Thirty years of service...

Since April 28th 1987, The Rotary Club of Parkdale - High Park has been working for the benefit of its community, and in support of the international community service initiatives of Rotary International.  We are proud to be members of the world’s oldest service club, founded in 1905, and to be associated with its strong record of local and international community service.

On December 1st 2017 the Rotary Club of Toronto Humber merged with the Rotary Club of Parkdale - High Park forming the Rotary Club of Parkdale - High Park - Humber.

Great Rotary morning meeting January 31st at the Grenadier Restaurant in High Park. It may have been frrrrreeeezzzzing out there but it was warm and cozy at our Rotary Club of Parkdale High Park Humber meeting. We had the great pleasure to welcome Pia Bouman of the Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement right here in our neighbourhood of Parkdale. Pia gave us an impassioned speech about the good work of bringing the dancing arts to children and adults of Parkdale, the importance of the arts in our communities and as fundamental building block in young peoples lives. Many families are not able to afford to pay for the classes but are still able to attend through the bursary programs that are at the heart and soul of Pia Bouman's life work. Pia is facing a real estate challenge, in that the building of her school has been sold and she needs to find a new home in the hood. Some great brainstorming happened after our meeting. Such an inspiring morning!
In December the Rotary Club of Parkdale - High Park - Humber donated $3,000 to the Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement.
The Rotary Club of Parkdale - High Park celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017. To commemorate the occasion, they honoured two people who have demonstrated “Service Above Self”. A Paul Harris Fellow is Rotary’s highest award to recognize individuals who have made an impact on the community. The first recipient of this award was Joanne Green who received her award last May. She was recognized for her work with refugee families, coordinating the Roncesvalles Refugee Relief group for Syrian families, and for organizing a sewing machine program, bicycle program, and movie days for refugee families across the GTA. On January 10, the second recipient, Luke Anderson, received the award. The Rotary Club of Etobicoke shared their meeting at the Old Mill for this special occasion. Luke is the founder of StopGap and the executive director of the StopGap Foundation. Luke had a terrible mountain biking accident, leaving him a quadriplegic. Returning to Toronto, he lived in the Roncesvalles/Junction community and became frustrated with the lack of access to the local shops. So, he designed the StopGap ramp that you see throughout the community and city. StopGap ramps are being installed in many cities across Canada, and the initiative is becoming global. Luke believes that accessible means inclusive, and that the world would be a better place if everyone could be included.

Saturday morning Don Sirko presented Margaret Cantwell of the Fort York Food Bank with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award for her service to the food bank and the community.

We Celebrated our 30th Anniversary !
Wine & Cheese Gala
Friday April 28th
On February 16, Jane Pang, founder and principal of Clearview School of Arts and Culture, gave a presentation on Chinese culture. Jane's presentation addressed the recent global interest in traditional Chinese culture and referenced it through examples such as the popularity of Shen Yun Performing Arts, which aims to revive authentic Chinese culture on a worldwide scale. In addition to Jane's presentation, the Club inducted a new member, Michael Wolkensperg, and had a special guest attendee Berk Icer of Budget Blinds West Toronto. The Rotary Club’s mission is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.
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Do you want to make a meaningful difference in our community?
Interested in addressing issues like poverty, health, hunger, education and the environment?
Want to do more than just hope for world peace?
  • The Rotary Club of Parkdale-High Park is one of 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and regions, forming a network of community service around the world. 
  • We are a welcoming, friendly and fun-loving group of men and women from different backgrounds, age groups, cultures and occupations.
  • What we share in common is the desire to work on community projects, both at home and abroad, to make our world a better place.
  • If you want to be part of a global network of community volunteers, then Rotary is for you.
  • We meet Thursday mornings at 7:30 am at the Grenadier Café located in the centre of Toronto's High Park.

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Upcoming Speakers
Julie Brown, Director of Philanthropy
Jun 06, 2019 6:30 PM
Pancreatic Cancer Canada

This year an estimated 5,500 Canadians will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Most of these patients will be given less than a year to fight, to live their lives, and make memories with their families.

At Pancreatic Cancer Canada, we see the desperate need for more effective treatments that will give patients more quality time with their loved ones. We believe the greatest chance we have at creating a brighter future for those with pancreatic cancer is by working with the most innovative researchers and clinicians across the country through the PancOne™ network.  Pancreatic cancer is set to be the 2nd deadliest cancer by 2030.

We have also piloted a brand-new support program for families and patients to offer wholistic counselling through the different stages of this disease.  Our unique and targeted collaboration with Wellspring was launched last year and we had such tremendous results, we are expanding it throughout the country.

Our last pillar of support is to educate and support the 10,000 general practitioners to promote early diagnosis and awareness of pancreatic cancer.

Patty Porretta, Resource Development Manager
Jul 04, 2019
Creating Together Child and Family Centre
Past Speakers
Sabrina Rubli
May 23, 2019
The Twende Initiative: Available, Affordable, and Accessible Mentruation - Removing the Stigma
Kelly Buffy (M Arch, B AA (ID), B A, OAA, FRAIC)
May 16, 2019
Story Pod Project - Grassroots Transformation of Civic Space
Dr. Joe Simardone
Apr 04, 2019
Melanie's Way
Club Business Meeting
Mar 28, 2019
Updates from Committee Chairs
High Park Nature Ctr - Jon Hayes, Director Program
Mar 21, 2019
High Park Rangers Club - Youth Leadership
Brett Matthews
Mar 14, 2019
My Oral Village & Ultra Poverty
Bob Butterall - Rotary Club Sunrise
Feb 14, 2019
Fort York Food Bank
Rafik Riad - Founder Buy Good. Feel Good. Expo- BG
Feb 07, 2019
Businesses as a force for Good - How businesses are changing the World.
Pia Bouman
Jan 31, 2019 7:30 AM
Update on the Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement
Hugh Williams (Past President-RC of Etobicoke)
Jan 03, 2019 6:30 PM
Team Unbreakable
Lisa Randall
Nov 01, 2018
Riley Yesno
Oct 04, 2018 6:30 PM
Understanding Indigenous Peoples Needs
Next Club meeting
Jul 26, 2018
Steven Moniz, Police Constable, Community Relation
Jul 12, 2018
Update on what is going on in our community
Alison Randall - Club Business Meeting
Jun 21, 2018
Club business meeting
Tariq Asmi, CEO - Speaker
Jun 14, 2018
The Four Villages Community Health Centre
Carole Rowell - Board Meeting
Jun 07, 2018
Business Board Meeting
Tere Ouellette - Playground Project
May 31, 2018
The Charles G Williams Playground Project
Carole Rowell
May 17, 2018
Zimbabwe Water project
Stachen Frederick, ED
May 10, 2018
Weston Frontlines Youth Svces
Margaret Roberts & Diana Stapleton
May 03, 2018
Weston Food Bank
Lisa Kostakis Albion Neighbourhood Breakfast prgm
Apr 26, 2018
supported by Rotary funds
Jana Girdauskas
Apr 05, 2018
Founder of The Period Purse
Board Meeting - Presidents Citation
Mar 15, 2018 7:30 AM
Presidents Citation
May 2019
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