Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jan 05, 2019
Guest Speaker: Friday Jan. 18, 2019
Location: Fairmont Royal York, Imperial Room
Topic:  An Adult Conversation About Autonomous Vehicles
Host:  Kevin Power
Bern Grush is the Chief Innovation Officer at Harmonize Mobility, Inc. and Automated Fleet Strategist at Grush Niles Strategic. He is an author, innovator and entrepreneur for autonomous vehicles, parking reform, and road pricing, and the principal author of the 2018 textbook “The End of Driving: Transportation Systems and Public Policy Planning for Autonomous Vehicles” (Elsevier).
In 2017, Bern was named Toronto Star Wheels’ Newsmaker of the Year for his research on vehicle automation — published in the 2016 RCCAO report “Ontario Must Prepare for Vehicle Automation: Automated vehicles can influence urban form, congestion, and infrastructure delivery”. Professor Alain Kornhauser of Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering describes this report as “…excellent… probably best that I’ve seen”. A Maclean’s magazine editorial called it “…fascinating and carefully argued…” Gridlock Sam Schwartz, a past traffic commissioner of New York City, has described Bern as the top, current independent thinker on autonomous vehicle deployment.
Bern’s thinking and presentations balance the hopeful potential of this new technology with the realities of our current cities and streets, human preferences and fears, current infrastructure budgets, and many elements of future uncertainty. He is working on a new book, The Ten Percent City, in which he asks, simply: “What needs to be prepared in your city in order for ten percent of all person-travel to be handled in automated taxis or shuttles?”
Bern holds degrees in Human Factors and Systems Design Engineering from the Universities of Toronto and Waterloo, and has published over 400 papers and articles on urban transportation issues.
Bern Grush, Chief Innovation Officer, Harmonize Mobility Inc.  Carol Hutchinson 2019-01-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jan 04, 2019
Please Note:  The views expressed by the Guest Speaker do not necessarily represent the view of The Rotary Club of Toronto.
Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 1, 2019
Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Imperial Room, 100 Front St. W.
Topic:  "A President Like No Other
Host:  Geoffrey Johnson
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Providing the most intriguing and significant analysis yet of Trump's political rise. Ambitious in intellectual scope, contrarian in many of its opinions, and admirably concise, this is surely set to be one of the most provocative political books you are likely to read this year.
Lord Conrad Black is a graduate of Carleton (Ottawa), Laval (Quebec), and McGill (Montreal) universities, and is an accomplished historian with a prolific body of work.

As an acclaimed author and biographer, Lord Black has published comprehensive histories of both Canada and the United States, as well as authoritative biographies of Maurice Duplessis, and presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard Nixon and Donald Trump.

Lord Black is also a television and radio commentator and a sporadic participant in the current affairs programming of CNN, Fox News, CTV, CBC, BBC, and Radio Canada.

About Conrad Black

Conrad Black is a Canadian-born British peer, and former publisher of The London Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Jerusalem Post, and founder of Canada's National Post.

He is a columnist and regular contributor to several publications, including the National Review Online, The New Criterion, The National Interest, American Greatness, The New York Sun, and the National Post.

Lord Black is an experienced financier, was the head of the Argus and Hollinger corporate groups for many years, and private companies.
Lord Conrad Black, - Fairmont Imperial Room Carol Hutchinson 2019-01-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jan 02, 2019
Guest Speaker: Friday Jan. 11, 2019
Location: Fairmont Royal York, Imperial Room
Topic:  Misfit: Autistic, Gay, Immigrant Changemaker
Host:  Jeff Dobson
Andreas Souvaliotis is the founder of Carrot Rewards, Canada’s most popular wellness app and the world’s first national health rewards program. A decade earlier he started Green Rewards, the world’s first mass eco-loyalty platform, which was acquired and fused into the popular AIR MILES program.
Andreas has been recognized globally for his achievements and thought leadership in harnessing nudge theory to promote positive behaviour shifts on a mass scale.
Andreas Souvaliotis, Founder of Carrot Rewards Carol Hutchinson 2019-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Dec 10, 2018
President Jeff's Holiday Message
We got the holiday spirit off to an early start this year by holding our Annual Senior’s Christmas Party on November 29th, and on a Thursday as well. The busy holiday season starts earlier every year it seems and this year pushed us from our usual Friday lunch. It was a wonderful event as always, chair Anny-Sandra Hamel and her team did a fabulous job. Both the first-timers and the repeat attenders truly appreciate the fine meal and beautiful music. Close on the heels of the Seniors lunch was the Annual Children’s Christmas Party held on Sunday December 2. For those of you who were able to attend, you’ll know what I mean when I say “Wow, what a party!” There’s nothing quite like seeing the smiling faces of 150 children and their families. We’ve been hosting this party for 89 years and it just keeps getting better. The snowball fight between the kids and a troop of Toronto’s finest is a spectacle like no other. Thanks to Lorna Johnson, we had lots of media coverage which can only be a good thing for our Club at an event like that. Thanks to co-chairs Karl Kremer and Lorraine Lloyd and the whole team for putting on another outstanding party.
President Jeff's Christmas Message   Carol Hutchinson 2018-12-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Dec 04, 2018
Guest Speaker:  Friday, December 7, 2018
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay St. Toronto
Topic:  Cycle for Water: 30.000km from Alaska to Antarctica
on a Bamboo Bicycle to Raise Awareness for the Global Water Crisis
Host:  Kevin Power
Michiel Roodenburg is a manager in KPMG’s Global Sustainability team.  As a consultant, he provides assurance, strategy and policy advice to corporations and governments on climate, environmental, social and governance issues.  After starting his career in The Netherlands and four years in New York, he recently landed in Toronto with his wife and 1 year old daughter.
Michiel Roodenburg, Cycle For Water: Bamboo Bike Tour Carol Hutchinson 2018-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Nov 16, 2018
Guest Speaker:  Friday, November 23, 2018
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street, Toronto
Topic:  Harry Colebourn Buys a Bear
Host:  Harold Hetherington

Cyndie grew up in a musical family in Toronto, attending Jarvis Collegiate, then completed an Honours BA in Psychology at the University of Waterloo in 1979, a B.Ed from the Faculty of Education, University of Toronto in 1982 and then an M.Ed from OISE in 1987. She moved from Toronto to Uxbridge in 1986 and has lived there for 32 years.

Cyndie Jacobs, Former Director, Ontario Teachers` Federation Carol Hutchinson 2018-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Nov 12, 2018
Guest Speaker: Friday, November 16, 2018
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic: "We Solve Problems"
Host: Foundation Board
Susan Howson is a third-generation Rotarian. Growing up with parents who believed in giving back to their communities – preferably through Rotary – it was a natural step to join the The Rotary Club of Toronto in 1991. Women had only recently been allowed to join Rotary and Susan was one of the first 10.
Susan Howson, President Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation Carol Hutchinson 2018-11-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Oct 28, 2018
Guest Speaker:  Friday, November 9, 2018
Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Imperial Room
Topic:  Remembrance Day Program:  The Greatest Generation
Host:  Robert O'Brien 
INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAM:   Past President Robert O’Brien,
Past Chair of The Churchill Society
SPECIAL FEATURED SPEAKER:   Past President Jack Robertson,
Pilot Officer and Navigator, Royal Canadian Air Force
MUSIC PROVIDED BY The Governor General’s Military Guard
Jack Robertson was born August 4, 1925 and grew up in Hamilton and Toronto.  On his 18th birthday Jack enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force.   After intensive training Jack became a Pilot Officer and a Navigator.  He was stationed in St. Jean Quebec outside Montreal and in Charlottetown PEI.
After the War Jack graduated from the University of Toronto in Commerce and Finance.   He joined Cassidy’s Limited and as a principal buyer and Vice President he travelled extensively throughout Europe and the Far East in search of chinaware, glassware and giftware.  He was a member of the Montreal Board of Trade and was a lecturer at the University of Michigan on trade with China.
Jack Robertson, Pilot Officer and Navigator, Remembrance Day Program: The Greatest Generation - Imperial Room Carol Hutchinson 2018-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Oct 21, 2018
Guest Speaker:  Friday, November 2, 2018
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street, Toronto
Topic:  Cannabis in the Workplace
Host:  Tony Houghton
For more than 25 years Jeff has worked to continue to modernise the way we communicate and educate in corporate environments. With that longevity, he has had to constantly evolve with the times. From low-tech and offline solutions, to digital online technology, and now to the modern connected workforce, he is always focused on solutions and results.   Jeff’s belief is that integrating strategic thinking and visual storytelling into the creation of educational content creates a more engaged blended visual learning experience. 
Jeff Bradshaw, President and CEO, The Cannabis Learning Series Carol Hutchinson 2018-10-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 20, 2018
Guest Speaker: Friday October 26, 2018
Location: Fairmont, Tudor 7 and 8
Topic: Canada's Dairy Industry and Trade
 Host: John Lloyd
 Graham Lloyd is the General Manager and CEO of Dairy Farmers of Ontario. DFO is the marketing organization owned by Ontario's dairy farmers, the largest sector of agriculture in Ontario, producing almost 3B litres of milk per year, representing more than $2.3B.  It is responsible for transportation, quality assurance, marketing, and promoting Ontario's milk. Ontario's dairy contributes almost $5B to Ontario's GDP.
Graham Lloyd, GM & CEO Dairy Famers of Ontario - The Fairmont, Tudor Room 7 and 8 2018-10-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Oct 13, 2018
Guest Speaker: Friday, October 12, 2018
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic:  Leadership That Works, A conversation with John Tory
Host:  Don Bell
Cost: Toronto Rotarians: A lunch ticket
Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  $55 call 416-363-0604
As the 65th Mayor of Toronto, John Tory has led the way in tackling traffic congestion and building transit.
Mayor Tory has taken action to reduce commute times while moving forward with Toronto’s first-ever network transit plan that will see subway lines extended through the northwest end of the city into Vaughan and east to Scarborough, a significant expansion of the LRT network, and much greater use of GO lines across the city as part of SmartTrack, the Mayor’s signature transit initiative.
Mayor John Tory, 65th Mayor of Toronto - National Club Carol Hutchinson 2018-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Oct 12, 2018
Guest Speaker: Friday October 19, 2018
Location:: The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic: Creating Opportunities a Volunteers, Memoir 
Host:  Brian Westlake
Chris is the co-founder and Chairman of the ECC Group, one of Canada's first broad-based financial planning firms. The author of five books and several hundred articles on personal finance, his most recent book "Creating Opportunities:  A Volunteer’s Memoir" focuses on the rewards of volunteering. Chris designed and implemented the RFP (Registered Financial Planner) program in Canada.
Chris Snyder, Author, Co-Founder/Chairman ECC Group - National Club Carol Hutchinson 2018-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Sep 28, 2018
Guest Speaker: Friday Sept. 28, 2018
Location: Omni King Edward Hotel
Topic: Hunter Harrison (Book) 
Host: Becky Jones
Howard Green spent thirty-three years as a broadcast journalist, working as a correspondent, producer, documentary director,  and host for multiple networks.
He’s best known as a founding anchor at BNN, where he hosted the flagship interview program, Headline.  During the fifteen years he anchored at Business News Network, he conducted some fourteen thousand interviews, including conversations with Alan Greenspan, Tony Blair and Sir Richard Branson. 
Howard Green Carol Hutchinson 2018-09-28 04:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker: Friday Sept. 21, 2018
Location: National Club, 303 Bay St.
Topic: Ismaili Community in Canada and
the Relationship between the Ismailis and the Aga Khan. 
Host: Saleem Kassum
Nizar Ismail Kanji also known as Nik Kanji. 
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in in England and Wales, and was recently awarded the status of a Life Member.
He served as President of H.H. the Aga Khan Ismaili Council for Canada, and was a member of the International Ismaili Leaders’ Forum.
Nizar Ismail Khanji, Former President Ismaili National Council in Canada 2018-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Keynote Speaker:  Naresh Sritharan, 2013 Scholarship Winner - Friday,  Sept. 14, 2018
Topic: Scholarship Award
Location: National Club, 303 Bay St., Main Dining Room
Host:  Scholarship Committee
Naresh Sritharan - 2013 Scholarship Winner and Keynote Speaker
Naresh was our Club’s second scholarship winner. During his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, he actively participated in Rotary Club events, and also participated in campus initiatives to support incoming first year students with their transition and academics. In addition, he taught South Asian music at a local community music school and also tutored underprivileged students in his community.
Scholarship Awards, Keynote Speaker: Naresh Sritharan,, 2013 Scholarship Winner Carol Hutchinson 2018-09-09 04:00:00Z 0
Special Guest, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018
Maryam Ali, The Rotary Club of Toronto Scholarship Winner 2018
Special Speakers:
Lorenzo Penate - 2017 Scholarship Winner
Amna Majeed - 2016 Scholarship Winner.Topic:  Scholarship Winner 2018
Poorva Patel - 2015 Scholarship Winner.
John Chen - 2014 Scholarship Winner.
Maryam Ali - The Rotary Club of Toronto Scholarship Winner 2018
Our Scholarship Committee is pleased to present Maryam Ali as this year’s scholarship winner. Maryam will be studying Biomedical Engineering at Ryerson University. Her goal is to be a medical doctor in the MedTech field.
Maryam has an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, receiving Honours standing throughout high school. She is an Ontario Scholar and a member of M.P. Arif Virani’s High Park Youth Advisory Council.
Rotary Toronto Scholarship Winner 2018 - Maryam Ali 2018-09-09 04:00:00Z 0
Dr. Roger Strasser, Founding Dean, Northern Ontario School of Medicine 2018-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 24, 2018
Guest Speaker:  Virginia Ludy, Friday, August 24, 2018
Topic: Canadian National Exhibition
Location: National Club, 303 Bay St., Main Dining Room
Host: Don Bell
Virginia Ludy’s wide-ranging experience in the event industry encompasses more than 30 years. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian National Exhibition Association (CNEA), which is the organization responsible for producing the annual Canadian National Exhibition (the Ex), Canada’s largest community event.  In this capacity, she also oversees the Canadian National Exhibition Foundation (CNEF).  Virginia has played a leadership role in defining new strategic plans for both the CNEA and the CNEF, and is currently overseeing the development of a new master plan for the organization.  Virginia also leads the organization in the area of business development, a new portfolio created as a result of the CNEA’s recent independence from Exhibition Place and the City of Toronto.
Virginia Ludy, CEO Canadian National Exhibition Association 2018-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Aug 17, 2018
Guest Speaker:  Sara Waxman, Friday, August 17, 2018
Topic: An Accidental Publisher
Location: National Club, 303 Bay St., Main Dining Room
Host: Krystyna Benyak

Sara Waxman is an award-winning restaurant critic, best-selling cookbook author, food and travel journalist, and magazine publisher. She has eaten her way through much of the free world, and from 1979 and continuing, and writes about it in books, newspapers and magazines. With four best-selling cook-books and restaurant guides to her credit, daily food columnist for 2 years at the Toronto Star, restaurant critic at the Toronto Sunday Sun for 25 years, a weekly, international Dining Out columnist at the Financial Post and National Post for 10 years; freelance writer at The Globe and Mail; 6 years as contributing editor at Flare, enRoute, Elle magazines, 16 years at Fodors Travel Guides. Today, in a natural progression, her experiences have culminated in DINE and Destinations magazine where she is owner, Publisher and Editor in Chief.  
Sara Waxman, Award Winning Critic, Author and Publisher Carol Hutchinson 2018-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jul 30, 2018
Guest Speaker: Friday August 10, 2018
Location:  Fairmont, Imperial Room
Topic:  ShelterBox....More Than Ever
Host:  Saleem Kassum

Stephanie Christensen is the Executive Director of ShelterBox Canada and a humanitarian professional. Stephanie started her career in International Development working for CIDA and local charities throughout East Africa developing curriculum for HIV/AIDS Education in primary schools. After living in Kenya during the famine in 2011, Stephanie moved into the humanitarian disaster relief field.
Stephanie Christensen, Ex. Dir. ShelterBox Canada Carol Hutchinson 2018-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jul 25, 2018
Guest Speaker: Friday July 13, 2018
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic: Presidential Address 2018/19
Fellow Rotarians,
It is my honour and privilege to address you today as the President of The Rotary Club of Toronto as we begin our 107th year making the world a better place.  Having been a member of this Club since 2001 I know most of you, and some of you very well, that’s likely the main reason I’m standing before you today…friendship. I know we all had our own reasons for joining the Club and I’m sure most would say it had something to do with wanting to “give back.” To be sure, that is a valid and noble reason. We should all be grateful that such motivation exists. I’m also pretty sure that most people stay in the Club not only because they found success in their desire to “give back” but also because they found friendship.
Jeff Dobson, President 2018/19 Presidential Address Carol Hutchinson 2018-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jun 01, 2018
Guest Speaker: Friday June 15, 2018
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic: Japan - Canada Relations and
What Japan is doing in Canada
Host: Knud Westergaard
Ms. Takako Ito Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) in 1985.  Her overseas postings include Embassies in Canada (1988-1991), Malaysia (2001-2003), Indonesia (2010-2011), the Mission of Japan to the United Nations in NY (1997-2001) and the Mission of Japan to ASEAN as Deputy Chief of Mission (2011-2014).
Takako Ito, Consul General of Japan in Toronto Carol Hutchinson 2018-06-01 04:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker:  Friday, June 8, 2018
Location:  Fairmont, Imperial Room
Topic: June 7:  Holy Smokes!  What Happened?
Host: Robert O'Brien
John Parker is a Toronto lawyer, politician and government affairs consultant.  He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for York East from 1995-1999.   He served as Chair of the Standing Committee of the Office of the Ombudsman and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Native Affairs.   He has the distinction of being the last ever MPP for the provincial riding of York East.   John served in the government of Mike Harris and was familiar with the politics of the era with Dalton McGuinty as Opposition Leader and was a colleague of Doug Ford Sr.   
John Parker, Lawyer, Politician and Government Affairs Consultant Carol Hutchinson 2018-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker: Friday, May 11, 2018
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic: Innovation and the Future of Work
Host: Rudy Haddad
As President and CEO, GE Canada and Vice President GE, Elyse leads GE’s growth, investments and business activities in Canada across its power, renewables, oil and gas, transportation, aviation, healthcare and digital portfolio.
She engages in shaping public policy through several board memberships including the C.D. Howe Institute, Conference Board of Canada, Mars DD and the Eco-Fiscal Commission. As well, she has served on numerous provincial and federal government advisory committees including the current Federal Finance Minister’s Economic Growth Council. She is a director for Brookfield Asset Management, a global alternative asset manager with over $250B under management.
Elyse Allan, CEO and President General Electric Canada Carol Hutchinson 2018-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Apr 04, 2018
Guest Speakers: Friday, April 13, 2018,
Kevin Duguay and RI HOC Team
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic:  Rotary Local Lager and
RI HOC Convention Update
Host:  Neil Phillips
Come and hear how Wellington Breweries has partnered with Rotary International to aid with global water projects through the launch of Rotary Local Lager.
Kevin M. Duguay launched his own Planning Consulting Company in December 2005. This followed 15 successful years of community planning as the City of Peterborough Land Use Planner. He also worked for 8 years as a Parks and Recreation Director in three Ontario Communities. In addition to his community planning and strategic planning services to both the private and public sectors, his company also provides a range of accessibility planning and design services.

Wellington Brewery and RI HOC Update Carol Hutchinson 2018-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Mar 27, 2018
Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 20, 2018
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay St.
Topic: Gardening!
Host: Kevin Power
Possibly Canada’s best known gardener and President of Mark’s Choice Ltd., Mark Cullen is a third generation career gardener, and a “garden communicator” unlike any other. He is a best-selling author, with over 20 books on gardening to his credit. Cullen actively maintains his website,, where he has answered over 10,000 questions from gardeners across the country.
Mark Cullen, Career Gardner and President Mark's Choice Ltd. Carol Hutchinson 2018-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Mar 26, 2018
Guesr Speaker:  Friday April 27, 2018
Location:  King Edward Hotel, Sovereign Ballroom
Topic:  Life After the Armed Forces
Host:  Lori Brazier
Michele Fisher started her career with the Canadian Air Force, specializing as a photographer, and completed 12 years of active service.  After making the decision to return to civilian life, she earned degrees in psychology and social work, and served as a Correctional Officer in a maximum security prison for men, and then as a Probation and Parole Officer.
Michele Fisher, Former Armed Forces Carol Hutchinson 2018-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Mar 13, 2018
Guest Speaker: Friday, Mar 23, 2018
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street,
Topic: Google For Non-profits (G4NP)
– Our Future Today – Welcome to the Launch!
Host: Sandy Boucher
When a non-profit like The Rotary Club of Toronto aims to reach new heights in making an impact with its Vision 2020, it needs to have the right tools to enable it to attain success.  With our Roadmap to 2020 making progress, a team of Rotarians with diverse backgrounds and a common thread that binds them together to find simple solutions in improving the way Rotary does its work, was set to task.
Prince Kumar, Chief Executive Partner - StraNexus Inc. Carol Hutchinson 2018-03-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Mar 06, 2018
Guest Speaker: Friday, March 9, 2018
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic:  Gender Equity; Where We Stand and
How We're Pressing For Progress
Paulette Senior has devoted her career to empowering women and girls to overcome barriers and reach their full potential. She faced her own set of barriers when she immigrated to Canada from Jamaica as a young girl – an experience that ignited her interest in justice and activism.
Paulette Senior, CEO and President, Canadian Women's Foundation Carol Hutchinson 2018-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Feb 20, 2018
Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 23, 2018
Location:  The National Club
Topic:  Memory Home Living Inc.
Host:  Luba Rascheff and Karen Scott
Mona is the founder/director of a not- for- profit dementia initiative called Memory Lane Home Living Inc. in Richmond Hill, ON. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology/Sociology, and has worked in the field of mental health. Mona is currently completing a Gerontology Certificate through McMaster University. She put herself through university as a nurse’s aide and became acquainted with the care needs of seniors and the LongTerm Care system. During the last 4 years Mona reacquainted herself with the care needs of seniors as she became a caregiver for her mother, who was diagnosed with vascular dementia.
Mona Lancaster, Founder and Director Carol Hutchinson 2018-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
Friday, February 2, 2018
Location:  Fairmont, Confederation. Room 5/6, MM Level
Topic:  Canada's Odyssey: A Country Based on Incomplete Conquests
Host: Robert O'Brien
Peter Russell is considered Canada’s  most respected “Dean of Political Science”.   Born in Toronto, he is an alumnus of the University of Toronto Schools, Trinity College at the University of Toronto and Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.   He taught Political Science at the University of Toronto from 1958 to 1997 and was Principal of Innis College from 1973 to 1978.
Peter Russell, Dean of Political Science Carol Hutchinson 2018-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
Annual Fundraiser Thursday March 29, 2018 at Steam Whistle Carol Hutchinson 2018-01-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jan 19, 2018
Guest Speaker: Friday, January 19, 2018
Location: King Edward Hotel, Vanity Fair Ballroom
Topic:  Foreign Voices in the House of Commons:
Reflections On Canada's Stature In Its 150th Year.
Host: Robert O'Brien
Patrick Boyer has led a most interesting and multi-faceted life as a university professor, journalist, authority, policy activist, publisher and former Member of Parliament (1984-1993).   Patrick Boyer was born in Bracebridge and his father was a Member of the Legislative Assembly at Queen’s Park in the late 1950s. 

J. Patrick Boyer Q.C, Former Member of Parliament Carol Hutchinson 2018-01-19 05:00:00Z 0
Happy Holidays and Season's Greetings Carol Hutchinson 2017-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
Our Rotary 2017-18 theme, “Making a Difference” is utmost on everyone’s mind, while doing projects so worthy to our city and the world. We can ask ourselves, “what can I do to make difference to someone’s life, to their world”? Making a difference is offering a part of ourselves, our life, and spreading that time and effort to the most vulnerable. Each person shares themselves in different ways..some volunteer for special projects, some plan the philanthropic projects worthy of our assistance, others attend events and lend a helping hand, others plan fun Fellowship events, others work on program development; everyone helps in their own way..always foremost that we making a difference in someone else’s life.  Rotarians know that by sharing our talents and time, we can make a difference!!

In the spring what a difference we made in the life of our family from Syria!  Maureen Bird and her committee, and family and friends, have worked tirelessly in getting the family acclimatized to Canada and assisting wherever they can along the way. This has indeed been a great achievement as it has surely made a huge difference in their lives. Thank you, Maureen and your committee!
We are making a huge difference in the lives of many people in the inner city with the unveiling of the new Sherbourne Health Bus -  how exciting it was to the team at Sherbourne and to us.. this great project enables the team on the Health Bus to now provide more specialized services to the most vulnerable population in the inner city.
A Christmas Message From President Pat Neuman 2017-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
All the Best in the New Year 2017-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Nov 29, 2017
Guest Speaker: December 01, 2017
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic: Highway of Heroes
Host: Kevin Power
Trish Long started her career as a financial advisor before becoming a development professional in the non-profit sector. Her specialty has been to help get big projects off the ground. She ran the $55 million campaign for Evergreen Brick Works, launched a national major gift program for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, and directed the development team at the Pembina Institute, a clean energy think tank, through a significant period of growth. In a volunteer capacity, Trish is a steering committee member for a new charity called Shift which is encouraging Canadian pension funds to disclose and adapt to climate risk. 
Trish Long, Campaign Manager Carol Hutchinson 2017-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Nov 20, 2017
Julie Mahfouz Rezvani is the co-founder and Executive Director of Mes Amis Canada, a non-profit, civil society organisation which has assisted over 2000 refugees and new immigrants settle into the GTA.  Founded originally as the Clothing Drive in 2015, the membership of Mes Amis Canada ballooned exclusively through its highly focused use of digital and traditional media channels. The simple goal of collecting clothing turned into a store where newcomers could come and shop for free. Pop-up clothing shops, food distribution, toy drives, vision screening clinics, and social enterprises followed.   These broad initiatives dedicated to assisting our newest Canadians earned Mes Amis Canada the June Callwood award for Excellence in Volunteerism, the Humanitarian of the Year Award and various other recognitions.
Julie Mahfouz Rezvani, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Mes Amis Canada Carol Hutchinson 2017-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker: Friday November 17, 2017
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic: Fintech? What Is It and Why should I care?
Host: Susan Hunter
Lorna Johnson, is a Consultant and Adviser to the Fintech industry through her firm CalderJohnsonConsulting Inc. She is also the Canadian and Australian Country Representative for Unwire, the pre-eminent mobile payment and transit ticketing white-label developer in Scandinavia.
Lorna has 25 years’ experience in executive roles with Interac Association/ Acxsys Corporation, National Australia Bank, St. George Bank (Westpac), AXA Australia and Booz & Co.,a global top tier management consulting firm.
She is a former Board Director with B-Pay, Australia's largest electronic bill payment network. Early in her career, she spent 10 years in the New Brunswick forestry industry. 
Lorna Johnson, CalderJohnsonConsulting Inc. Carol Hutchinson 2017-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Nov 10, 2017
Guest Speaker: Friday November 10, 2017
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Host: Alex Brown
Colonel Dwayne Hobbs was born in Ottawa and raised in Toronto.  He enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1988 with the Essex & Kent Scottish Regiment and Commission with the Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s Own) in 1992 while he was studying at the University of Toronto. 

He has commanded from the Platoon to Unit level and has held staff appointments in 32 Canadian Brigade Group, 4th Canadian Division, the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre and Army Headquarters. 

From 2006 until 2012, he worked as a Military Advisor to Defence Research & Development Canada in Toronto.   He has commanded the Toronto Scottish Regiment, the Brigade Battle School and 32 Canadian Brigade Group, the Army Reserve Formation covering Greater Toronto. 

Colonel Dwayne Hobbs Canadian Arm Forces Carol Hutchinson 2017-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Remembrance Day - In Flander's Field 2017-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson

Guest Speakers: Friday, October 27, 2017

Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room

Topic Philanthropic Committee Updates

Bob Duff, St. Simon's ShelterTo Be Rescheduled:  Due to unforeseen circumstances Bob Duff will have to be rescheduled for a tater date..  

We have a very informative lunch planned for you with Philanthropic Committee Updates from our Indigenous Service Committee by Club Board Liaison Director, Bill Empey, International Service by Chair John Farrell, Senior Citizens' by Chair, Anny-Sandra Hamel, Environmental Service by Chair Lorna Johnson and Youth and Children by Chair Dawn Marie King.

BILL EMPEY  – Rotarian since 1991, Classification:  Consultant - Economist.  Bill is Managing Partner, of Prism Economics & Analysis.

He is a Club Board Liaison Director for our Indigenous Service Committee and Chair of our Foundation Board’s Investment Committee

and as such is a member of our Foundation Board

JOHN FARRELL - Rotarian since 2012, Classification: Wealth Adviso, John is a Senior Wealth Advisor with Scotia McLeod

He is the Chair of our International Service Committee, and is Club Board Liaison Director for our Community Service Committee

ANNY-SANDRA HAMEL- Rotarian since 2014, Classification:  Horticulture. Anny-Sandra works on Market Development for Acti-Sol

She is the Chair of our Senior Citizens’ Committee and is a Volunteer Coordinator for the RI Convention 2018 Host Committee

and a member of our Youth Exchange Subcommittee and is Host Family/Parent to Antoine Rys, our Youth Exchange student.

LORNA JOHNSON- Rotarian since 2013. Classification:  Consulting. Lorna is Principal & Owner of Calder Johnson Consulting Inc.

She is the new Chair of our Environmental Service Committee.

DAWN MARIE KING- Rotarian since 2014, Classification:  Health Care – Clinical Support Services

Dawn Marie is Director, Medical Imaging and Laboratory at St. Michael’s Hospital

She is the Chair of our Youth and Children’s Committee,


Rotary Philanthropic Committee Speakers: Bill Empey, John Farrell, Anny-Sandra Hamel, Lorna Johnson, and Dawn-Marie King Carol Hutchinson 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker: Friday October 20, 2017
Location: Fairmont Upper Canada Room, 18th Floor
Topic: The Canadian Dream of Home Ownership
in a Time of Eroding Affordability: A Plan for Keeping
the Dream Within Reach for Future Generations
Host: Krystyna Benyak
Tim Hudak is the CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), Canada’s largest provincial real estate industry association representing 70,000 REALTORS®.
After a distinguished 21 years of public service in the Ontario Legislature – including five years as Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario and Leader of the Official Opposition – making the move to OREA was a perfect fit.
 As Minister of Consumer and Business Services, Hudak worked closely with OREA to write the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 and championed a long list of pro-homeowner and pro-REALTOR® policies, from stopping the spread of the municipal land transfer tax (MLTT) to permitting the use of electronic signatures.
Tim Hudak CEO Ontario Real Estate Association Carol Hutchinson 2017-10-20 04:00:00Z 0
Guest speaker: Friday 13, 2017
Location:  National Club
Topic: Transition
Host: John Andras


Alex Andras is an educator, motivational speaker, musician and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) rights activist. A well-known, and well-respected student educator and activist within the Humber College community, Alex is currently making his way towards a PhD in Social Work, sharing his story and moving rooms of people as he goes.

Alex Andras motivational speaker Carol Hutchinson 2017-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 02, 2017

Guest Speaker: DG Neil Phillips

Topic: D. G. Talk

Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street

HAVE YOU REGISTERED?  RSVP AT: 416-363-0604 or



Wednesday Evening, October 4th Club Meeting & DG Talk

Where:     The National Club, 303 Bay St., Main Dining room

When:      5:00 PM Registration and Cocktails (Cash Bar)

                 6:00 – 7:30 PM Club Meeting and Buffet Dinner

Cost:         1 lunch ticket -Toronto Rotarians and their guests

                  Other Guests and Visiting Rotarians - $55

Program:      District 7070 Governor, Neil Phillips

Topic:         “The DG Talk”: Plans for 2017 2018

RSVP required to or by calling 416-363-0604

District Governor Neil Phillips Talk- At the National Club 2017-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Sep 27, 2017
Guest Speaker: Friday, September 29, 2017
Location:  Fairmont, Upper Canada
Topic:  What Will It Take to Make Toronto An Age Friendly City?
Host: Rick Goldsmith and our Senior Citizens' Committee
Dr. Samir K. Sinha MD, DPhil, FRCPC
Dr. Samir Sinha is a passionate and respected advocate for the needs of older adults. Dr. Sinha currently serves as the Director of Geriatrics of the Sinai Health System and the University Health Network in Toronto and the Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Chair in Geriatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is also an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
A Rhodes Scholar, after completing his undergraduate medical studies at the University of Western Ontario, he obtained a Masters in Medical History and a Doctorate in Sociology at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Ageing. He has pursued his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto and in Geriatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Samir K. Sinha, Director of Geriatrics, Mount Sinai Health System Carol Hutchinson 2017-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Sep 14, 2017
The Rotary Club of Toronto Scholarship Winner 2017
Lorenzo Penate - 2017 Scholarship Winner. Lorenzo immigrated from Cuba with his mother 10 years ago. He was this year’s recipient of The Rotary Club of Toronto Scholarship. He is in his first year studying Business Administration at York University’s Schulich School of Business. In addition to his strong academic performance, Lorenzo was actively involved at his school and in the community, including drama/theatre and volunteering at the Salvation Army. He worked with Peer Leaders to improve his leadership skills and created The Vibe Club, to positively reach out to and mentor younger students. Lorenzo was the leader of his school’s Safe Schools Action Team bringing awareness and assisting students in areas of substance abuse, healthy relationships, bullying, impaired driving and peer mentoring.  Lorenzo was drawn to the sport of Boxing at an early age for its mental discipline, positive thinking, leadership and physical fitness. He felt it could benefit others, leading him to run the After School Boxing Program at his high school. 
Lorenzo Penate: The Rotary Club of Toronto Scholarship 2017 Recipient Carol Hutchinson 2017-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Sep 12, 2017
Guest Speaker:  Friday, September 15, 2017
Location: Fairmont, Upper Canada Room
Topic: The Early Childhood Education Disconnect 
Host:  John Andras
For over thirty years, Olivia Chow has been an effective and well-known public figure, serving in Toronto’s municipal politics and on the national stage as a Canadian Member of Parliament. She was voted Best City Councillor seven times by readers of NOW magazine and Best MP in 2010. Readers of the Toronto Sun voted her Top Torontonian in 2012 and Canadian Immigrant magazine named her as one of Canada’s Top 25 Immigrants.
Olivia Chow, Children and Youth Advocate Carol Hutchinson 2017-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Will Fleissig, Waterfront Toronto, Fairmont  Upper Canada Room Carol Hutchinson 2017-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
Friday, July 14, 2017
Location:  National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic:  Presidential Address
July 1st brings a new theme for the 2017-18 RI year …”Rotary: Making a Difference”.
The Rotary Club of Toronto has been making a difference in the lives of Torontonians and others around the world for over 100 years, and we will continue to do so! This year we will observe our 105th year of transforming lives and making a difference to the many disadvantaged and challenged people in our local community.  Our club has been and will continue to be rich in tradition and expertise to make a difference to people’s lives for many more years. Our forefathers saw the potential to build this great club; we must continue to enrich the club with our vision of the future and what it holds.   We have much to be proud of, and, much to look forward to.
Pat Neuman, President 2017 2018 Carol Hutchinson 2017-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Friday, July 7, 2017 Rotary Changeover Lunch
At the National Club, 303 Bay Street



“If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.” ~ African Proverb

A successful year of ‘Rotary Serving Humanity’ is now coming to a close.  We should recognize the progress we have made and to consider the road ahead. To make the most impact to the clients and communities we serve, we require the imagination and creativity of all members, as well as their boundless energy and passion.alizing for us. 

Susan Hunter, President 2016 - 2017 2017-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
This picture was taken of 150 Royal Canadian Mounted  Police officers
on the Capilano Bridge, a 460 foot lo-o-ong suspension bridge over the Capilano River,
just north of Vancouver, BC.
The picture was taken in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the
Canadian Confederation, which will take place on  July 1, 2017 . . .
Happy Birthday, Canada . . .
Happy Canada Day! Canadian Mounties and Capilano Bridge in BC 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jun 14, 2017
Event: RI Convention Host Committee Lunch
Date: Friday September 8th, 2017
Location: at The National Club, 303 Bay Street
RI Convention Host Committee Carol Hutchinson 2017-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jun 14, 2017
Event: Roof Top Lunch
Date: Friday August 11th, 2017
Location: at The National Club, 303 Bay Street 
Roof Top Lunch Carol Hutchinson 2017-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jun 14, 2017
Event: Scholarship Recipient Lunch
Date: Friday September 22nd, 2017
Location: at The National Club, 303 Bay street
Scholarship Recipient Lunch Carol Hutchinson 2017-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jun 13, 2017
Guest Speaker: Friday August 25, 2017
Topic: Berlin Wall
Host:  Robert O'Brien
Christian was born in 1960 in West Berlin and grew up in Germany in a country divided. He was one-year-old when the Berlin Wall was built.
After boarding school, he studied architecture and business administration to prepare to take over the family business, but he changed his mind to pursue a career in financial planning after an emotional event in the family.

Christian Jaehn-Kreibaum, Financial Advisor at Raymond James LTD. Carol Hutchinson 2017-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson
Rotarians:  If you have never attended an RI Convention now is your big chance!
“Our club has a unique opportunity with the Rotary International Convention coming to Toronto in June, 2018.  The Club's Board of Directors want to encourage our members to attend and participate in the International Convention.  It has been 35 years since the convention was last in Toronto.  This is your chance to see Rotary at its best and attend a Rotary International Convention in our backyard.
Rotary International has a limited time registration rate of $295 (U.S.) from June 10 to June 14, 2017.  This special promotion is a savings of $200 (U.S.) from the full registration rate of $495 (U.S.).
In addition to the reduced registration rate from Rotary International, as an added incentive to our members, the Rotary Club of Toronto will reimburse a further $100 (Cdn) to the first 50 members from our club to register for the convention in Toronto between June 10 and June 14, 2017.”
Click on the link below to go directly to the Registration page (you will need your Rotary Member # which you can find by clicking on the Rotary tab on your member profile page or by calling the office at 416-363-0604 or by emailing:
Don't miss out on all the fun! Do it Now!
DEADLINE IS PAST! Toronto RI Convention - Early Registration Incentive For Members! Carol Hutchinson 2017-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Friday, June 9, 2017
Youth Day Lunch
Location: Fairmont, Imperial Room
Youth Civic Leadership Awards 
The Rotary Club of Toronto Youth Civic Leadership Award
Karina is a Grade 12 student in the Extended-French and Advanced Placement programs at Bishop Allen Academy, who has taken on many leadership roles within the school and the community she lives in. She is a school trustee and a French Relations Officer on the executive council of the Ontario Student Trustees Association. Amongst all the projects she has led or worked on,one of the most fulfilling one has been running workshops on mental wellness & habits of effective teens in the First Nations reserve in Geraldton, Northern Ontario. Karina also volunteers for the Children’s Aid Foundation and the Parkinsons Society of Central & Northern Ontario. Karina will be studying Medicine at Harvard University.
Rotaract Gold Youth Civic Leadership Award
Samantha is a Grade 12 student from Martingrove Collegiate Institute and is an elected Youth Councillor for Ward 3 where she has chaired the Finance/Economic Infrastructure Committee. She is also a member of the Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities advising the Minister of Youth Services, Minister of Finance and the Premier on provincial youth programs. Amidst keeping very good academic grades at school, Samantha still finds time to be a Lieutenant Governor for the Key Club, club president for the Martingrove World Action Council & volunteering as a camp counsellor for the Martingrove Leadership Camp. Samantha will be studying Political Science at McGill University.
Rotaract Silver Youth Civic Leadership Award
Sarah is a Grade 12 student from Ursula Franklin Academy. Sarah’s extracurricular activities involves being President of the Student Council, fundraising for the Franklin Athletic Association, Peer Mediation, leading Inside Ride (supporting children with cancer & their families), helping Syrian Refugees & being a communications lead for the Social Justice Committee at Bloor Street United, organizing panel discussions at school to help students understand the workplace. Sarah has also been involved in International Service through Youth on Bloor – she has been on a trip to El Salvador where she has built chicken coops, planted trees and helped build a well. With the Salvadorian youth, she is also engaged in the peace process. She has also been a camp counsellor for her school. Sarah is looking forward to attend the University of Western Ontario’s Social Sciences & Business Management program.
Toronto Community Housing Youth Civic Leadership Award
Hilary is a Grade 12 student from the John Polanyi Collegiate Institute and is involved in the CITY – Change Impacting Toronto’s Youth –  a social entrepreneurship group. She led the CITY’s website development and participated in the SAGE International Entrepreneurship competition and represented Canada in South Korea. Hilary is also a Youth Ambassador for the Regent Park Revitalization program looking at problems facing youth in Regent park and what solutions to bring forward to help these young people with regards to education, training & employment in Regent Park. She also created a Mental Health committee at her school to promote positive thinking aimed at eliminating stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. Hilary also volunteers at Bridgepoint Hospital.
The Rotary Club of Toronto – Youth & Children Committee Youth Civic Leadership Special Award
Christine is a returning Grade 12 student at Westview Centennial Secondary School. Through her life experiences and passion, Christine wants to ultimately become a Human Rights Lawyer. She will be starting her undergrad in Political Science & Global Development at Quuen’s University this year. For many years, she has been a volunteer at the Buddhist Temple and helped raise funds and has been a role model & mentor for the Youth & Peers at the temple. She even got a recognitions award from the Mayor for her volunteer work. Christine is a mentor at the Generation Change organization and LAWS program in the Jane/Finch community where she lives. She helps the youth in the community to develop, appreciate cultural diversity, ethnicity & inclusiveness through events. She is also a Student Council representative and has taken leadership roles in raising money & toys for children at Humber River Regional Hospital & women’s shelters.
Rotary Toronto Youth Day June 9, 2017   Carol Hutchinson 2017-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jun 07, 2017
Guest Speaker: Friday June 16, 2017
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic: How Evidence Can Revolutionize Child Welfare
Host: John Andras
Child rights advocate, Jane Kovarikova, grew up in foster care since the age of six and began living on her own at age 16. Understanding the unique circumstances and challenges faced by youth-in-care inspired an ongoing academic and professional commitment to bettering youth outcomes. In 2009, she graduated with MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.
Jane Kovarikova, Department of Political Science Western University Carol Hutchinson 2017-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jun 01, 2017
Guest Speaker: Friday June 23, 2017
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic: Canada's Next 150 years: Realising our Indigenous Potential
Host: Carolyn Purden, Chair of Indigenous Service Committee
Roberta Jamieson is a Mohawk woman who has enjoyed a distinguished career of firsts. She was the first First Nation woman in Canada to earn a law degree; the first non-parliamentarian appointed an ex-officio member of a House of Commons Committee; the first woman Ombudsman of Ontario; and the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, where she continues to reside with her family. An accomplished expert in alternative dispute resolution, Roberta also served as Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario.
The Honourable Roberta L. Jamieson, President & CEO, Indspire Carol Hutchinson 2017-06-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on May 11, 2017
Guest Speaker:  Friday June 2, 2017
Location:  Fairmont Imperial Room
Topic: Canada’s Invictus  Games:
           Transforming Empathy into Empowerment
Host: Alex Brown
Michael Burns is CEO of 2017 Invictus Games, the largest international competition in the world featuring ill and injured soldiers from 17 nations that will be coming to Toronto in September, 2017.
Michael brings to Invictus more than 20-years of an extensive experience in marketing, financial services, technology and entrepreneurial start-up.
Michael is co-founder of the True Patriot Love Foundation, which supports Canada’s military, veterans and their families. In June 2016, Canada’s Governor-General, on behalf of the Queen, awarded Burns The Meritorious Service Cross for this work with military families.
Michael Burns, CEO Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Carol Hutchinson 2017-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on May 08, 2017
Guest Speaker:  Friday, May 12, 2017
Location:  The National Club
Topic: The Revolution in Cancer Care
- Immunotherapy and Personalized Cancer Medicine
Paul Alofs is an unusually successful guy.  He has been successful in many different industries and geographies. 
So, who is Paul?  Paul has worked in marketing services and was named to the inaugural Marketing Hall of Legends.  Paul was president of HMV Music stores and was named Innovative Retailer of the Year by the Retail Council, and a member of the Top 40 Under 40 after building sales from $30 million to $200 million in short order.  Paul was president of BMG Music and was named Music Industry Executive of the Year for his success in building that record company.  He then became general manager of the 500 North American Disney stores and delivered record profits and customer service.  After Disney, Paul was president of strategic business units at in San Diego and helped launch one of the most successful internet IPOs of the internet age. 

Paul Alofs, President and CEO The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation Carol Hutchinson 2017-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker:  Friday September 8, 2017
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topice:  RI 2018 Convention
Host: President, Pat Neuman
Michele and her committee updated you on
what is happening for next year's Convention
            Toronto 2018 Rotary International Convention Host Committee
SEPT 8, 2017
SEPT 8, 2017 update on the Toronto 2018 Rotary International Convention
Michele Guy, Co-Chair and Committee Members: RI 2018 Convention Host Committee Carol Hutchinson 2017-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 21, 2017
Location:  Fairmont, Confederation Room 5 and 6, MM Level
Topic:  "We Are All Wildlife"    Host:  Neil Phillips
David Miller is President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund – Canada, Canada’s foremost conservation organization. The WWF creates solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature thrive.
David Miller, President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund Carol Hutchinson 2017-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Spring is in The Air! Join Us for President's Cocktails at the National Club Carol Hutchinson 2017-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Mar 29, 2017
Guest Speaker:  Friday , April 7, 2017
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street, Toronto
Topic:  "We Know the Truth, But Reconciliation Still Needs Direction" 
Host to Speaker: Robert O'Brien/ Peter Love
The Hon. Bob Rae is a senior partner of Olthius, Kleer, Townsend LLP where he works with First Nations across Canada as legal counsel, advisor and negotiator.  He served as Ontario’s 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995 and Interim Federal Leader of the Liberal Party in 2011-2013 during which time he played a significant role in the rebuilding of the federal party and its return to power in October 2015.   He was named Queen’s Counsel in 1984, appointed to the Privy Counsel of Canada in 1998, named as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, received the Order of Ontario in 2004 and Companion of the Order of Canada in 2015. 
The Honourable Bob Rae, Ontario's 21st Premier Carol Hutchinson 2017-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Mar 27, 2017
“Victory at Vimy” – Story of the birth of a nation.
The Americans called them “an inspiration … for a generation.” The British described what they did as “the greatest victory of the war.” The French declared their achievement an “Easter gift.”
100 Anniversay of Vimy Ridge - An Easter Gift! Carol Hutchinson 2017-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Mar 27, 2017
Guest Speaker:  Friday, March 31, 2017
Location:  Fairmont, Confederation Room 5 & 6 
Topic:  100 Anniversary of Vimy Ridge
Ted Barris is an award-winning journalist, author, and broadcaster. For more than 40 years, his writing has regularly appeared in the national press – Globe and Mail, National Post, as well as magazines as diverse as Legion, Air Force and Zoomer. He has also worked as host/contributor for most CBC Radio network programs and on TV Ontario. He is a full-time professor of journalism at Toronto’s Centennial College.
Ted Barris, Author and Professor Carol Hutchinson 2017-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker:  Friday March 24, 2017
Location:  Fairmont, Upper Canada Room, 18th floor
Topic:  Toronto Police Services
Mark Saunders was appointed the 10th Chief of the Toronto Police Service on May 20, 2015.  The City of Toronto is a vibrant diverse city covering 636 square kilometres with a diverse population of more than 2,600,000 people.  The Toronto Police Service employs over 5300 police officers and 2700 civilian employees and has an annual budget nearing $1 billion dollars.  It is the largest municipal police service in Canada and 5th largest in North America.
Mark Saunders, Chief of Police, Toronto Police Services Carol Hutchinson 2017-03-14 04:00:00Z 0
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, St. Patrick's Day Celebration: President's Cocktails at the National Club Carol Hutchinson 2017-03-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Feb 15, 2017
Guest Speaker:  Friday, March 10, 2017
Location:  At the National Club
Topic: Breaking Down Barriers For Healthy Change 
Host: Women's Initiative Committee
Hazelle is a seasoned senior executive with more than 20 years experience in the non-profit sector.  Before joining Sherbourne she was Executive Director of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and previously Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of Toronto. Hazelle holds a Master’s Certificate in Health Care Management as well as a Bachelor in Communications from Carleton University. She is former Managing Editor of Health Sharing Magazine, and worked as a Television producer for WTN and Upfront Entertainment. She has also held Board positions with various non-profit organizations, including Women's College Hospital.
Hazelle Palmer, CEO Sherbourne Health Centre Carol Hutchinson 2017-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Feb 02, 2017
Guest Speaker:  Friday March 3, 2017
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic:  The Future of Membership
-Making Clubs More Open to Young Professionals
Mitty Chang is the Creative Director and Founder of Candeavor, a digital marketing and design agency based in the San Francisco bay area. As a millennial, Mitty grew up during the internet high tech boom during the turn of the century. His entrepreneurial spirit started young. Mitty built his first website while in the fourth grade, and began his first business as a freelance web designer while in the seventh grade. Over 15 years later, Mitty continues designing and developing websites professionally, while giving back to his community through Rotary.
Mitty Chang, Creative Director and Founder of Candeavor Carol Hutchinson 2017-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jan 30, 2017
Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 24, 2017
Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room
Topic:  The Sixties Scoop
Both sides of Kenn Richard's family come from the original Métis and Francophone settlements along the Red and the Assiniboine River in Manitoba. He is of the first generation in his family to be raised in an urban environment and graduate from university. He holds a Masters in Social Work, University of Manitoba, and has been practicing social work, principally within Aboriginal child welfare, since the mid-seventies. Kenn is founder and Executive Director of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, a mandated Children`s Aid Society and Children's Mental Health Center, since 1989.
Kenn Richard, Founder and Director of Native Family and Child Services Carol Hutchinson 2017-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jan 30, 2017
Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 10, 2017
Location:  The National Club
Topic:  How France is Celebrating
the 150th Anniversary of Canada and What France
is Doing To Strengthen Ties between Canada and France
Mr Trouyet has served as the Consul General of France in Toronto since August of 2015. His territorial jurisdiction comprises Ontario and Manitoba.
Mr. Trouyet has been a diplomat for almost fifteen years. Most recently he served in Paris as head of the department of French Overseas Development Assistance pertaining to governance issues. In this capacity, he supervised projects and expert missions on issues such as: postcrisis recovery and the rule of law; government reforms and urban governance; public finances; migration, Diasporas and development.
Marc Trouyet, Consul General of France In Toronto Carol Hutchinson 2017-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jan 30, 2017

Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 3, 2016

Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room, 18th Floor

Topic:  An Evolution Through Music



This presentation is offered as an insight into the journey of a young black woman adopted into the white community of Peterborough, Ontario. Liberty was faced with a barrage of racial recriminations. Many thousands of children have faced these challenges.

Liberty triumphed and found her resolve and true freedom through her adopted father’s jazz music collection.  How does a child rise when oppressed within the community?

Liberty Silver, An Evolution Through Music Carol Hutchinson 2017-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jan 17, 2017
Guest Speaker: Friday January 20, 2017
Location: Fairmont, Imperial Room
Host: Geoffrey Johnson
Raised in Hong Kong and educated in England, Gloria managed Danish government soft loan and World Bank development projects in China covering twelve provinces and two autonomous regions in the 1980s. She successfully spearheaded many agricultural pilot projects including the setting up of the first mechanized state farm in China and technology transfer between John Deere and China.
Gloria Fung, Activist and Advocate Carol Hutchinson 2017-01-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jan 12, 2017
Guest Speaker:  Friday, January 27, 2017
Location:  The National Club
Topic: Bill Davis:  Nation Builder and Not So Bland After All
Host:  Robert O'Brien 
Steve Paikin is one of Canada’s leading journalist and political commentators.
Born in Hamilton with his Bachelors of Arts from the University of Toronto and Masters in broadcast journalism from Boston University, Steve shot to public attention as anchor and Queen’s Park correspondent for CBLT and host of a daily news and current affairs program on CBC Newsworld.
Steve Paikin, Journalist, Author, Documentary film Producer and Host of TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin Carol Hutchinson 2017-01-12 05:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker:  Friday, January 13, 2017
Location:  National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic:  Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

Knia Singh was born in Toronto to parents of Guyanese and Bermudian heritage.  He is a recent graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and named one of the People to Watch for 2014 by the Toronto Star
And Knia is Founder & President of Osgoode Society Against Institutional Injustice and awarded Dean’s Gold Key 2016– for exemplary contribution to the law school community.
Knia Singh, Lawyer and Activist Carol Hutchinson 2017-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Jan 10, 2017
I Have a Dream….
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.
On Monday January 16th, it is Martin Luther King Day. At our lunch on Fri 13th, we will recognize and honour Martin Luther King by asking the question after 54 years, “Has any of his dream been fulfilled in Canada?”.

Martin Luther King Day, January 16th, 2017 Carol Hutchinson 2017-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year Rotarians and Friends! Carol Hutchinson 2017-01-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Dec 20, 2016
Guest Speaker:  Friday January 6, 2017
Location:  Fairmont, Upper Canada Room, 18th Fl.
Topic:  A Canadian Story of Inspiration
2017 is Canada’s Sesquicentennial. In this significant year in the country’s life, the ‘Program Committee’ is inviting, throughout the year, a number of speakers who will address the club to inform us on matters relating to some of Canada’s significant contributions to the world.
Following this theme, the first meeting of the year, normally dedicated to a time of inspiration, will inform the members of the work of ‘L’Arche’, an international organization founded by John Vanier, the son of a former Governor of Canada, Georges Vanier.
Sue Mosteller, L'Arche Daybreak Carol Hutchinson 2016-12-20 05:00:00Z 0
It is said that the most precious gift you can give is Time. When you give of your time, you give a little of yourself and a part of your life to someone else. Time in the service of others is what defines all Rotarians. This is especially true during the Christmas season when so many of our members are involved in putting on two of our largest events of the year.
For many months leading up to Christmas, our members spend an enormous amount of time planning and preparing two spectacular celebrations to make many people very happy. The first celebration is our annual Seniors Christmas Lunch held on December 9th and the second is our very special party for children with special needs held on Sunday December 11th, which is perhaps the longest running children’s Christmas Party in the City of Toronto. Both celebrations require planning on a grand scale, which several members do with great enthusiasm and passion. You will find more details and great pictures of both celebrations featured in this week’s Voice.
Christmas Message from President Susan Hunter Carol Hutchinson 2016-12-15 05:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker:  Friday, December 2, 2016
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street, Main Dining Room
Topic:  One Man Dancing
Patricia Keeney is an award-winning poet, novelist, theatre and literary critic. The author of ten books of poetry and two novels and a well-known arts writer for many years for CBC Radio, Canadian Forum, Scene Changes, Canadian Theatre Review and Canadian Literature, Keeney continues her critical work both nationally and internationally in journals such as Arc and online: Critical Stages and Critically Speaking. Keeney teaches English and Creative Writing at York University. An avid traveller she has also taught and lectured in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Patricia, Keeney, Award Winning Poet Carol Hutchinson 2016-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Nov 14, 2016
Guest Speaker: Friday November 18th 2016
Shauneen Bruder Executive Vice-President Operations
- RBC Personal & Commercial Banking
Location: Fairmont Confederation 5 and 6, MM Level
Topic: Pine River Institute 10th Anniversary 
Mrs. Bruder is Executive Vice-President of Operations, Royal Bank of Canada and is also a member of the Group Operating Committee charged with oversight of day-to-day management of RBC globally. Previous roles with RBC include EVP of Business and Commercial Banking, COO of the Global Wealth Management division and President of RBC Centura Bank in North Carolina.
Shauneen Bruder and Ron Crane, Pine River Institute. Carol Hutchinson 2016-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Nov 01, 2016
Guest Speaker: Friday November 11, 2016 Remembrance Day Lunch
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic: Remembrance Day Lunch - Honouring Our Veterans 
Katie Daubs is part of the features team at the Toronto Star. In 2014, she and photographer Richard Lautens spent two months walking across Belgium and France, following the footsteps of Canadian soldiers of the First World War and filing daily stories for their series Walking the Western Front.  Daubs is currently on leave from the Star, as a Southam Journalism fellow at Massey College.
Richard Lautens, Staff Photographer The Toronto Star
Richard Lautens has been a photographer at the Toronto Star since 1987.  In that time he has covered news and events all over the world including politics, fashion, sports, civil strife and features.  He has won local and international awards for his work.
Katie Daubs Journalist and Richard Lautens Photograher - The Toronto Star Carol Hutchinson 2016-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker:  Friday November 4, 2016
Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room, 18 fl.
Topic:  Reflections on a Career in Canada's Foreign Service
Ian Wood is an outstanding Canadian who, within the ‘Department of External Affairs’, has served his country well. His work included many international appointments with a number of years as Canada’s ambassador to several countries in the Middle East.
Ian Wood, Former Canadian Ambassador Carol Hutchinson 2016-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Oct 24, 2016
Dr. Truong Ta, is the Head of Immunization Policy, Canada for Sanofi Pasteur Limited.  In this role, Dr. Ta oversees public affairs, government affairs and market access activities for vaccines in Canada.  Sanofi Pasteur researches, develops and manufactures vaccines for Canada and global markets.
Dr. Ta obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Alberta in 2000 and his research involved studying protein adsorption at biomaterial interfaces.  Subsequently, he completed a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship in the area of Mass Spectrometry, and several years later, obtained a Master of Business Administration from York University’s Schulich School of Business with a focus on business strategy and healthcare industry management.

Truong Ta, Head of Immunization Policy, Canada, Sanofi Pasteur Limited Carol Hutchinson 2016-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Oct 12, 2016
Guest Speaker:  Friday, October 14, 2016
Location:  Fairmont, Upper Canada Room, 18th fl.
Topic:  Toronto Transit Commission
Andy Byford was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Transit Commission in March, 2012.  As such, he leads the largest transit agency in Canada, and the third largest in North America, carrying over 540 million riders on an annual basis.  Mr. Byford initially joined the TTC as Chief Operating Officer in November, 2011 and was responsible for the delivery of safe, punctual, reliable bus, streetcar, SRT, subway and Wheel-Trans services.  
From 2009 to 2011, as Chief Operating Officer of Rail Corporation, Sydney, Australia, Mr. Byford delivered service to a million customers a day on Australia’s largest transit network.  From 2003 to 2009, he held the positions of Operations Director and Operations and Safety Director with Southern Railway and South Eastern Trains Limited, UK. 
During his tenure with London Underground from 1989 to 2003, he held a variety of managerial positions including Group Station Manager, Kings Cross and General Manager – Customer Service for three of the busiest subway lines.
Mr. Byford is a graduate of the University of Leicester from which he was awarded a B.A. joint honours degree in French and German.  He also holds a Diploma in Transport from the University of London.
Andy is from Plymouth in the United Kingdom.  A member of the Institute of Railway Operators, he is married and lives in Toronto.
Andy Byford, CEO Toronto Transit Commission  Carol Hutchinson 2016-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Sep 08, 2016


Guest Speaker:  Friday, September 30, 2016

Location:  King Edward Hotel, Toronto

Professor Muhammad Yunus is one of the global leaders who has received so much of awards (including highest from different countries) and honorary doctorate degrees. Till date he has received 132 international awards58 honorary doctoral degrees and member and advisor of enormous international Committees and Commissions including board of the United Nations Foundation

Nobel Peace Prize Winner:  Professor Muhammad Yunus Carol Hutchinson 2016-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Sep 08, 2016
Guest Speaker:  Friday, September 23, 2016 
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay St.
Topic: Canada's Economic Forecast
Derek is Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist for TD Bank Group. In his role, he leads a team of economists that provides leading analysis on the U.S.,Canadian and global economies and financial markets.
Each year, he travels extensively across Canada, speaking at more than 75 events on economic and financial developments. As a respected commentator, Derek has been quoted by many media outlets – including the London Financial Times and the Economist. He also is frequently interviewed on the radio and television.
Derek Burleton, Vice President and Deputy Chief Econocmist TD Canada Trust Carol Hutchinson 2016-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker, Friday August 26, 2016
Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room
Topic: Clean Water Living

John is a graduate of the University of Guelph, holding a Masters in Agricultural Science (Agricultural Economics)

His career focused on agricultural education, sales, marketing and management. In 1985 he moved to Chatham to be Vice President and General Manager for Dekalb Canada. He joined the staff of St. Clair College in 1998 where he was Director; Innovation, Community and Corporate Training until his retirement in 2010.
John Lawrence, Clean Water Living 2016-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Aug 09, 2016
Guest Speaker:  Friday August 19, 2016
Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room, 18 fl.
Topic:  What Do People Think of You?
Andris Pone believes that every person has the right to experience the thrill of sharing their unique gifts with others.  As a world-class wordsmith, he has 13 years of experience helping corporations and individuals express precisely what those differentiating factors are — by building compelling brand foundations and names for clients at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Sun Life Financial, BMO Nesbitt Burns, RBC Wealth Management, Canadian Tire, Purolator, Revera and many others.
Andris is co-author of the #1 Globe and Mail bestselling Brand: It Ain’t the Logo.  He appears as a branding expert on CBC’s The National, CBC Radio One, the National Post and the Globe and Mail.  He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Political Science from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and also holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.
Host to Guest Speaker: Lorraine Lloyd
Andris Pone, President Coin Branding Carol Hutchinson 2016-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 01, 2016
Guest Speaker:  Friday, July 15, 2016
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay St.

July 1st marks a new year for Rotary and this year’s theme is Rotary Serving Humanity: three words that perfectly describe what we all do best — transforming lives in our local communities and around the world.

The Rotary Club of Toronto has been changing lives in the city of Toronto for over 104 years.  This Club has a rich tradition of responding to and serving the needs of those less fortunate.  Members are dedicated to assisting those most vulnerable in the Toronto community by providing funding and expertise to programs which enhance the quality of life and human dignity of our fellow citizens.

As members of a large Rotary Club, we should be proud of our history which dates back to 1912.  It was the vision and passion of past members who have built this great Club and developed ground-breaking, innovative solutions to many challenges in the city including United Appeal (later becoming United Way), Care Canada, Youth Employment Service (YES), the Transition Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital, the Infirmary at Seaton House, and the  Health Centre Health Bus.  Many of the events that we celebrate today including the annual Christmas Party for Seniors and for Children, have been organized for decades and continue to delight those who attend each year.  These notable service projects and events signify the importance of our work and why it is still so urgently needed.

Susan Hunter, President 2016-2017 Presidential Address Carol Hutchinson 2016-06-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Apr 21, 2016
Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 29, 2016
Location: The National Club
Topic:  "Why It's Important to Google Yourself!"

Perry Monaco is a Customer Success Manager at LinkedIn, managing teams in Canada, USA, Central and South America.
Perry Monaco, LinkedIn Carol Hutchinson 2016-04-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Apr 14, 2016
Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 22, 2016
Location:  Fairmont - Upper Canada Room, 18 Floor
Topic:  "Vimy: Symbol of our National Identity"
Jeremy Diamond is a public historian, who for more than 20 years, has been developing unique ways to tell the stories of Canada to audiences of all ages.
Jeremy Diamond, Exec Dir., Vimy Foundation Carol Hutchinson 2016-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Mar 29, 2016
Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 8, 2016
Location:  Fairmont, Tudor 7&8 Room 
Topic:  Social Innovation In A Humanitarian Crisis
Rainbow Railroad is a volunteer based registered charitable organization. In September 2014, we welcomed our first employee and Executive Director, Justin Taylor. Justin joins Rainbow Railroad as an experienced operations manager and capacity builder.
Justin Taylor, Executive Director, Rainbow Railroad Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2016-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Mar 01, 2016

Guest Speaker:  Friday, March 11, 2016

Topic:  Celebrating Women and Diversity

Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Upper Canada Room

March 8 is International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.  International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since the early 1900’s.

Honourable Jean Augustine, PC, CM, CBE Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2016-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Feb 27, 2016
Guest Speaker : Friday, March 04, 2016
Location : Fairmont in the Ontario Room 
Topic : "My Life in Street Gangs”
Segun Akinsanya is a passionate, articulate and determined young man—a natural leader. But after moving from Quebec to Toronto, he found himself following the wrong crowd. At 18 he was sentenced to a five year prison term for Manslaughter.   Incarceration taught him important life lessons and he decided to change his life.
Segun Akinsanya, Youth Former Gang Member Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2016-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Feb 18, 2016
Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 26, 2016
Location:  Fairmont, Upper Canada Room-18th floor
Topic:  "The New Factory"
Bill Bishop is the CEO of Bishop Communications Inc. and the creator of The BIG Idea Adventure™, an advanced coaching program that helps entrepreneurs grow their business by creating, packaging, and promoting BIG Ideas.  He is also the founder of two social networks—The 10% Referral Club™ and The Keynote Collective™, and the inventor of the popular board game Quibberish®: The Paraphrase Puzzle Game.

Bill Bishop, CEO Bishop Communications Inc. Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2016-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Feb 08, 2016
Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 19, 2016
Location:  At the National Club
Topic:  Nestlé Canada Inc.

Shelley Martin is President and CEO of Nestlé Canada Inc., a leading company that produces some of the world’s most recognized and trusted foods and beverages.
Shelley Martin, President and CEO, Nestlé Canada Inc. Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2016-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 5, 2016
Location:  At the National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic:  Rotary Message
Host to Speaker:  Michele Guy
IAN RISELEY, Sandringham, Vic., Australia
Trustee, The Rotary Foundation, 2011-15
Treasurer, Rotary International, 2007-08
Director, Rotary International, 2006-07
Ian Riseley is a chartered accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., a firm he established in 1976.  Prior to starting his own firm, he worked in the audit and management consulting divisions of large accounting firms and corporations.
Ian Riseley, Rotary International President Nominee 2016-01-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Jan 08, 2016

Guest Speaker:  Friday, January 15, 2016

Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Upper Canada Room, 18th floor

Topic:  Nuclear Engineering

Dr. Cuttler graduated from the University of Toronto (Engineering Physics, Nuclear) in 1964. He received his M.Sc. and D.Sc. degrees from the Israel Institute of Technology in 1967 and 1971 while employed by IAEC as a research engineer and by the IIT as a laboratory manager. He was the Technical Manager of Seforad Applied Radiation from 1971 to 74, and then began a 26-year career at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.

He led the team that designed and procured the nuclear instrumentation for three CANDU 6 reactors and for Pickering B and Bruce B stations. Jerry was later AECL's engineering manager for Bruce B, resident engineering manager in Romania, engineering manager of the SLOWPOKE district heating reactor, manager of AECL services at Pickering, CANDU 9 engineering integration manager, and a technical services manager.

Dr.Jerry Cuttler,Cuttler & Associates Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2016-01-08 05:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker:  Friday January 8, 2016
Location:  Imperial Room, Fairmont Royal York
Topic:  New Year's Message
Canon Allan Budzin was born in South Bend, Indiana. After elementary school, he began studies for the Roman Catholic priesthood at Carmelite Junior Seminary in Hamilton, MA. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI with a degree in philosophy. After teaching high school in Los Angeles, he was ordained a priest  in 1980 at Niagara Falls, Ontario. His first parochial assignment took place at St. Gertrude’s Church in Stockton, CA. He came to Toronto in 1983 for graduate studies at the Toronto School of Theology. During that time he also assisted at several Catholic parishes in the west end of Toronto. After leaving the Catholic priesthood, Al married and taught at George Brown College for several years. In 1997 he became an Anglican priest and returned to full-time parochial ministry. He is currently parish priest at St. Philip’s Anglican Church in Etobicoke. His interests include poetry, jazz, and thoroughbred horse racing.
Canon Allan Budzin, Anglican Diocese of Toronto Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2016-01-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 17, 2015
President David’s Christmas Season Message
The festive season has arrived and today we celebrate with The Rotary Club of Toronto’s 2015 Annual Christmas Party.  I hope you all enjoy the wonderful buffet and the music at the luncheon today.  We also celebrate the ability to help others at this time of year and we will feature a raffle and a silent auction to that end.   Every year, The Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation has a ‘charity of choice’ at our Christmas Party, this year the Foundation will give $5,000 to benefit our Syrian Refugee Family.  The family is being sponsored in partnership with the Rosedale United Church and The Rotary Club of Toronto’s Sponsorship Group.
President David's Christmas Season Message 2015-12-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Dec 03, 2015
Ian McBride has been the Executive Director of AURA, the Anglican United Refugee Alliance for over 15 years. Born in Coburg, Ontario, Ian is one of those people who has seen it all…Who would have thought that one of Toronto’s busiest refugee advocates and facilitators used to be a corporate manager?
For a long time Ian was a sales and marketing executive, working in the world of international trade. His long business career was replaced by Ministry Service with a focus on the elderly, children and youth.
He has served the Church in many capacities, including as an assistant Chaplin. For a number of years he served on the Board of Directors of AURA, before becoming the Executive Director.
While Ian never went to University, he is by far an expert in his field. He now dedicates almost all of his time to facilitating the private sponsorship of refugees and supporting their resettlement in Toronto. While many are eager to learn and have recently become interested in refugee issues in the face of the current crisis, this has been Ian’s day to day work for a long time.
He is based in Toronto but travels throughout southern Ontario to meet, inform and support the Constituent Groups that AURA represents. He is a dedicated advocate for refugees, and has made this his life work.
Ian McBride, Director AURA Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 16, 2015
Guest Speaker:  Friday, November 20, 2015
Location:  The National Club - 303 Bay Street, Toronto
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, OOnt
29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell is an energetic and highly regarded renaissance woman, an accomplished civil servant with wide-ranging interests, and is passionately devoted to the advancement of humanity. An intelligent, perceptive, and compassionate woman, Ms. Dowdeswell has devoted herself to public service, where her talents and skills have contributed greatly to many important initiatives, most notably those that integrate environmental, economic, social, educational, and cultural concerns.
She cares deeply about the environment, which she considers the fundamental basis for life on earth. She has led provincial, federal, and international institutions, and has served on the boards of corporate and non-profit organizations. Her years as an Under-Secretary-General at the United Nations profoundly shaped her worldview and continue to inform her thinking as she undertakes her role as 29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
Her overarching and ambitious vision is Ontario in the world. She wants to listen to Ontarians and engage them in meaningful dialogue about what they can contribute and learn from others in meeting the common challenges of our interconnected world. Her Honour’s aim is to bring multiple perspectives to the table, encourage innovation, and cultivate new ideas, sparking action and commitment to seeing these ideas move forward.
Ms. Dowdeswell is an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds 11 honorary degrees.
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, Ont 2015-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Nov 01, 2015
Remembrance Day Celebration
Guest Speaker:  Friday, November 6, 2015
Topic:  Remembering The Great War:  What the War Memorials Tell Us
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street, Toronto
Host to the Speaker:  Robert A. O’Brien
Born in Belleville and a resident of Toronto, John Plumpton is an educator, historian, writer and well respected lecturer.   For many years he was a teacher and then assumed a leadership role as Superintendent of Schools in Toronto.  After his retirement from the Board of Education John led and conducted summer programs in Oxford England for high schools and universities for twelve years.
John Plumpton, Director of the Churchill Society Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Oct 30, 2015
Guest Speaker:  Friday, October 30, 2015
Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room. 18th floor
Topic:  Toronto's Historical Places
Although born and raised in Sudbury Ont, Bruce Bell has carved out quite a niche for himself in Toronto, historically speaking.
Bruce has been writing a popular monthly column on the history of Toronto for the Bulletin, Canada’s largest community newspaper since 1999.
In 2002 he was named by the city of Toronto the Official Historian of St. Lawrence Hall and St Lawrence Market.
In November of 2003 Bruce was asked by the Ontario Heritage Foundation to host the 200 anniversary celebrations of St. Lawrence Market.
In May 2004 Bruce was appointed official historian of Toronto’s King Edward Hotel as part of the famed hotel’s centennial celebrations.
Bruce Bell Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Oct 06, 2015
Guess speaker: Friday October 16, 2015
Location: Fairmont, Upper Canada Room, 18th floor
Topic: Canada's Election: Where We've Been and Where We're Going.
Three days before election day on October 19, 2015 after one of the longest campaigns in Canadian history we are pleased to welcome to Rotary Professor Nelson Wiseman to make sense of it all.
Nelson Wiseman is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Canadian Studies Program at the University of Toronto.
Professor Nelson Wiseman Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Aug 20, 2015
Guest Speaker:  Friday, August 28, 2015
Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Imperial Room
Topic:  Election 2015:  How Parliament Lost Control
Ian Urquhart is a well-known and respected journalist whose insider views of the political world have been widely read for more than thirty years. Ian graduated from McGill in 1970 and is a former City
Hall reporter, Ottawa reporter, Ottawa Bureau Chief, National Editor, Managing Editor and Editorial Page Editor for the Toronto Star.  He was Ottawa correspondent and Washington correspondent for
Ian Urquhart, Political Commentator and Columnist Toronto Star Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-08-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Aug 17, 2015
Guest Speaker:  Friday, August 21, 2015
Topic:  Standing Mental Health On Its Head!
Location:  Imperial Room
Breakdancing Executive Director – Michael Prosserman aka “bboy Piecez”
By the time Michael Prosserman aka “Bboy Piecez” was three, he was already standing on his head while watching Saturday morning cartoons. By high school, Michael was accepted into Cirque Du Soleil, featured in the major motion picture “Honey”, and travelled the world as one of Canada’s top break-dancers winning over 22 International competitions.  Michael has overcome a chronic neck condition while juggling taking care of his mother with a serious mental illness.  Michael took his anger and turned it into art.
Michael Prosserman, Executive Director Unity Charity Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Aug 11, 2015
Guest Speaker:  Friday, August 14, 2015
Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Upper Canada Room, 18th Fl.
Topic:  InterChurch Health Ministries Canada: A Vision for Health, Healing & Wholeness
Joanne M. Jasper B. ScN. M.A. grew up in rural Bruce County at a time when where you went to school and what church you attended was firmly attached to your name. After completing high school, Joanne attended the University of Toronto, School of Nursing. Following graduation, she has worked in hospital acute care settings and in community health in staff nurse capacities in urban and rural parts of Ontario. Since the mid-80’s, she has worked in management positions for private and non-profit community agencies both across Ontario and in several provinces in western Canada. Joanne completed her Master’s degree in California at the University of San Diego in the early 90’s.
Joanne M. Jasper B.ScN. M.A., Executive Director, ICHM Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-08-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Jul 28, 2015
Guest Speaker:  Friday, August 7, 2015
Location:  National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic:  YPT Toronto's Most Important Theatre - Let Me Tell You Why?
Allen worked as a junior high school teacher in the city where he was born and raised, Edmonton. He quit teaching early on, however to attend the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School and worked for a number of years as an actor. After several fortunate opportunities, his primary focus became directing.
Allen MacInnis, Young People's Theatre Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Jul 06, 2015

Special Guest Speaker

Location: National Club, 303 Bay Street

Topic:  President Steve's Farewell 

It’s difficult to believe that it has been one year since I had the privilege of taking the oath of office as President of the Rotary Club of Toronto. And what a year it has been! I noted in my inaugural address that I believed it is the job of the President to work along with a talented group of people to make the Rotary Club of Toronto even stronger by year end. Thanks to the Board of Directors, the committees and all our members, I believe that we have achieved that goal. 

President 2014-2015 Steven P. Smith Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on May 03, 2015
Guest Speaker:  Friday, May 8, 2015
Topic:  Managing Insecurity/Humanitarian Crisis
Location:  At the National Club - 303 Bay Street 
Stephen Cornish is the executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Canada. With over ten years of direct field experience, Cornish has managed major MSF humanitarian interventions in Chechnya, Sierra Leone, Georgia, Peru and elsewhere. Cornish holds a Masters degree in global risk and crisis management from the Université Panthéon Sorbonne in Paris and post-graduate diploma in conflict resolution from the University of Bradford. He has successfully negotiated humanitarian access to vulnerable populations in active conflict settings across the globe and played key roles in resolving aid worker abduction crises and other emergency scenarios.
Steve Cornish, Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Mar 01, 2015
Guest Speaker, Friday, March 6, 2015
Topic:  "Farewell Chief William Blair- A Decade of Outstanding Leadership"
Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Upper Canada Room
William Blair was appointed Chief of the Toronto Police Service on April 26, 2005.  The City of Toronto is a vibrant city covering 636 square kilometres with a diverse population of more than 2,600,000 people. The Toronto Police Service employs over 5500 police officers and 2200 civilian employees, making it the largest municipal police service in Canada and one of the largest in North America. 
Chief of Police, William (Bill) Blair Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Feb 18, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015 Program: The New Members’ Lunch
Topic: Getting to Know Our New Members
Oh Oh....What are those New Member's Up to Now?
From the New Members:  
The Boardroom
We met in the majestic boardroom of Grant Thornton, LLP, on the 19th floor in the Royal Bank Plaza.
We, the new members, sat on one side of the gigantic table and faced our coaches: Michele Guy and Sandy Boucher. It was almost like a “showdown” until Elizabeth Tremblay walked in and changed the balance. (Howdy, partner!)
After asking him probing questions, Sandy, who had listened calmly and impassively, looked at us incisively and said, with his distinctly British accent, “This is going to be your lunch and you can run it any way you like.” Shock. (Did I see a Stetson and a gold star on his vest? Think Gunsmoke theme song here.)
“Yeah,” chimed in Michele with a mischievous twinkle in her eyes. (Hello, Deputy!) Excitement. Trepidation. Only Dawn-Marie King, with her electronic tablet, kept her cool on the new member side of the table. Brigitte Bogar and Tamara Levine whispered something to each other.
What would we do?
New Member's Lunch at the National Club! Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Feb 16, 2015

2015-Youth Civic Leadership Awards

Young People are our future!

2015 Youth Civic Leadership Awards
At The Rotary Club of Toronto, we believe that young people in our city are not only our future, they are our present.
Youth in the City of Toronto show civic leadership in many ways across all sectors of our society. We believe if we wish these young people to continue their leadership with compassion, creativity and tenacity, we must acknowledge and celebrate their many accomplishments.
Youth Civic Leadership Awards 2015 Carol Bieser 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Jan 29, 2015
Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 6, 2015
In the Upper Canada Room - 18 floor of the Fairmont Royal York
Topic:  The Voices of Children:  Ending Violence and Exploitation Against Children
Passionate about protecting the rights of children around the world, Mark Lukowski has been Chief Executive Officer of Christian Children’s Fund of Canada since April 2009.  
Mark Lukowski, CEO Christian Children's Fund of Canada Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Jan 12, 2015
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, January 23, 2015
Location:  In the Ballroom 
at Fairmont Royal York

Topic: Care, Compassion and Respect for our Veterans

Erin O'Toole was first elected to the House of Commons in November 2012.
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.
The Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veteran's Affairs Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Jan 12, 2015
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, Jan. 16, 2015
Location:  The National Club - 303 Bay Street

Topic: The Role and State of the Canadian Military Chaplaincy

Rob was born and raised in Oakville.  After feeling a call to the priesthood he began his seminary training in 1986 at Resurrection College Seminary at St. Jerome’s College, University of Waterloo. After graduating with a BA in Philosophy in 1989 he began his theological training at St. Peter’s Seminary at the University of Western Ontario graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1993. Rob was ordained a Deacon on April 17, 1993 and a priest on May 7, 1994 for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. While with the Diocese of Hamilton, he served in parishes in Brantford, Guelph and Hamilton.
Rev.Canon Rob Fead,Padre For The Canadian Military Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson on Oct 09, 2014
Guest Speaker for Friday October 17, 2014 Zone Lunch
Location:  Fairmont Royal York - Concert Hall on C. Level

Welcome Zone Institute Delegates and Other District Guests

K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran is CEO and founder of a publicly listed company with a worldwide clientele in the tea packaging industry. His company, Printcare Plc, is the winner of national and international awards of excellence. He also serves on the board of several other companies and charitable trusts. He is the founding president of the Sri Lanka Anti-Narcotics Association.
A Rotarian since 1974, Ravindran has served RI as treasurer; director; Foundation trustee; committee member, vice chair, and chair; task force member; RI training leader; and district governor.
As his country's national PolioPlus chair, Ravindran headed a task force consisting of the government, UNICEF, and Rotary and worked closely with UNICEF to successfully negotiate a ceasefire with the northern militants during National Immunization Days. He also chaired the Schools Reawakening project, sponsored by Rotary clubs and districts in Sri Lanka, to rebuild 25 tsunami-devastated schools to benefit 15,000 children.
Ravi Ravindran, Rotary International President Elect Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson 2014-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Aug 13, 2014
Fearless Leaders Richard White (Club President 2013-2014) and Pat Neuman (Chair of Fundraising) show the rest of the volunteers how it’s done!
RIBFEST 2014-by Shannon Lundquist
Another Canada Day and another scorching hot Ribfest! With over 100,000 attendees to the 15th Annual Toronto Ribfest, anticipated net proceeds to Rotary charities will total over $60,000. All told, 97 boisterous volunteer Rotarians from Toronto and Sunrise, as well as Rotaractors from UofT and Toronto, contributed more than 665 hours to greeting at the gate. Action was non-stop and there was never a dull moment.
Ribfest brings out the heat (and humidity) for both tasty treats and those in search of shelter! Our own celebrity judges: Richard (chicken), Steve (pulled pork) and Pat (ribs) can attest to the delicious quality and variety. Food Network, here they come!
Ribfest 2014, Richard's and Pat's Excellent Adventure Carol Bieser 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Aug 04, 2014
Guest Speaker:  August 15, 2014, In the Upper Canada Room
Topic:  "Toronto Argonauts Community SAS with Rotary
Jason Colero started with the Argonauts in 1985 as a ball boy/locker attendant working for the visiting teams on game day. While working with the Argonauts, Jason attended York University and graduated with a BA in Psychology in 1995. He went on to receive a Post Secondary Diploma in Corporate Communications in 1998.
Jason Colero, Dir. of Education & Community Programs Carol Bieser 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Jul 31, 2014

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.

August 12th, Opening Kick-Off for Rotary Club of Toronto-Argos Scholarship Winner Carol Bieser 2014-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Jul 29, 2014
Guest Entertainer August 8, 2014 in the Upper Canada Room
Born in Toronto of Ukrainian parents, pianist Heléna Bowkun has established an international reputation as a performer, teacher and commentator on music. Since her highly acclaimed debut with the Toronto Symphony in which she played the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto to a standing ovation and sold-out hall, Ms. Bowkun has performed extensively in recital and in concert, on television and radio. Some of her orchestral appearances as soloist include The Toulouse Symphony, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Edmonton Symphony, The Hamilton Philharmonic, CJRT and CBC Orchestras (Toronto).
Helena Bowkun, Pianist Carol Bieser 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Jul 09, 2014
Guest Speaker:  Friday July 18, 2014 in the Upper Canada Room at the Fairmont Royal York
Brian Thompson often says that "Rotary is one of the best things that ever happened to me".
Brian was born in Toronto and grew up in Don Mills. He received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and became a Professional Engineer, working in the nuclear industry for Ontario Hydro. He was also a Commercial Pilot, working part-time as a flying instructor at Toronto Airways in Buttonville, Ontario.
Most of Brian's nuclear career was in Public Relations, based at Pickering. He was seconded for two years to serve the Canadian Nuclear Association in Ottawa as Director of Communications, working in Government and Media Relations, and finished his career with Ontario Power Generation at Darlington.
Brian Thompson, District Governor, Carol Bieser 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker:  Friday March 14, 2014 in the Upper Canada Room
Topic:  "Porter Airlines: Flying Towards Toronto's Future."
Robert J. Deluce, President and Chief Executive Officer
Porter Airlines
Robert J. Deluce is one of Canada’s most knowledgeable and respected airline owners and operators. He brings to the industry over 60 years of Deluce family experience in successfully owning, financing, restructuring, operating and managing a number of regional airlines in Canada.
Robert Deluce, President and CEO Porter Airlines Carol Bieser 2014-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Dec 12, 2013

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.



Ron DiFrancesco, 911 Twin Towers Survivor, Speaker January 10, 2014 Carol Bieser 2013-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Nov 07, 2013

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.

Corey Keeble, Author and Retired Curator, Royal Ontario Museum Carol Bieser 2013-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Oct 31, 2013

Guest Speaker November 8th, 2013 in the Confederation Room 5 and 6 at the Fairmont Royal York

Brigadier-General Lewis joined the Canadian Forces in 1976. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a degree in civil engineering and was commissioned into the Canadian Military Engineers in 1980.

As a combat engineer he commanded at the troop and squadron level in 4 Combat Engineer Regiment at Lahr, Germany and then commanded 1 Combat Engineer Regiment in Chilliwack, British Columbia. He has deployed on operations as a military observer with the United Nations on the Golan Heights and Southern Lebanon (UNTSO), as a squadron commander in the former Yugoslavia (UNPROFOR), as the Canadian Contingent Commander/Chief Advisor Operations to the Cambodia Mine Action Centre in Phnom Penh and as the Deputy Commander to Canada's Joint Task Force in Afghanistan. His most recent operational tour was as Commander Task Force Jerusalem, Operation PROTEUS.

Brigadier General Fred Lewis , MSM,CD - Remembrance Day Lunch Carol Bieser 2013-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Oct 21, 2013

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.


Detective Wendy Leaver, Guest Speaker: Nov. 1 2013 Carol Bieser 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Oct 16, 2013

On Sunday October 6, 2013, there were over 300 walkers from 40 Rotary clubs participating in this year’s Foundation Walk. This year “The Walk” was held in beautiful and historic downtown Newmarket. Our esteemed Past President and now Assistant District Governor Neil Phillips (looking very dapper in his chapeau) and President Richard White led The Rotary Club of Toronto brigade. Maureen Bird was able to scoop us by finding a short cut and finished early but she still had to wait in line for her burger. We were pledged over $2,000 as part of $132,000 which was raised this year, for a grand total of $2,500,000 since “The Walk” began in 1995. Congratulations and thank you to all who contributed.

It all began 18 years ago when it was called “The President’s Walk” to raise money for the Rotary Foundation. The organizers weren't sure that this event could be a successful fundraiser but lo and behold, they raised $110,000 in that first year. 

Pictured (left to right) Neil Phillips, President Richard White, Barbara Thomson and Maureen Bird.

Written By Barbara Thomson
The President's Walk Carol Bieser 2013-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Oct 16, 2013

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.

The Honorable Lloyd Axworthy P.C.,O.C.O.M.: Guest Speaker October 25, 2013 Carol Bieser 2013-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Jul 14, 2013

Here we are at the beginning of our second century. The Club has had an exciting and rewarding Centennial Year during which we gave away over a $1 million, had many special events and lots of good press. We raised our profile in the City of Toronto, with Rotary District 7070 and with Rotary International. We also celebrated our accomplishments going back to 1912 – major events and amazing projects that the Club has undertaken in the past. We have an enviable legacy to live up to.

The Rotary Club of Toronto is a living entity. How do we go forward from here? There is a danger in becoming complacent and reverting to doing things that same old way. It is important to examine everything that we do and determine if we can do it better or in a different, more effective way. We will shortly have a dynamic strategic plan in place which will carry us into our second hundred years. During the past few years, we have expanded our horizons, launched many successful projects and gained valuable experience in running events and the Club itself. We need to build on these strengths and embrace and use new tools such as social media to further the goals of the Club and its members. This will mean getting even more involved with our community and continuing to be relevant and effective in addressing its needs. How do we support the larger Rotary and Rotaract family and its projects and goals?



Forward Into Our Second Century by President 2013 2014, Richard S. White Carol Bieser 2013-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Jul 14, 2013

One year ago, as I took the Oath of President, I urged everyone in this great Club to “Reconnect with Rotary”.  I’m not generally one for slogans, but I truly felt that our Centennial provided an opportunity for far more than handing out a million dollars!  It was important we remembered why we were giving away so much, examine how we choose our charitable partners and projects, and honour where our Club’s ability to do such incredible work has come from.  All this, within the world outside one Club – even one as storied as ours.

A Message from Neil C. Phillips, Outgoing President 2012-2013 Carol Bieser 2013-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Jul 11, 2013

ImageWhen 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!  

Neil's Rib Fest Adventure Carol Bieser 2013-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on May 05, 2013

Arts for Children and Youth and our students will benefit significantly from the partnership we have formed with the Rotaract Clubs of Toronto and the University of Toronto and The Rotary Club of Toronto. Their grant offers sustainable opportunities for community capacity building through digital arts education. Armed with the resources to offer programs featuring specialized equipment and software through arts programming under the guidance of professional artists, AFCY can develop itself as a leader among community arts organizations.



Significance of the Rotary Award to the Youth Community Carol Bieser 2013-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on May 05, 2013

The Rotary Club of Toronto is celebrating 100 years of service to the community.  During our Centennial year, we are donating in excess of $1,000,000 to local and international agencies!

Please join us at our Special Friday Centennial Luncheon at 12:00 noon

On May 10, 2013 at The Fairmont  Royal York

Upper Canada Room-18th floor


The Rotary Club of Toronto Centennial Award of $50,000 granted to

the Arts For Children and Youth (AFCY) for our innovative Program:

“ Digital Arts Education”

The Rotaract Club of Toronto and the Rotaract Club of the University of Toronto partnered with AFCY, a grassroots organization that engages young people from Toronto's under-serviced communities in meaningful arts education outreach programs. AFCY received equipment that supports its capacity to develop and implement sustainable digital arts programming. Participants utilizing the Digital Sound Lab will acquire new skills with specialized software, as well as unique learning opportunities that combine the experimental settings for creativity using digital technology with the foundations of music production.

Rotary Centennial Award of $50,000 to Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY), Digital Arts Education Carol Bieser 2013-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Apr 08, 2013

The Rotary Club of Toronto is celebrating 100 years of service to the community.  During our Centennial year, we are donating in excess of $1,000,000 to local and international agencies!

Please join us at our Special Friday Centennial Luncheon at 12:00 noon

On April 12, 2013 at The Fairmont  Royal York

Ontario Room-C Level


The Rotary Club of Toronto Centennial Award of $100,000 granted to

the Bakong Technical College in Cambodia for our innovative Program:

“ Vocational School Build Project”

The Rotary Club of Toronto is partnering with Bakong Technical College in Cambodia to build a vocational school which is located just outside of Siem Reap, the home of the UNESCO heritage site Angkor Wat. The building of this College will provide the Khmer people with much needed vocational training and skills.  On completion, there will be approximately 300 young people who will seek employment in tourism and environmental protection. Its courses will include English, computer training, cooking, hospitality training, green design, fish farming, agriculture, micro credit and bicycle repairs.  


Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 to the Bakong Technical College - Vocational School Build Project Carol Bieser 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Feb 05, 2013

The Rotary Club of Toronto is celebrating 100 years of service to the community.  During our Centennial year, we are donating in excess of $1,000,000 to local and international agencies!

Please join us at our Special Friday Centennial Luncheon at 12:00 noon

On February 8, 2013 at The Fairmont  Royal York

Upper Canada Room-18th Floor


The Rotary Club of Toronto Centennial Award of $100,000 granted to

the Seeds of Hope Foundation for its innovative Program:

  “ Lazarus House - First Step" ”

The Seeds of Hope Foundation is a charity with a 10-year history of operating two resource centres and five housing projects that work to stop the ‘revolving door’ of individuals moving from the streets to the court system to hospitalization and back to the street.  The main focus has been to create ‘centres of friendship’ that are safe places where individuals who are at a crossroads in their lives can support one another. 

Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 to Seeds of Hope Foundation, Lararus House-First Step Carol Bieser 2013-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Jan 10, 2013

Please join us at our Special Friday Centennial Luncheon

On January 18, 2013 at The Fairmont  Royal York, Upper Canada Room


The Rotary Club of Toronto Centennial Award of $100,000 granted to

Working Women Community Centre for its innovative Program:

  “  The Women’s Meeting Place”

The Centennial Award of  The Rotary Club of Toronto has provided working women with an important space for an underserved group in the city- immigrant women. The Woman’s Meeting Place will provide immigrant women and their families access to a safe and welcoming place to come together, build skills, and support each other as they settle into the Toronto  community. It will provide a supportive environment for both formal programming and informal connections.  Marcie Ponte, Working Women’s Executive Director states, “Too often newcomers remain isolated because they cannot afford to rent space to come together as a community group.”

Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 to Working Women Community Centre, The Women's Meeting Place Carol Bieser 2013-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Dec 11, 2012

The end of the year and another holiday season is upon us.

Traditionally at year’s end we reflect on the year that’s been, and give thanks.

Well in a Rotary Club, it may be the end of a calendar year – but we’ve only reached the halfway point of our Rotary year.  Already, we have heaps to give thanks for.  What a simply wonderful year we have had so far, as we celebrate our centennial. 

All of this is because of you, our members.  The Children’s Christmas Party was the embodiment of everything that makes our Club so great – volunteerism, dedication, and working for a common goal.

So as we wind down for a fortnight, enjoy your time with family, friends, and all those who give you support and inspiration.

And rest up – for we have a fantastic six months yet to come!

All the very best for the holidays.

Neil C. Phillips
The Rotary Club of Toronto
December 2012

A Christmas Message from President, Neil Phillips Carol Bieser 2012-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Oct 28, 2012

Breaking Down Barriers to Health in the City

The Rotary Club of Toronto’s pioneering spirit and community concern in the mid-90’s brought health care right on to the City streets with the inception of a mobile Health Bus program. Initially operated by The Wellesley Central Hospital, now in partnership with Sherbourne Health Centre, the Health Bus program has gone from strength to strength, supporting the health and well being of community members who are homeless or vulnerably housed. The program’s two iconic Buses, proudly displaying the Rotary logo, can be seen 6 days a week across downtown Toronto. They receive thousands of visits each year.

More than 15 years on, Rotary is developing its partnership with Sherbourne Health Centre – and its reputation for pioneering health care initiatives – yet further, with the establishment of The Rotary Club of Toronto Newcomer Clinic in St James Town.

The Rotary Club of Toronto-Pioneer Spirt Carol Bieser 2012-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Oct 28, 2012

The Rotary Club of Toronto Centennial Award of $100,000 will be presented to The Sherbourne Health Centre for its Innovative Program, “ The Rotary Club of Toronto Newcomer Clinic”

The Rotary Club of Toronto is breaking down more of the barriers to health experienced by marginalized community members by taking high quality health care right into the heart of St James Town.

 The Rotary Club of Toronto Newcomer Clinic, a partnership with Sherbourne Health Centre, will facilitate access to culturally-sensitive preventative and primary care services for residents of this vibrant but impoverished high-rise downtown community.


Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 to Sherbourne Health Centre, The Rotary Club of Toronto Newcomer Clinic Carol Bieser 2012-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Oct 09, 2012

The  Centennial Award of $100,000 will be presented to The Philip Aziz Centre for their innovative Program: “ The Rotary Club of Toronto, Emily’s House Perinatal Program”. 

Emily’s House, opening in January 2013, will be the 1st children’s hospice in Toronto and only the 6th in Canada. It is a project of  The Philip Aziz Centre. The Rotary Club of Toronto, Emily’s House Perinatal Program, will be a model of family centered care for families whose babies are likely to die before, during or shortly following birth. Perinatal refers to the time surrounding pregnancy and birth and the first year of the baby's life. Advanced care planning can apply to the unborn infant, just as it does with adults.

Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 on Oct. 19/12 at the Sheraton Centre to The Philip Aziz Centre, Emily's House Perinatal Program Carol Bieser 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Jul 11, 2012

100th President’s Year in Review

Fellow Rotarians – a year ago I delivered my “throne speech” to the club and outlined what I planned to accomplish during my year as president of this great club.  Twelve short months later it is time to review our progress as we move into our exciting centennial year.  I had outlined three areas of focus; the core operations of the club including the office, its infrastructure processes, the board and executive committees i.e. our internal activities.  Membership – especially retention, training and new members, and Marketing and communications i.e. the way in which we promote and publicize ther club and its activities

A Farewell Message from Past President Sandy Boucher Carol Bieser 2012-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on May 16, 2012
The Women's Initiative Committee decided that the Working Women Community Centre presented the perfect opportunity for a worthwhile project in which to invest their allocated $100,000 Centennial grant.  Working Women had old office space being used by low-income women and their children for a variety of purposes ranging from breast feeding sessions for newcomer moms, to art projects for at-risk youth, to senior's fitness classes.  The space provided an opportunity for immigrant women and their families to build skills, make new friends, and help one another.  The shabby interior and unhealthy environment was in desperate need of repair, but there were no funds for the necessary renovations.
The Rotary Club of Toronto Gives Working Women a Meeting Place - by Sylvie Leger Carol Bieser 2012-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on May 16, 2012

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.   

The Rotary Club of Toronto and Toronto Argonauts Community Champion Scholarship! - by Will Andras Carol Bieser 2012-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Apr 02, 2012
I am very pleased to draw your attention to the following announcement regarding ShelterBox.  Our club is one of ShelterBoxes' largest supporters and in addition to financial help has provided advice, guidance, practical support and even two board members.  The completion of the agreement with Rotary International  is an important one and worthy of celebration.

Please find attached a link to the public news story on the RI partnership that has now been released on the ShelterBox website: 

The story is also released by Rotary International at

Sandy Boucher


RI Partnership Announcement-ShelterBox Carol Bieser 2012-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Jan 10, 2012

Forty-two Rotarians and Friends recently participated in our Club’s “Sweat Equity” project in Cambodia.  Two separate groups of 21 returned to Siem Reap in November to continue with the construction of Bakong Technical College.  We started this project with local partners two years ago in a green field about a half hour by tuk-tuk from Siem Reap, a popular destination because of its proximity to the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat and nearby temples.


Rotary in Action in Cambodia-Brian Westlake and Chris Snyder Carol Bieser 2012-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser on Dec 20, 2011

 "We have been doing this for 100 Rotary has a lot of experience bringing to bear the power of the volunteer."   

The key principle underlying Rotary is "service above self."  As our Club approaches our 100th year, it is clear that we have been successful in serving our community in many ways, both large and small, and are a vital and relevant part of Toronto life.  People join our Club because they are looking for ways to give back; guite simply, we are the best option there is and have the longest and most impresssive track record.

The Rotary Club of Torotno offers an unrivalled platform based on experience, recognition, history, and financial resources.  As well as this, our structure has an extremely broad focus which allows new members to choose exactly how they want to get involved and to make a difference themselves.  We welcome new ideas and enthusiastic volunteers; we offer them the opportunity to turn their ideas into reality.  This is a powerful attraction for the men and women who join our Club.  Once members have experienced the feeling of working together with other committed, empowered volunteers to make a difference in the lives of those less forutnate, they never leave.

We meet each Friday at lunch to network and to stay informed on a wide range of community issues and concerns.  Another underlying theme in Rotary is friendship and fun, which we call "fellowship," and we engage in a wide varity of activities on that front too. 

Sandy Boucher, President of The Rotary Club of Toronto  




Start With Rotary and Good Things Happen Carol Bieser 2011-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
The Power of Rotary Luncheon Nov 25/11 Craig and Marc Kielburger Carol Bieser 2011-09-23 18:11:33Z 0
The Rotary Club of Toronto's upcoming 100th Anniversary Valerie Clarke 2010-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Valerie Clarke on Jul 08, 2010
"Rotary is the best in the world at linking people of goodwill around the globe and then gaining their cooperation and support to make the world a much better place to live and work."
Rotary International News Valerie Clarke 2010-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Bieser

Lynn-Philip Hodgson, Guest Speaker, February 1st, 2013, "Inside Camp X"

Lynn was born in the City of Toronto in 1946.

When he was thirteen, his father purchased an amusement park in Pickering and named it Paulynn Park after his brother and him; it was in these surroundings that Lynn would grow up. Lynn married his high school sweetheart Marlene, and on November 28, 2012, they will celebrate their forty-eighth wedding anniversary. Lynn and Marlene are proud parents and grandparents, having two married daughters, Renée & Karen. Lynn and Marlene have retired to Burlington, Ontario, Canada where they live the condo life close to their children and grandchildren.

Lynn-Philip Hodgson, Guest Speaker, February 1st, 2013, "Inside Camp X" Carol Bieser 0
Posted by Carol Bieser

Neil Hetherington – CEO Habitat for Humanity Toronto  

Born and raised in Toronto, Neil Hetherington has worked in his present position for the past twelve years.  During this time with the Toronto affiliate, home completions moved from one new home every other year to 45 homes per year. The Toronto Habitat affiliate is now one of the largest in the world.

Neil Hetherington, Guest Speaker, January 25th, 2013 Carol Bieser 0
Posted by Carol Bieser

The Pioneer Spirit of the Rotary Club of Toronto: Its Significance

The pioneer spirit lives on in The Rotary Club of Toronto, serving on the often uncharted frontiers of service to older, marginalized men in the downtown core. The Rotary Club of Toronto has enjoyed a long and happy relationship with The Good Neighbours’ Club, providing vehicles for its use.

Recently, The Rotary Club of Toronto’s Centennial Award has provided for the building of the Rotary Health and Wellness Centre. This new facility features a conference room for group work and classes, a counseling office, a medical office, a dental office, and a quiet room for sleeping.

The Good Neighbours’ Club serves nearly four hundred men a day, and many of them are in need of the kinds of front-line social and medical services that will be offered in the Rotary Health and Wellness Centre. Social workers, community workers, psychiatric counselors, nurses, dental hygienists, podiatrists and housing workers now have clean, private space in which to serve men who too often believe that the world had forgotten all about them. The Rotary Club of Toronto hasn’t, and The Good Neighbours’ Club is proud to have Rotary as a longstanding partner in its work.


The Pioneer Spirit of the Rotary Club of Toronto and It's Significance Carol Bieser 0
Posted by Carol Bieser

The Rotary Club of Toronto: Centennial Award of $100,000 to “Rotary Health and Wellness Centre”,  A Program initiative of The Good Neigbours’ Club

The Rotary Club of Toronto has enabled The Good Neighbours’ Club to take a giant step forward in delivering services to older homeless and marginalized men in our city. The new Rotary Health and Wellness Centre, a clinic for front-line social and medical services, has been created by the granting of The Rotary Club of Toronto Centennial Award.

The new centre will include a conference room for group work and classes, a counseling room for social work, a medical room, a dental room, and a recovery room for members who need a couple hours of sleep. It will provide the dignity of privacy to older men whose needs were being underserved in hallways and vestibules.

Those professionals using The Rotary Health and Wellness Centre are already experiencing an increase in the number of individuals served, and are happy to finally conduct their work in a more suitable manner. Along with the Centennial Award, the Seniors’ Committee provided extra funds to furnish the centre with cabinets and other necessities.


Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 to "Rotary Health and Wellness Centre"-The Good Neighbours' Club Carol Bieser 0
Posted by Carol Bieser

The Rotary Club of Toronto Centennial Award of $100,000 is being donated to Youth Employment Services YES for its Innovative Program:  The Rotary Club of Toronto Centre for
Youth Empowerment:  Job Camp

The Rotary Club of Toronto understands that beyond the numbers and economics lay the future of our country. Youth are our future, employed youth our stability.  Better to help them now than pay for the higher costs to society later on. To leave our disadvantaged youth behind is a mistake. RTC says YES to youth and YES to YES.


Rotary Centennial Award of $100,000 to Youth Employment Services YES Carol Bieser 0
Posted by Valerie Clarke
This quote from Chris Snyder, a member of this Club since 1984, is about the many sweat equity trips that he has organized. In recent years teams have gone to Tanzania, Malawi and Cambodia; there have been more than eight trips to Tanzania alone, which have involved more than 18 clubs from more than four different districts. On any sweat equity trip, you will find Rotarians, friends and spouses of Rotarians, and friends of friends of Rotarians; all manner of people with different talents and skills, from different walks of life, at different times of their life, joining together at their own expense to help people half a world away. Some have asked, "Why don't you just send money? Chris responds, "Most of these projects wouldn't happen without Rotary. Rotary employs and empowers local people in the work being done." And even more than that, "The teams that go," says Chris, "are really pumped when they return home!"
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Posted by Valerie Clarke

In 1961 the first Seniors' Christmas party event was held.  Those selected to attend were came from the Second Mile Club, Little Trinity Church, The Salvation Army plus a few named by members of the Club. 


After Rotary Laughlen Centre was built in the 1970's with the capital from a member's estate  the luncheon was continued as part of the Club's philanthropic work and has remained since then.  With the inauguration of Rotary Laughlen Centre many seniors from there were included each year for the luncheon.  Currently, the Laughlen Centre has been closed and there are no residents at Edward St. but a number of them are still invited from the residences where they now live.




The RCT Annual Seniors Christmas Party Valerie Clarke 0
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Posted by Valerie Clarke

The Team Water Committee was set up in November 2007 and has since that time carried out an extensive search in Canada and the rest of the World to find, to the best of its ability, a project that could deliver potable water and provide sanitation to the maximum number of people who currently do not have such facilities, consistent with the U.N. Development Goal # 7 which is " To reduce by 50 % by 2015 the proportion of people without access to safe water and sanitation" 


Water & Sanitation an important Rotary initiative Valerie Clarke 0
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Posted by Carol Bieser

The Rotary Club of Toronto Transition Centre was opened in December, 1999. The Rotary Club of Toronto donated $500,000.00 to the hospital to fund this unique facility. The Transition Centre provides a temporary, safe and welcoming environment for homeless and underhoused people who have been referred through the hospital's emergency department. At the time of opening this was the first facility of this kind in Canada.

The Rotary Club of Toronto Transition Centre at St. Michael's Hospital Carol Bieser 0
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Posted by Valerie Clarke
For up-to-date information on the recent grant of $250,000 to The Sherbourne Health Centre to provide them with two new health buses, to replace the bus given to them them ten years ago by The Rotary Club of Toronto, click on the link below.  These buses travel the downtown area of Toronto taking healthcare to the marginlized citizens of Toronto.
The Rotary Club of Toronto Health Bus Program Valerie Clarke 0