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 to be held on January 25, 2019, we will be privileged to give the Lifetime Achievement Award to Denise Bebenek, founder of Meagan's Walk: Creating a Circle of Hope.
Recent Stories

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.