Join our “Million Shoe Mission”


“Sometimes the difference between the employment line and the line at the food bank is a pair of shoes or boots”

Soles4Souls (Shoe Bank Canada) collects new and gently used shoes and puts them onto feet of those who need them.

Since our inception 5 years ago Sunrise Rotary’s Shoe Bank has positively affected the lives of thousands of local families and individuals in our backyard and around the province of BC. We work closely with Community Food Banks and a wide array of social agencies.

Join us in our break out session to find out how your club can establish or support a Shoe Bank in your community (on either side of the border).

“Soles4Souls generous donation will very likely save a life or two this winter”

 Anita Lee, ED Fort St. John Friendship Society


Rotaract Breakout Session #1: Rotaract Panel

We are happy to hear from three representatives about their home Rotaract clubs: their success', struggles, and relationship with local Rotary clubs. We have tentatively scheduled speakers from the Rotaract clubs of Victoria, Kelowna, and Kamloops. This sessions is open to Rotarians as well as Rotaractors and we are hoping many will attend to get a glimpse of what club life is like for those 18 - 30 year olds involved in Rotaract. Q&A session to follow presentations.


Rotaract Breakout Session #2: Rotaract Workgroup

In this breakout session we will be working in concentrated groups to discuss and share ideas on the common themes of membership, fundraising, promotions, service, and building on topics from the previous Rotaract session. This session is open to Rotarians and Rotaractors. Support from our Rotarian partners is always welcome.


Rotary At Work

The goal of Rotary at Work is to find  people with disabilities meaningful work.It is a new business to business educational program that takes a fresh look at disability and how this market segment can contribute to the workforce.

Rotary at Work can help your business become more profitable. It is based on a Rotary initiative used in Ontario for the last 7 years and has started successfully in Rotary Districts 5050 and 5040 in tandem with Community Living BC (CLBC), and focuses on:

1.         Educating Rotarians and others that “Employing People with Disabilities is Good for Business”

2.         Utilizing Service Agencies for pre-employment screening and Supported Employment.

3.         Facilitating relationships between Service Agencies and employers (e.g. Rotarians).

4.         Identifying Rotarians who will “champion” the program.

5.         Collaborating with other business organizations: Chambers of Commerce; Boards of Trade, etc., and celebrate employers who hire people with disabilities.

6.         Info at: and


Every Girl, Everywhere, Period

Attention anyone who likes to sew or learn about a unique project in this"hands on" session - working to produce real, usable products. Something we never think of is how girls in developing countries cope with menstruation.  "Days for Girls" is an organization that makes re-usable sanitary products and teaches female reproductive health. Come, listen to how this has changed girls lives in many parts of the world and join us in making them. Bring your sewing machine if you would like or just come as there are many ways to help. Cotton and flannel in pretty dark colours greatly appreciated.

For more information contact Linda



First time attending a Rotary District Conference?

This session is for first time conference attendees and their spouses, and also Rotarians (and spouses) who are relatively new to Rotary.  Join us to learn how attending district events can expand your knowledge and perception of Rotary and open up new opportunities for service and friendships. Find out how to maximize your conference experience every year.  You’ll also learn more about Rotary basics, have your questions answered, and be able to share your Rotary story.  This session will be facilitated by Past District Governor (PDG) Jim Adamson and PDG Dan Espinosa (District 3780, Quezon, Philippines).


Vocational Training Teams – A New Rotary Program to Transfer Knowledge and Skills

Rotarians, do you remember Group Study Exchange (GSE)?  This Rotary Foundation (TRF) program took teams of professionals between the ages of 25-40, led by Rotarians, on vocational and cultural exchanges all over the world for nearly 50 years.    TRF now supports Vocational Training Teams (VTT) -- groups of professionals, including Rotarians, who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own. Teams can be funded by district grants and global grants. In 2014, a 14-member VTT Medical Team teamed up with Rotaplast Canada volunteers on a trip to Ethiopia.  This session outlines the new VTT concept, application process and some of the ins and outs of completing a global grant, and will show you some of the outcomes of the 2014 VTT trip.  Presented by Kathy Butler, District Chair, Vocational Training Teams and Jean Bird, VTT Team Leader to Ethiopia in 2014.


Rotoplast Canada

"Rotoplast Canada has recently become RESTOR International .We are now an all Canadian Rotarian organization based in Kelowna.  We have evolved from providing strictly cleft lip and palate surgeries to now focusing more on  burn contracture repairs, and  responding directly to local needs on the ground .   With the support of Canadian medical professionals and non medical Rotarians we also work to provide clinical skills training to  local doctors  and health professionals in developing countires  and promote development of sustainable and preventative programs  after we are gone .We look forward to  this opportunity to share  the incredible  success of our recent all Canadian mission to Ethiopia in November 2014   and discuss future Rotary  club sponsorship opportunites  as well as  Rotarian  non medical volunteer opportunities ."

Speaker:  Jean Bird