2019 RYIA to Honour Denise Bebenek As Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient 2018-07-12 04:00:00Z 0

"Teach a mother, change the world"

The Amarok Society educates about 3,000 students in Bangladesh by teaching mothers how to teach children. Amarok Society's programs target the poorest women in the slums of Bangladesh, women for whom a job paying $1 per day would be prized. Educating them to teach Bangladeshi, English and mathematics to children raises the literacy and numeracy levels of the entire community.
Nick Lawley's Update on the Amarok Society 2018-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Convention, Toronto 2018 2018-07-05 04:00:00Z 0

#10 Because our future is bright 

 
Rotaract brings together people ages 18 to 30 in universities and communities worldwide to organize service activities, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun. If you’ve ever been to a Rotaract meeting or volunteered at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), you’ve already glimpsed one of the most vibrant parts of Rotary. Our programs for the 20-something and younger set are designed to mentor young leaders and bring generations together.
 
 
10 Reasons to Love Rotary 2018-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
David McKillop, VP at Legal Aid Ontario, spoke to us on May 24, 2018 about this organization's role in the province's legal system.  Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is a non-profit organization, jointly funded by the provincial and federal governments, which provides high quality legal representation to people who could not independently afford representation.  These people are vulnerable individuals whose problems could derail already precarious lives, especially when criminal charges are involved.
David McKillop: Legal Aid Ontario 2018-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
Jay Llave and the Lakeshore Charitable Foundation: Supporting Education in the Philipines 2018-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Chris Hatch is the newly appointed CEO of Food Banks Canada, the national organization dedicated to promoting access to high quality food for all across Canada.  He spoke to us about the operations of Food Banks Canada and the issue of food insecurity in Canada on April 12, 2018. Every March, Food Banks Canada collects data from as many food banks as possible across Canada to generate statistics on food bank use.  The sources include food bank chains, independently operated food banks, soup kitchens, in-school food programs and more.  The HungerCount Report is used by governments in setting policies intended to target the 850,000 or more Canadians who rely on food banks.  One third of food bank users are children and one sixth of them are people who are employed but are not able to make ends meet due to high housing costs, low wages and/or poor access to full time employment or employment benefits.  Food bank use is considered to be a barometer for poverty in Canada and unfortunately no progress has been seen in these statistics for many years.  As a national association, Food Banks Canada assists its members in three ways: with funding, with food and with advocacy.
Chris Hatch: Food Insecurity in Canada 2018-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
 
Rotary Toronto West was privileged to welcome professional engineer Sean Cragg to speak to us about the history of the Avro Arrow, one of Canada's greatest aeronautics achievements. Sean described the Arrow as setting the gold medal standard for its era.   Initially designed in 1953 by A.V. Roe Canada, it took 4 years of work to bring it to roll-out status, which occurred on October 4, 1957.  The period during which the Arrow was being designed, built, tested and launched constituted a "perfect storm" of design issues and politics.  The original Rolls Royce engine proved to have problems so a new engine was designed by Orenda, with a 5:1 thrust ratio.  This made it one of the most powerful engines for its time and enabled the plane to fly at speeds exceeding Mach 1.98.
Sean Cragg: Canada's Aviation Wonder - The Avro Arrow 2018-04-11 04:00:00Z 0
On February 8, 2018, we were pleased to welcome Nicole Holden-Durinlson, who is the Ontario Coordinator for Diabetes Canada, and colleague Jeremy Steinhausen, the GTA Community Engagement Coordinator.  Jeremy gave a presentation on the impact of diabetes on Canadians and how Diabetes Canada  is responding.
Diabetes: it's more than you think 2018-02-12 05:00:00Z 0
Jeffrey Zietlow is the Vice President, Marketing for CannTrust, a provider of medical marijuana (cannabis) products with over 40 years experience in healthcare and pharmaceuticals. CannTrust offers cannabis products in a variety of formats and preparations that are standardized according to the levels of medicinal ingredients they provide.   He spoke to RTW members about changes occuring in the industry.
Jeffrey Zietlow Introduces CannTrust to RTW 2018-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

Mr Tom (Tamas) Mihalik Was Honoured at the 19th Annual Youth Impact Awards Dinner Friday, January 26th, 2018 at The Old Mill Inn

It’s amazing what we can accomplish when hearts and minds work together.  The Rotary Club of Toronto West has been taking action for many years to bring lasting change in our communities by empowering our youth.

 

Rotary Youth Impact Awards 2018 – What A Night! 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Left to right: Brian Hicks, Willis Rudy, Mason Hicks, Gaston Bottero
Our meeting on May 18, 2017 was made even more emjoyable by an unexpected reunion with some "old" friends, former RTW president Brian Hicks and his lovely daughter Mason. Brian and his family left the Toronto area several years ago to pursue opportunities in Devon, Alberta.  During his five years with RTW, Brian served very capably as President and his leadership was as much admired as appreciated.  Now a highly regarded business operator in Devon, his old RTW comrades were delighted to reminisce and make promises (threats?) of visits to Alberta. Rotary Toronto West wish Brian and his family all the best and hope to have them join us again soon.
Welcoming Old Friends 2017-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Michael Prosserman and Unity: Fostering Resilience in Youth with Hip Hop 2017-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
Michelle Goulter has come a long way from her roots in Millmerran, a town of about 2,000 souls in Queensland, Australia.  Several years ago, she came to Canada in search of an adventure and discovered a love of camping so inspiring to her that she now works as the representative for Camp Canada to Australia and New Zealand.  She is unabashedly passionate about the power of summer camps to motivate and develop young people, so much so that she is determined to bring the summer camp experience to her home town in Australia. Michelle described the Darling Downs area in which Millmerran is located as one that lacks social services and opportunities for young people.
Michelle Goulter: Using Canada's Summer Camp Culture To Develop Rural Australian Youth 2017-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
Our member Stephen Thiele was honoured to receive the Honsberger Award from the Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) at their annual meeting in March. The Honsberger Award is named in honour of John D. Honsberger, President of the Toronto Lawyers Association in 1967-68, and is in recognition of a single unique accomplishment or ongoing contributions to the legal community and the community at large, exemplifying the TLA’s three pillars: Knowledge, Advocacy and Community.
Rotarian Stephen Thiele Wins Lawyers’ Award! 2017-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
"If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud." Emile Zola
Health Out Loud, a name that might have been inspired by Emile Zola's thought, began as one of Managing Director Stephanie Wang's health projects - a series of discussion nights about what health meant and why knowledge about health was sometimes so inaccessible.  These discussions led to the formation of a non-profit organization, a network of friends and associates, whose shared mission is to make health information relevant and fun.  
 
Health, Out Loud 2017-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, the Rotary Club of Toronto West co-sponsored the creation of the Richview Collegiate Institute Interact Club. Thanks to the efforts of Anisah Kirefu, the Interact Club President, Rotarian Patti Wright and a staff member at Richview, Dr. Andrea Brozyna, this Interact Club was formed in a very short period of time this year. The club has 21 members, many of whom are in Grades 9 and 10. The formal founding meeting was well attended by the new members, their parents and Rotarians from various clubs, including the Rotary Club of Etobicoke (the other co-sponsoring club) and Rotary Club of Toronto. District Governor Jim Louittit welcomed the new club and fun was had by all.  
 
Click "Read more" to view our photo album of this great event!
Welcoming Richview Collegiate Institute's New Interact Club 2017-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary in Action in the Dominican Republic 2017-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
April 22, 2017, which was Earth Day and Global Youth Services Day, found the Rotary clubs of Etobicoke and Toronto West joining forces with the Interact clubs of Etobicoke Collegiate and Richview Collegiate to clean up James Gardens in the heart of Etobicoke.  James Gardens is a beautiful park that borders the Humber River.  As a group of about 50, we collected over 20 bags of trash and got a chance to enjoy some spectacular scenery at the same time.  Click the "Read more" button to view the photo album of this fun and important community event.
Rotary and Interact - Making a Difference on Earth Day 2017-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
On April 20th, 2017, we were privileged to have a distinguished Rotarian, Oshawa Parkwood Rotary Club member Ted Morrison, join us to explain the workings of the Rotary Foundation.  A Rotary member for more than 30 years, Ted has served on his club's Board of Directors (7 Years) and as President (2000), and has been the recipient of several awards including “Rotarian of the Year” (1998), “Paul Harris Fellowship” (2001), and “Outstanding Service to Rotary Award” (2006).  Ted has also served at the district level (District 7070) as an Assistant Governor for 3 years and as a contributing member to the Grants Committee and the Visioning Team.
A Platform For Doing Good In The World: The Rotary Foundation 2017-04-20 04:00:00Z 0
On April 13th, we were joined by Lauren McCallum, Montgomery's Inn Museum program officer.  Lauren's talk focused on the Montgomery's Inn Culinary Arts Project (MICAP), one of several programs that target children and youth, supported in part by this Rotary Club.  Launched as The Food Project in 2013, the program has since expanded and is geared to students from grades 7 to 12 who learn how to shop for fresh produce at a Farmers' Market, make pizza in an outdoor brick oven and roast chickens over an open fire. Students are placed in small groups and work with student mentors and staff leaders to learn about food preparation and safe food handling.  Guest chefs and soon-to-be graduate chefs from Humber College provide mentorship. Currently, the program offers 3 sessions for up to 24 students: two that run for 13 weeks each and a third (summer) session that runs for 6 weeks.  Some students return annually and may become mentors to other participants.  
MICAP: Rotary Supports Baking and Breaking Bread at Montgomery's Inn with Etobicoke's Youth 2017-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Update April 10, 2017: Congratulations to Krista Kruja for being awarded one of Rotary's Global Scholarships!
 
March 31, 2017:   Krista spoke to us at our March 30th meeting to provide an overview of her background and the importance of health policy. As a person of Albanian ethnicity born in Austria and raised in Canada who completed an internship with the World Health Organization in Copenhagen, Krista has already been exposed to the health policies and politics of several countries.  She has seen how other countries use evidenced-based decision-making to factor health implications into policies set by a broad range of governmental departments or ministries, not just those directly concerned with health , and aspires to see this approach used across Canada (see: Health In All).
 
 
Krista Kruja, RTW's Candidate for Rotary's Global Scholarship 2017-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Lisa Melchior, founder and president of VERTU Capital, joined us at this morning's meeting to speak about something most of us don't consider: the risks associated with our investments in privately managed pension funds.  Lisa comes well equiped for this kind of discussion.  Having worked for Wood Gundy, CIBC Capital Partners and OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), she knows the investment industry well.  
How Safe Is Your Nest Egg? Pension Funds Could Be Riskier Than You Think 2017-04-06 04:00:00Z 0
 
Aangen's roots arise from the initiatives of a woman, Mataji or "dear mother", who decided 18 years ago to open her home on Wednesdays to people interested in her healing food and teas, and meditation. She passed these traditions to her daughter, granddaughter and finally her great granddaughter, Executive Director Gurbeen Bhasin who currently runs Aangen, with the assistance of Heather Maciel, Aangen Community Centre's program director.The word "aangen" is derived from Sanskrit. Heather explained that it refers to a courtyard, an area of safey and nurturing within a community. Aangen has been operating as a self-sustained, non-grant based, not-for-profit organization since 2000, serving a "community" which ranges from the local area to international sites. It's programs are community-driven, defined by the people in need not just for them. That's something we can all care about.
 
Click "Read more" to watch a video of Heather's presentation.
 
Aangen Changes Lives By Helping Communities Thrive 2017-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
Recently, our own Nick Galletto schooled us on the risks of being online.  If you missed this terrific presentation, you can view the slides by clicking the "Read more" button below.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Understanding Your Online Risks 2017-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leighton Reid
Our fundraising gala was held on January 27 2017 at The Old Mill Inn, with over 200 guests enjoying the silent auction, a fine dinner and the awards presentation.  The highlight of the evening was the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Roberta Bondar,  Canada's first female astronaut, the first neurologist in space, and an inspiration to youth throughout the world. Dr. Bondar was NASA's head of space medicine for a decade followed by a career as a consultant and speaker in the business, scientific and medical communities.
 
Our 18th Annual 2017 Rotary Youth Impact Awards Gala was a Huge Success! Leighton Reid 2017-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
Vocational Month: York and Cinespace Collaborate! Leighton Reid and Willis Rudy 2017-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leighton Reid on Dec 07, 2016
At our Holiday Dinner on December 7, 2017, Nick Galletto was presented with a certificate and pin honouring him as our latest Paul Harris Fellow.
 
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial financial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.
Nick Galletto Honoured As Paul Harris Fellow Leighton Reid 2016-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet McKenzie on Dec 07, 2016
On December 8th, members of Rotary Toronto West and Etobicoke Collegiate Institute's Interact Club combined forces to respond as Santa to approximately 700 letters written by children in Baybay, Philipines. The press were there to cover this very successful event. More details and pictures coming soon. Why not plan on joining in next year? It will guarantee your spot on Santa's "Nice" list!
 
RTW in the News: Writing Letters for Santa Janet McKenzie 2016-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leighton Reid on Dec 05, 2016
Remember that ashtray you bought in Arizona as a souvenir years ago, and you don’t even smoke any more?
 
How about that ugly couch you inherited from your Aunt?  Or those clothes you haven't worn in ten years?
 
Over the years, “stuff” accumulates and you think to yourself “Well, I may need that some day”. Until your place starts to look like the television show “Hoarders”.
 
But a cluttering problem is easily fixable.
 
 
How to Declutter Your Life and Start Living Leighton Reid 2016-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet McKenzie on Nov 20, 2016
Rotary Toronto West had a significant turn-out of volunteers to assist the Kids Against Hunger event organized in partnership with Rotary Club of Etobicoke. Volunteers from Interact, Rotaract, and 22 Division of the Toronto Police were also among the 100 or so people involved in packing food destined for locations close to home and abroad (Haiti). Thanks to all who participated! More photos and details about this very successful event coming soon - in the meantime, check out the video below!
RTW and Kids Against Hunger Janet McKenzie 2016-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leighton Reid on Nov 13, 2016
The past comes alive vibrantly in Islington, Toronto's Village of Murals.  
 
The village of Islington is located on Dundas Street West between Montgomery Road and Kipling Avenue.  
 
With a history spanning more than 200 years, proximity to Mimico Creek and Dundas Street, with its role in connecting York (now Toronto) with all of southwestern Ontario, were factors in attracting settlers to the Islington area, and these features remain important to the modern day "settlers" who live and do business in this area.
 
On November 10, we were privileged to be able to borrow Lola Macanowicz, Chairperson of the Islington Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) to get an inside glimpse of the workings of the BIA of this historic location.
Echoes of the Past: Visit Toronto’s Village of Murals Leighton Reid 2016-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet McKenzie on Nov 03, 2016
Imagine what might happen if 20 jumbo jets crashed every day.  The public outcry to end the carnage would be huge, and the world would come together in a concerted effort to make it stop.  Contrast this with the realization that an equivalent number of people, about 8,000, most of them children, are dying daily because of lack of access to clean water and safe sanitary facilities.  Where is the outcry?  What is being done to end this?  These are the questions that Dr. Ronald Denham, an operations team member for WASRAG, is asking Rotarians to consider, as we learned in his presentation at Rotary Toronto West on November 3, 2016.
Clean Water and a Better Future: WASRAG Janet McKenzie 2016-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Renovating Your Home: Be Careful Out There, Says Paul Napolitano Linda Braendel 2016-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet McKenzie on Oct 06, 2016
Joe Roberts, The Skid Row CEO, will be revving up Rotary at the 7070 District Conference on Sunday October 22, 2016.  Joe Roberts, who overcame poverty and addiction to become an author, CEO and sought-after motivational speaker, uses his “spare time” to support initiatives such as The Push For Change, which raises funds to combat youth homelessness, and 360˚kids to help children in crisis. 
The Skid Row CEO Will Rev Up Rotary! Janet McKenzie 2016-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
Enter the Brave New World of the “Connected Car” Leighton Reid 2016-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Good Fun and Competition on the Golf Course Linda Braendel 2016-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leighton Reid on Sep 18, 2016
Homelessness and joblessness did not keep Kristoff from following his dream.
 
Kristoff came to the MicroSkills Rotary Youth Centre as a newcomer from Jamaica. His passion for food and cooking was immediately clear in his eagerness to volunteer for the afterschool program snack preparation. In 2012, Kris enrolled in the Microskills Pre-Cook Apprenticeship Program delivered in partnership with Humber College. After completing the program, Kris faced new challenges such as difficulties finding and retaining employment. He was also homeless for a time...
Rotary Helps Youth Through Microskills: A Personal Success Story Leighton Reid 2016-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Braendel on Sep 11, 2016
Many kids enjoyed making buttons with the Rotaractors. They enjoyed selecting the decorations from a large array of stickers and markers; the creativity was amazing and it was fun seeing their faces when the completed button jumped out of the machine and was pinned on their shirts.  
 
As always, it is fun to get out in public to spread the word about Rotary and it’s fulfilling to see the spark of interest in the faces of many of the people approached.
Rotary Toronto West: Having Fun On The Kingsway Linda Braendel 2016-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Braendel on Sep 06, 2016
Sarah Ali, along with five other caring, determined, passionate mothers got together under the banner of the Somali Parents Liaison Coalition to create a summer camp for thirty vulnerable children that brought much joy, safety and opportunity to both parents and children. Sarah spoke to Rotary September 1st, about the great work that’s been done.
Filling a Need and Bringing a Vision to Reality Linda Braendel 2016-09-06 04:00:00Z 0
Adopt a Village In Laos – Bringing Health And Happiness To 11,000 Villagers In Laos Linda Braendel 2016-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Braendel on Jul 24, 2016
Frustrated with the gaps and inequities for assessments and treatment programs available for low to middle-income Canadian families dealing with neurobiological disorders, Dr. Maged Kodsi founded Caring for Young Minds (CYM) in 1999.  Rotary Club Toronto West, in line with our vision to “Ignite the potential in youth,” invited Dr. Kodsi to give us an update on the invaluable work CYM is doing.
Creating a World With No Barriers For Children With Neuropsychological Disorders Linda Braendel 2016-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Braendel on Jun 26, 2016
What really happened on November 22, 1963? 
 
This is a question our member, John Muto, has puzzled over and researched for many years.  He has been in good company, as there have been more than 2000 books written , dozens of television programs and many movies filmed, all filled with theory, conjecture and myth as to why President  John F. Kennedy was assassinated in broad daylight on Elm Street in Dallas, Texas nearly 53 years ago.
 
Who Thought Camelot Should Die In 1963? Linda Braendel 2016-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leighton Reid on Jun 14, 2016
U.N peacekeeping has been effective when the troops are on the ground; but when they are withdrawn, many war-torn countries revert to conflict. That was the challenge of peacekeeping expressed by Gerry O’Pray, former U.N. peacekeeper, at our June 2 meeting. The soldiers do their job but often the politicians don’t and peace is lost again, he says.
U.N. Peacekeeper Tells of Peacekeeping Challenges Leighton Reid 2016-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leighton Reid and Linda Braendel on Jun 13, 2016
Over 20 young students in the Montgomery’s Inn Culinary Arts Project (MICAP) made cookie houses in celebration of graduating from the program on May 25.  The cookie houses were of all different shapes and sizes with colourful designs and gave the kids the opportunity to practice their cooking and artistic skills while having fun and great social interaction.
Rotary supports budding chefs graduating from Montgomery’s Inn Culinary Arts Project! Leighton Reid and Linda Braendel 2016-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Help Special Needs Kids at 2016 Mini-Olympics Leighton Reid 2016-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Helping at-risk kids get work skills: the PACT Urban Peace Program John Stevenson 2016-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
2017 Atlanta - Rotary International Convention June 10-14, 2017 Brian Spencer 2016-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to Conquer Polio Brian Spencer 2016-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary FORT MCMURRAY Fire Relief Fund Established Patricia Wright 2016-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
2016 Seoul Korea - Rotary International Convention May 28 - June 1, 2016 Leighton Reid 2016-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Cherry Blossoms in High Park? Leighton Reid 2016-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
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Scotch Nosing - 2015

Our Eighth Annual Scotch Nosing fundraiser held at the Lambton Golf And Country club had a record turnout this year - there was even a waiting list for tickets! With the haggis piped in by John Cameron, and ceremonies well hosted by Ed Patrick, participants got in touch with their Scottish roots, even if they weren’t Scottish.
Scotch Nosing a Great Success Leighton Reid 2015-11-24 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Cook up a Storm at Monty’s Inn Corn Roast! John Stevenson 2015-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Stevenson and Patti Wright on May 12, 2015

Stacey Baker, Senior Development Officer with the YMCA of Greater Toronto gave our club a 20 minute breakfast presentation and update on several new facilities planned to open in Toronto over the next 10 years as part of their capital expansion plans and their Strong Start, Great Future Campaign.  Read more for the details of her talk and a brief but impressive video of the YMCA's exciting expansion plans.  

Rotary Toronto West supports YMCA youth programs John Stevenson and Patti Wright 2015-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
RTW Helps Rotary's Campain in India to Conquer Polio 2015-02-14 05:00:00Z 0