Netila Demneri, 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.
Kelly Ku, Vice 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 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.
Sarah Hui, Secretary
Sarah has always been interested in giving back to the community through volunteering at local organizations and working on committees to plan events. She was delighted when she learned about the Rotaract Club of Toronto – not only did she find a group of bright, enthusiastic young professionals who were passionate about giving back 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 as Secretary and is hoping to have a wonderful year!
Andrei Lezau, Treasurer
Andrei took over as Treasurer of the Rotaract Club of Toronto in spring of 2010. He is a seasoned Treasurer, having been Treasurer of the Rotaract Club of Windsor (extension of Rotary Club 1918 Windsor) from 2003-2005 as well as the Treasurer of the Common Law Student Society from 2006-2007.
Neisely Eugene, Club Service Director
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.
Maria Shibaeva, Community 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.
Aislynn Austin, International Service Director
Aislynn Austin graduated from the University of Ottawa, with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biopharmaceutical sciences and Genomics. She discovered Rotaract during her stay in Ottawa when her friend invited her to a charity Art show, where all proceeds were going to a local youth charity. In 2011 she joined the Rotaract club of Toronto and became a member. For Aislynn the values of “service above self”, professional development and fellowship upheld by Rotaract and Rotary International are close to her heart, and add a nice balance to the busy work-life. This is her first time serving on the board as the International Director, and is looking forward to the great experience.
Andrea Tirone, Communications Director
For the past 8 years, Andrea has been a Rotaractor with the Rotaract Clubs of the University of Toronto, Durban Berea, and currently as a member of the Toronto Club. She was originally introduced to the Rotary family in May 2004 when she attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Award in Belleville, ON and has since become a Foundation Aluma through the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, is a Paul Haris Fellow, and has served as the North American Rotaract Representative on the RI Rotaract and Interact Committee. Andrea has also served as the District Rotaract Representative where she worked hard to increase communication between Rotaract clubs, to establish a functional Rotaract District Committee, and to facilitate inter-district events and co-operation. She is looking forward to her year as the Communications Director with the Rotaract Club of Toronto.
Ben Sinclair, Professional Development Director
Ben joined Toronto Rotaract in late 2011 and became director of Professional Development in 2012. Ben has a long history of community service, including a stint volunteering for a microfinance organization in South Africa. More recently, he has been involved in various fundraising activities, such as the WWF CN Tower Stair Climb. Ben now works as an analyst at an asset management firm.
Chialing Ku, Past President
Chialing joined Rotaract Club of Toronto in 2009. She has served as co-Treasurer in 2009 and Vice President in 2010 – 2011. Chialing continues to participate in Rotary events and is an active volunteer for many charities in the GTA. She is also a daughter of a proud Rotarian father
Joining Rotaract has given her opportunities to work and socialize with other young professionals by carrying out different charitable initiatives for worthy causes locally and internationally.
Don Brooks, Rotarian, Liaison Director of Rotaract Clubs
Don has been a member of the Rotary Club of Toronto since 2005. He is on the board of both the Rotary Club of Toronto and its Charitable Foundation. He is a past chair of the Community Services Committee and is a member of the Youth and Children’s Service Committee. Don is board liaison for the Rotary Club of Toronto for both the Rotaract Club of Toronto and the Rotaract Club of the University of Toronto. He appreciates the opportunity to work with a diverse range of people and organizations in the Toronto community as part of his Rotary involvement