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Posted by Hugh Williams

A great team effort once again produced a fun, successful Toronto Ribfest.  

Some members, like Liz Read (Volunteers) and Michael Lu (Stores), took on leadership roles in existing jobs for the first time and did a great job; while others, like Theresa Sherwood (merchandise) and Stephen Mbonye (parking) had new jobs that had never been tried.  

Thanks to Peter Dusek, we again have a compelling and entertaining view of the festival through his creative lens.  Be sure to take look online at:!/portfolio/C0000NOHw4jmv6Ww/G0000bk9_D6KT37g



Posted by Gillian Dugas

        On Tuesday, March 25 Rotary Etobicoke and Rotaract Club of York University teamed up to paint 4 bedrooms in Youth Without Shelter.       With the wonderful support of Judy Leroux, Mike Burnett and the always generous and encouraging staff at YWS, we spent a really fun day working on refreshing the rooms and coming up with the best designs.       The competition between the 4 teams resulted in excellent designs which can be seen on our club's Facebook.    First place ribbon went to Amir along with a super hero cup full of chocolates.  

         Thank you to everyone for giving your time, energy and passion to make a big difference to 8 of the homeless youth staying in YWS.       Keith and Drew are not in the photo, however, they contributed a big part to the project.      Lots of photos on our Facebook.    


Club members are busying themselves for another Toronto Ribfest fundraiser - this year to be held June 27 to July 1 from 11AM to 11PM every day at Centennial Park in Etobicoke.  Visit for more information - especially as the attractions and entertainment line-up are established! Should be another great year with something new to offer every day, including an increasingly great line up of new food vendors too! 


Our event was recently awarded the Festival and Events Ontario "Top 100 Festival and Event in Ontario" award for the third straight year!  We look forward to welcoming Toronto to the first BBQ of the year.


Toronto Ribfest is looking for "Celebrity Judges" to be live and on stage judging the chicken (Saturday), pulled pork (Sunday), and ribs/sauce (Monday) from our 16 professional "Ribbers".  Let us know if you know someone or ARE someone who would love to do what everyone dreams -- taste 'em all.  

Posted by Gillian Dugas on Feb 10, 2014

Rotary Club of Etobicoke provided and cooked dinner for patrons of the Out of the Cold Program on Monday, 10 February at St. Margaret's New Toronto Church in Lakeshore.    Image

Posted by Gillian Dugas on Nov 30, 2013

Our Hands On Etobicoke program had a remarkable day on Saturday as club members were supported by Rotaractors from York U, Air Cadets, and the Salvation Army church (which hosted the event and provided some carolers for moral support!) as the team packages thousands of food packs for distribution in the community and around the world. Image

Posted by Hugh Williams

Thanks to the initiative of Maati Lahroussi, Rotary Etobicoke helped plant a new garden at the Rexdale Hub - in an event that included local police, hub organizations, and volunteers.  A great community event! 

See the full page article that was in the Etobicoke Guardian!Image

Posted by Hugh Williams

Rotary Etobicoke put together the Humber Arboretum and the young people from Youth Without Shelter for a very memorable afternoon.  

Etobicoke Guardian was there too!  Here's their article

Thanks especially to Maati Lahroussi for organizing it and participating. Image

Posted by Gillian Dugas

Two years ago, Rotary Club of Etobicoke funded the building of a basic school building for 400+ students in the Township of Nimba, Liberia.  New funding from the club now approved for benches, floor, blackboards and more. 
Posted by Hugh Williams on Jun 28, 2013

The Sweet Sounds of Summer               

The Toronto Sounds of Summer Child Hunger Relief Concert was the perfect way to build some excitement leading up to the famous annual Toronto Ribfest. On Thursday, June 27th, people of all ages enjoyed ribs, corn, cold beer and pop while sharing good...Read More... <>
Posted by Hugh Williams

Rotary Etobicoke responds to the local floods and the hardships caused by partnering with Salvation Army - Etobicoke Temple and providing $10,000 with a challenge to the community to DONATE MORE! and help families in need. 

Posted by Hugh Williams on May 22, 2013

Hands-On Etobicoke is back at it - this time providing an awesome meal for the youth at Light Patrol. 

According to Gillian Dugas, the kitchen there is so small (almost like a cupboard) that it was fortunate the team pre-prepared the food (sandwiches, cookies, and pasta!)

Here is what two huge trays of pasta, 70 sandwiches and 250 cookies looks like:    

pasta and more for Light Patrol Youth

Posted by Hugh Williams

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The Toronto Sounds of Summer (SOS) Child Hunger Relief Concert happened on June 27!  A few hundred tickets were sold and the band was really great. 

Visit for more information. 

The partners included: Rotary;  Toronto District School Board; Toronto Foundation for Student Success; Angel Foundation for Learning; Second Harvest; PACT; North York Harvest Food Bank; Salvation Army (Etobicoke); LAMP Community Health Centre (CHC); Rexdale CHC; Stonegate CHC; St. James Food Basket. 

Posted by Hugh Williams

Rotary Etobicoke won the "Bulletin of the Year" award at this year's District Conference.

Communications is vital to the well-being of any organization - so it's fabulous to see our club being recognized for this.  Congratulations to Frederik and Ron for their continued dedication and work in ensuring our club members can easily stay informed of what's happening. 

Great job guys!Image

Posted by Hugh Williams

ImageRotary Etobicoke was back out again at the No Frills at Rathburn and Renforth (hey, that's right beside the Toronto Ribfest site!) on Saturday, Sept. 15 for another hands-on fundraiser for Polio and our own International Committee coffers.  Just over $300 was the final tally - plus a lot of smiles. 
Posted by Hugh Williams

Gillian and Andre are coordinating a club Basketeer project with the club.  Basketeers is a powerful program and terrific young organization that "supports women in new beginnings". By creating a laundry basket full of important things that moms need, Andre and Gillian are helping make a difference. 
Posted by Hugh Williams

Image Gillian and Andre Dugas took the entrance program at Toronto Ribfest and transformed it into a very successful partnership and fundraiser that will have positive benefit and implications far beyond the event itself. 

Rotary Etobicoke is a registered Canadian charity.  

If you are interested in supporting the work of Rotary in the community, please feel free to donate to our charitable trust and receive a tax receipt by clicking the icon below.

Funds can be directed to several areas of service that our club supports or to the charitable fund in general. 

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Leadership Team
President Mark Winson
President Elect Jack Fleming
Secretary Ronald Miller
Treasurer Don Edwards
Past President Michael Bell
Club Service Ingrid Bjel McGaughey
Rotary Foundation Michael Bell
Vice President Hugh Williams
Director Donna Cansfield
Director Gregory Dobson
Senior Director Frederik Martin
Director Kester Trim
Director Gillian Dugas
Director Ingrid Bjel McGaughey
Public Relations Hugh Williams
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