The Semiahmoo Rotary Club 2015 Paul Harris Fellow Awards dinner and presentations were held at the Rotary Fieldhouse in the South Surrey Athletic Park on December 2nd.
The full house of diners included members and spouses and invited guests Linda Coyle, District Governor Nominee (2017-18), Past Rotary Presidents Glen Chalmers and Tom Louie, Susan Scott (White Rock Rotary) and Kevin DeBoyce, past PHF Award winner and current Principal of Panorama Ridge Secondary school.


Roxanne Charles is a mixed media artist of Strait Salish and European decent. She is an active and proud member of
Semiahmoo First Nation in Surrey, BC where she promotes art, language, and culture to the youth of the community.
Her work explores a variety of themes that directly affect her as an aboriginal woman today. Some of the themes commonly seen in her work are culture, nature, spirituality, environment, identity, hybridity, urbanization, exploitation, inter-generational trauma, and violence (lateral,systemic,and domestic).
She is as a contemporary story teller whose goal is to touch, move and inspire others through the documentation of issues that plague aboriginal communities today. To that end she purchased a canoe and involved the local native youth to participate in traditional painting and canoe trips.
She serves as a Director for Semiahmoo Arts, the local Arts Council, as well as volunteering on the City of White Rock's Cultural Activity Committee and on the City of Surrey's Cultural Development Advisory Committee. She is currently completing a double major at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.



Ozzy is a caring, funny and engaging Rotarian with a passion for fundraising. She upholds the values of Rotary and is someone many would call a friend. She never seems to say “no” to any request, and is often the first to say “I’ll do it”.  She is an amazing note taker and makes sense out of many meetings. She is organized and keeps a lot of us on track.
Ozzy has been a Rotarian for 7 years but seems to know more about Rotary than many. She is on the executive, offers her home for Christmas wrapping, and is very involved in raising funds for our golf tournament.  She brings new ideas to the club too. One great concept is our Safeway Gift Card Food Bank Fundraiser, which she launched and pretty much runs on her own. 
In her usual fashion, she will tell you that it is nothing but we know that is not true. It takes a special person to put in the extra effort  - to spend the many hours each week making sure things get done. We are so fortunate to have this person as a member of our club. 


Mike was honored for the work he has done to help our club know itself better, to know what our members’ expectations are and how we can work to achieve them. He has done this through the “membership engagement survey” which he initiated several years ago.
Mike not only created the survey, he interpret the results for the club and the Executive.  He also explored the work done by other Rotary clubs/Districts, and incorporated some new ideas into the Semiahmoo survey.  He made the survey available to the District and to other clubs in the District, and he spent hours making presentations to other clubs to help them interpret their results.
As a result, the Semiahmoo Rotary Club is seen as a leader in the District in this area, thanks to Mike’s knowledge, leadership and dedication.
Presenter: Beth Barlow.