Rotary Toronto West hosts the Rotary Youth Impact Awards in January each year to recognize and honour people in the community who have contributed significantly to the support and development of youth. At the 20th awards ceremony held on January 25, 2019, we were privileged to give the Lifetime Achievement Award to Denise Bebenek [third from right], founder of Meagan's Walk: Creating a Circle of Hope and to also recognize [left to right] Michelle Tomlinson, Karen White-Rosewell, Jamal Campbell, Dhakshan Ravibalan, Taylor Jennings, Claire Nelson and Bruce Boyd, all of whom contribute enormously to making Etobicoke a place where youth can thrive.
 
 
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Bridging Gaps and Building Awareness Through Community Policing

Advocating for a heightened police presence in afflicted neighbourhoods.  Educating the public about trends in crimes that could affect them.  Promoting awareness of the Community Police Liaison Committee.  Sex trafficking in Etobicoke.  Sylvia Kwan tolds us about all this and much more.
 

Ensuring Food Security For Growing Populations

Harold Rudy is an expert on various aspects of agribusiness and conservation.  He dished the dirt about the importance of soil health/conservation, science and technology, and people's habits related to diet and food management to highlight the challenges in global food security.
 
Harold spent his formative years on a Mennonite family farm in Waterloo County as one of ten siblings, including RTW member Willis Rudy, who taught Harold how to drive a tractor at the early age of about 6 years.  So began Harold's fascination with agriculture.
 
Harold attended the University of Guelph, where he earned a B. Sc. (Agriculture) and a M. Sc. (Rural Planning and Development) as the foundation for a thirty year career devoted to promoting the environmental stewardship programs of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA).  He has authored a book called The Soil Fixers which covers some of his experiences working with farmers and agricultural specialists on issues related to soil protection, conservation, and sustainability.
 
Harold continues to live on the family farm that was originally established in 1929.  Even after 90 years of production, it continues to be actively farmed by one of Harold's neighbours.

ECI Interact Club improves the lives of girls internationally through Days For Girls

 
RTW sponsors the ECI Interact Club and provides financial and practical support to Days For Girls.
 
Over 30 Interact students of ECI volunteered to stay after classes to fabricate kits for the local Toronto chapter of the international Days for Girls organization. Thousands of kits are sent to schools in SE Asia and Africa where it is common for young girls to miss out on several days of important schooling each month due to menstruation.
 
Photo credits: John Stevenson
 
 
 

Interact Clubs spread Christmas cheer to elementary students in the Philippines

 
RTW supports the efforts of the Lakeshore Foundation's Phillip Barker to provide much needed school supplies to Baybay Central 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 Baybay students write.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Photo credit: Mary Gaudet, toronto.com
 
 
 

RTW Hosts Sold Out Scotch Nosing Event

The Rotary Club of Toronto West held it's annual Scotch Nosing fundraiser at the Lambton Golf and Country Club on the evening of November 29th. The event had sold-out quickly and lived up to its own superlative standards, featuring a five course gourmet meal, each course paired with a premium scotch whiskey. What was on the menu? Read more to find out!
 
 

Youth Power Was In Full Force at the Kids Against Hunger Food Packing Event

 
RTW  and the Rotary Club of Etobicoke support the efforts of Kids Against Hunger to provide nourishing food to families in Canada and around the world.  On November 24th, Etobicoke Rotary member Gillian Dugas had everything organized in superlative fashion, supported by husband Andre and fellow club members Greg Dobson, Lynda Ryder, Hugh Williams, Iosef Ciosa and Ron Miller.
 
Attending from RTW were President Stephen Thiele, Doug Williams and wife Jo, David Crack, Sarah D'Aversa, Susan McCoy with visiting Rotarian Lauren Buss from the Barrie Huronia Rotary Club, Janet McKenzie, Mike Newediuk, John Muto and club photographer John Stevenson.
 
What made this event really special though was the attendance of droves of young people from Air Cadet Squadron 700 and the Division 22 Police Rovers.
 
And, as usual, the Salvation Army on Kipling were our gracious and accommodating hosts.
 
45 Members of the "700 David Hornell VC Squadron" Air CadetsMembers of the 22 Division Police Rovers with Iosif Ciosa
 

Olympic Medalist Sami Jo Small Shares the Secret of Teamwork

 
RTW was pleased to learn about teamwork from someone who has devoted herself to it in the pursuit of Olympic excellence.  As a winner of 2 gold medals and a silver one won representing Canada in women's hockey at three Olympic Games, Sami cultivated the habit of dedication to her sport at an age when some of us would barely be able to keep our elbows out of our breakfast cereal...
 

Making Memories, Building Futures

 
RTW was pleased to award a sponsorship cheque to Jennifer Jegede to support the after-school program operated by Inner City Outreach, a registered charity that connects youth in the Jane and Finch area of Toronto with opportunities to build skills and a vision of what life could offer.
 

Taking Action to Preserve Brain Health

With the growing prevalence of conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, many people are concerned about how to keep what they've got.  On August 9th, Registered Holistic Nutritionist Catherine Roe spoke to us about the modifiable risk factors for brain health and shared tips on how to stay sharp.
 
 
 

"Transforming lives through education in Colima, Mexico"

Project Amigo began 34 years ago as a result of an experience of Rotarian Ted Rose, who became an accidental tourist in the vicinity of Colima and nearby Cofradia when he took the wrong bus when he was looking for a volcano in the area, Volcan di Colima.  He was so struck by the kindness and generosity of the people of the village, who were  impoverished, that he was moved to repay their kindness in a typically Rotarian way.  After much thought and discussion with local people, he decided to provide assistance to educate the children of this area.  Edmonton area Rotarian Merle Taylor gave an aspiring account of Project Amigo's history and ongoing activities.
 
 

"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.
 
 

#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.