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The Rotary Club of Toronto President
President Elect
Executive Director/Secretary
Executive Committee Chair
Goverance Liaison Director
Strategic Planning Liaison Director & Chair
Honours & Awards Liaison Director & Chair
Audit Committee Liaison Director
Club Assembly Liaison Director & Chair
Fundraising Liaison Director
Fellowship & Entertainment Liaison Director
Program Liaison Director
Marketing & Communications Liaison Director
Membership Development Liaison Director
International Service Liaison Director
Women's Initiative Liaison Director
Seniors Citizens' Liaison Director
Community Service Liaison Director
Aboriginal Service Liaison Director
Healthy Beginnings Liaison Director
Youth & Children Liaison Director
District 7070 Liaison Director
Rotaract Clubs Liaison Director
Chair Audit Committee
Chair of Governance
Chair of Fundraising
Chair of Fellowship and Entertainment
Chair of Marketing and Communications
Chair Program Committee
Chair Membership Development
Chair Women's Initiative Committee
Chair Senior Citizens' Committee
Chair Community ServiceCommittee
Chair Healthy Beginnings Committee
Chair International Service Committee
Chair Youth & Children's Committee
Chair Aboriginal Service Committee
Chair Youth Exchange Program
Chair Children's Christmas Party
Chair Youth Day Sub Committee-Youth & Children
Chair Golf Sub Committee-Fellowship & Entertainment
Chair Retention Sub Committee-Membership
Co Chair Voice Sub Committee-Marketing & Communications
Chair New Members Sub Committee-Membership
Co Chair Voice Sub Committee-Marketing & Communications
Co Chair Environmental Sub Committee
Co Chair Environmental Sub Committee
Chair Research & Appeals FDN
Chair RCT & Argo Community Champion Scholarship Committee
President, RCTCharitable Foundation
Chair of Investment Comittee-FDN


Rotarian sacrifices record deal for disaster relief
On September 11, 2001, Todd Shea found himself running toward ground zero. He had no business being there. A singer-songwriter with a record deal, Shea should have been prepping for a gig at CBGB, one of New York City's most iconic venues. Instead he was using his band's van to bring food, water, and supplies to first responders. After five grueling days amid the rubble of the Twin Towers, Shea decided to sacrifice his musical career, and dedicate his life to disaster relief. "Seeing the suffering in New York opened my eyes to what other people around the world are going through every day,"...
Alumni award winners turn heads with unique accomplishments
Maya Ajmera founded the Global Fund for Children in 1993 to provide seed money to community-based organizations that help at-risk children across the world. Since then, GFC has awarded more than $32 million in grants to over 600 organizations in 80 countries, improving the lives of millions of children – from educating AIDS orphans in Uganda to conducting so-called curbside classrooms for waste pickers in Cambodia. "Education is the key to getting human beings out of poverty," says Ajmera, whose studies at St. Xavier's College in Mumbai were sponsored by the Rotary Club of China Lake in...
Paralympian Dennis Ogbe defying paralysis
Dennis Ogbe grips the discus in his right hand. He swings his arm and twists at the waist as far to the right as he can. With one move he snaps back, letting the saucer fly. Upper-body strength is important for any discus thrower, but for Ogbe, a Paralympian, it’s everything. At age three, Ogbe contracted malaria, and while receiving treatment at a clinic near his home in rural Nigeria, he became infected with the poliovirus. Paralyzed from the waist down, he was sent home in the arms of his mother. He credits his physical rehabilitation to a harsh form of therapy – the taunts of the other...
Moving doctor’s office rescues women from breast cancer
In Tamil Nadu, India, two doctors, both members of the Rotary Club of Srirangam, discovered an alarming trend in the remote city outskirts of Trichy, women dying of breast cancer. Drs. K. Govindaraj and K.N. Srinivasan knew that much of the death and suffering could be avoided, and both were motivated by their personal experiences with the disease. Govindaraj watched his mother die of breast cancer a decade earlier, and helped found the Dr. K. Shantha Breast Cancer Foundation in her memory.  Srinivasan, an oncologist, witnessed unprecedented growth in the number of younger patients coming to...
Writer and war widow Artis Henderson finds peace through Rotary
In the first month of my stay in Dakar, Senegal, as a Rotary Scholar, a friend gave me a piece of helpful advice. “Buy a wedding ring,” she said. I had already learned that as a young American woman in a Muslim country, I attracted a certain kind of attention. But a ring? My friend nodded. “That way everyone will leave you alone.” With my thumb I felt for the empty space on my left ring finger -- a place that, even now, I sometimes touch and worry where my ring has gone. I removed my wedding band on the one-year anniversary of my marriage, eight months after my husband, Miles, was killed in...

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Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:15 p.m. please arrive no later than 12:00 noon 
The Fairmont Royal York
100 Front Street West
(Meeting Room, subject to change weekly- call the Rotary office: 416-363-0604)
Toronto, ON  M5J 1E3
Guest Speaker: David Phillips, Senior Climatologist, Environment Canada
Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Albany Club.
David has been employed with Environment Canada's weather service for over 40 years.  His work activities relate to the study of the climate of Canada and to promote awareness and understanding of weather and climate in Canada.
He has published several books, papers and reports on the climate of Canada, including several essays in The Canadian Encyclopedia, a book on The Climates of Canada, and two bestsellers: The Day Niagara Falls Ran Dry and Blame It On The Weather. 
He is the originator and author of the Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar, the most popular calendar sold in Canada, and now in its 27th year.
​Guest Speaker Friday, April 11, 2014 at the National Club
Topic: A Message to Rotary at a Reflective Time of Year
Cardinal Thomas Collins is one of Toronto’s prominent citizens and leaders. He was born in Guelph Ontario on January 16, 1947 and was ordained and entered spiritual life forty years ago in Hamilton Ontario.
He has an educational background in English with a Bachelors and Masters Degree from Waterloo and Western and studied in Rome where he obtained his doctorate in theology.
He served as Bishop of Saint Paul Alberta and Archbishop of Edmonton from 1997 to 2006 before being appointed as Archbishop of Toronto in January 2007.
Guest Speaker, Friday April 4, 2014 in the Upper Canada Room
Topic:  A Better Tomorrow
Born and raised in North York, Karen Stintz is a lifelong Toronto resident. She started her political career when - shortly after buying her first house – she felt compelled to get involved in issues that affected her neighbourhood.

In 2009, Karen founded and co-led the Responsible Government Group that opposed former Mayor David Miller’s increases in spending, property taxes and business taxes and presented an alternative budget that proposed to cut $80 million from the City budget. The group also vocally opposed the Mayor’s handling of the 2009 City Workers’ strike.
​Guest Speaker Friday, March 28, 2014 in the Imperial Room
Avrum Rosensweig was born into a family of Orthodox Rabbis and a family that emigrated to Canada during the turn of the last century. He received an Orthodox Jewish education completing the first stage of his Talmudic studies at Ner Israel Yeshiva in Toronto and later on in Jerusalem, Israel.
Following Avrum’s Yeshiva study, he entered the working world as a commodities broker. Experience of the world of work brought him into contact with Jews of all denominations, as well as non-Jews of different religious persuasions. During this period he also engaged the world of secular learning at York and Ryerson Universities.
Guest Speaker, In the Imperial Room - Friday, March 21, 2014
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 Blair started his 35-plus year policing career as a beat officer in downtown Toronto, and continued with assignments in drug enforcement, organized crime units, and major criminal investigations.  Promoted to the senior ranks of the Service, his postings included Divisional Commander, Community Policing Programs, and Detective Operations, responsible for all specialized investigative units. Chief Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto with dual disciplines of Economics and Criminology (1981), a Certificate in Law Enforcement Administration from the University of Toronto (1983) and a Certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Virginia (1990). He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (1990), the Police Leadership Program of the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business Management (2002) and the National Executive Institute (2006).
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.
David Crombie has served as mayor of Toronto, member of parliament and federal cabinet minister. He is the former president and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute, former chair of Ontario Place Corporation and founding chair of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. 
He has received honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and Seneca College.
David Crombie is president of David Crombie and Associates Inc. and currently serves as chair of the Advisory Council for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), a director of Mount Pleasant Cemetaries Group and chair of the Toronto Lands Corporation.  
David Crombie is chancellor emeritus of Ryerson University and an honorary fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.  He has been appointed to the Order of Ontario and as an officer to the Order of Canada.

Topic:  The Impact of Financial Crisis on Canadian Banks
Colleen Johnston is currently Group Head Finance, Sourcing and Corporate
Communications, and Chief Financial Officer, TD Bank Group.

Colleen joined TD in March 2004 as Executive Vice President, Finance Operations, after spending 15 years with Scotiabank in various senior positions. She began her career in 1982 with Price Waterhouse.

Colleen graduated from York University in Toronto in 1982 with a bachelor of business administration. She received her chartered accountant designation in 1984 and in 2006 was elected a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA), the highest designation conferred by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, recognizing her outstanding career achievements and dedication to community activities.
Guest Speaker:  February 7, 2014 in the Upper Canada Room
Topic:   Priorities for Seniors' Programming and Services in the Coming Years.
Susan Eng is Vice President for Advocacy at CARP, the national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to advocating for social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from discrimination for all Canadians as we age.
Under Susan’s leadership, CARP Advocacy has helped to shape the public discourse on key issues such as pension reform, investor protection, mandatory retirement, workplace age discrimination, home care and age friendly cities. Increasingly, CARP has become a trusted source of public policy input at all levels of government and the media. In 2012, Susan was named one of the The Hill Times’ Top 100 Lobbyists.

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.




In the Upper Canada Room, on the 18th Floor at the Fairmont Royal York 

Robert D. Smith Biography- President, of the Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation

Bob Smith studied economics at York University and is a graduate of the Canadian Securities Course.


Professionally, Bob started his business career with the Bank of Montreal but after a couple of years found mega corporations somewhat stifling and moved to the not-for profit sector with the Trustees of the Toronto General Burying Grounds (now known as the Mount Pleasant Group). His 30 year career at this corporation was highlighted with twenty years as its Chief Executive Officer and a Director. During this time he transformed the organization to one that is recognized internationally as the leader in its field, driving innovative changes for the customer experience and setting a standard that most still strive to emulate. This included the creation of “The Simple Alternative” which had a dramatic impact on the remembrance process for the many families it served. Following his retirement, he has spent his professional time advising similar organizations dealing with their strategic direction and funding planning to address the unique economic model of a perpetual liability.




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!  


Take some time to give thanks for all those in the armed forces

who have made sacrifices to preserve our rights and freedoms.

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow

Between the crosses row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.



2012-Youth Civic Leadership Awards

Young People are our future!

How many times has this well-worn phrase been used to express the possibility of things to come?  At The Rotary Club of Toronto, we believe that young people in this city are not only our future, they are our present.


The Rotary Club of Toronto is launching a scholarship opportunity making it possible for a young person from Toronto to attend a post-secondary institution to obtain a university degree or college diploma. The scholarship focuses on youth with scholastic ability combined with a strong commitment to Service Above Self, but who experience financial and life disadvantages. The youth will have an interest and ability to attend occasional Rotary luncheons and events, act as informal ambassador for The Rotary Club of Toronto, and possibly have an interest or a need for mentoring by a Rotarian. There will be on-going opportunities for Club members to mentor a scholarship recipient and if interested, join the Scholarship Committee. This level of financial support is unusual, making this a very unique scholarship opportunity. 

As well, partnering with the Toronto Argonauts Football Club makes this a very distinctive project. The Argos will promote the scholarship to all high schools in both school boards; jointly select the students with our Rotary members; publicize the scholarship to the media; promote our Club and the scholarship winner during the July 18thhome game; and organize an Annual Rotary Luncheon around the scholarship, the first lunch will be held on Friday, June 1st.   


Guest Speaker November 15, 2013 in the Upper Canada Room, on the 18th floor at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel

Corey was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg. In 1967, he went to England to begin postgraduate studies in art history. On completion of his postgraduate studies, Corey joined the ROM's curatorial staff working for the European Department.

Corey is a recognized authority on the history of Renaissance and Baroque bronze sculpture and European arms and armour. His interests include Medieval sculpture, Gothic and Gothic Revival architecture, Medieval and Modern stained glass, the Russian Orthodox Church, icons, Judaica, and ships (he is a well-known lecturer on the Titanic) as well as firefighting apparatus. He is a frequent speaker at Toronto churches and synagogues on subjects ranging from liturgical art to stained glass.


Topic:  Domestic Human Trafficking  Location:  At the National Club 303 Bay Street, Toronto. 

Detective Wendy Leaver-Toronto Police Services

Wendy Leaver is a Detective with the Toronto Police Service, where she has worked as its Sexual Assault Coordinator since 2004. She has been a Toronto Police Service officer since 1975 and a Detective with the Sex Crimes Unit since 1991. As the Sexual Assault Coordinator, she is responsible for the implementation of the services provided to victims of sexual assault and to liaising with approximately 100 agencies in the City of Toronto in relation to the mandate of the Sex Crimes Unit. In this capacity, she also provides training to agencies on sexual assault investigations and victim issues. She has also been a team leader in the Sex Crimes Unit, responsible for monitoring and directing investigations involving unidentified and serial assailants. In the course of her career with the Toronto Police Service she has been assigned to the Toronto Police Service Youth Bureau and to the Ontario Provincial Police Joint Forces Pornography Unit, investigating occurrences of child and adult pornography across Ontario.



In the UPPER CANADA ROOM ON THE 18TH FLOOR, NEW ROOM LOCATION, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel

Topic:  Landmines and the Impact of the Ottawa Treaty

Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg, graduated in 1961 with a BA from United College (now The University of Winnipeg), and received an MA and PhD from Princeton in 1963 and 1972 respectively. 

At The University of Winnipeg, Dr. Axworthy is working to renew the campus and its downtown community with the view to making post-secondary education more accessible to inner-city, Aboriginal, new immigrant and refugee students.  He is also expanding the University’s outreach in the areas of Aboriginal education, environmental studies, and human rights.


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Apr 25, 2014
David Phillips, at the Albany Club
What's Up With The Weather, Earth Day
May 02, 2014
Major General Richard Rohmer, In the Imperial Room
Canada's D-Day June 6, 1944: A Perspective 70 Years later
May 09, 2014
Bob Howard, CEO St. Michael's Hospital
In the Upper Canada Room
May 23, 2014
Camp Scugog Fellowship Lunch
Fairmont Royal York, Tudor 7 and 8
Jun 06, 2014
J.P. Gladu, in the Upper Canada Room
CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

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