Rotaract Welcomes Cindy Blackstock!

You read that correctly. Dr. Cindy Blackstock will be our guest speaker next Sunday, October 29.

Cindy Blackstock (PhD) is not only the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada but, she is also a Professor at the School of Social Work at McGill University. Currently, she is pushing the federal government to follow through with a ruling from 2016 to provide equitable funding for child and family services on reserves.

Dr. Cindy Blackstock is a member of the Gitksan First Nation with 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights. She is a highly sought after public speaker (making us all the more grateful that she is speaking at our next meeting!!!) with over 50 publications to her name.

Do you know anyone else with this many Academic Credentials?

PhD (Social Work) – University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (2009)

Doctor of Letters (Honorary) -Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC (2015)

Doctor of Laws (Honorary) – University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC (2012)

Doctor of Iyiniw Kiskeyihtamowinq Asonamakew (Passing Knowledge on) – Blue Quills First Nations University (2016)

Doctor of Laws (Honorary) – University of Saskatchewan (2016)

Doctor of Laws (Honorary) – Western University (2016)

Doctor of Laws (Honorary) – Waterloo University (2016)

Doctor of Letters (Honorary) – Mount Saint Vincent University (2016)

Doctor of Laws (Honorary) – University of Winnipeg (2017)

Doctor of Laws (Honorary) – Ryerson University (2017)

Doctor of Laws (Honorary) – Osgoode Law School (2017)

Master Degree (Management) – McGill University, Montreal, Quebec (2003)

Master of Jurisprudence – Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois (2016)

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) – University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia (1987)

Affectionately known as the mother to 163,000 children by the Toronto Star, you do not want to miss out on the opportunity to meet this incredible person!

Read more about her by clicking on the links below:

2017 District 7040 Conference

You know what sounds fun? New York.

You know what else sounds fun? A Rotaract Panel!!

It doesn’t have to just sound fun, it can actually be fun!


Spend a weekend of keynote speakers, district discussions, and panels with Rotarians from District 7040 and surround yourself with members of Rotaract, Interact, EarlyAct, Rotary Community Corps and other programs for Youth by registering for the 2017 District Conference.

Where: Akwasasne Mohawk Casino and Resort
When: September 29-30, 2017
Cost: All prices in USD available here:

It is IMPERATIVE we get confirmation of your registration by Monday, September 18th at 10 AM for the appropriate accommodations to be made, so you can be best accommodated.

Please email once you have confirmed your registration and/or if you have questions.

EDIT (9:52PM 17/09/2017): The Facebook post about the District Conference says confirmation must be sent at 8AM, however the absolute last deadline is 10AM.

First General Meeting!

You’ve been asking and now, we answer! We are so excited to be hosting our first meeting of the Fall session on September 17, 2017 at Ottawa City Hall in the Honeywell room. We will begin the meeting at 7pm! Bring your positive attitude and your

We are so pleased to announce that the Bulgarian Ambassador to Canada, Nikolay Milkov. We extend our thanks to Mr. Milkov for coming out to speak to us for the night!


Rotaract 15th Anniversary for Polio Plus: PHOTOS!

Thank you so much to all who attended and volunteered their time, our generous sponsors and donors, and our keynote speakers Rotary International Vice President Jennifer Jones and Senator Salma Ataullahjan for inspiring our attendees. We couldn’t have put on such a successful event without your hard work and dedication. Thank you all!

Summer Meetings!

This summer, the Rotaract Club of Ottawa will be hosting monthly meetings! Stay tuned to our calendar and Facebook page for details!

Our FIRST summer meeting will be held on Sunday, May 15! Join us for a park clean up and outdoor games at Jules Morin Park (near the Lowertown Community Centre) at 5pm, followed by a meeting and fellowship at Patty Bolands Pub in the Byward Market at 7pm! In the event that it is raining, please meet at 7pm at Patty Bolands; the park clean up will be rescheduled to a nicer day!

Our SECOND summer meeting will be held on Sunday, June 11! Join us for a general meeting, potluck picnic and games in the park starting at 6pm in Springhurst Park (off of Lees Ave./Brunswick St.). Bring a snack to share, some games to play and something to sit on! See you there!