Grant Barton:‚Äč


Grant became familiar with Rotary while in Scarborough through one of his previous school principals who encouraged him to join Rotary. His desire to be involved with community projects had to take a back seat as it was important for him to complete his university education, then his masters degree. It was several years later when Rotarian Bob Stephens encouraged Grant to come out to a few meetings and then to join the Rotary Club of St. Marys.


He had been very involved with the Dragon Boat races and was the key organizer for several years. It was a very stressful time for him. Due to pressures from the Dragon Boat duties and concerns for his wife's health who died that same year, he handed in his resignation in 2004. Unknown to him, the executive refused to accept his resignation and instead assessed a Leave of Absence for him. He was encouraged back into Rotary by asking him to be a 'Friend of Rotary' and help us prepare and pack box lunches for the large High School Reunion. Rotarians encouraged him to stay involved and he eventually re-joined Rotary.


Grant stays in Rotary as he enjoys the community projects we have undertaken, the commitment of our members and the lifelong friendships he has made over the years.


Grant Barton