Dorothy Morrison Sep 29, 2021
Imagine Cafe and their work with youth

Not everyone is aware of the great work Dorothy is doing with youth wanting to get their lives back on track. Troubled youth finds redemption and dignity through a unique work experience.



No speaker Nov 30, 2021

This will be a gathering of all Rotary clubs to celebrate Rotary Christmas. It replaces our regular Wedneday meeting of 1st November

N/A Dec 01, 2021
No meeting

This meeting is replaced by a special pre-Christmas meeting on 30th November.