Club Executives & Directors
Topic: Care, Compassion and Respect for our Veterans
In January 2015, Mr. O'Toole was appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs. Previously, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade in September 2013.
Mr. O'Toole graduated from the Royal Military College in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) and was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He served at the Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, Ontario, and as a Tactical Navigator on the Sea King helicopter in Shearwater, Nova Scotia. Following the completion of his service in the regular forces, Mr. O'Toole transferred to the reserves and attended law school at Dalhousie University. He graduated in 2003 and returned to Ontario, where he practiced corporate law and litigation with two national law firms and served as in-house counsel to Procter and Gamble, a large consumer goods company.
Mr. O'Toole already has an extensive record supporting our troops, past and present. He was a founder of the True Patriot Love Foundation, which has raised awareness and significant funds for programs supporting members of the military, veterans and their families, as well as a former director of the Vimy Foundation. He is also a long time member of Legion Branch 178. As a member of Treble Victor, Mr. O’Toole helped transitioning military members find meaningful employment in private sector. He also served on the Board of Governors of the Royal Military College of Canada. In an effort to raise awareness of Veterans’ mental health issues, he co-founded the Annual Lieutenant Colonel Sam Sharpe Veterans Mental Health breakfast.
Mr. O'Toole lives in Courtice, Ontario, with his wife Rebecca and their children Mollie and Jack.
Topic: The Role and State of the Canadian Military Chaplaincy
Topic: The World Remembers
Did you know that about 1 billion people on this planet go to bed hungry each night, and that a child dies every 6 seconds due to a hunger-related cause? It is these alarming statistics that motivate Wayne McConnachie to be a part of the solution.
Take some time to give thanks
for all those in the armed forces
who have made sacrifices
to preserve our rights and freedoms.
IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Welcome Zone Institute Delegates and Other District Guests
More and more people are being diagnosed with a disability and struggle to find meaningful and productive jobs in the labor market. At the same time many businesses face a shortage of skilled employees. The gap between untapped talent among people with disabilities and vacant jobs can be reduced or even removed. The founder of the Danish Social Innovation Specialisterne will share experience from Denmark and Canada and discuss how stakeholders can work together to realize the goal to enable One Million Jobs for people with autism and similar challenges.
President, Steve Smith to Make Opening Kick-Off for New Rotary Club of Toronto- Toronto Argos Scholarship Winner
– by Nancy Schaefer, Chair, Scholarship Committee
Our Centennial Scholarship Committee is proud to announce the year - three winner of The Rotary Club of Toronto and the Toronto Argonauts’ Community Champion Scholarship. Our unique scholarship is designed to send a deserving high school student to a local university with a four-year tuition scholarship. The student must demonstrate academic achievement, community volunteerism and financial need. This year’s winner is John Chen.
In the Upper Canada Room, at the Fairmont Royal York
Ron is a keynote speaker who is starting to aid senior business leaders and is a relationship management expert.
Ron is a married father of 4, who resides in Toronto.
Ron built his career in finance with Euro Brokers Canada Ltd./Maxcor Inc., where he held increasingly progressive roles culminating in the role of Vice President.
In 2000, Ron was one of two Canadian employees selected to close the Canadian operations and shift the Canadian business to New York City and excelled in the larger, fast-paced trading culture consisting of 350 specialized brokers.
Working in the World Trade Center and surviving the life-changing events of 9/11 in NYC, Ron was the last known man out of the South Tower of the World Trade Centre. Twice during the ordeal, Ron was just minutes away from being killed.
When I said I was looking to build partnerships last year, little did I know what this would entail! Over the Canada Day Weekend, there were 35+ volunteers from this Club who put in 550+ hours of volunteering over four days. I had the onerous personal responsibility of helping judge all 16 Ribbers for their BBQ chicken, pulled pork and ribs. I also was forced to perform taxing PR duties with Pinball Clemons, Miss Teen Ontario and Miss Teen Canada.
Pat Neuman agreed to take on the initial organisation of this initiative and Jai Persaud was our weekend coordinator. He was with me 12 hours each and every day, keeping everyone in line. On Sunday, he became a well-deserved Rotary Warrior. I am delighted to report that our Club’s net proceeds were $65,000. This in addition to the same amount going to the Rotary Club of Etobicoke and monies being provided to the Toronto Sunrise Club, who were gracious enough to help us staff the weekend. Thank you to all who came out and brought friends. I am looking forward to seeing even more of you next year!
2012-Youth Civic Leadership Awards
Young People are our future!
How many times has this well-worn phrase been used to express the possibility of things to come? At The Rotary Club of Toronto, we believe that young people in this city are not only our future, they are our present.
The Rotary Club of Toronto is launching a scholarship opportunity making it possible for a young person from Toronto to attend a post-secondary institution to obtain a university degree or college diploma. The scholarship focuses on youth with scholastic ability combined with a strong commitment to Service Above Self, but who experience financial and life disadvantages. The youth will have an interest and ability to attend occasional Rotary luncheons and events, act as informal ambassador for The Rotary Club of Toronto, and possibly have an interest or a need for mentoring by a Rotarian. There will be on-going opportunities for Club members to mentor a scholarship recipient and if interested, join the Scholarship Committee. This level of financial support is unusual, making this a very unique scholarship opportunity.
As well, partnering with the Toronto Argonauts Football Club makes this a very distinctive project. The Argos will promote the scholarship to all high schools in both school boards; jointly select the students with our Rotary members; publicize the scholarship to the media; promote our Club and the scholarship winner during the July 18thhome game; and organize an Annual Rotary Luncheon around the scholarship, the first lunch will be held on Friday, June 1st.
Guest Speaker November 15, 2013 in the Upper Canada Room, on the 18th floor at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Corey was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg. In 1967, he went to England to begin postgraduate studies in art history. On completion of his postgraduate studies, Corey joined the ROM's curatorial staff working for the European Department.
Corey is a recognized authority on the history of Renaissance and Baroque bronze sculpture and European arms and armour. His interests include Medieval sculpture, Gothic and Gothic Revival architecture, Medieval and Modern stained glass, the Russian Orthodox Church, icons, Judaica, and ships (he is a well-known lecturer on the Titanic) as well as firefighting apparatus. He is a frequent speaker at Toronto churches and synagogues on subjects ranging from liturgical art to stained glass.
Topic: Domestic Human Trafficking Location: At the National Club 303 Bay Street, Toronto.
Detective Wendy Leaver-Toronto Police Services
Wendy Leaver is a Detective with the Toronto Police Service, where she has worked as its Sexual Assault Coordinator since 2004. She has been a Toronto Police Service officer since 1975 and a Detective with the Sex Crimes Unit since 1991. As the Sexual Assault Coordinator, she is responsible for the implementation of the services provided to victims of sexual assault and to liaising with approximately 100 agencies in the City of Toronto in relation to the mandate of the Sex Crimes Unit. In this capacity, she also provides training to agencies on sexual assault investigations and victim issues. She has also been a team leader in the Sex Crimes Unit, responsible for monitoring and directing investigations involving unidentified and serial assailants. In the course of her career with the Toronto Police Service she has been assigned to the Toronto Police Service Youth Bureau and to the Ontario Provincial Police Joint Forces Pornography Unit, investigating occurrences of child and adult pornography across Ontario.
In the UPPER CANADA ROOM ON THE 18TH FLOOR, NEW ROOM LOCATION, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Topic: Landmines and the Impact of the Ottawa Treaty
Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg, graduated in 1961 with a BA from United College (now The University of Winnipeg), and received an MA and PhD from Princeton in 1963 and 1972 respectively.
At The University of Winnipeg, Dr. Axworthy is working to renew the campus and its downtown community with the view to making post-secondary education more accessible to inner-city, Aboriginal, new immigrant and refugee students. He is also expanding the University’s outreach in the areas of Aboriginal education, environmental studies, and human rights.