PETS Speaker Bios

JENNIFER JONES

PRESIDENT ROTARY INTERNATIONAL

2022-2023

 

Jennifer is the Founder and President of Media Street Productions Inc., a twenty-five-year old, award- winning media company in Windsor, Ontario. She is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Windsor- Roseland.

Her talents have strengthened Rotary reach and impact, through many roles including as Trustee of the Rotary Foundation, RI Vice President, and co-chair of the End Polio Now: Make History Today campaign, raising funds alongside Bill and Melinda Gates and their Foundation.

Jennifer is a leader in cultivating “experiential fundraising” opportunities such as Rotary’s Polio Golf Day with Jack Nicklaus in Jupiter, Florida, USA, which raised over $5.25 million for polio eradication in one day. Or, the innovative, virtual COVID-19 #RotaryResponds event that raised money for COVID-19 relief projects and showcased Rotary’s response across the globe.

Working alongside political figures, celebrities and global leaders, she uses her voice to raise awareness and hundreds of millions of dollars to eradicate disease, support peace and provide clean water and sanitation in developing areas of the world. Her skill as an expert storyteller inspires hope and promise and motivates people to take action.

She has received many honours and recognitions including Rotary’s Service above Self Award and the Citation for Meritorious Service, the YMCA Peace Medallion, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and Wayne State University’s Peacemaker of the Year Award – a first for a Canadian.

Jennifer is married to Rotarian Nick Krayacich, a local family physician. They share a love for many things including travel, cycling, golf and relaxing at their family cottage; and they share a thirst for adventure, which has included cresting the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

Valarie Wafer          

Rotary International Director 2020-22
Rotary International Vice President 2021-22
Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay

Bio

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.

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 travelled 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.

 

IPDG Thomas A. Gump

Innovative Club Advocate, Zone 29
Training Leader, Rotary International Assembly 2022
General Chair, Rotary Zones 25B & 29 Institute 2021
Assistant Rotary Coordinator for Membership, Zone 29
Rotary Club of Edina / Morningside

Bio

Tom is passionate about growing Rotary Membership through forming new and innovative, cause-based Rotary, Rotaract and satellite clubs. He founded the first ever Rotary Club to serve veterans and co-founded the world’s first Rotary club to end human trafficking. He helped form the Rotary Club of Network for Empowering Women and The Kaleidoscope Rotaract Club, to serve those with Autism and their families. He also helped form the Rotaract eClub for the Environment – the first ever cause-based, international, Rotaract eClub focusing on the environment, which was the innovative club example used by Rotary International General Secretary and CEO John Hewko in his closing remarks at the 2021 Rotary Virtual Convention. Tom is now helping form The Rotary Club of Minnesota Pride.

Tom was one of only 20 North American Rotary leaders selected by Rotary International Past President Mark Maloney and Rotary International Membership Staff to participate in a New Club Development Summit and was subsequently named as a Zone 29 Innovative Club Advocate. Tom is also one of only 500 Rotarians in the world to be named to The Membership Society for New Member Sponsors for bringing in more than 50 active members into his club, which puts him at the Gold Level of the Society, and that does not include the members he has referred to other clubs he has formed. He also serves as a Zone 29 Assistant Rotary Coordinator for membership.

Tom now inspires others around the world and helps them form their own new and innovative Rotary clubs. He speaks regularly on the topic of membership at Rotary club, district, multi-district and zone events and as a breakout panelist at the 2020 and 2021 Rotary International Virtual Conventions. He will be speaking at the 2022 International Assembly on the topic of forming new and innovative clubs. The North American Rotary magazine and other Rotary regional magazines have written about Tom and the new and innovative clubs he has formed and his membership techniques; and, Tom’s tips for attracting and retaining members have also been featured as part of a cover story.

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