Youth Inspiration

Taming of the Dragon


Taming of the Dragon (TOTD) is a competition for high school students focused on solving local or international issues to bring about positive social change. It is a 2017 Rotary District Conference initiative with District Governor Neil Phillips.



Program Objectives:

  • Encourage young people to make a difference and think outside-of-the-box
  • Increase awareness about Rotary, District 7070, and our initiatives
  • Utilize Rotary business professional talent to mentor youth


2017 Focus

Meet the Teams

After online submissions, all teams were invited to a phone interview with a Rotarian judge, an external judge, and a Rotaractor faciliator. Students were scored based on a variety of criteria such as the problem, solution, connection to Rotary’s Areas of Focus.

With that, 5 teams pitched at the 2017 District Rotaract Conference and all proceeded to summer training sessions. Of which, 3 teams will be proceeding to the finals to battle it out in front of conference attendees and judges for $1,000 CAD cash prize to fund their project!



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Team Connect

Connect Mobile App

At the forefront of community recreational services is Connect, a mobile application designed to facilitate and engage Canadian youth through a unique approach to physical literacy. The implementation of the mobile application as a national platform aims to target over 3 million Canadian youth at risk of mental health issues and physical inactivity.

The application will feature search functions to enable users to find other local sports players, a personal profile to track ongoing goals, and social media functions to connect users together through community engagement. The project will place emphasis on connecting Indigenous youth through the power of play, which will pave the way for effective peer-to-peer dialogue and healthy relationships.



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Team Inspire2Cure

The Happy Project

The dragon we wish to tame is mental health in sick patients. A terminal illness can often lead to a mental health disease. If a sick patient can distract themselves with activities, it’ll lead to better mental health, and an easier recovery.

Our solution is to have bags filled with fun activities the patients can entertain themselves with, instead of sitting in a hospital bed, an example is a colouring book with crayons and many more.



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Team Tsuru

Youth for Youth

The dragon we wish to tame is mental health in sick patients. A terminal illness can often lead to a mental health disease. If a sick patient can distract themselves with activities, it’ll lead to better mental health, and an easier recovery.

Our solution is to have bags filled with fun activities the patients can entertain themselves with, instead of sitting in a hospital bed, an example is a colouring book with crayons and many more.



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2017 Judging Panel


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Valarie Wafer
Board of Governors, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Past District Governor, District 7070
President’s Representative, Rotary International
Franchise Owner, Tim Hortons

To be released soon…



Taming of the Dragon Team

Huge thanks to our support team in working with the high school student teams to ensure they are ready to go on November 4, 2017!!!

View the Rotary Uncorked full schedule here.


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Daniel Je
Team Connect‘s Manager

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Carolina Rodriguez
Team Tsuru‘s Manager

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Preethu Kaduppil
Team Inspire2Cure‘s Manager


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Weiting Xu
Rotaractor Program Facilitator


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Virginia O’Reilly
Rotarian Program Facilitator

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Dishan Ratnajothi
Rotaractor Program Facilitator


Special thanks go out to:

The following individuals have spent time with the students in providing feedback, connecting opportunities to pitch, and delivering guest speaker workshops. They acted in the form of mentor, judge, speaker, consultant, organizer, and even more.
Without their assistance, we would not be able to deliver our summer training for the 2017 Taming of the Dragon program. They are just so awesome!

  • 2017 Rotary District 7070 Conference Committee
  • 2017 Rotaract District 7070 Conference Committee
  • Anisa Nazir (Medical Student, Research & Member, Rotaract Club of Toronto)
  • Charles Chee (Member, Rotary Club of York & Co-founder, Qing Bile Therapeutics Inc.)
  • Daniel Lim (Founder, The Profound Ideation & Chair, Free Code Camp at Markham & Richmond Hill)
  • Hadia Raheel (President, Rotary Club of York)
  • Iosif Ciosa (Rotarian, Rotary Club of Forest Hill)
  • Jasmine Jasani (Past Rotaractor, Rotaract Club of York University)
  • John Liu (Business Development Manager, Awake Chocolate)
  • Meghan Yunick (Licensed Nurse)
  • Melisa Okanovic (Past President, Rotary Club of York University & Past District Rotaract Representative, District 7070)
  • Patti Wright (Rotarian, Rotary Club of Toronto West)
  • Valarie Wafer (Past District Governor, Rotary Club of Whitby)
  • Vishal Bollu (Data Engineer, Freckle IoT)

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