Our District Governor 2021 to 2022

Martti Kankkunen

Martti Kankkunen

District Governor 9560 2021-2022

Martti was born in Finland and migrated with his family to Australia in 1974, when he was 17 years old.  He finished his high school education in Brisbane, where he met Karen.  In 1980, Martti graduated from University of Queensland as a Structural Engineer, and commenced his mining engineering career at Peak Downs Mine, in Central Queensland.

Martti worked 18 years in various Central Queensland open cut coal mines, before settling back to Brisbane in 1999, where he continued his mine planning career until his retirement in July 2018.  Martti and Karen relocated to the beautiful town of Seventeen Seventy, where their new house, with lots of room for guests, is located.

Martti and Karen transferred from Logan RC to Discovery Coast RC in late 2018, and are enjoying the fellowship and community service of their current club.  Martti understands that there will be a lot of hard work, long distance travel, new challenges and many rewards before he takes on the DG’s role, and beyond, for the huge new district of 9560 in July 2021.  However, Martti knows that Rotary will be there every step of the journey to provide guidance and assistance.

Martti and Karen have two daughters. Kirsti, 33, who is a neuro physiologist and works in Adelaide, and Jamie, 31, who is an environmental scientist and works in Mackay. They are enjoying being grandparents and looking forward to able to spoil the new family member.

Martti’s interests are enjoying Saunas, woodworking, swimming, kayaking, walking, and Rotary. He has been involved with Rotary some 20 years (Moura RC and Logan RC), and is passionate about the Rotary Foundation because it does so much good in the world.   Martti’s Rotary positions include Secretary, President (x 2), New Generations Director, councillor for Rotary Peace Fellows, Assistant Governor and District Rotary Foundation Chair. Karen is also a Rotarian and is Secretary of the Health Education and Wellness Action Group, and has participated through them in Global Grant programs in the Rakhine in Myanmar and last year in a small village two hour outside of Qin Li in Western China in April 2018. They both have enjoyed attending four International Conventions over the years.