Who Are we?

The Rotary Club of Royal Oak Centennial was chartered on July 1, 2004 by a group of dedicated local Rotarians. With around 25 members, and sometimes referred to as the hugging club, the club makes up for its size in friendliness, humour and dedication.

 

Discover Your Passion

The Rotary Club of Royal Oak Centennial actively supports groups and charities in the Saanich and Greater Victoria Areas. The Club has been involved with several international projects, and uses creative and entertaining events to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation.

Literacy, youth leadership, accessibility and education are recent areas of focus with donations going to the 1000x5 Book Program, Scouts Canada: Camp Barnard handicap access, an outdoor learning centre and Polio Plus, among others.

BBQ sales are the Club's primary fundraising vehicles — spring and summer events at the Royal Oak Shopping Centre — together with an annual social fundraising event

How Our Club Works

 

Join us for lunch! We meet at noon on Mondays at the Howard Johnson Hotel, 4670 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria.

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GET IN TOUCH

Why I Joined

"I joined Rotary in 1997, in an effort to give something back to this great country and my local community."

Jim Parker Retired Pilot Canadian Airforce

Toni was born and raised in Victoria, and believes in giving back to her community. She has been a member of Rotary Club of Royal Oak Centennial since 2012 and currently holds the position of President. Toni is a Business Development Consultant with Manulife Bank and Trust.

Toni Dosouto President 2014/2015 Rotary Club of Royal Oak Centennial

Ben grew up in Alberta, graduated from U of A in 1999, and promptly went to Japan for 4 years, teaching English and traveling around Asia and South America. He then settled in Victoria, where family had put down roots. Ben worked for a few years at the University of Victoria in International Student programs, then started a business venture with a partner in China, training people there to be caregivers, and helping them to find work in Canada. That venture has morphed into what Ben currently does, which is provide trained staff to work for seniors in and around Victoria, to help them to receive care to remain in their own homes. Ben has been involved in Rotary with the Royal Oak Centennial Club since 2007, and has served on the Board of Directors for 4 years.

Ben Smillie Director, Membership Rotary Club of Royal Oak Centennial