Interact & Rotaract

Rotary is a family oriented organization that includes people of all ages and stages of life.  Our Interact and Rotaract clubs provide opportunities for youth and young adults to learn about Rotary while engaging in community service projects with age-appropriate guidance from seasoned Rotarians.
RTW sponsors the Etobicoke Collegiate Institute and the Richview Collegiate Institute Interact Clubs.  High school students lead the clubs with support from school staff and RTW members.  The students learn about leadership and community involvement at local and international levels, and have fun too!
RTW sponsors the Rotaract Club at York University.  Rotaract provides young adults with continued exposure to Rotary and leadership training, and they provide RTW with energy, enthusiasm and on-the-ground support for community projects.

Interact Club Stories

Interact Clubs spread Christmas cheer to elementary students in the Philippines

RTW supports the efforts of the Lakeshore Foundation to provide much needed school supplies to Bay Bay elementary school in the Philippines under the guise of gifts from Santa every December.  This creates an ideal opportunity for Interactors to share the joy of a Canadian-style Christmas and give Santa some much needed assistance responding to the hundreds of letters the Bay Bay students write.
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!
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!
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.