We have a great roster of speakers
        to inspire, entertain and inform you!

PRIP Ian Riseley ( RI President's Representative)
Ian H.S. Riseley is a chartered accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co, a firm he established in 1976. Prior to starting his own firm, he worked in the audit and management consulting divisions of large accounting firms and corporations. His firm specialises in income tax and management advice for individuals and small businesses. He has a Masters Degree in Taxation Law and Graduate Diplomas in Accounting and Income Tax.
Riseley has been a member of the boards of both a private and a public school, a member of the Community Advisory Group for the City of Sandringham, and involved in Sea Scouts and sporting groups, as well as honorary auditor or adviser for a number of charitable organisations.
Riseley’s honours include the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in recognition of his work in East Timor, the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian community, the Distinguished Service Award and the Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World from the Rotary Foundation.
A Rotarian since 1978, Riseley has served as treasurer, director, Foundation trustee, and member and chair of numerous RI and Foundation committees and served as Rotary International President in 2017-18.
He and his wife, Juliet, a past district governor, are Major Donors and Bequest Society members of the Rotary Foundation. They live on seven hectares at Moorooduc, where they practice their personal philosophy of sustainable and organic living. They have two children and four grandchildren.
PRIVP Dean Rohrs 
Dean, her husband Rhino and their 3 children emigrated to Canada from South Africa 26 years ago.  Dean grew up in Zambia and after marrying Rhino lived in Malawi, Namibia and South Africa.  Dean was born into a Rotary family and when Rhino joined Rotary in 1986 became an active Rotary Ann until she joined Rotary in 1989.  On arriving in Vancouver both Dean and Rhino joined the Rotary Club of West Vancouver and at present are members of the Rotary Club of Langley Central in District 5050.
Dean has had a varied career from the early days of being an Operating Room Nurse on Professor Christiaan Barnard’s first heart transplant team to running a Nursery School in Malawi.  Together with Rhino they now owner manage a company that is involved in soil stabilization during road construction.
Dean has served on District and Zone committees; which include:
Regional Rotary Coordinator and Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Pacific Northwest PETS Chair, District Governor in 2007/2008, Rotary International Director 2016-2018 and Rotary International Vice President 2017-18. 
However, her best experience is leading teams of Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors to Africa and seeing how this volunteer experience changes their lives.
Marie-Paule Attema

As a Rwandan-born first generation immigrant in Canada, Marie-Paule Attema is passionate about promoting peace locally as well as globally. In the last 10 years, Marie-Paule has worked with the most marginalized and isolated populations in South Africa, Guatemala, and Canada.

Marie-Paule worked with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a non-profit organization that focuses on relief, development and peace. In her last position, Marie-Paule worked to eliminate persistent homelessness in the Canadian context by supporting men and women as they transition from homelessness to stable housing.

In 2012, Marie-Paule joined the board of directors for Peaceworks, a non-profit organization that specializes in peace education for youth. Marie-Paule is humbled and grateful for being selected as a Peace Fellow to pursue a Master of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland and looks forward to expanding her knowledge and experience in the field.

Her career goal is to contribute to recovery and mental health in the aftermath of armed conflict, and in the long term, to promote peace and equality through global policy making.

Paul K. Chappell 
back by popular demand ,Paul graduated from West Point in 2002, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain.

He is the author of the Road to Peace series, a seven-book series about waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human. The first five published books in this series are Will War Ever End?, The End of War, Peaceful Revolution, The Art of Waging Peace, and The Cosmic Ocean.

Chappell serves as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Lecturing across the country and internationally, he also teaches courses and workshops on Peace Leadership.

He grew up in Alabama, the son of a half-black and half-white father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and a Korean mother. Growing up in a violent household, Chappell has sought answers to the issues of war and peace, rage and trauma, and vision, purpose, and hope.


Linda McGowan
Linda McGowan is a writer, world traveller, nurse, and advocate for accessibility in Canada and throughout the world. She has touched on every continent, travelling to more than 160 countries in the last 20 years, experiencing a climb to 18,500 feet on Mount Everest using a TrailRider, to 16,000 feet in a basket on a porter’s back to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal.  Linda has completed her first memoir “Travelling the World with MS…IN A Wheelchair” a collection of true stories and anecdotes about her travels. Her factual, humorous stories will encourage others with or without a disability to follow their dreams. Linda does not allow mobilizing in a wheelchair to be a deterrent to her adventures around the globe.
Linda is a professional motivational speaker whose high energy disseminates enthusiasm. She is optimistic yet realistic in her approach. She assimilates the needs and interests of her audience, encouraging openness, and participation. Much of her knowledge comes from first hand experience. She openly shares personal information and anecdotes that emphasize humour and the potential of human nature. Her motto is that with enough time and patience, There is a Way.

Cathy Gibson - " View from the Top "

“Catherine Gibson, born and raised in western New York,  is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, earned an MBA from Cornell University and a Masters in Management from the Université de Louvain in Belgium.  Her professional career has been spent in banking, international development, strategy consulting and business mediation.

She is transitioning from active mountaineer to armchair mountaineer together with her husband of 30 years whom she met at 14,000ft  when climbing in Soviet Central Asia in the 1980s.  In 2018 she completed a 33 year quest to climb the Seven Summits, and will be attempting her 20th summit of Mt Rainier this summer. In addition to her work and outdoor pursuits, she is an active community volunteer serving on numerous boards (Seattle Goodwill, YMCA, the United Negro College Fund, and the Women’s University Club) She’s a 20 year member of the Seattle #4 Rotary Club where she served as trustee and president of the Seattle Rotary Service Foundation and then as club president four years ago.  She’s on deck to be the District 5030 Governor in 2020-2021.”