Rotary in Oakville is a House with Five Doors

For almost 100 years, Oakville Rotarians have raised funds through special events to support local area charities and not-for-profits, dispersing financial aid to many deserving organizations and their very worthy projects and initiatives.  As well, funds are donated and leveraged to support Rotary International projects that impact the global community in a meaningful way

We meet via Zoom every Tuesday at 7.30 am 

We meet via Zoom every second Monday at 6.00 pm 

We meet via Zoom every Thursday at noon

We meet via Zoom second Thursday each month 7.00 pm

We meet every second Tuesday of the Month at 7:00 PM

New Rotarian Presidents

Local Rotarians are pleased to announce the new 2022-23 Presidents for each of the five Oakville clubs.  They are Amin Kawar, Rotary Club of Oakville; Cliff Thompson, Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar; Ibrahim Noka, Rotary Club of Oakville West; Jane McCormick, Passport South Rotary Club; and Co-Presidents Elena Pampaloni and Sabrina Paez, Halton Rotaract

Amin Kawar, President, Rotary Club of Oakville, is a Canada based consultant specialized in Public Private Partnership and Supply Chain logistics.  Taking on several professional leadership positions, his work covered many organizations including Jordan Post, Public Works Canada, Global Affairs Canada, Aqaba Development Company, and the government of Guyana. Kawar holds a BA in Economics from Calvin University Michigan and Masters from Universities of Cardiff and Cranfield in the UK.  He is a certified project management professional (PMP) as well as a certified CP3P-F Trainer and has developed several courses and training programs.  Kawar is looking forward to his new role as club president.

New President of the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar, Cliff Thompson has been a member there since 2011 and a Rotarian for over 29 years.  Cliff is married and chose to move to Oakville when he retired. He played a key role in starting the annual Ribfest in 2012 which has raised over $250,000 for the club’s charitable work. Thompson also chaired RCOT’s Indigenous Committee with oversight of the Indigenous Scholarship program.  In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, golf, photography and spending time with family and friends.

Ibrahim Noka is the Rotary Club of Oakville West’s newest President.  He has been working as a Real Estate broker since 2020.  A Political Science and Communication graduate from Tirana University in Albania, he received his Masters in Business Administration from UBIS University, Geneva, Switzerland.  Noka is married to Kim, a lawyer practicing locally. They have two young children.  He enjoys sporting activities including soccer, swimming, biking and hiking.  Noka is excited about his new leadership role with RCOW and the opportunity it brings to serve his local community.

Jane McCormick is returning for a second term as President of the Passport South Rotary Club.  She has an extensive background in finance and over thirty years of experience in small business consulting in the private, and not for profit sectors.  Married for 39 years, McCormick and her husband Rob have raised 7 adult children and are still raising two pre-teens and a teenager.  She is an avid amateur photographer and lover of the outdoors. McCormick is honoured to continue as president in her Rotary family.

Elena Pampaloni, Co-President of Halton Rotaract, is in her second year of Health Science at Western University. Pampaloni runs club events that are health-focused with topics including Covid-19, maintaining wellness with a work-life balance from home, and how the pandemic made us more resilient.  To quote the most famous Rotarian, Paul Harris, “Rotarians are very much more favourably disposed toward action than they are towards words.” “That’s so true for our club as we are very action-oriented,” added Pampaloni.

Co-President of Halton Rotaract for 2022-23, Sabrina Paez started her Rotary journey as an Interact (High School) member in her native country, Venezuela. That is where she developed a passion for helping others and particularly disadvantaged children facing various life challenges.  In addition, Paez participated in the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program where she spent a year in the USA. “I am delighted to take on this leadership role because Rotary has given me so many opportunities. I look forward to inviting new members to join our club, to meet new friends and to have fun as we serve our local and international community,“ said Paez.

Events

Rotary Education Awards

Three of Oakville’s Rotary clubs came together to present this year’s awards to 32 Oakville students. A link to the event’s recording is below.

 Oakville Rotary Education Awards Virtual Event 

Oakville Awards for Business Excellence

Announcing the Finalists for the 27th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence! 

RBC Royal Bank Large Business of the Year Finalists

  • Media Resources Inc.
  • Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence
  • Caravan Transportation Group
  • Mercedes-Benz Oakville

Henderson Partners LLP Mid-Size Business of the Year Finalists

  • Expedia Cruises Oakville South
  • Stillwater Capital Corporation

KPMG Small Business of the Year Finalists

  • Ultimate Pool Service Inc.
  • Oakview Funeral Home
  • TK Events Inc.

O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP Professional Services Provider of the Year Finalists

  • Iasis Health Management
  • Acorn Family Health and Wellness Centre
  • Bandhu Law Professional Corporation

Young Professional or Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists

  • Nick Davis of the Nick Davis Group
  • Katie Pringle of Marigold Marketing & PR

Lexus of Oakville Service Industry of the Year Finalists

  • FIORI Oakville
  • COBS Bread Lakeshore
  • Montana’s Cookhouse & Bar
  • The May Court Club of Oakville Nearly New Shop
  • Kerr Street Café and Catering

Cogeco Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists

  • Moatassem Moatez of MYCOURIER INC.
  • Tammany Petrie of Everyday Heroes Kids
  • Adrianne Fekete of Star Quality Private Investigations

Visit Oakville Tourism Excellence of the Year Finalists

  • Oakville Festivals of Film and Art
  • Community Vegan Resto
  • Taste of Colombia Fair Trade Coffee & Gift Shop

Get Involved – Just Announced

27th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence

Oakville Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Oakville West & RBC Royal Bank

 

Wednesday, June 22

5:30 to 9:00pm

Oakville Conference Centre

2515 Wyecroft Road, Oakville, ON

The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence Gala is one of Oakville’s most prestigious events of the year. Celebrate exemplary models of excellence and community service by Oakville’s businesses.

 Purchase tickets now!  Click here

The Rotary GREAT LAKES WATERSHED CLEANUP’ is underway until June 30.  Over 20,000 Rotarians on both sides of the Canadian and U.S. border have rolled up their sleeves to collect refuse along the shoreline, and innumerable waterway tributaries to the Great Lakes basin.  This is great example of ‘ROTARY IN ACTION’ and brings considerable community attention to the importance of ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY’.

Individuals and clubs can register and organize their cleanup at  

https://shorelinecleanup.ca/ 

and inform James Weber (DEC co-chair)  weberjames13@gmail.com of their participation and any data they may have (number of people who did the cleanup and garbage bags or weight collected).

Help India Breathe

The Rotary Clubs of Oakville, Oakville West, Passport South and Halton Rotaract along with many other clubs and Rotarians in southwest Ontario have joined the campaign to “Help India Breathe” with an initiative to establish Rotary Oxygen Banks in India.  This is a global Rotary initiative with clubs around the world helping.

The Bank would loan an oxygen concentrator to a patient in need with the provision that after the immediate crisis is over, the concentrator would be returned to the Oxygen Bank and available to others.  The price of each concentrator is approximately US$1,000. Local Oakville Rotarians have sent over $5,250 to support this international relief project. Cheques received and pledges so far from southwest Ontario total $109,155.00.

Rotary Helping Oakville

To help respond to the global COVID-19 crisis the four local Rotary clubs have joined forces to create the Oakville Rotary Relief Fund. This fund will address pressing needs within our community during this time of great challenge and turmoil – during the Covid19 crisis.

All donations to the Fund are tax deductible, and a tax receipt will be issued to you by CanadaHelps.

For more information about Rotary in Oakville, contact us at info@rotaryoakville.ca