Our Leadership:

Special Advisors, Special Envoys and Trustees

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.

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