Kelly Ku, President
Kelly Ku joined Rotaract in 2009 at The Rotaract Club of the University of Toronto and served as the Community Service Director for two terms. She was drawn to Rotaract because of our motto: “Service Above Self” and the endless opportunities to give back to her community. Since 2010, she has been a dedicated member of the Toronto Rotaract Club and previously served as the Past President and Communications Director – creating a new website, reviving the club’s twitter and facebook presence and creating a recruitment video to attract new members. In addition, Kelly is the PR and Communications Coordinator for the Interota 2014 Organizing Committee and the Lead for Youth Scholarships on the Rotary Youth Day Committee.
Her passion for service is above all else and she hopes to share her love for meaningful work with others by encouraging young people to contribute to their local and global community.
Neisely Eugene, Vice President
Neisely joined the Rotaract Club of Toronto in 2011. Rotaract provides an opportunity to work in our community and internationally through an extensive network with other organizations. Given the focus of this organization it was only fitting that she becane a part of something so great as she has always believe that we should help those that are unable to do so themselves.
Neisely is excited about the coming year as we continue to work on our current projects, explore new ventures and meet new people.
Sarah Hui, Secretary
Sarah has always been interested in giving back to the community through volunteering so she was overjoyed when she first learned about the club in 2012. She not only found a group of bright, enthusiastic young professionals who were passionate about giving back but she learned that the Rotaract Club in partnership with Rotary Club had members all around the world who wanted to do the same thing!
Sarah is excited to serve on the board again as Secretary and is looking forward to all the fun and rewarding events in the 2013-14 year.
Melanie Watts, Treasurer
Melanie was introduced to the Rotaract Club of Toronto in 2010 and was delighted to find like-minded young professionals working together to create a positive impact within the immediate and the wider community. With a strong commitment to and a belief in the power of organized civic society to effect change, she quickly became a member. After 2 years of attending meetings, volunteering and planning events she was impelled to do more. As an Assistant Controller within the mining and metals industry, Melanie will be right at home in her role as Treasurer. She is very excited to work with this year’s Board and is looking forward to achieving new fundraising targets as she strives to help the club reach more and do more.
“The last two years with Rotaract have been nothing short of enjoyable – great people coming together for great causes. I’m happy to be a part of the family.”
Faiyyad Hosein, Professional Development Director
Faiyyad has been a member of Rotaract for two years and has volunteered for events such as serving Meals on Wheels and at the Fort York Food Bank and selling 50-50 tickets at the Rogers Centre. He first took leadership when he organized the annual Rotaract Trick or Eat event in 2012 in High Park area to collect food for the food banks.
He is also a member of Toastmasters and passionate about Effective Communication and Public speaking. He is excited to serve as the Professional Development Director for this year and to bring many exciting speakers to the club. He is very friendly & easygoing and looking forward to making many new friends in the club!
Faridah Saadat, International Service Director
Faridah joined Rotaract in 2012 as a way to come back to formal volunteering as a professional. In high school and university she led community service projects and was always active at her local hospital, blood centre, and cultural groups, but when it was time to enter the adult world and get a full-time job, volunteering took a back seat. As a Rotaractor, Faridah has come back to her roots and it feels like home.
What impresses Faridah about her fellow Rotaractors is that they see outside of themselves and are leaders who want to make positive changes in the world.
Having received her Masters in Biotechnology from the University of Toronto (Mississauga) and her BMSc. Honors in Biochemistry from Western University, Faridah enjoys working on health-related projects. She believes that if health is a top priority, everything else is possible. She has worked in Canada, South Africa, Afghanistan and Costa Rica in areas of pharmaceutical sales, project management, fundraising, institution building and health systems strengthening. As the International Service Director for 2013-2014, she is looking forward to exploring health projects that are a first for Rotaract, that will enhance the organization’s exposure and yield tangible results that all Rotaract members can be proud of.
Leslie Lee, Community Service Director
Fresh from Ottawa and a short-term stint volunteering in Cape Town, South Africa, Leslie decided to get involved in her local community upon moving to Toronto in September of 2012. She became a member by December 2012 after feeling the motto ‘Service Above Self’ through participating in volunteering activities with AFCY, Rotary Club of Toronto’s Christmas Party, and Trick or Eat. Leslie is excited to join the Board in 2013 to immerse herself in Rotaract and to enjoy a great year with like-minded, fun & friendly peole who believe in making a difference!
Leslie especially enjoys fitness, travelling and volunteering and will always make time to chit chat about either topics.
Maria Shibaeva, Club Service Director
Maria joined the Rotaract Club of Toronto in 2008. She is the new Director of International Service. She was drawn to Rotaract as it brings together a great group of people, working together on common goals, while having fun and helping the community.
Eric Muller, Communications Director
Eric has been a part of the Rotary family since 2003, when he participated in a year-long Rotary Youth Exchange to Kyoto, Japan. After settling in Toronto in 2012, Eric joined the Rotaract Club and served as its District Representative for the 2012-2013 year. Eric’s current role is Director of Communications. What he loves about the club is that he can get together with a group of young professionals to make great things happen!
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Netila Demneri, Past President
In 2010 she joined the Rotaract Club of Toronto and was elected International Service Director. In this role, she planned and volunteered in various service projects and undertook successful fundraising initiatives. The highlight of her tenure was the conception, planning and execution of the ‘Building Communities and Bridging Continents in New Orleans’ initiative. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity, this was an international service project that brought together Rotaractors from across the world to help build an affordable housing unit for a local family that survived Hurricane Katrina.
Netila is looking forward to another fulfilling year of ‘fellowship through service’: making new friends, while getting actively involved in the local and international community and empowering change in the world.
Rohit Tamhane, Rotary Club of Toronto Liaison
Rohit joined The Rotary Club of Toronto in 2007, and has served on the Seniors Committee since joining. Currently, Rohit serves as a director for the Rotary Club of Toronto as well as the Foundation. He also acts as the Liaison between the Rotaract Club of Toronto and the Rotary Club of Toronto.