Rotaract clubs decide how to organize and run their own clubs, manage their funds, and plan and carry out activities and service projects that are important to their communities. Rotary clubs that sponsor Rotaract clubs offer guidance and support and work with Rotaractors as partners in service.
The Rotaract club of Toronto has been active in our local community since 1980 and is one of the oldest clubs in Canada. We are proudly Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Toronto and a part of Rotary International District 7070.
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District 7070, Ontario Canada
Rotary and Rotaract clubs organize in geographic districts that can include different cities, provinces or states and sometimes even different countries. We are a part of District 7070, which includes 54 Rotary clubs and more than 1,960 members throughout Southern Ontario, Canada. In addition, there are have 8 Rotaract clubs which span from Toronto to Belleville. Rotary districts are lead by district governors and their Rotaract counterparts, district Rotaract representatives.
Click here to visit the Rotaract District 7070 website and learn more.
The Rotaract Club of Toronto is lead by our president and their board of directors. Both the president and board are elected by our active members and serve a one-year term from July 1 to June 30.
The Club Committees are lead by board members and conduct most activities in the club. All current and prospective club members can get involved in committees to exchange ideas and bring their most ambitious projects to life.
Meet Our Board
Mariya joined Rotaract in 2017, having served our club as secretary, social and wellness director and the district as social media director. She has been honoured to connect with Rotaractors and Rotarians from all around the globe since becoming a member. Mariya believes strongly in volunteer service and its ability to build stronger communities, create new friendships and positively impact our world from the ground up. Continuously inspired by the work that all Rotaractors do, Mariya is looking forward to another exciting year ahead.
Ankita Sethi moved to Canada in 2017 and joined the Rotary family in the same year to build new friendships, and embrace different cultures. The values instilled in her, paired with an innate desire to generate a positive impact motivate her to do good in the world. As international service director, she plans to build relationships with other Rotaract clubs and do service projects that create opportunities to empower individuals financially and socially. She enjoys a good Netflix binge and jumping off the plane once in a while. Ankita can also be found reading in fiction, and literature section of a library.
Stacey's journey with Rotary started many years ago in Interact club in Zimbabwe. Since moving to Canada Stacey has been involved with Rotaract initially in St John's, N.L. and in the past three years with the Rotaract Club of Toronto. Stacey enjoys the connections and friendships she has made through Rotaract and is kept inspired by being surrounded by fellow Rotaractors who are passionate about making a positive impact in their community and beyond. In the upcoming year, Stacey is excited to see the opportunities that Rotary has opened during these unprecedented times and to continue to explore the new and exciting and opportunities ahead.
Berk joined the Rotaract Club of Toronto in 2019 to develop solutions to the challenges of our society while building friendships with conscientious individuals. Berk decided to become the Secretary to contribute increasing membership engagement believing that increased membership engagement would translate into enrichment of the club’s service activities and projects. Coming from an Industrial Engineering background, Berk is a Business Systems Analyst passionate in finding effective and efficient solutions to the problems conflicted by diverging asks of multiple parties. Berk enjoys playing soccer and basketball and is a huge fan of Formula 1. Berk also has an interest in history and is always down to have a history debate over a few drinks.
Lara joined Rotaract back in 2019 when she was looking for opportunities to give back and genuinely connect with others. Rotaract Toronto has provided all that and more. She has enjoyed supporting the Club as it continues to grow and evolve and most importantly, for the friendships she has been able to make. When she isn't doing Rotaract work she enjoys reading young adult fiction (one can never get too old for Harry Potter), cooking food that would give Martha Stewart a heart attack and going on long rants about politics and history, preferably with a Negroni.
International Service Director
Allison began her Rotaract journey with the Rotaract Club of Sarnia-Lambton and later spent some time with the Rotaract Club of Accra South. So, when she moved to Toronto for a job opportunity with ShelterBox Canada (conveniently a Rotary International Project Partner) she knew the Rotaract Club of Toronto was her first stop. This year, as International Service Director she seeks to be led by her committee to make lasting impact partnering with Rotaract Clubs locally and abroad. Allison has a strong belief in collaboration to bring about real change locally and around the world. When she’s not working or Rotaracting, she spends her time practising her flawed French, reading a good book or with her Roller Derby team.
Community Service Director
Leah joined the Rotaract Club of Toronto in 2019. She has always had a commitment to shaping her local community, be it volunteering with her local animal shelter or mentoring families with the YWCA, she is a true believer in grassroots initiatives and philanthropy. After moving to Toronto and learning about the impact the club has in her local and international communities, she knew she needed to become a part of it. This year she would like to facilitate sustainable initiatives that she, and the club members, are passionate about. She is excited to be leading and learning from a committee of members who are so inspirational and dedicated to serving the people around them. Outside of Rotaract, Leah is an international business student, with an end goal of working in the non-profit and charity sector.
Professional Development Director
Dayna joined Rotaract in 2020 after a long-standing transnational desire to be part of this community. She felt like an honourary member through her friend and through watching Interact members in her high school in Jamaica put on the best events of the year. So she is ecstatic to finally become an active member herself. She has a deep desire to serve the local and international community, a feeling that was sharpened through a volunteer project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She also has a great passion for bringing people together to learn -- personally and professionally -- which makes her honoured and excited to hold this position. Her major personal and professional goal is to become heavily involved in advocacy for the rights of remote Indigenous tribes. Outside of Rotaract, she enjoys photography, birdwatching, and travelling!
The community service committee is dedicated to building, developing, maintaining, and improving our community. To help the people we live with, the neighbourhood we live in, the city we call home, the country we reside in, the world that we are a part of. We have achieved outstanding things in the past: raised funds to reduce homelessness, improve education, fight AIDS and to help the less privileged. This year, we are taking ourselves one step further and encouraging others to join us. We are going to tackle bigger problems and take on bigger projects.
The international service committee aims to connect and assist communities around the globe, to respond to humanitarian and natural crises through fundraisers and sustainable service projects. Members of the committee actively engage in exchanging ideas, organizing events, and projects on Rotary International's six areas of focus. The committee allows its members to expand on their Rotaract boundaries and explore the world through roundtrips and project expansion by partnering with other clubs abroad.
The professional development committee provides a platform for members to learn from leaders and foster personal development. Members of the committee lead various events, plan for and invite guest speakers as well as organize networking events in addition to sharing ideas. This year we are continuing the Mentorship Program in partnership with the Rotary Club of Toronto as well as introducing new professional development events relevant to our members and the projects we aim to complete.
The public image committee is in charge of all our external public-facing communication, as well as organizing and executing initiatives to raise awareness about our club in the community. With a uniform public image strategy, we strengthen our name, our brand, and our work, making them even more recognizable.
The annual fundraiser committee plays a pivotal role in our fundraising efforts for the club. Every year, the Rotaract Club of Toronto hosts its marquee fundraiser gala that benefits an organization or project. Examples of past events are "Gatsby Speakeasy," "Vodka Tasting Nights" and "Step Up For Camp." If you have an interest or skill in event planning, fundraising, or sponsorship management and want to be part of one of the biggest Rotaract events of the year, come join us on the Annual Fundraiser committee!
Social and Wellness
The social and wellness committee is here to help our members get to know one another beyond our general meetings. It aims to organize exciting social events that encourage engagement, bonding, and fellowship within our club, as well as promoting good physical and mental health.
Club Documentation Working Group
The club documentation workgroup is operating to create documentation that guides club members and help with transition planning between Rotaract years (e.g. enhance our club Constitution, discuss membership requirements, strengthen decision-making principles). If you are looking to share your ideas and want to enhance your skills, your involvement would be a great way to achieve this! The potential for resumé enhancement includes policy development, editing documentation language for clarity and strengthening organizational skills.
We meet every two weeks at The Blake House on Mondays, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
RSVPs appreciated but not required.
The Blake House (basement)
449 Jarvis St, Toronto
Rotaract Club of Toronto
c/o The Rotary Club of Toronto
Fairmont Royal York Hotel
100 Front St. W. Toronto, ON
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Social media: RotaractTO