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Our Leadership

Executive Secretaries

Rotaract Canada is lead by a diverse team of leading Rotaractors who bring experience and expertise to the table. Our general secretary is elected annually by member districts on a three-year term limit. The general secretary appoints a cabinet of Rotaractors with proven leadership strength to carry out our regular organizational activities and lead committees. Our team is dedicated to helping our members connect and take action to create sustainable change. 

General Secretary
The general secretary is ultimately responsible for all activities of the organization, steering it through the goals of our strategic plan and protecting the integrity of the organization while ensuring its value and longevity for generations to come.
Reid William Eyre
PHF+1, past district Rotaract representative, chartering director of both a Rotaract and Rotary Passport club

Farm grown and freshly replanted to the city, Reid knows the value of boots on (or in) the ground. After serving as a public image intern at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, he came home to soon become a chartering director of both a Rotaract and a Rotary Passport club, making new ventures a bit of a hobby. Reid went on to serve as district Rotaract representative in District 6330, before setting his sights on tackling the issues on a larger scale. Reid fills his spare time as a Canadian Red Cross emergency response team responder. His goal? Save the world – the whole damn thing, yesterday.

Deputy General Secretary
The deputy general secretary serves as the speaker of the Cabinet, guiding the cabinet secretaries and ensuring their voices are heard at the Executive Office. Additionally, they represent and speak for the General Secretary in their absence and as authorized.
Gus Lopes
PHF, chartering Rotaract club director, Interact, RYLA and Youth Exchange alumni

Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil as the son of two very active Rotarians (who made family vacations out of RI conventions every year), Gus was brought up in the Rotary family and feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in every major Rotary International youth program there is. Having experienced first-hand the value of Rotaract MDIOs abroad, his vision and inspiration is to be able to strengthen, solidify and expand Rotaract in Canada, so that clubs and their members can reach their full potential in service, professional and personal development. 

Under General Secretary
The under general secretary serves as the speaker of the Body of Representatives, acting as their voice within the Executive Office. They guide the district Rotaract representatives to appropriate resources as necessary, and oversees all collaborative activities.
Kaitlynn Almeida
PHF, past district Rotaract representative, Rotaract club director

Energetic and visionary, Kaitlynn is passionate about doing good, no matter the setting. With a background in public health, she works to improve healthcare systems daily and is enthusiastic about learning from one another no matter the distance. Kaitlynn is born and raised Canadian, having served as president of two Rotaract clubs, grown initiatives to new heights as District 7040's district Rotaract representative, led events and sessions for Rotaract International pre-conventions. With a variety of experiences and service projects under her (metaphorical) belt, she is excited about the opportunity to connect Rotaract communities and continue to do good — even better, and together.

MDIOs are not a regulatory or governing bodies, nor an organization for the enforcement of zone, district, or Rotary International policies. At Rotaract Canada, we felt very strongly about our duty to uphold that directive from the very beginning. Our role is to simply guide our member districts as stewards, facilitators, and connectors.  

 

For that reason, our leaders are titled secretaries, as we do not preside or govern our districts, clubs or Rotaractors. Rotaract Canada's leaders are here to serve our member districts so that they and their clubs can do the best work possible; we serve them so they can serve communities and their membership even better.

Special Advisors

Rotaract Canada's executive secretaries can appoint special advisors to the Executive Office to provide insight, perspective, and guidance on a specific area where they have demonstrated expertise. 

 

Our very first team of special advisors are passionate, leading Rotarians who share Rotaract Canada's vision for the future of Rotary. They each possess unique and diverse backgrounds, bringing to the table a vast array of experience and perspectives.

Tracey Vavrek
Special Advisor on Rotary Innovation and Operations
AKS Trustee Circle, Rotary International District 5370 governor 2019-20, Zones 28 and 32 innovative club ambassador and district governor training facilitator.

Tracey joined Rotary in 2006, having been a past president of the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie Sunrise and currently, an active member of the Grande Prairie After Five club. She currently serves as 2019-20 district governor for District 5370, not only promoting community involvement, volunteerism, and service above self but truly living it. In 2012, she was fortunate to be one of the drivers for the Highway to Mexico project, delivering buses, emergency vehicles and firefighting equipment to Mazatlan, Mexico, a life-changing experience according to her. More recently, Tracey participated in Project Amigo in support of literacy and education for inner state youth at risk. Tracey has served as CEO of the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta for over 19 years. Active volunteer, she sits on various committees and associations, helping build healthy and resilient communities. Tracey believes philanthropy plays a significant role in strengthening communities. Her leadership skills, continued personal and professional development make her a key community builder, providing support and guidance to organizations in need. 
Tanya Wolff
Special Advisor on Global Rotary Relations
TRF health major gifts initiative committee, Rotary International District 6330 governor 2009-10, past Rotary public image coordinator, past TRF Canada director, two-time Rotary International president’s representative
 
International service has been Tanya’s passion from day one as Rotary Youth Exchange chair of her club. Within a few years, she was president of one of the largest clubs in the district and on track to become District 6330’s youngest governor. Rotary opportunities have taken her to over 35 countries for polio immunizations, medical missions, project research, fundraising treks, Group Study and Friendship Exchanges as well as Rotary International Conventions.  In her business life, Tanya excelled in retail and international e-commerce, earning multiple awards for community service and innovative technology. Currently working on the 5th club that she has helped to establish, she continues to open opportunities for those who have not yet experienced the full gift of Rotary and is excited to work alongside Rotaract Canada to help bring that gift to many more Rotarators in our region. 
Mary Lou Harrison
Special Advisor on Rotary Family Engagement
Assistant Rotary public image co-ordinator for Zone 24 East, Rotary International District 7070 governor 2018-19, charter member of the LGBT Rotary and Friends Fellowship, Rotary Direct donor and benefactor.
 
A strong advocate for the role of women in Rotary, Mary Lou constantly seeks to increase the diversity of Rotary’s membership and leadership to better serve our world. She was born into a Rotary family (her mother was a Rotary Ann, and her father is still an active Rotarian), but she only joined Rotary after Rotarian Scott Allison asked her! Both inside and outside of Rotary, Mary Lou seeks to be a #ChangeMaker. Currently, she is the administrator of St. Anne’s Anglican Church, a national historic site, community arts centre, and vibrant parish in downtown Toronto. Mary Lou’s professional life has included positions in the Ontario government (arts and citizenship portfolios), her own catering and events management company, and being the editor of a community newspaper.
Mary Lou believes in the immense power of connection across the Rotary family, and she is honoured to support the work of Rotaract Canada to create the passionate, collaborative, and impactful leaders our world so desperately needs.