Rotary Zones 28/32
Hello Canadian Rotarians in Zones 28 and 32,

I'm excited to share with you today an exceptional opportunity for your Rotaractors and young Rotarians. Please help us share and promote this program so all eligible Rotaractors and Rotarians can become aware, sign up and take advantage of the bursaries and volunteer opportunities.

The Rotary family has continued to innovate and create new solutions for our communities' most pressing challenges as we navigate difficult and unusual times. The global COVID-19 pandemic has created economic and social hurdles for all sectors of society. Post-secondary students and recent graduates are particularly vulnerable. The pandemic affects their studies, ability to graduate, finances and career opportunities. It affects youth in Rotary and their ability to donate their time and support our organization in carrying out our initiatives in the community.

In response, our zone, along with Rotaract Canada Multidistrict Information Organization, are partnering with the Canadian Federal Government in a program called Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG). Rotaract Canada is part of a select group of Canadian non-profits to participate in the initiative. Rotaractors and Rotarians currently in post-secondary, recently graduated or returning to school in the fall will be eligible for a grant of up to $5,000 towards education by volunteering in new and existing Rotary and Rotaract initiatives happening throughout the summer.

Participating Rotaractors and Rotarians can take advantage of the many volunteer opportunities with Rotaract Canada, including the 28 committee positions available, or existing local projects and activities in their own clubs. There is also an exciting opportunity for Rotarians and Rotaractors to connect, build stronger relationships by interviewing and writing stories on behalf of seniors, celebrate their lives and achievements and share their wisdom and knowledge through the creation of an intergenerational capsule of community stories.

This one-of-a-kind partnership between government, Rotary, and Rotaract is being led by a team of innovators including Rotaract Canada leadership and Dean Rohrs, past Rotary International vice president. Having just recently chartered as the newest MDIO in our region, Rotaract Canada is already showing the value of national-level Rotaract organization and setting new precedents for innovative partnerships for the benefit of Rotaractors and the communities they serve.

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We count on you to share this opportunity with your district and help those students access those grants so support their education.
Valarie Wafer, Rotary International Director 2020-2022