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Service Above Self

We have an exciting new format for our Rotary meetings!
Each month has:
  • One Traditional meeting with Speaker
  • One Business meeting
  • One Social/Fellowship Event
  • One Hands-on Activity
See Speakers and Events schedule for details.
Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, our Traditional and Business meetings are being held as teleconferences using Zoom.  We love to welcome guests!  Meeting dates are in the Speakers and Events schedule.   Click here for a Zoom link, or email info@rotarytorontosunrise.com and we will send you a link.
Brenda Stewart, Toronto Sunrise Rotarian and Spiritual Care Practitioner (Chaplain) at Sunnybrook, delivering the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise' contribution of 100 washable, reusable cloth masks for Sunnybrook staff, together with our messages of thanks and support for all front line workers. These non-medical masks are hand made in Fergus, Ontario, and we hope they brighten staff's day and help conserve medical masks for where they're needed most. A big thanks to Mary Lou for organizing and President Doug for transport!

Welcome to Dr. Mohsina Chaklader, the newest member of the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise, Rotary District 7070, and Rotary International! We are thrilled that you have joined us in Service Above Self and look forward to getting to know you better.

Special thanks to Rick Grass of the Rotary Club of Airdrie, Alberta, for sponsoring Mohsina as a Rotarian and for getting up early to attend her induction this morning. Well done!
This was Toronto Sunrise' first "Virtual" induction, so everything Rotary does, including growth for the future, is possible even during this pandemic :) 


Across the globe, low-income countries have made significant progress in improving health outcomes for maternal and child health and fighting infectious and chronic diseases over the past two decades.  But what will it take to achieve the next round of improvement?  Dr. Ben Chan discussed current priorities of key multilateral organizations and governments for investment, including improving universal health coverage; strengthening primary health care; creating robust measurement systems; and focusing not just on “outputs” but the quality of services provided.
Improving quality of care is best served with a top-down, systems approach that considers everything affecting care - valuable insight for Rotary as we build beyond "one-off" health and development projects toward real sustainability.

Dr. Ben Chan is Assistant Professor of Global Health at the University of Toronto and a leading figure in Canada on strategy and leadership for healthcare quality.   Dr. Chan was the inaugural CEO of the Health Quality Councils of Saskatchewan (2003-2007) and Ontario (2007-2012). In recognition of his work in spearheading improvement initiatives in chronic disease management, patient safety and public reporting on quality, Dr. Chan was named in 2006 Canada’s Outstanding Young Health Executive. 

Dr. Chan consults widely to the World Bank, WHO and foreign governments. He advised on the national quality strategies for Colombia and Georgia and led quality improvement projects to improve diabetes, hypertension, and childhood malnutrition in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.  He is currently working with the World Bank on the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, aimed at developing a common quality scorecard across low- and middle-income countries. 

Dr. Chan is also an experienced primary care and emergency department physician, and has worked in over seventy rural and indigenous communities across Canada and participated in volunteer medical missions in Mali, Haiti, Angola and Russia. He has at least partial fluency in all six official UN languages. He holds a BSc and MD (Toronto), Master of Public Health (Harvard) and Master of Public Affairs (Princeton).

November 28, 2018 - Past District Governor and current Foundation Chair Michael Bell visited Toronto Sunrise this morning with an update on The Rotary Foundation - history, where we are now and where we would like to be.  Michael encouraged us to look beyond ourselves to see the bigger picture, reminded of the value of regular giving, and described some new partnerships with other NGOs that offer opportunities for the Foundation to do even more.  This includes a maternal and child health project with CUSO in Ethiopia where, through matching, $1,000 can become $15,000 (!), and then buy and equip 30 Midwife Birth Kits and save hundreds of lives.   Photo, from left to right: Wayne, thanking PDG Michael; Michael; Toronto-Sunrise President Ian.
On Giving Tuesday, Rotary District 7070 is delighted to sponsor the Miles to End Polio bike ride with a donation of $30,000 of District Designated Funds (DDF) to the PolioPlus campaign! Let’s all do what we can to End Polio Now.  Photo: Past District Governor and current Foundation Chair Michael Bell, and current District Governor Mary Lou Harrison, at Toronto Sunrise, with pen in hand!
October 30, 2018 - Toronto Sunrise' current 3-year international commitment of $10,000 is to Transforming Faces, a Canadian registered charity that equips local teams to provide comprehensive cleft lip and palate care that is accessible for all.  More about what Transforming Faces does is here. Courtney Mollenhauer visited us this morning with an update on Transforming Faces' current work at Yekatit 12 Hospital in Ethiopia.  Left to right: Club President Ian, Courtney and Past District Governor Jim.
October 27, 2018 - 15 Toronto Sunrise Rotarians, partners and family enjoyed Rotary Reunion 2018 - the District 7070 Annual Conference in beautiful Prince Edward County.  Great focus on 6 important ways to make the world better: water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, and economic and community development.  There's more, including social media posts from the event, at http://rotary7070conference.org/
Congratulations to DG Mary Lou Harrison (of Toronto Sunrise!), co-Chairs Deb Murray and Rob Leek, and to all the Toronto Sunrisers who helped. Thanks also to the Wellington and Picton Clubs for Sweet County Welcome Friday night, and to all the area Rotarians who offered home hospitality!
Left to right: Brenda Stewart, Douglas the Flamingo of Change, Jameel Rahman, Sandie Butterill and Zareen Rahman.
Bob Butterill, Past District Governor Jim Loutitt and current District Youth Exchange co-Chair Jason Pole deep in discussion...
The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise was well represented at the World Polio Day flag raising at Toronto City Hall on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018. In attendance were our District Governor Mary Lou Harrison (second from the right), District World Polio Day Chair, Jennifer Boyd (third from the left), Past District Governor and District Foundation Chair Michael Bell (far right) and Club members Past District Governor Jim Louttit (far left), Anton Svendrovski (third from the right) and Toronto Sunrise President Ian Lancaster (in the centre).
On September 25th, Anton Svendrovski was inducted as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise. It was an honour to have our District Governor Mary Lou Harrison, also a member of Toronto Sunrise, officiate at Anton's induction during her official visit.  Left to right: Past President Michael, District 7070 Governor Mary Lou, Anton, and President Ian.
Congratulations to Nicole Jachyra, the newest member of the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise and of Rotary District 7070!
We are delighted to have Nicole join us in #ServiceAboveSelf as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise. She is an aspiring entrepreneur with the classification of "Aviarist".
Nicole has a diploma in Accounting and Finance as well as Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. She operates a small business online selling various arts and crafts. Her future plans are to open an aviary (bird zoo) in Toronto. Welcome to the Rotary International family Nicole!
Photo: President Michael with Nicole and
DGE Mary Lou, Nicole's sponsor 
The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise was pleased to have Georgina Patko, visiting Rotarian from Richmond Sunrise, as our guest speaker.  Georgina provided in introduction to Progress Place.  For over 30 years, Progress Place has been a recognized leader in psychosocial rehabilitation throughout Canada and the international Clubhouse community.  
There is no definitive path to recovery for people living with a mental illness. At the heart of Progress Place’s recovery model is the facilitation of an inclusive, respectful and engaging community. Members and staff work side by side to create an environment conducive to the health and wellness of people living with a mental illness. This model helps individuals find their own unique path to recovery, and work through that path at their own pace.
Progress Place has an extraordinary record of success helping people get back to work after their lives have been interrupted with a mental illness.  If you’d like to see for yourself how this unique model of support works, please contact Georgina for a tour at 416-323-0223 or gpatko@progressplace.org .
Sandie thanked Georgina (right) for her enlightening presentation.
The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise gathered for an evening of fellowship at The Porch.  Rotaract eClub members, visiting Rotarians, potential new members, and extended family joined club members for a relaxing evening on this beautiful sunny evening.
The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise was pleased to have club member and DC16 Planning Committee Chair, Sandie Butterill, as our guest speaker.  Sandie provided club members with an overview of the conference preparations, and identified areas where volunteering assistance was required.  The team is preparing for a significant marketing push to clubs across District 7070 between now and the conference.  
There continue to be excellent Sponsorship opportunities available.  Please contact Clark or Sandie for further information.
Jim thanked Sandie for her presentation and leadership of the Committee.
The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise was pleased to have club member Vlad Litvinov as our guest speaker.  Vlad delivered an overview of the proposed Transforming Faces project including District and Global Grant applications which he is preparing on behalf of the project team.
Bob thanked Vlad (right) for his thorough work summarizing the project and preparing the applications.
Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise member Farid Siddiqui joined our club and expressed a vision, to establish a club in the Danforth area of Toronto.  Farid has held a variety of Rotary leadership positions in Bangladesh, and as he arrived in Toronto he found that there were a number of experienced Rotarians in his community who had not found a suitable club in their community.
Sunday July 17, Farid chaired a club organizing meeting which was attended by over a dozen experienced Rotarians and over two dozen new member prospects.  District Governor Jim Louttit and Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise Club President Clark Ferguson were honoured to attend the meeting and share their Rotary experience and support for the proposed club.
On Tuesday July 19, Toronto Sunrise was pleased to welcome Moyeen Choughury (Past President/Past Asst District Governor Rotary Bangladesh), and Suhel Ahmed (Past President Rotary Bangladesh) as guests of Farid to our club meeting.  (Photo:  Clark, Suhel, Moyeen, Jameel, and Farid)
The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise was pleased to have club member Chris Chen as our guest speaker.  Chris delivered his Classification Talk, introducing the club to his passion for community through his martial arts training and teaching.  Chris works in the managed security services field providing a range of client focused business communications and service management at The Herjavec Group.
Seun thanked Chris (right) for his inspiring presentation.
The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise dedicated our club meeting to sharing ideas and extending our club strategic plan, facilitated by Lars Henriksson.  Wayne thanked Lars (left) for guiding the members through the session.
The club was pleased to welcome Rotarian Kanchana Silva (Rotary Club of Colombo Down Town, Sri Lanka) as our guest.  Clark and Kanchana (right) exchanged club banners.


The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise was pleased to welcome Michael Bell (Past District Governor, District 7070) as our guest.  Michael officially "pinned" Jim Louttit (District Governor - 2016-2017, District 7070) and passed on the official "Home Club of the Governor" banner.


The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise welcomed Fanta Ongoiba, Executive Director, APAA, as our guest speaker to speak about Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA).  APAA is a volunteer driven, charitable AIDS Service Organization serving the African communities in Toronto.  
Fanta shared her experience of receiving a phone call requesting assistance communicating with a patient in hospital some years ago.  From this experience she identified a gap in the community providing support in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner to African people living with HIV/AIDS, their partners, family and friends.
Pedro presented Fanta with a cheque in the amount of $1,600 which was raised through our involvement in the Rotary Poker Walk for HIV/AIDS held in April.
Mary Lou Harrison thanked Fanta for her presentation.
As a first in recent memory, the club meeting was conducted in english and french, making the information more accessible for a visiting Rotarian from Morocco, Maria Bensouda.  Members with varying experience speaking french took the opportunity to do a little practice.  In the end, Jameel Rahman expressed the sentiment of many members, "I proud that we conducted a club meeting in both official languages of Canada."
Clark Ferguson exchanged the club banner with Maria Bensouda, a visiting Rotarian from the Club Rotary Spartel Tanger,  Morocco.  
Les membres et les invités du Club Rotary de Toronto Sunrise ont apprécié la réalisation d'une réunion bilingue ce matin. Merci à Fanta et Maria pour nous rejoindre et faire de cette journée spéciale.
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