Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise | Cheque Presentation | Matt Gul | Mike Danks

President Matt Gul's message:

The 9th Annual Tim Jones Memorial Rotary Ride for Rescue Cheque Presentation. In June of this year, there were 244 cyclists who participated in the fun and challenging Rotary Ride for Rescue. With a team of sponsors, the Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise’s Ride for Rescue event raised a record $51,000 for the North Shore Rescue Services.

On Saturday, June 13th 2020, Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise President, Matt Gul, has ambitious goals for this prestigious occasion, saying “it will be excellent if we can increase the number of riders and the amount raised for Rescue and other Community Projects and with your support, this is very doable.”

Overall, the 2019 Rotary Ride for Rescue was a great success raising over $94,000 for benefit of North Shore Rescue, Royal Canadian Search and Rescue Stations 1 and 2, the West Vancouver Police Department’s Pulling Together Canoe Journey, West Vancouver Municipalities Summer Work Experience and Adventure Program, the West Vancouver Memorial Library’s Teen Summer Reading program and other Rotary supported projects.

The Cheque Presentation to North Shore Rescue for $51,000 took place last week at North Shore Rescues Headquarters. This event also included presenting Honorary Rotary Membership to members of the community who are strong supporters of Rotary projects and the Values of Rotary, including MLA Ralph Sultan, Mayor Mary Ann Booth, Councillor Bill Soprovich and West Vancouver Police Department’s Anne Russell.

About the event, Rotary West Vancouver Sunrise President Matt Gul said “This year there were 244 cyclists, a record for the Ride and we take this opportunity to thank all the cyclists and our community partners for your strong support without which this event would not be the success that it has become. In particular our Presenting Partner Audi Capilano, our partners British Pacific Properties, Cypress Mountain, Split Mango, Method Cycling, Mulgrave School, North Shore Rescue, and BC Cycling; our Gold Sponsors Upward Construction and Renovation Limited and Standard Building Supplies Limited; our Silver Sponsors VPG Realty, Neptune Terminals, Polygon, Concert, and North Shore News; our Bronze Sponsors Bean Around the World Coffee, Stongs Market, North Construction, and Three Sixty Media; and all the cycling clubs and cyclist who had incredible climbs and created an exciting spectacle.”

“The Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise 2018-2019 President and Assistant Governor Ardath Paxton for the North Shore Rotary Clubs would also like to recognize the support of Rotarians and Friends of Rotary who work yearlong to make this event successful; Ride Captain Rotarian Karen Harrison for the overall organization WVPD Chief of Police Rotarian Len Goerke for sage advice on many aspects of the Ride including traffic control. Mike Danks Manager of North Shore Rescue, Scotty Grubb President the West Vancouver Marine Rescue Society and President for strong volunteer support from RCMSARs and organizing the top of mountain, Rotarian Chris Loat for all his support to President Matt Gul for making this event successful, and Selin Gul, Canacon Media for preparing the invitations.”

Next year, our Rotary Ride for Rescue is on Saturday June 13th, 2020 on which it will be the 10th Anniversary of the Ride.

If you are interested to participate, volunteer, or sponsor the event, you can visit the event website at, or contact President Matt Gul or Ride -President Matt Gul on his cell at 778 888 8888 or email -Ride Captain Karen Harrison on her cell at 604 290 2050 or email

A special thank you to everybody who attended the Cheque Presentation to North Shore Rescue including:
- Mayor Mary Ann Booth - Councillor Bill Soprovich - Councilor Craig Cameron - President of SOS Children Village BC, Rose Hamilton - Judge Bill Rodgers - President of Kipling Media, Joel Harris - Naval Museum President King Wan and Robert Mcllwaine - West Vancouver Otters President, Kelly Merrigan - West Vancouver Otters Head Coach, Janusz Kaczmarek - Rotary Club of North Vancouver Evening Club President, Hootie Johnson - Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunset President, Dave Torrence - President the West Vancouver Marine Rescue Society, Scotty Grubb - NSR Team Leader, Mike Danks - Governor of Rotary District 5040, Bala Naidoo - Assistant Governor of Rotary District 5040, Ardath Paxton Mann - Rockridge Secondary School Principal, Judy Duncan - WVPD Chief of Police, Rotarian Len Goerke - Honour House President, Al De Genova - NVMA President, John Gilmour and Wesley Wenhardt, Terry Hood, Bonnie Baumann - President of the Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise and West Vancouver Luxury - Matt Gul Personal Real Estate Corporation - President of British Pacific Properties, Geoff Croll