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Rotary Etobicoke - Welcome!

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Etobicoke

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Old Mill Restaurant
21 Old Mill Road
Toronto, ON  M8X 1G5
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Rotarians Making a Difference...

We received this email from St. Joe's Hospital on Saturday...  More stellar work from Hands On Etobicoke!
Hi Gill,
It was lovely to meet you and Andre yesterday.  Thank you so much for dropping off the 245 toys for our pediatric patients (Children's Treasure Toy Chest) and the flowers/note cards for our seniors at St. Joseph's Health Centre.  We delivered them to the floors later in the day, and our team was thrilled.  Ellen was able to deliver the flowers/note cards and she said that the  patients on our seniors floor were very happy to receive these thoughtful gifts from Rotary Etobicoke.  Please pass along our thanks and appreciation to your Club and to Hallmark.

At the request of Rotarian Lynn Manwar The Rotary Club of Etobicoke was proud to provide toys for The Children's Cancer Recovery Project.  The toys will be distributed in the Bear-Able Gift Program to "make children smile and take their minds off cancer treatments"

Maati and Jack providing a cheque to Humber's senior management team( Jason Hunter and Alister Mathieson) in support of the scholarships that Youth Service set up for Humber's students.  This year, three students with disabilities benefited from our scholarships as well as a student from the business school. 


According to Kids Against Hunger, the food packing event on Saturday, Nov 22 was their best EVER!  Thanks to all the volunteers and to Rotary's "Hand's on Etobicoke" crew led by Gill Dugas.  The pictures tell a great story, but read the full account below from Gill and find out just how much this amazing team accomplished!
Rotary Etobicoke's hands-on group, along with St. Margaret's Youth Group, filled 170 Halloween bags while participating in a cooking evening at St. Margaret's Church on Tuesday, October 28.

The Halloween bags were delivered to:
  •  Haven on the Queensway for their outreach program
  •  Anduhyaun and Nekenaan First Nations Women's Shelters
  •  St. James Food Basket for their outreach program
  •  Jean Tweed for their two Strengthening Families Program (see photo)
  •  St. Margaret's Youth Group
Thank you to all the fast hands that filled all those bags, especially Linda's husband who led the packing with St. Margaret's Youth Group, and to everyone that delivered the bags in time for Halloween

The club, through AMAROK, supports Josna, a mother / teacher, and her five children learning English in the slums of Bangladesh.  The mother gets two hours of lessons a day, and then returns to her hut to teach five students in the afternoon. Click "Read more..." to view her recent letter to Gill and the club.
Congratulations to fellow club members Justin Di Ciano (Ward 5) and John Campbell (Ward 4) for winning the October 27 municipal elections and becoming councilors for the City of Toronto. 
Also congratulations to club members Tony Vella (Ward 6) and John Moskalyk (Ward 3) for running and doing a great job representing the Service Above Self ideals of Rotary in your campaigns.  
(click "Read more.." for pictures)!
See it on YouTube.  Club members in action!
On Tuesday, August 26, Rotary Etobicoke's team of Theresa, Andre, Liz, Keith, Lynda, Kester, Hugh, Mark, Diane and Gill packed 144 backpack with school supplies.    
Those backpacks have been distributed to
  • Microskills Youth Center
  • Anduhyaun and Nekenaan First Nations Women's Shelters
  • Jean Tweed Center for Women and their Families
  • Haven on the Queensway for their Children's Outreach Program
  • YWCA's Native CAS
  • Albion Neighbourhood's Boys and Girls Club
  • Salvation Army Kipling Temple.
  • St. James Food Basket for their Families Outreach Program

100 Big Ones (there's another $50K from Toronto West Club not shown in the picture).  That's not bad!  And it's only a third of the amount our clubs have pledged to help build the new MicroSkills Youth Centre at Islington and Dixon.  
Although it may look like a studio, the picture was taken in front of one of the new blank walls in the centre as it is currently under construction.  A very exciting time for the MicroSkills team and the youth in the area who use their services.  In the photo are Jack Fleming and Theresa Sherwood from Rotary Etobicoke, with Hazel Webb of MicroSkills in the middle.

Thanks to Rotary​ Etobicoke, St James Food Basket now has a new shed for their community garden along with a new stone walkway, a gate that actually locks, an in-progress composter, new garden tools, replenished soil, and plants.  The Food Basket distributes the produce they grow to their clients and use it in their kitchen when they prepare the communal meals.

Rotary Etobicoke provided $5,000 to the George Hull Centre for a 90 gallon aquarium for their reception area of their recently opened new centre.   An official opening ceremony will be held in November at which the club will have a plaque put on the tank as a thank you. 
Research has shown that watching fish in an aquarium reduces blood pressure, stress, anger and fear while increasing good feelings and calms children diagnosed with ADHD.  The George Hull Centre serves children from birth to age 18 and their families.  The Centre treats children and youth with mental health issues ranging from depression to separation anxiety to diagnosed psychiatric disorders and severe trauma.  


Rotarian Alice Otupiri is passionate about helping children and spends half the year in Ghana running the Comfort Stars Athletic Club for inner city at-risk boys and girls ages three and older.  Comfort Stars is situated at La-koo, a suburb of Accra in Ghana. Comfort Star's objective is to instill in the children a sense of self-worth and to encourage them to realize the potential they have to become responsible citizens and future leaders of their community. This is done by helping the children to stay in school. Since good quality education in developing countries is difficult to come by, funds are being raised by Rotary Etobicoke to support Alice's work and the children.

Please Donate Now online through CanadaHelps and select the "Comfort Stars" project to support these children who are determined to make something of their lives.Image



A great team effort once again produced a fun, successful Toronto Ribfest.  

Some members, like Liz Read (Volunteers) and Michael Lu (Stores), took on leadership roles in existing jobs for the first time and did a great job; while others, like Theresa Sherwood (merchandise) and Stephen Mbonye (parking) had new jobs that had never been tried.  

Thanks to Peter Dusek, we again have a compelling and entertaining view of the festival through his creative lens.  Be sure to take look online at:!/portfolio/C0000NOHw4jmv6Ww/G0000bk9_D6KT37g




        On Tuesday, March 25 Rotary Etobicoke and Rotaract Club of York University teamed up to paint 4 bedrooms in Youth Without Shelter.       With the wonderful support of Judy Leroux, Mike Burnett and the always generous and encouraging staff at YWS, we spent a really fun day working on refreshing the rooms and coming up with the best designs.       The competition between the 4 teams resulted in excellent designs which can be seen on our club's Facebook.    First place ribbon went to Amir along with a super hero cup full of chocolates.  

         Thank you to everyone for giving your time, energy and passion to make a big difference to 8 of the homeless youth staying in YWS.       Keith and Drew are not in the photo, however, they contributed a big part to the project.      Lots of photos on our Facebook.    




Rotary Club of Etobicoke provided and cooked dinner for patrons of the Out of the Cold Program on Monday, 10 February at St. Margaret's New Toronto Church in Lakeshore.    Image


Our Hands On Etobicoke program had a remarkable day on Saturday as club members were supported by Rotaractors from York U, Air Cadets, and the Salvation Army church (which hosted the event and provided some carolers for moral support!) as the team packages thousands of food packs for distribution in the community and around the world. Image


Thanks to the initiative of Maati Lahroussi, Rotary Etobicoke helped plant a new garden at the Rexdale Hub - in an event that included local police, hub organizations, and volunteers.  A great community event! 

See the full page article that was in the Etobicoke Guardian!Image



Rotary Etobicoke put together the Humber Arboretum and the young people from Youth Without Shelter for a very memorable afternoon.  

Etobicoke Guardian was there too!  Here's their article

Thanks especially to Maati Lahroussi for organizing it and participating. Image


Two years ago, Rotary Club of Etobicoke funded the building of a basic school building for 400+ students in the Township of Nimba, Liberia.  New funding from the club now approved for benches, floor, blackboards and more. 

The Sweet Sounds of Summer               

The Toronto Sounds of Summer Child Hunger Relief Concert was the perfect way to build some excitement leading up to the famous annual Toronto Ribfest. On Thursday, June 27th, people of all ages enjoyed ribs, corn, cold beer and pop while sharing good...Read More... <>


Rotary Etobicoke responds to the local floods and the hardships caused by partnering with Salvation Army - Etobicoke Temple and providing $10,000 with a challenge to the community to DONATE MORE! and help families in need. 


Hands-On Etobicoke is back at it - this time providing an awesome meal for the youth at Light Patrol. 

According to Gillian Dugas, the kitchen there is so small (almost like a cupboard) that it was fortunate the team pre-prepared the food (sandwiches, cookies, and pasta!)

Here is what two huge trays of pasta, 70 sandwiches and 250 cookies looks like:    

pasta and more for Light Patrol Youth


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The Toronto Sounds of Summer (SOS) Child Hunger Relief Concert happened on June 27!  A few hundred tickets were sold and the band was really great. 

Visit for more information. 

The partners included: Rotary;  Toronto District School Board; Toronto Foundation for Student Success; Angel Foundation for Learning; Second Harvest; PACT; North York Harvest Food Bank; Salvation Army (Etobicoke); LAMP Community Health Centre (CHC); Rexdale CHC; Stonegate CHC; St. James Food Basket. 



Who is Rotary Etobicoke?

We are professional men and women who believe in "Service Above Self" and, through Rotary, have a way to live that passion.  Our committees work with community, school, and international organizations to help fund their initiatives.  We plan, organize and run the Toronto Ribfest Food and Music Festival - providing tens of thousands of people a fun, memorable experience and raising money.  Toronto Ribfest has won the Top 100 FEO Award for three years in a row, and our 16th annual next Canada Day weekend will be even better than ever!

Rotary Etobicoke is a registered Canadian charity. If you would like to support us, please donate to our charitable trust and receive a tax receipt by clicking the icon below.  Funds can be directed to a few special projects we have underway or to the charitable fund in general. 

Donate Now Through - Thank You!

If Rotary interests you, please feel free to contact us or come to a meeting or event!

Charity BN: 890383946RR0001


Upcoming Speakers

Mar 04, 2015
Allison McDonald - Executive Director
Salvation Army Mental Health
Mar 18, 2015
Big Ideas Forum - Naki Osutei.
PanAm in the Community! Evening meeting @ the Crooked Cue
Mar 25, 2015
Brad Hutchinson
The Gatehouse
Apr 01, 2015
Karen Royal
Classification Talk
Apr 15, 2015
Big Ideas Forum
Senior's Care!
Apr 22, 2015
Stephanie Christensen
ShelterBox Canada
Apr 29, 2015
Banasha Shah
Families For Children in Bangladesh

Board and Committees

President Elect
Past President
Club Service
Rotary Foundation
Senior Director
Director - PR and Fundraising
Director - Vocational Service
Director - Youth Service
Director - Community Service
Director - International Service
Chair - Youth Services Committee
Chair - Membership Committee
Festival Director - Toronto Ribfest
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