Lyn Stroshin has held many titles throughout her two decades in Whistler, from president and youth exchange chair of the Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium, to Community Foundation of Whistler and Whistler Community Services Society board member to her most recent title of new grandma.
Currently, Stroshin serves as the district governor for the rotary club’s district, a volunteer position that sees her manage 48 rotary clubs and over 1,700 Rotarians throughout the province. She also travelled to Uganda and Ethiopia in November 2015 to distribute polio vaccines and work on projects with local Rotary Clubs.
“I guess I’ve volunteered all my life. It’s what we do. It’s what my parents did. You just kind of give back.”
Now you can also call her Volunteer of the Month. The Question caught up with Stroshin to find out what keeps her volunteering.
Question: Do you remember what your first volunteer position in Whistler was?
Lyn Stroshin: It was probably the Whistler PAC (Parent Advisory Council).
Q: How did you continue your involvement in volunteering over the years?
LS: I guess I’ve volunteered all my life. It’s what we do. It’s what my parents did. You just kind of give back. You live in a community so in my mind you need to be fully aware of your community and try to make it the best you possibly can.
Q: How did you get involved with the Rotary?
LS: I joined the Rotary because my daughter went on youth exchange from Whistler Secondary (School). Once I got into Rotary, I figured out what a phenomenal organization it was and just jumped in with both feet.
Q: Tell me a little bit about what your role as district governor for the Rotary district entails?
LS: I have assistant district governors underneath me, and I visit all the clubs. It goes from Whistler right up to Mackenzie in the north, right over to Prince Rupert and down to Vancouver, so it’s a pretty vast area. You visit the clubs, see how they’re doing and support them in any way. As district governor, you also go to a lot of international events. Because Rotary is international, there’s a lot to know and a lot to keep up with. I’ll never know the full extent of Rotary, I don’t think. That’s what I like about it, it’s so vast and so varied; we have six areas of focus, like mother and child health, peace and conflict resolution; there’s just so many aspects of our world Rotary touches.
Q: What’s your fondest memory from your time spent volunteering?
LS: I think it’s the people that I meet. The very best thing about volunteering is the exposure to these wonderful people; people that you probably wouldn’t otherwise meet. It just breaks down every barrier. You might not encounter these people in your everyday life, but when you’re volunteering you get to see people from every walk of life, from every income level, from every political, religious, whatever community they’re from, and you meet them on a different level.
Q: What do you think makes Whistler a good community to volunteer in?
LS: I think any community is a great community to volunteer in, because you get to know your community at a much greater depth… There’s a vibrant, warm community in Whistler. People think it’s just a resort, but they don’t realize that there’s a fabulous community that is the engine to propel this resort, and by volunteering you get to meet these people.
The Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium and The Question have partnered to celebrate volunteerism in the community. Each month we will feature one volunteer chosen by the club.