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About Us

Our History


Rotary has been making history and bringing our world closer together for over 100

years. In August 1910, the sixteen Rotary Clubs in the United States formed the National

Association of Rotary Clubs, now Rotary International. 

Rotaract started as a service program for individuals ages 17 to 25, sponsored by local Rotary clubs.


The Rotaract Club of Toronto was the first Rotaract Club outside the United States and we were formally chartered on February 17, 1980, and re-charted on December 7, 1987. Since then, we have been serving our local community and communities abroad for 30+ years of continuous service.

Today we bring together students and young professionals ages 18+ to serve through volunteering and service projects, develop leadership and professional skills and have fun through fellowship. 

Our History

Our Values



Rotary was founded on principles that remain at the heart of the organization today. These principles reflect our core values: integrity, diversity, service, leadership, and fellowship. Our core values emerge as themes in our guiding principles.


We respect, welcome, and represent people and ideas of a diverse Toronto, leading to greater innovation and creativity. Our organization is non-religious, non-partisan and we abide by the Four-Way Test.

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

We want people with differing perspectives and ideas who will help us take action to create lasting change in communities at home and around the world. Through the Rotaract Club of Toronto, you will find unique opportunities to get involved. Everyone is welcome!


Rotarians and Rotaractors participating in the Toronto Pride Parade. 

Our Mission

Our Mission 


Most of our service projects fall within Rotary's six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever. The areas of focus are: Promoting peace, Fighting disease, Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, Saving mothers and children, Supporting education, Growing local economies and Protecting the environment.

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 Rotaractors cleaning up the Toronto Island shoreline

Our Leadership

Our Leadership

The Rotaract Club of Toronto is led by our president, board of directors and committee chairs, who are referred to as the Steering Committee.


They are elected or appointed by our members and serve a one-year term from July 1 to June 30.

Meet Our Steering Commitee

Lara Valles



Joining Rotaract was all about being able to give back to the community and in these past three years it's been all that and more. Interesting fact about me is that I still read children's books (some people Netflix and Chill but I like to Harry Potter and Chill). For me, this year is about recognizing that being able to give back is a privilege and making sure to develop future leaders that will allow our Club to grow so that we can give back more. As well, one of my favourite things about our Club is being able to get to know people from all walks of life; you can learn so much about the world simply by listening from others' life experiences and with restrictions lifting it's something I'm excited for the fellowship opportunities to come.

Farah Karim

Co Vice President 

Joining Rotaract was an excellent way to connect with my community and give back after the pandemic. Joining the Rotaract Club of Toronto has been such a rewarding experience! Getting to volunteer in the community, make new connections, and have fun while doing. Farah enjoys planning events, executing social media campaigns, collaborating with team members. Fun fact about Farah: they love sour candy, and in constant search for the sourest candy.

Irene Kwan

Co Vice President 


Being a part of the Rotaract family has been and continues to be an amazing experience! The Rotaract Club of Toronto is a truly diverse and welcoming group of committed individuals. Irene keenly enjoy working alongside like-minded people to improve the local and global communities. She is a firm believer in teamwork and collaboration. This year she looks forward to inviting other enthusiastic leaders to join us in serving the community to make a positive difference. Be sure to sign up for our club email newsletters to receive updates, events, and more! A fun fact about Irene: She loves learning new languages


Leticia Devens

Public Image Director 

Coming soon

Levi Greene   


Coming soon

Alok Deshpande

Club Service Committee Chair

Coming soon

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