Monthly Archives: May 2011


True grit

– Let Me Up!, a gritty look at the world of gang violence and addiction, May 26-28 at 7 p.m. at Sutherland secondary. Free. Tickets: letmeup@nvsd44.bc.ca.Info: yobroyouthinitiative.wordpress.com. When Joe Calendino talks, youth listen. A former full-patch member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club — Nomads chapter — he’s also overcome addiction. Working with staff at his old high school, Vancouver’s Templeton secondary, the 44-year-old Surrey resident turned his life around and now shares his personal story of downward spiral, recovery and redemption in an effort to inspire and empower youth to cope positively with peer pressure. Calendino is the founder of the Yo Bro Youth Initiative, a prevention-based program focused on helping youth say “no” and make safe and healthy choices for the benefit of themselves, their families and communities. Through speaking engagements, martial arts programs, a classroom curriculum, and ongoing work with youth groups, he’s interacted with thousands of both at-risk and general population students throughout the Lower Mainland. Let Me Up!, a play inspired by his life, is being presented at North Vancouver’s Sutherland secondary this week. Students from North and West Vancouver will attend two matinees. Students, parents, teachers and other community members are invited to attend […]


Rotary conference aimed at caring, inspiring

Rotarians from across the province converged on the River Rock Casino Resort for the annual Rotary District 5040 Conference 2011. “It’s an opportunity to celebrate the year with fellow Rotarians and to recognize the successes of the individual clubs,” said Penny Offer, District 5040 governor. “More than 230 members came to network, listen to some great guest speakers and to acknowledge some Rotary milestones.” The weekend-long conference is a long-standing tradition for Rotarians and besides being a great opportunity to gather together with friends from across B.C., it also serves to motivate club members to continue their good work, said Offer. The conference’s theme this year was “I care, I inspire, I act, I Rotary,” and key to this was to highlight the many good deeds carried out on behalf of Rotary International, including its “extremely successful polio eradication project.” “Our local Rotary clubs have raised more than $140,000 for the polio campaign,” she added. “It’s an ongoing annual campaign.” Danny Catt, Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar at the College of African Wildlife Management in Tanzania (1991-92), shared his stories and photographs from his travels around the globe. “He is a world traveller and renowned photographer, whose pictures have been published […]


Vancouver Police officers honoured

Three Vancouver Police officers will receive the Governor General’s Order of Merit of the Police Forces awards. The Governor General’s office Monday announced that 44 officers from municipal, regional and RCMP forces will receive the awards created in 2000 to recognize merit and exceptional service by police officers whose contributions to policing extended beyond protection of their communities. Vancouver Deputy Police Chief Warren Lemcke will be made an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. Sgt. Tobin Hinton and Superintendent Andrew Hobbs will be made Members of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. The announcement comes at the beginning of National Police Week. gbellett@vancouversun.com © Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Vancouver+police+officers+honoured/4792262/story.html#ixzz1NOieYRo1