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.

In November of 2017 Rotary International partnered with Idea Studio to produce Rotary’s third VR fil, Two Drops of Patience. The premise of the documentary was to allow people to experience what Rotarians do every day to Eradicate Polio, and to demonstrate what it takes to reach children in very remote areas. On Thursday June 13thBruce Sinclair, Founder & CEO of Idea Studio gave Members and Guests of the Rotary Club of Parkdale-High Park-Humber an opportunity to experience administrating the Polio Vaccine to Children in a very remote area of Uganda. The Virtual Reality 360 Film is the next best thing to being there. The whole process was all made possible through the co-ordination of the Rotary Club of Soroti and the cooperation of their local Government, UNICEF and the World Health Organization. The Rotary Club of Parkdale - High Park - Humber meets every Thursday for an hour. For more information go to T view a trailer and the film “Two Drops of Patience” go to It’s much different as a Virtual Reality/360 degrees.
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.
Click the link below for SNAP's full story and Photos of the morning.
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
Tina Soldolvieri
Oct 17, 2019
Roncy Reduces
Tina is an environmental educator in her second career after raising three children (now 14, 18 and 21). As part of her masters degree in environmental education She did an internship at the High Park Nature Centre where she is now a part time staff as nature interpreter.
Tina founded Roncy Reduces in January of this year with a bunch of Roncesvalles neighbours. They found each other by an email that was going around among neighbours, school connections (being parents at the same school) and friends. They are a group of 8-12 people, almost all women and meet on a monthly basis. Our capstone event was at the Revue Cinema in June when we showed the documentary The Clean Bin Project, made a presentation about Roncy Reduces, showed a slide show with all 70 businesses involved and had a speaker from, Charlotte Ueta from Toronto Waste Management. They also reached out to five neighbourhood schools with workshop, a poster contest and two school screenings. Come on the 17th to hear more!
Past Speakers
Beth Selby, District Governor 2019-20
Aug 22, 2019
Demonstrating the value of membership in Rotary International !
Green 13 Co-Chair Paul Mero and possibly Jup Bhas
Aug 01, 2019
Green 13’s initiatives and projects.
Stephen Thiele, Rotary Club of Toronto West
Jul 25, 2019
Toronto Argonaut Initiative
Nick Lawley
Jul 18, 2019
Amarok Society
Patty Porretta, Resource Development Manager
Jul 04, 2019
Creating Together Child and Family Centre
Julie Brown, Director of Philanthropy
Jun 06, 2019 6:30 PM
Pancreatic Cancer Canada
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
October 2019
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