These are the 2013 U of T Rotaract Election Candidate Statements. Voting will run till Sunday, March 24. Successful candidates will be contacted Monday, March 25.
Rotary International is proven to be among the most influential, vibrant and prestigious service organizations, by effectively completing its missions and yearly updated goals regarding philanthropy and worldwide peace establishment. However, the Rotaract Club of UofT should not be merely an extension of this meritorious organization that barely attracts attention to our fellow students.
I think we have a fantastic opportunity to do things differently for once. I want to offer not only dedication but also fresh initiatives that will be the result of:
- Clear communication and public statements
- Prompt planning
- Systematized and alternative financing of projects and Cooperation
Together, we can sincerely brand the Rotaract Club of UofT as more:
- and Fashionable
That’s what I am about. Those are the changes I believe in.
Vote Viktor F. Tsianos.
Community Service Director
I’ve been on Rotaract for a year now; with previous experience as VP on Interact in high school. I love what our group is about, and
am very passionate about helping our community. Community service is something I was very involved in this year – whether it was
Shoreline Cleanup on Harbourfront, selling 50/50 tickets at a football or hockey game, or becoming more aware of First Nations’
issues on campus and in our city. I support what Rotary stands for with all my heart. I have had some experience working with the
current Community Services Director, and believe that I will do a great job leading my fellow Rotaracters in community service
Community service isnt about just helping a poor person with monetary aid but it is about working to use that aid to improve the standard of living of the poor so that the effect becomes permanent. Society gives us a lot, but since no relationship is one sided we are entitled to give back to society by working to improve those sections of society that are plagued by poverty and its consequences. Giving back to society has always been a fundamental principle for me, and hence i apply for the position of “Community Service Director”.
Rotary has always been an integral part of my life since both my father and grandfather are active Rotarians. My father was the Chartered President for the Rotary Club of Bombay Bayview (India) *and he then went on to become the Assistant Governor of District 3140(2011-2012) and now is the Joint Secretary of the same. Throughout the span of his career, I have assisted him on various projects such as:
1.) Donating 2500 cycles to a village stricken with poverty. The aim of the project was to make travelling over long distances either to collect water or to go to school easier, specially for girls. We raised funds through the various different Rotary Clubs present in the district and went and gave them to the village residents. The smiles on their faces was the success of our project.
2.) Building a toy library in a slum. This project involved building a toy library in the slums for the children who stayed there and couldn’t afford to buy toys. We collected toys from a lot of people and put them in the toy library. Everyday the children come and enjoy their time. Again their smile is Rotary’s reward.
3.) Taught English at a Government School for 2 hours each day. (Taught the students fundamentals of the English Language and life skills such as etiquette. Also taught them the fundamental rights of a citizen of India.
4.) Since I did the IB, Community Service was always a vital component of my academic life. Taught craft and games at the Muktangan Municipal Schools. This included origami, paper boats, as well as sports such as football. Planned activities according to the festivals.
5.) Through Rotary I also played sports such as Cricket to raise funds for either slum children or polio patients.
6.) Setting up polio camps to administer the polio vaccine for millions of children has always been Rotary’s goals and I have assisted my father’s Rotary club in developing such camps. Also having setup medical camps in rural areas to boost health and prevent diseases has increased self-awareness.
Hence being a part of Rotary is now a legacy for me, a benchmark set by my father, a drive to work for society and improve
standards of living by eradicating poverty and its allies.
As a first year student at U of T, I have made a point to try and involve myself in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Though this hasn’t allowed me to get involved in every Rotaract event this year, it has allowed for me to discover that through Rotaract I can make a bigger impact than through any other club at this university. This is why next year I would like to devote all of my spare time to develop greater projects for our club as Community Service Director. I have been fortunate enough to work with Temi this last year, and as she is stepping down, I feel confident that I can fulfill her position. I have plenty of experience volunteering with Rotary on Vancouver Island, and I have also spoken in front of City Council and various service groups to gain support for a park restoration initiative that I began last year. Please consider me as a worthy candidate for the Community Service Director position.
Professional Service Director
I am dedicated to serve as a Professional Development Director for Rotaract for 2013-14. This year, I was an active member in Community Service Committee and organized a successful clothing drive for the university community. I also worked with the Community Service Director in helping out events like First Nation House Anniversary and movie screening. For the upcoming year, I would like to pursue a role in Professional Development to create more opportunities for our members to network with professionals in Rotary and Rotaract Club of Toronto. I will build a close contact with our Liaison and the Rotarians, possibly inviting them to share about their life and working experience in our meetings. As a Vice-President of Promotion in Women in Science and Engineering in my second year, I demonstrated an ability to organize professional seminars and networking session. I really enjoy to be a part of Rotaract Family and I hope that I will work with you all in the next term!
I am interested in the Communications Director position. I am applying to this position because I believe that I can do an amazing job as the Communications Director. Throughout High School I served on the Athletic Council as the communications officer and director of events. My job was to create all posters for all events, and power points/ proposals for sponsors. I would advertise all sporting events through Facebook events, pictures, groups, and twitter updates keeping all students and faculty up to date on the future events. I believe that I am well fit for this position because I am very organized and outgoing, I put 100% into every task I am given. My involvement in rotary is that I was the first recipient of the Rotary Club of Toronto and Toronto Argonauts Scholarship and I have recently volunteered for Rotaract at the International UNICEF food fair. I am in my first year and I am looking forward to the next 3 years of being apart of the Rotaract Club of the University of Toronto
Membership officer I presume is a position to an individual who is social and acts as the main recruitment contact.
I have served on the communications committee for the past year at Rotaract and we have promoted a lot of events through online, posters and people.
I am also the co-fundraising officer for a volunteer abroad club MEDLIFE and have also recruited potential volunteers through online and club fairs.
I believe that my communication and people skills will be beneficial to the club as a whole.
My name is Temitope Olanbiwonnu and I am a third year student in the faculty of life sciences. I have been the Community Services Director for Rotaract for two consecutive years. This year I would like to run for the position of Membership officer.
I have always wanted the opportunity to change the world for the better. Before being introduced to Rotary, Rotaract and Interact, I thought that this was an impossible task but with Rotaract I have seen that this is not true. I have been inspired to live a life of “Service above Self” and it has been a very fulfilling experience. I want to become Membership officer because I want people to experience this feeling as well. I want to help increase the number of hands that we have volunteering for projects and supporting the club on a whole. I believe that this is the best way to keep the club going decades from now. I have seen first hand the impact that Rotaract has on the local and global community so I want to ensure that this impact is not lost.
I believe that I am best suited for this role because I am engaging, friendly and filled with ideas. These attributes will allow me to reach out effectively to students during club day events or tabling events. I am also organized and reliable. These skills will allow me to keep accurate and up to date membership information and to organize social events efficiently. Lastly, I understand the importance of evaluating our publicity efforts so I plan to always check in with members and prospective members so as to see if there is anything that Rotaract could do to improve their experience with the club.
In conclusion, please vote for me for your Membership officer so that we can continue to make a difference in society.