Rod Cohen (right) of Blake Boultbee Youth Outreach Service (BBYOS) accepts a cheque from TERC member Joe Runza. (BBYOS) was established in 1989 to work with high-risk youth and their families in Blake-Boultbee, a Toronto Community Housing neighbourhood.

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TERC member Joe Runza presents a cheque to Rauni Salminen, Founding Member and CEO of Emily's House.  Emily's House is Toronto's only hospice for children and families facing life-threatening illnesses.  Toronto East Rotary Club is proud to be a supporter.

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Service Work At The Food Bank 2018-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

On December 6th, TERC members Joe Runza and Jim Anastasiadis will skate 100 continuous laps around East York Memorial Area to "Ice Cancer"!  Donations made to this event support Michael Garron Hospital and Lakeridge Health.  Download the form to make a donation or use the Donate button on our website. [If using the PayPal Donate button please specify "Skate-A-Thon" in "Special Instructions".]  The skate starts at 9:00am and you're welcome to come out and cheer them on!

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On Saturday November 17, 2018 we had a raffle at our annual TERC Arts And Crafts Show.  Congratulations to the following people who won:

#1 Chrissy White
#2 Deborah Mallory
#3 Sue Diaz
#4 Gail Shaw
#5 Lucie Richards
#6 Brigid McQuaid
#7 Rebecca Heersink
#8 Joanne Sinkins
#9 Sue Diaz
#10 Debbie Owens
#11 Isobel Wilton
#12 Silke
#13 Judith Carter
Please contact to collect your prize.
Arts And Crafts Show Raffle Winners 2018-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

On November 15th, Toronto East Rotary Club held it's own Remembrance Day luncheon.  Past President Jim Anastasiadis thanks our speaker Lt Col Paul Brunberg.  In the second photo, Richard Radcliffe, President, Sunnybrook Veterans Council (second from the right) and Katharine Baldwin, Manager, Sunnybrook Veterans Centre (second from the left) received a donation from our club.


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TERC At Remembrance Day Services 2018-11-14 05:00:00Z 0


Last week, we had the pleasure of  having Elizabeth Witmer as our guest speaker.  A former member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament, Elizabeth now heads the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board.  TERC President Karen Somerville (left) is shown thanking Elizabeth. 

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Cheque Presentations 2018-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
TERC Members - October 2018 2018-11-07 05:00:00Z 0



Jim Anastasiadis thanks Ray Scheepstra of Mercy Ships for his presentation last Thursday at TERC. Mercy Ships operates the world's largest charity hospital ship-providing free life-changing surgeries and training in Africa. Staffed by a volunteer crew, every dollar received is leveraged by gifts-in-kind from corporations and volunteers so that it provides $3 of health for every$1 raised. To date, in 40 years, Mercy Ships has directly touched the lives of more than 2.6 million people providing $1.3 billion in free health care.Our speaker is from their Alumni, who share stories of life on-board and of the courage of the patients and the families served.Ray Scheepstra from Mercy Ships
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Christopher Walker of Loft Community Services recently spoke to TERC at one of our luncheons. Seen here, he is being thanked by TERC member Marion Chan.
Loft Community Services 2018-10-29 04:00:00Z 0


District Governor Mary Lou Harrison (second left) attends World Polio with TERC members Karen Somerville, Virginia O'Reilly and John Ryall

World Polio Day 2018-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

The Toronto East Rotary Club’s 9th Annual Arts and Crafts Sale has a wonderful group of Artisans. Some of the items to delight you include jewellery for men and women, quilts, pottery, hand painted glassware, wooden bowls, preserves, paintings, stained glass, paper and textile goods, coasters and cutting boards, craft blend teas, hand crafted bath bombs, photography, handbags and pouches, holiday decorations, shawls and capes, natural shaving oil, face and body products, beeswax candles and infused honeys. There will also be live music, delicious baked goodies and yummy chili, draws and free face painting. Join us on Nov. 17, 10 -5 @EUChurch (one block west of Chester subway). The Sale supports Out of the Cold as well as other community programs. Everyone is welcome. Free.


TERC Arts & Craft Sale 2018-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome Shaheynoor Talukder! 2018-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

Recently we had the pleasure of a visit from Mary Lou Harrison.  Mary Lou is the governor of Rotary District 7070 of which TERC is a part.  She gave an inspiring and interesting speech about our area and what we can expect and hope to do this year.  Thanks for the visit Mary Lou!

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Thanks to the many golfer and sponsors, TERC held another successful tournament this year.  We raised over $15,000 for charities local and worldwide!  A special shout out to Jim Cremidas and team who organized the event.  A great time was had by all.




Golf Tournament Raises Over $15,000 2018-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
TERC At Michael Garron Hospital 2018-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
At last week's TERC luncheon, we had the pleasure of having Phylicia Davis as our speaker. Phylicia is Instructor Coordinator, Frontier College – Literacy and Basic Skills, Scarborough. In the second photo, Phylicia is thanked by TERC member Guru Bablad.
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Congratulations to Nick Pappas!  Nick was the winner of 2 Toronto Maple Leaf tickets which were raffled off on September 22nd at Michael Garron Hospital's 
Kick The Stigma event.  Thank you to everyone that participated.  It was a resounding success.
Draw Winner 2018-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
Victor LalVictor Lal, a student at Western University, came and talked to us today (2017-1012) about his Ride for Syrian Refugees – see He spent part of his summer raising $30,000 for a Syrian family which is presently residing in Jordan and expected to arrive in Canada later this year. Victor rode his bike from Toronto to St. John’s, Newfoundland, over 2,500 kilometres. He had some interesting stories to tell about his ride, including the generosity of people he met along the way.  Last year, Toronto East Rotary Club supported a number of initiatives related to the Syrian refugee crisis and was pleased to support Victor in his fundraising efforts with a cheque for $1,000. Thanks to Victor for his demonstration of “Service above Self”.
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The 18th annual Toronto East Rotary Club golf tournament was held on September 14th at Sleepy Hollow Golf & Country Club. This year’s tournament was very successful raising over $25,000!  A big thank you goes out to all members who volunteered their time on golf day, all those that brought in sponsors or golfers and our great golf committee that did such great work to ensure a successful tournament.   
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On Sunday September 10th, hundreds of District 7070 Rotarians participated in the annual Rotary Foundation Walk including TERC rotarians Mike Phelan and Bill Dunk-Green.  This year was special as it was the 100th since the creation of the Rotary Foundation.  Over $100,000 was raised including $1,000+ from our local club.  Congratulations to all who participated and helped out!
District Rotary Walk Raises Thousands! 2017-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Malcolm Lamont [here being thanked by Rotarian Robert Payne] was our guest speaker at last week's luncheon.  Malcolm has always been intrigued by wine, and after taking his first course in oenology fell in love with the wide world of wine study. That led him to complete a Sommelier Certification at Algonquin College, as well as the Certified Specialist of Wine credential with the Society of Wine Educators.  Malcolm entertained and informed us about the world of wine.  To find out more about his company visit
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TERC member Steve Mastoras thanks Pete Bombaci for his talk on the Generator Project.  The goal of the project is "to make the world a happier and healthier place by reminding people about the importance of face to face social connection and inspiring them to take action".  Get more information at the
Pete Bombaci of The Generator Project 2017-09-07 04:00:00Z 0

Tomorrow (August 31st) we are thrilled to have Pete Bombaci of The Generator Project as our guest speaker.

Pete is a passionate, grassroots brand builder who both develops business strategy and then translates that strategy into 360° multi-channel activation. He has a passion for building great culture and leading cohesive teams focused on a well laid out vision. His background includes senior level leadership roles across a broad experience base which has taken him from sales to marketing to CEO type roles, from for-profit to not-for-profit and from working for major corporations to having launched his own independent consulting business and a passion initiative, The Generator Project. 

Pete Bombaci To Speak At TERC 2017-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
East York Strategy Cheque Presentation 2017-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
TERC BBQ Luncheon 2017 2017-08-11 04:00:00Z 0
Ever wonder what Rotary is all about?  The members of Toronto East Rotary club are an enthusiastic group of people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back. Want to know more?  

Join us this Thursday August 10th for a casual BBQ on the patio of Whistlers Restaurant.  Friendly Toronto East Rotarians will welcome you and tell you more about our service club.  
Where:  Whistlers Restaurant, 995 Broadview Ave (@ Mortimer), East York, ON M4K 2S1
When: Thursday August 10th @ 12:30pm
Cost:  FREE!
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The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation recently confirmed the award of two District 7070 Global Grant Scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year.

One of the recipients is Spencer McMurray, sponsored by the Toronto East Rotary Club and a graduate of University of Toronto where he received his Honours Bachelor of Arts in Peace, Conflict, and Justice, minor in Political Science. Spencer will pursue a Masters of International Security, with a concentration in conflict resolution and a regional concentration on the Middle East, and the study of Arabic at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po, in Paris, France. His scholarship was awarded under Rotary Area of Focus Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution.
Spencer plans to continue his career in conflict negotiation, building on his experience as a writer and research assistant with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in East Jerusalem. He selected the PSIA program to prepare him to write holistic peace agreements to create sustainable solutions and policies, particularly in post-conflict societies, so that migrants can thrive and live to their full potential.
District 7070 Global Grant Scholarships Spencer Murray
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At a special dinner held at Whistler’s Grille on Thursday July 13, the Toronto East Rotary Club honoured two area students for their extensive volunteer work during their high school years. The $2000.00 TERC Community Service Scholarship Award was presented to Sal Sabila of Monarch Park CI (shown on the left) and Cathy Nabukalu of St. Patrick Catholic SS.
Sal pioneered efforts at her school for Gender Equality and Mental Wellness and founded the Youth Gravity team in Regent Park. She will be attending the University of Toronto to study Physical Science and Mathematics. Cathy, in addition to a long list of community service activities both in and out of school, was selected to take a leadership role in the Toronto Police Youth Community Program deployed to the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club. She is enrolled at the University of Windsor to study Forensic Psychology and Criminology. Both students delivered inspiring speeches detailing their contributions and confirming their on-going commitment to volunteer community service.
Scholarship Dinner 2017 2017-07-26 04:00:00Z 0

Left to Right:  Club President Jim Crimedas, Pastor Tim Reimer, Rev. Sarah Miller, Rabbi Mariam Margles, Rev. Jim Parker.
At our lunch on May 4th, 2017, we listened intently to the thoughts of four religious leaders in the Toronto East community and were left with a special thought from each.
The broad societal issues that were raised by the religious leaders and where, we as a Club, can continue to contribute, are:
Poverty, housing for the marginalized, homelessness, hunger and food security, clean water, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, welcoming spaces for the transgender and LGBTQ community, safe havens for youth, mental health, individual isolation, refugee sponsorship and Indigenous rights.
Needs in the Toronto East Community 2017-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
On April 27th, Amanda Maragos, one of our newest members, presented her classification talk. Amanda is the Manager of Volunteer Services for the Philip Aziz Centre / Emily’s House. PAC/EH were created in 1995 to provide physical, spiritual and emotional support and respite services to individuals, adults and children, who have life-limiting conditions or chronic illnesses, who are often, though not always, in end-of-life situations.
Amanda Maragos - Classification Talk 2017-05-06 04:00:00Z 0

Ve’ahavta is a Jewish charitable social service organization dedicated to promoting positive change in the lives of people of all faiths who are marginalized by poverty.

Amiel Blajchman, a member of the Board of Directors, and Debbie Estrin, Director of Development, spoke about Ve'ahavta’s programs to alleviate homelessness and urban poverty, educational activities around issues of social justice, and the inclusion of hundreds of members of the community in Ve’ahavta’s transformational work.

Ve'ahavta - Promoting Change in Lives Marginalized by Poverty 2017-05-06 04:00:00Z 0
The Toronto East Rotary is proud to induct the newest members to our club.  Dedicated Rotarian John Ryall presents our new members Zia Choudhary, Amanda Maragos, and Bill Dunk-Green with their plaques.
January 2017 Rotary Induction Ceremony 2017-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

Joe Clarke of from the Toronto Eglinton Club presented the WASH program for Schools in Bugiri Uganda.  The objectives are: to provide practical facilities and education for the supply of clean water for drinking, latrine maintenance, hand washing, and menstrual hygiene management. 

Bugiri WASH in Schools Project 2017-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
Justin Van Dette gave a presentation on the East York Hall of Fame starting with some history of East York as a borough. East York has one of the highest rates of volunteerism per capita. The East York Hall of Fame was formed after Justin attended the Leaside Sports Hall of Fame and started thinking about the number of former East Yorkers who are deserving of recognition.
Justin Van Dette - East York Hall of Fame 2017-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
Toronto East Rotary Club's Jeff Rayman speaks to our club about some of the atrocities in Guatemala by a Canadian mining company and how court proceedings have developed.  This case has set a human rights precedent in being the first time a Canadian company has been tried in their domestic jurisdiction for corporate liability internationally.  Jeff hopes to provide assistance for witnesses as they attempt to travel into Canada to provide their deposition. 
Jeff Rayman Speaks on Human Rights 2016-12-16 05:00:00Z 0
The Toronto East Rotary Club was fortunate to hear Dr. Raffy Chouljian & Jennifer Boyd speak about their trek up Kilimanjaro and how they were able to raise over $500,000 to help conquer Polio.  We thank and appreciate all the work they have done as Rotarians to help further our efforts to end polio.
Conquer Kilimanjaro, Conquer Polio 2016 2016-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Since July of 2015, this unusual music education project has given young people in mixed-income Toronto communities hands-on access to synthesis, beat programming and sampling. In February of 2016, in cooperation with the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs, young Blackball participants performed live and un-automated before their peers and family members. To date, some 70 youth and children have taken part in the Blackball project. And there are more sites, more clients and more awe-inspiring electronic sounds yet to come.
John Copping
Blackball Music - Inspiring Youth through Sound 2016-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
As the first centre for abused women and children in Canada, they are leaders in the campaign for women’s empowerment, providing innovative, specialized services that help abused women and their children transform their lives and break the cycle of violence.
President Jim Cremidas (Toronto East Rotary), Katie Mosher (Interval House), Jim Anastasiadis (Toronto East Rotary)
Support for Interval House 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Rev Jim Parker receives a cheque to support the East York Strategy basketball program
East York Strategy 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Assisting Youth in Crisis 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Aiding Syrian Refugees 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Feeding Local School Children 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Clothing Those in Need 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Supporting the Navy League 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Sunnybrook is the largest veterans' care facility in Canada. Working in close partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, they offer long term to 475 veterans from the Second World War and Korean War.  The funds will be used by the veteran's council as the deem appropriate.
Back row: Lt. Col Paul Brunberg, Todd Ross,
Front Row: Eric Mullaney, Jack Embrey, Jim Cremidas
Supporting Our Veterans 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Justin Van Dette - New Rotary Member 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0

Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office is a multicultural, multi-service agency providing a wide range of community services.  Toronto East Rotary Club is assisting with their baby program, providing diapers and formula for families in need.

President Jim Cremidas (Toronto East Rotary), William Pashby (Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office), Steve Mastoras (Toronto East Rotary)
Assistance for Thorncliffe Park 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Sponsors for 2015
Apex Realty Inc. - Real Estate Consulting - Elmar Moser, Broker
Embrey Family Holdings 
Qualite Solutions
Harrison & Harrison Chartered Accountants
Canadian Maintenance & Safety 
Magic White Inc. Canada/ U.S.A. - 2 holes
Burak Jacobson Research Partners
Ernst & Young LLP
Trend Spotter Consulting – Strategy and innovation for the future
Aaron B. Harnett, Criminal Defence Lawyer
Jim Cremidas - Royal LePage Connect Realty
FBI Freight - John Elisio
Rosar Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel
Gibbs Wire & Steel
Woodhay Consulting - Brian Smith
Raffy's Dental Practice
Impact Insurance Brokers
ReSolveAsset Management - Driving range + hole
JCM Capital Management - Registration desk + hole
OneUp Sports - 2 holes
Proper Auto Glass
3M Canada
James Hawtin Successful Investor Wealth Management Inc.
Morton Karrass LLP - Civil and Criminal Litigation
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Embrey Family Holdings
Qualite Solutions
Coldwell Banker Case Realty
Diamond Towing
Jeff Rayman
Randal Johnston
Aaron B. Harnett, Criminal Defence Lawyer
Rosar Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel
Alex D. Munroe Services Ltd.
Melrose Paving
Sysco - Bob Wasson
Woodhey Consulting
Apex Realty Inc.  (see requested text)
Fix Auto Ontario
Westowne Mazda
LKQ Corp.
Proper Auto Glass
Harrison & Harrison Chartered Accountants
Gibbs Wire & Steel
Magic White Inc.
Sprakita Products
FBI Freight
Trend Spotter Consulting
Symbiosis Designs Inc.
Alterna Savings & Credit Union
Canadian Maintenance & Safety
Burak Jacobson Research Partners
Renovations O'Robert
Ernst & Young LLP
Dr Raffy Chouljian
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Posted by Virginia O'Reilly on Sep 15, 2013


·         Embrey Family Holdings

·         Paragon Travel Agency



·         3M Canada

·         Teachman & Associates, CA

·         Apex Realty Inc. – Elmar Moser, Broker of Record

·         Robert A. Barkin, Creative Planning Financial Group

·         Burak Jacobson Research Partners

·         Canadian Maintenance & Safety Ltd

·         Delaney Capital Management

·         Downtown Toyota

·         Ernst & Young LLP 

·         FixAuto Ontario

·         Aaron B. Harnett, Criminal Defence Lawyer

·         Harrison & Harrison Chartered Accountants

·         Lipton, Altbaum and Wiseman Chartered Accountants

·         McKay & Associates Financial Services Inc.

·         Moser's Patio & Grill, Burlington, Rob & Liz Moser -

·         Magic White Inc.

·         TAG Financial Services

·         Radke Films Ltd.

·         Dr. R. Rathee & Dr. H. Tanzer, North York Eye Associates

·         Renovations O’Robert

·         Rosar Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel, James Munroe - Managing Director

·         Trend Spotter Consulting – Strategy and innovation for the future

·         Bob Wasson, Sysco Food Services


Thank you also to…

Gardiner Productions

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Zeidler Partnership Architects


Friends and Supporters:

Michelle Lydon, Symbiosis Designs Inc.

Higgins Event Rentals

Norm Bacal, Heenan Blaikie

Dina Belaia

Michael Bellman

Sonia Dolar, FundEX Investments Inc.

Kerry Gordon

Aaron Harnett

Andrew James

Bob Kirk, Your Wealth Management

Jeff Rayman

Steve Vaccaro
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Posted by Rotary Toronto East on Jan 27, 2011
On November 11 we have the opportunity to remember the efforts of the many Canadians who fought for our great country. In remembering, we pay homage to those who responded to their country's needs, those who came back, and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
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Posted by Rotary Toronto East on Jan 27, 2011



 Snap community newspaper covered the Toronto East Rotary Club's 1st Annual Arts and Craft Sale. It was a huge success, follow the link to Snap's coverage of the event

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Are you coming to speak to the Toronto East Rotary Club members and guests? Follow the link to get some background information to get the most out of your presentation.
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The dedicated members of the Toronto East Rotary Club are representative of our diverse community, and everyone is committed to helping out in our community. Join our team of entrepreneurs and local business leaders linked by a common goal of wanting to make a difference in our community - and having fun along the way.

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We are pleased to announce our Christmas fundraiser. We will be selling smoked hams, 100% pure maple syrup and Baumkuchen cake which you can give to your friends and colleagues. For you as a business person, they make great gifts for clients, associates and employees.

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Toronto East Rotary Club holding its 1st Arts and Crafts Show on November 6th, 2010, 10:00 – 5:00, at Eastminster United Church, at the corner of Jackman and Danforth Avenues in Toronto
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Starting as the brainchild of one Rotarian with the support of his Rotary club in year 2000 – ShelterBox has grown to become the largest Rotary Club project in the 100 year history of the organisation
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An East Toronto Tradition. A successful RibFest where great food was served and some money was raised for our local community
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Microfinance is the provision of financial services to low-income clients, including consumers and the self-employed, who traditionally lack access to banking and related services.

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