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In 1980, we started an annual Rotary Skate-a-thon to raise funds for The Rotary Club service projects and to help hockey clubs and skating organizations raise money for themselves. Organized in partnership with the Oshawa Ice Advisory Council, the event involves the participation of Oshawa Minor Hockey , Oshawa Church Hockey, and Oshawa Ringette teams, and Oshawa Figure Skating Club , the Speed skating club, and The Durham Dragons (a group of mentally challenged hockey players). For 33rd years, it was the longest running Skate-a-thon in Canada. Not only did the project raise more than $499,000 for the support of the participating teams and organizations and the many community service projects sponsored by The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood, but the project also served to give the young participants a sense of supporting not only their sports but also the community at large.

The Rotary Club Oshawa-Parkwood has also demonstrated concern for the environment. The Rotary Club supports the Groundwater Festival held annually at Camp Samac in Oshawa, when local elementary school students learn about the effects on the environment, in the natural settings of The Camp, in the north end of the City. The Club has also been strong supporters of the Friends of the Second Marsh by paying for many of the signs that are seen by visitors to The Second Marsh

Another interesting project launched by the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood in co-operation with the Optimist Club of Ajax and the Durham Region Police is the Kids Safety Village of Durham Region. The million dollar miniature mock-village, staffed and operated by the Durham Region Police, was opened in September 1995. To date, more than fifteen thousand children between kindergarten and Grade 3 have been able to learn street safety in a controlled environment. In 2014-15, we started the renovation and expansion for the next 20 years of the Safety Village with a new classroom and a complete makeover of the site.


Other major recipients of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood’s good work in the community include 

  • Lakeridge Health Oshawa (Setting The Pace and Keeping The Pace Campaigns, a Pulse Oximeter for Dept of Pediatrics, and a Dialysis Machine)

  • The R.S.McLaughlin Regional Cancer Centre

  • Hearth Place,

  • the Eastview Boys and Girls Club

  • YMCA

  • Salvation Army

  • Simcoe Hall Settlement House

  • Grandview Children's Centre

  •  Junior Achievement's Economics of Stay in In School

  • Tables and chairs for the Sunrise Seniors Complex- 

  • Passenger van and kitchen appliances or the Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre

  • A  specialized wheelchair for Bestview Lodge

  • Durham Region Child Find

  •  Renovations at Camp Samac

  • Picnic shelter at Camp Ademac,

  • Living Earth Exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre

  • Tree planting at The Oshawa Pump House Marsh and at Stephen's Gulch

  • Denise House

  • Destiny Manor

  • St. John Ambulance

  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Durham Region

  • St. Vincent's Kitchen

  • Catholic Community Services

  • Information Oshawa

  • Elementary School Breakfast programs

  • Gift of Christmas Food and Toy Drive

  • Canadian Rotary Stay In School Program

  • Computers for the Adult Learning Centre in Oshawa

  • The Durham Youth Employment Service

  • Time clock at the Donovan Recreation Complex

  • Interact Club of O'Neill Collegiate

  • Interact Club of McLaughlin Collegiate

  • Rotaract Club of Ontario Tech University / Durham College

  • Bursaries  / Scholarship fund at both Durham College and at Ontario Tech University

  • Durham College Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE)

  • Mary Street School

  • CNIB

  • Rose of Durham

  • Commencement awards at McLaughlin Collegiate

  • Parkwood Estate

  • Appliances, materials, and labour to refurbish the apartments and host the annual Christmas Party for the residents of Participation House

  • Trillium Gift of Life - Organ Donation of Ontario,

  • Adventure in Citizenship (Trip to Parliament in Ottawa)