Local Initiatives
Helping in our community
Rotary Toronto Eglinton assists our community through a number of different Initiatives.

Deer Park Playground:

In 2015-16 RTE funded a rotating net climber as the centrepiece of the playground redevelopment at the Deer Park Public School. This is an accessible playground for all, including those with disabilities.


This restorative youth program assists young offenders to refocus their lives in productive ways. Our most recent donation has paid for one additional life coach and program. RTE has been a long-time supporter of this organization.

Out of the Cold Program:

Since 2013, RTE members have taken twice monthly shifts at the Yorkminster Baptist Church - Out of the Cold Program where guests are provided with a meal and a safe, warm, friendly environment for the night during the winter months. We also support the program financially.

Freedom Singer Presentation:

As part of Black History Month in February 2017 a donation was made to Project Humanity to support the production of Freedom Singer, a locally directed and produced musical play arising from experiences in the Underground Railroad. In turn there was an RTE benefit performance, attended by members and their guests with proceeds to be used for service projects.

Woodgreen Community Services:

RTE has supported the Woodgreen Community Services both financially and in kind for a number of years. Presently we are supporting a Reading Circle program run by the Rotary Toronto East by attending and reading to and with young students in an after-school program on Tuesday evenings. Members receive email notices with details regarding this program regularly.

John Polanyi Collegiate Institute (JPCI):

RTE supported the formation of an Rotary Interact Club at JPCI in November 2015. Financial support has been given for student programming, travel, community initiatives and scholarships.

Ryerson Student Bursaries

In 2016 RTE offered bursaries of $2,500 to four Ryerson University First Nations students who are in health sciences studies and are planning to their communities upon graduation. The first year recipients were all in Midwifery and have returned to a luncheon meeting offering their appreciation and insights into their student journeys. A plan is in place to continue this program for the next 4 years.

Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly

Every year District 7070 offers the Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly (RYLA) to deserving involved youth aged 18-25. The participants are offered a week long workshop focusing on leadership skills and development of a community of friendships.