Valarie Wafer joined Rotary in 2005 in order to fuel her passion for making an impact that matters. Valarie was District Governor of RI district 7070 covering the Greater Toronto Area in 2013/14. Now residing in Thornbury, her home club is the Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay, RI district 7010.
Valarie’s journey as a Rotarian has involved a number of international roles. She is an International Trainer, a member of the Host Organizing Committee for the Toronto 2018 Rotary International Convention. She has represented Rotary International Presidents in the Us, Norway and Nigeria. Currently she is an elected member of the Rotary International Board of Directors for 2020-2022 and appointed Vice President for 2021-2022.
During Valarie’s tenure as a Rotarian she has engaged in and led many initiatives including a mission to Kosovo with Gift of Life International. She was the Vocational Training Team leader to Australia in 2010 focusing on youth mental health, a National Immunization Day in India in 2012, and has traveled to Kenya and Tanzania to audit long-term Rotary Foundation grant activity.
In her non-Rotary life, Valarie had a 27-year career as the owner of 14 restaurants in Toronto. The brand, Tim Hortons, is the most recognized and iconic franchise in Canada. The Wafer’s operation was best known for its inclusive hiring practices and accessibility.
As the chair of the Rotary International Global DEI Task Force, Valarie brings a strong background of learned and lived experience to this important topic.
Valarie, and her husband of 35 years, Mark are Paul Harris Fellows, Bequest Society members and Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation.