Sean Yaphe

Sean has been involved in Rotary since the age of 14 when he became part of the Interact Club of West Island College in Montreal, QC, Canada. At 16, he went on a District Mission Trip to El Salvador for 10 days and vowed, after that, to remain part of the Rotary Family. He moved onto Rotaract and found every opportunity to take part in local, district-wide, and global projects. As part of the Rotaract Host Committee for the 2010 Rotary International Convention in Montreal, he saw just how amazing Rotarians from all over the world were. Bringing like-minded individuals together created instant connections and developed lifelong friendships with individuals from the 4 corners of the globe. As District Rotaract Representative, he learned how to oversee the functioning of clubs across Northern New York, Eastern Ontario, and Western Quebec, while planning the Interota International Conference with a close Rotaract friend from Toronto. This was one of the most exciting and challenging experiences by organizing and planning a weeklong leadership program that saw 300 Rotaractors flock to Toronto and Montreal from close to 40 countries. As past president of an Interact Club and multiple Rotaract Clubs and leading fundraising and volunteering projects, Sean is grateful to Rotary for teaching him valuable leadership and interpersonal skills that come in handy everyday.

Sean came to New York to complete his medical degree. Currently, he is in his 4 th year of medical school at St. George’s University. He spent 2 years studying on the beautiful island of Grenada in the West Indies and then 2 subsequent years in clerkship rotations at Elmhurst Hospital Centre in Queens, New York. He is currently applying to residency programs in Family Medicine in the USA and Canada and foresees being a practicing family physician with a focus on maternal health in underserved populations.