Speaker Date Topic
Dan Combs Jan 26, 2022
'Protecting the Environment' Rotarys New Area of Focus
      • Why It's Rotary's Newest Key 'Area of Focus'?
Dan is currently President of the Rotary Club of Whitby, and a member of District 7070's Environmental Action Committee.  He established one of the first Environmental Action Committees in the District, in the Whitby Club, and has presented to dozens of Club's on "How to Set-Up an Environmental Action Committee in Your Club".  Dan was also the lead coordinator of the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup Event, across the District in early 2021.  Dan is a retired Corporate Communications professional (focused on institutional investors) at a large telecommunications firm, leads two Not for Profit Boards outside of Rotary, and consults in Board Governance.  Dan has three children in their 'early 20's' , has coached them all in soccer and hockey, and is an avid golfer.
Bob Bortolussi Feb 02, 2022

Bob Bortolussi is a Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University where he is an active researcher, teacher, and mentor. 


In 2008, he co-founded “MicroResearch” (www.microresearch.ca), a program, which has trained over 1,000 health professionals in Africa to do community-based research in multidisciplinary teams. MicroResearch teams are now helping to improve health for the people in Africa. For example, one small study to investigate newborn deaths has led to changes that will save 1000’s of babies!  


Marc Bonin Feb 09, 2022
Junior Firefighters Program

Marc Bonin
Acting Chief Fire Prevention Officer
Risk management and Education

Whitby Fire and Emergency Services

Glenn Healy Feb 16, 2022
Hocky and Beyond.

Glenn Healy is a former ice hockey goaltender who played for 15 years in the National Hockey League. Prior to that, he was a member of the Western Michigan University hockey team, and 1985 graduate of the school. He also served as the director of player affairs for the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA). In his capacity as director of player affairs, Healy also served as a non-voting member on the National Hockey League (NHL) Competition Committee, overseeing the NHLPA's interests regarding rule and equipment issues and player safety matters. He now is the Executive Director/President of the NHL Alumni Association.


Don Mitchell Apr 13, 2022
Mayor Stuff.

Born and raised in Brooklin, Don attended Meadowcrest Public School and Anderson Collegiate before obtaining an Honours B.A. from Trent University and a law degree from Queen’s University. He practised law for seven years before taking over the family lumber business in Brooklin. Don has been married to Liz for 45 years, and they are the proud parents of Julia and Chris, and grandparents of Oliver and Lucy.

Don has always been involved in local sports. He coached minor hockey, lacrosse and ringette. He was inducted into the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame with the 1970 B & R Transporters Junior B lacrosse team. He is a member of the Whitby Curling Club and the Whitby Men’s Hockey League.

Locally, Mayor Mitchell has served on various boards and committees, including:

  • Chair of the Planning, Operations and Budget committees
  • Whitby Public Library Board, Accessibility Advisory Committee and the Active Transportation and Safe Roads Advisory Committee and Groveside Cemetery Board.   

At the Region, Mayor Mitchell’s involvements includes:

  • Chair of Works Committee from 2018 to present
  • Chair of Finance & Administration from 2010 to 2014
  • Durham Region Roundtable on Climate Change from 2009 to 2018, and Chair from 2009 to 2014.
  • Durham Region Transit Executive from 2007 to 2019
  • Durham Non Profit Housing from 2018 to present
  • Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA), Chair from 2014 to 20