Meet the Executive Committee for the 2019-2020 Rotaract Year

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Hayley Laur

President

Hayley is a student at the University of Ottawa taking a specialization in psychology with a minor in Spanish. She has been involved with Rotary since her second year of high school when she and her friends created the Saugeen Shores Interact Club, based in her hometown of Port Elgin, ON. This is now her fifth year as a Rotaractor and her third year in an executive position. Her favourite thing about Rotaract is the people from all over the world with whom she’s made so many instant and long-lasting connections. She loves to meet people from diverse backgrounds, all with the same goal of bettering the world in whatever capacity they can. This year she is excited to take on a new leadership position in the club and to connect further with Rotarians and Rotaractors alike.

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Morgan Shamblaw

Vice President

Morgan is currently attending the University of Ottawa, currently completing her fourth year studying International Development and Globalization. She joined the Rotaract Club of Ottawa in her first year of university after a friend from her hometown of St. Marys, ON recommended it. Since then she has found it a great fit, and this will be Morgan’s fourth year in the club and her second on the executive committee.

Part of Morgan’s love for being in Rotaract comes from the opportunities it gives her to grow her skills through event planning, building connections in the community, and networking across age groups through partnership with other Rotaract and Rotary Clubs. After gaining many valuable skills in her previous role as International Service director for 2018-2019, Morgan is excited for the opportunity to develop even more professional skills as Vice President this year.

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Jacob Miller

Past President

Jacob, originally from Wiarton, ON, is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa, and is now a Junior Policy Analyst at Global Affairs Canada. He joined the Rotaract Club of Ottawa in 2015, his first year of studies at uOttawa. He previously completed a Rotary Youth Exchange to Brazil and wanted to give back to Rotary for offering him an amazing opportunity as well as giving back to the local and international communities.

One of Jacob’s favourite aspects of Rotaract is that it brings together people who want to be global citizens while also making a difference at home and abroad. Jacob occupies the Past President role and previously served as International Service Director and President of the Rotaract Club of Ottawa because he wanted to contribute more and to further develop the amazing club that is the Rotaract Club of Ottawa.

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Rachel Harrison

Secretary

Rachel is a third-year Software Engineering Student at the University of Ottawa. She joined Rotaract last year, as she comes from a family of Rotarians and wanted to be involved herself. Originally from Toronto, Rachel appreciates that her time in Rotaract has pushed her towards a greater local involvement in Ottawa through hands-on volunteering and meeting like-minded young people. Rachel also loves the social aspects of being in Rotaract, and considers learning to curl at the 2019 Rotaract Bonspiel to be a highlight of her year in the club.

Rachel is excited to take on the position of Secretary for the 2019-2020 Rotaract year. As a Software Engineering student, she is looking forward to making our club’s communication and logistics easier through the use of technology.

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Reid Tait

Treasurer

Reid is studying Software Engineering at the University of Ottawa, and is in his third year. He occupied various executive positions in his Interact Club at his High School in Yellowknife, NT, and wanted to continue to be a part of Rotary as he moved into university. Reid originally joined the club in 2016, and he loves being a member for the ability to combine support for the local and international communities with fun, social events with like-minded peers.

Reid is excited to take on the challenging position of treasurer for the 2019-2020 year. As a Software Engineering student, he is looking forward to finding opportunities to modernize the club’s finances and financial processes.

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David Graff

International Service Director

David studies at the University of Ottawa working to complete his Masters in Political Science. He joined Rotaract in 2018 because he was looking for a way to become more involved with the Ottawa community, learn and meet other enthusiastic young people. Originally from Ferintosh, AB, David loves how Rotaract and Rotary has enabled him to give back to his community as well as benefit from the amazing opportunities offered through Rotaract.

David studies International Relations and saw the role of International Service Director as a way of developing international connections and providing support to communities in need.

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Heather Taylor

Community Service Director

Heather is a second-year student at the University of Ottawa, studying English and Communications. She joined Rotaract during her first year of University. She moved to Ottawa from Ingersoll, ON and joined the Rotaract Club of Ottawa after taking part in Rotary’s “Adventures in Citizenship” program, feeling encouraged to branch out and become an active member of the community in Ottawa.

Heather’s favourite aspects of Rotaract include the great connections and friends she’s made, as well as the inspiring programs she has had the chance to take part in since joining. Heather has always loved giving back to the community, even throughout high school, so she knew that the Community Service Committee is where she wanted to be.

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Izaak McMullin

Membership Director

Izaak is a Junior Policy Analyst at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, as well as a second year masters’ student in international relations at Carleton University. He joined the Rotaract Club of Ottawa last September when he was looking for interesting volunteer opportunities, and after meeting with our president, decided that Rotaract would be a great fit. Born in Nanaimo, BC and growing up up in Northern Alberta, Izaak has enjoyed his time so far in Rotaract thanks to its focus on serving others and the opportunity to meet and spend time with like-minded peers.

When the call for executive nominations came, Izaak felt a call towards the position of Membership Director. He enjoys the social aspects of society, and considered the opportunity to set up fun events and help people get to know each other appealing. Having enjoyed being in similar roles with other volunteer organizations, Izaak is looking forward to his time as Membership Director in 2019-2020.

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Grant McIlhargey

External Communications Director

Grant is a second-year student at the University of Ottawa, and is also an outreach worker for the Green Party of Canada. He joined the Rotaract Club of Ottawa in September 2018, the fall of his first year of University. Grant was first introduced to Rotary in high school when he completed a Rotary Youth Exchange. Since then, he has been involved with Rotary in one way or another, leading up to joining Rotaract.

Grant is originally from Three Hills, AB. After his first year in Rotaract he is loving the community aspect of the club, especially the direct action that the Rotaract Club of Ottawa takes to spread goodwill and help others. He ran for External Communications Director because he felt it was the best fit for him and saw the experience as an asset in the development of his professional experience.