Who We Support
Impacting Our Community
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In 2019, our Club made a large financial commitment to help in the restoration of Philips House, part of North York General Hospital and a home for people suffering with depression. Maddie’s Garden, which surrounds the home was named after Madison Colter, a North York resident, who suffered from depression through her teen years and eventually took her own life. It was inspired and funded by Maddie's Project. This Garden is a healing respite for teens suffering with mental health. For more details about our efforts to support click here.
The Rotary Club of North York has hosted the local Terry Fox Run in downtown North York since we organized the first one back in 2005. Initiated by our former President Paul Cairns, whose wife passed away from cancer, we have been organizing it annually and have raised over $300,000 for cancer research. Our annual efforts have been led for many years by Stan Rapkin, a longtime member of our club. We encourage local enthusiasts to join us for the run or to help with one of the many volunteer opportunities.
The NYWS assists women and children who have been the victims of domestic and spousal abuse. In 2019, a new shelter was built to help the growing need for more rooms. The Rotary Club of North York was one of the first organizations to provide financial assistance to help build a first class facility. We continue to be involved where we can to assist those who need a safe place to reside over a short term.
The Rotary Club of North York has been a supporter of the North York Seniors Centre for many years. We assist and participate in fundraisers and provide physical assistance when required.
For several years, The Rotary Club of North York has provided financial assistance and physically volunteered at this centre for street youth. We offer our services three times a year helping their staff prepare dinner and then serving it to street youth in downtown Toronto.
Many years ago, The Rotary Club of North York was one of the first Clubs to assist PACT in setting up their programs here in Toronto. Life and job skills programs and community service opportunities for young people aged 13 to 21. From Learn to Grow programs to fashion and cooking, PACT is one of the most dynamic and exciting programs to help disadvantaged youth in Toronto, started by fellow Rotarians David Lockett, PACT President and Co-founder (President, Torglobal Logistics)Dan Cornacchia, PACT Treasurer and Co-founder (Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, retired). Click here to see 2020 PACT report.
This Covid -19 initiate has seen several of our members deliver hundreds of boxes of fruits and vegetables to families in need throughout the city of Toronto during the pandemic. We thank Community Services Director, Paul Glionna for his leadership with this worthwhile program.
ROOTA is a Canadian charity whose mission is to alleviate poverty and enhance education. ROOTA is currently supporting the marginalized community of trash collectors in Egypt, commonly referred to as The Zabaleen, by working with the APE, a local civil society organization.
Education Beyond Borders is a non-profit NGO devoted to closing the global education divide through teacher professional development and community education. We are focused on advancing and supporting the movement for educators and advocates for education to do our part in supporting our colleagues and their students in disadvantaged regions here at home and around the world.
In September 2021 our club teamed up with other Rotary clubs to sponsor The Golden Lane Community Centre in Tobago. Fifty backpacks filled with school supplies we provided for students going back to school.
John Kane and President Randall present President of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 66, a cheque for $600 from "Happy Bucks" following Club Treasurer Gerry Francis’ Remberance Day presentation.