Charitable Works 2018-06-07T15:17:52-05:00

Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.

Below are just a few things that Rotary Sudbury has done to help their community and beyond.

Easter Seals

Easter Seals Ontario provides programs and services to children and youth with physical disabilities across Ontario to help them achieve greater independence, accessibility and integration. This assistance includes financial support, summer camps, scholarships and knowledge resources for parents.

The Rotary Club of Sudbury has a long and proud involvement with the Easter Seals Society, dating back to the 1940’s. Our Club’s first community involvement was with handicapped children and its first medical clinic for children was held a year after its charter. From 1947 until the 1990’s, these clinics became a regular event with as many as eight doctors and nurses attending from Toronto. Rotarians drove the children and their parents to their appointments.

In 1954, the Club entered an agreement with the (then) Ontario Society for Crippled Children to handle the Easter Seals Campaign in the city. It did so for decades. Our Club still assists with fundraising as part of the annual Telethon.

The Rotary Club and Shrine Clubs host a Christmas party for Easter Seals children each December. Rotarians are welcome to attend and bring their children along to visit with Santa.

Rotary Park

Rotary park is a joint project between the Sudbury Rotary Club and the Sudbury Rotary Sunrisers as a way to make sudbury an even better place to live. The park features a versatile series of trails and board walks and a lookout with a panoramic view of the city.


Every year sudbury rotary co-ordinates an event to educate the Greater Sudbury community of literacy needs, while raising funds for local and international literacy projects, this event usually takes place in March as it is literacy month.

Blues for Food

For 27 consecutive years Sudbury Rotary has put on Blues for Food,  this event brings blues music to the heart of downtown sudbury and provides much needed food to the local food bank by requiring a canned food item or a cash donation to the food bank for admission.

As of 2017 this annual event had raised close to $300,000 and collected more than 66 tons of food for the Sudbury Food Bank.

Annual Major Donation

 Each year the club supports a Sudbury community project.  Beneficiaries include Maison McCulloch Hospice, Rainbow Routes, Samaritan Centre, Sudbury Food Bank, Rotary Park.

Paul Harris Fellowship

The Paul Harris Fellow Recognition was created in the memory of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary. It is a way to recognize individuals who embody Rotary’s ideal of Service Above Self. Locally, Paul Harris Fellows have been bestowed on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to improving our community and our quality of life. Brian Savage is one of those people.

Brian Savage is widely known for having played twelve seasons in the NHL for the Montreal Canadians, Phoenix Coyotes, St Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers. One of his career highlights was winning an Olympic silver medal with Canada’s hockey team at the 1994 winter games in Lillehammer, Norway.

When he retired, Brian focused his efforts on developing his business interests along with service to others and philanthropy. He brought his skills to the Brian Savage Celebrity Classic golf tournament which raised over $1,000,000 in thirteen years for under-privileged children in Sudbury. Brian has provided financial support and service to many highly regarded charitable organizations including the Ten Rainbows Foundation, NEO Kids Foundation and Megan’s Wing Foundation to name a few.

John Island Camp

Rotary Club of Sudbury sponsored one of the cabins at the YMCA camp on John Island near Spanish, ON.  Many years, the club has had a work session at the camp.

Youth Programs

Youth Exchange

Since the early 1970’s, the Club has been involved in the Rotary Student Exchange program. This involves sending a local student to another country to attend school while living in Rotary homes. In return, we welcome a student who lives with members of our club. While the students only stay with us for one year, they take away memories for a lifetime.


Rotarians recognize that today’s youth will become tomorrow’s leaders. Preparing those future leaders is a significant task. The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program was adopted formally by RI in 1971 and gives the opportunity for youth leaders in our communities to come together to further their leadership skills.

Rotary Clubs in District 7010 annually select and sponsor young people to participate in a weekend leadership training workshop. In 2017 our club sent Julia Szalai and Gabrielle Schwabe and the Sunrisers sent Sidney Smith. The girls, all from Marymount, commented that RYLA “ was a weekend full of memories and knowledge we’ll never forget”.

The award is the opportunity to participate in a hands-on, active, and fun weekend. Leadership skills are developed through challenges involving team work and problem solving and developing a better understanding of one’s self . Recreational programs such as campfires and a coffee house add to the fun.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Locally, four nominees have been awarded Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships. These scholarships allow university students to study for a year at a university in another country and far exceed the well known Rhodes scholarships. One such student, Louise Pegoraro, left Sudbury in 1956 to study Botany in Milan, Italy. Almost sixty years later, she was interviewed for a book on the history of Sudbury and she spoke at length about the positive effect that Rotary scholarship year had had on her life.  In addition our club has endowed bursaries at all three postsecondary institutions located in Sudbury.