Sarah & Rotary "Andy" Jack with Zoot
 
 
Sarah de Leeuw – Classification Talk
 
Sarah joined our club earlier this year after she was referred by another prospective member from Vernon. She knew about Rotary - in Gr. 11 she won a Rotary Youth Exchange opportunity when living in Terrace. Since she wasn’t living at home, she wasn’t able to get the legal forms signed off and unfortunately missed the opportunity to attend school in Switzerland.  Sandy mentioned the Bob Winter fund which provides support for students in difficult circumstances to travel for exchange assignments. 
Sarah is a writer in medical/health humanities.  She asks us to remember that medicine is an art as well as a science.  While evidence in science is a good way to make decisions, we need replicatable evidence to support scientific guidance.  A focus on bioscientific, replicatable evidence has developed as an important foundation of medicine.  However, we have forgotten that just removing a tumour doesn’t address other factors:  family, overall health, spirituality, heart, mind, humanity etc.   Growing # of people around the world think we need to account for history, art, other humanities focus areas, to complement medical treatment.
Sarah spoke about her writing:  Poetry and Medicine, (A life Towards Social Justice) and read a poem from it.  She takes seriously the idea bringing about social justice through poetry and literary non-fiction. 
Her background is partly because of where she lived and how she grew up:  Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, Terrace, Prince George, Kingston ON, Tucson, AZ, Prince George again, Lake Country.
Sarah shared with us that Queen Charlotte, of the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) was the original black monarch. 
Sarah began to interact with Rotary in Gr. 11; completed university studies in Terrace, spent time abroad, then moved back to PG for graduate work.  Then studied in Kingston ON, did grad work in PG, where she made a ‘disastrous decision’ to divide her time between PG and Lake Country because she met her partner in LC -he was a Prof at UBC-O.
Her current research question is:  Why do some people lead healthier lives than others? (Have better health outcomes than others?)  What role does coloniality play in this? 
Sarah writes about Truth and reconciliation, poetics and new geo-graphing in colonial Canada. Her activities pertain to the art, not the science, of healing and medicine.  She tries to identify all the ‘isms’ that permeate healthy lives, and tries to change ‘hearts’ in ‘changing hearts and minds’.  She tries to help build resiliency.  Arts can alleviate moral distress (eg. disequilibrium of triage in medical emergencies).  Funded directly through research grants.  Also tries to clarify questions between race and colonialism.
 
What each of us can do:
  • Realize there’s room for improvement
  • Open our hearts and minds to the possibility of something different
  • Search out what we don’t understand
  • Extend the limits of what we engage with
  • Listen to learn, not to respond
  • Immerse ourselves in other worldviews (the arts are a great way of doing this)
  • Stand up against injustice
Sarah finished by reading one of her poems.
 
Happy & Sad – Reflections:  on family coming home with grandchildren for Thanksgiving and Christmas; on 75th birthday parties; on returning to state of normalcy after non-stop company and construction; on comparisons between COVID and smallpox with no recognition that smallpox was eradicated through the use of vaccines; on family members breaking free of wheelchairs; on completing the soccer season and contemplation of not repeating the experience next year; on running instead of soccer…perhaps with a martini in hand…; on getting a head-start on ‘Movember’.
 
Rich’s Trivia - Reminder of Berry Rd. formerly being known as the gulley; reminder of purchase price in 1930s (?) of Kelowna airport when City of Kelowna bought it, $24,000 (approx.).  Initial amount of property was 300 acres; 345 votes supported the purchase and 340 did not.  Original airport which had been the Kelowna Airport was on HWY33, near Rutland Road; reminder of first enclosed shopping mall outside of lower mainland – Capri Mall – created by Caposi family (Capri name came from combining names of two families involved – Caposi and Pridham)
 
Margaret’s Foundation Moment
 
What is The Rotary Foundation’s Endowment Fund?
Gifts to Rotary's Endowment ensure that future Rotarians will have the resources they need to design and implement sustainable projects year after year. Donations to the Endowment Fund can be made as an outright gift or a planned gift, such as a bequest in your estate. As of the 2019-20 Rotary year, Rotary’s Endowment net assets totaled US$500.5 million and commitments totaled US$838.3 million, for a combined total of more than $1.3 billion.
 
NO Thursday morning meeting on Sep. 30th National Truth & Reconciliation Day but we do have a member social in the evening starting at 6pm at Upside Cidery. All members and guests are welcome!