Rotary Club of Athabasca

Service Above Self

Mailing Address
Box 2021, Athabasca, AB T9S 2B6
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Club Executive
President Elect
Service Projects Director
Past President
Sgt. At Arms
Membership Director
Public Relations Director
Youth Services Director
Youth Exchange - Inbound
Youth Exchange - Outbound
Interact Club Liaison
Rotary Foundation Director
Director At Large

Recent developments regarding Covid-19 have had a profound impact not only on our own community but around the world. As an international service club, Rotary International recognizes how important it is to act now and work together supporting efforts to stop the spread of this dangerous virus.  Rotary International President, Mark Daniel Maloney has asked all Rotary clubs around the globe to immediately begin working with their communities and implement the recommendations of their local health authorities that will assist in preventing further spread of this disease.

The Rotary Club of Athabasca has already taken steps to participate in social distancing by suspending all future club and executive meetings until further notice. We will look at options that will allow our club to continue to communicate and operate without having the personal contact.

We will be examining future planned events by our club with a view to either postpone the event or cancel it altogether. We will be reaching out to our community leaders to offer assistance and collaborate on any initiatives that will strengthen the efforts to keep our community safe when and if we can.


Howard Peterson


Rotary Club of Athabasca

In 1994, our Rotary Club of Athabasca President Dawn Minns had a dream to connect Athabasca with a trail system. Today, we are thrilled to enjoy over 10 km of Rotary Way trails. Join us on September 21, 2019 for our 25th anniversary walk and BBQ. Check out our Rotary Way page for more information and to download a trail map.
Marg Wintonyk and Rotarian Dawn Minns at the May 9, 2019 "She's All That" dinner celebrating women of inspiration in Rotary. In 1989, Marg was Athabasca and Western Canada's first female Rotarian, and was followed soon after by Dawn. Way to trail blaze ladies!
Congratulations to Emma Kamelchuk, winner of a 2019 SummerScapes (Red Deer College) visual arts workshop award presented by Lori Claerhout and Rotarian Mike Gismondi. Two other Rotary Club of Athabasca award winners, Kory Williams and Senten White,  will attend 2019 Artstrek Theatre Alberta Camp.

You’re invited!  The Rotary Club of Athabasca and Rotary Athabasca Youth Development Association are pleased to host Jay Onrait, Athabasca home town boy, as our guest speaker for the Celebrity Dinner & Auctions on October 27, 2018. 



This is a major fundraiser and all net proceeds will be for the fitness centre in the new Athabasca Regional Pool facility.
Youth Exchange student Julia Cygan  is adding to her many Canadian experiences before returning home to Poland early July 2018. She is seen here with her Rotary counselor, Howard Peterson enjoying a ride in his classic car.
On March 16, 2018, at the kick-off of the fundraising campaign for the new Athabasca Regional Pool & Fitness Centre, our Rotary Club of Athabasca 2017-18 President John Ollerenshaw presented a $50,000 cheque to pool committee chair and Rotarian Rob Balay. Great start to our Club's $250,000 commitment for this fantastic project!
On February 21, 2018, the Rotary Club of Athabasca welcomed Aaron Durant as a new member. President John Ollerenshaw (left) and sponsor Jeff Johnson (right) congratulate Aaron.  
Thank you to Rotarian Al Zahar and Gerri Zahar from Elsa's Catering for going above and beyond, as always!
On October 19, 2017, Athabasca celebrated local businesses in a grand way. On behalf of our Rotary Club, John Ollerenshaw had the pleasure of presenting the Rotary Business Integrity award to Michelle Bishop of Elle's Closet Boutique & Beauty Ltd. Michelle also won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Further on behalf of our Club, John presented the Employer of Youth award to Athabasca A&W (accepted by Laurie Bonell). Kudos to Rotarian Darlene Topolinski Reimer who won Manager of the Year award, and Rotarian Leonard LeSage owner of Canadian Tire in Athabasca, winner of the Community Spirit award.
This summer, our Rotary Club sponsored three students to attend summer arts programs at Red Deer College. Katelynn Williams attended Summerscapes: The Visual Arts Workshop for Teens in August. Erica Bown and Sarah Overacker attended Artstrek: A Summer Theatre School for Teens in July. All said their camp experiences were life changing…in a good way!
DoImage you have any Aeroplan miles that you are not planning to use? Instead, please put them to use by transferring the miles to our Aeroplan Beyond Miles Account for Rotary Athabasca Youth Development Association. Transferred miles will be pooled and auctioned. All proceeds will be used for Athabasca area community and youth development projects.

Transfers of 1,000 miles or more can be made by anybody, anytime, so we appeal to Rotarians, family, friends and community members to help by donating extra miles. Go to or click on the Aeroplan logo, and then Donate Now .
For further information, please contact Mavis Jacobs at or 780-675-7118.

Tour of NICU

A group from the EPC Interact Club was given a tour of the neo-natal intensive care unit at Misericordia Hospital on March 3, 2017. Interact members raised $1000 for the new unit and this was a chance for them to see where the money would be used.

The money was raised by a wake-a-thon Interact held, sponsored in part by the Rotary Club of Athabasca.

The new NICU at Misericordia Hospital is now the most up-to-date unit of its kind in Edmonton. Serving an area from Red Dear north, parents and siblings are able to stay together in the hospital while premature babies receive state-of-the-art care.

In photograph, from left to right: Kadin Pochynok, Emma Jensen, Bryanna Head, RN Rhea Shank, Jacob Kociuba, RN Robyn Halbert, Sydney Mansell and Rehma Kahn.


Rotary Club of Athabasca pledges $250,000
To Pool/Fitness Centre
     The Rotary Club of Athabasca reaffirmed their support for the proposed new pool and fitness centre to be integrated with the existing Athabasca Regional Multiplex.
     "We are very excited about becoming a partner in this integrated development and seeing this project move forward,” Rotary Club of Athabasca President Brian Bittorf said.
     Rotarians are hopeful that their demonstration of support for the integrated project will encourage other community organizations and individuals to do the same.
     At their March 16, 2016 meeting, the Rotary Club of Athabasca pledged a total of $250,000 over the next five years to support aspects of the project not funded through other means.
     The Rotary Club of Athabasca was a strong supporter of the development of the Athabasca Regional Multiplex, contributing $500,000 towards the cost of its construction. Examples of other community projects undertaken by the Rotary Club of Athabasca include the Rotary Way Trail, Riverfront Fitness Equipment, Rotary Spray Park, Pirate’s Point View deck and the Rotary Riverfront Clock.
     Canadian actor, singer/songwriter Tom Jackson will be featured at the Rotary Celebrity Dinner on April 22, 2016. Proceeds from this initiative will be directed to Rotary community projects.
     The Rotary Club of Athabasca is part of Rotary International, a worldwide network of more than 34,000 clubs made up of individuals who channel their passions into social causes that change lives and improve communities.
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