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
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We meet via Zoom second Thursday each month 7.00 pm
We meet every second Tuesday of the Month at 7:00 PM
This year we recognized eight community members at our Annual Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Community Awards event held at the Oakville Conference Centre on Jan. 26.
Community recipients, who are not Rotarians, are recognized annually in this manner as club members believe the nominees’ choices to give back to the community reflect the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”
Marsha Smith, Halton Environmental Network’s new Board Chair, was the featured speaker and spoke about Achieving Social Change Through Community Service.
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Newly minted Paul Harris Fellows (left to right): Bob Elliot, John Sweeney, Herb Schroeder, Rahul Singh, Gary O’Neill, David Tetreault, Andrew Tyrrell, (missing from the picture, Louise Tetrault).
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.
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.