Stories of Hope

We support the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CCAS) by raising funds for education and poverty relief programs for children, youth and families who receive services from CCAS. We know that the future success of each child is based in hope, love and faith. The strength of these three essential ingredients impacts each child’s life – for the long term. Our five funding priorities are: Scholarships Program, Emergency Assistance Grants, Summer Camp, Christmas Program and our Safe Sleep Program.

Scholarship Recipient Defies Odds and Channels Success

By by Donna Harris, Communications Specialist,
Oct 16, 2015

Shanika was just seven years old when she moved from Jamaica to be reunited with her mother who had already been living in Canada for 5 years. With child-like optimism, Shanika eagerly anticipated living with her mother again, but she could not have imagined or predicted the trauma that awaited her. Due to a tenuous relationship between Shanika and her mother it did not take long before CCAS...

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HOPE 2014 Fall Newsletter

Oct 16, 2015

Click here to read about the success stories of clients who receive support from the Hope for Children Fund and some of our fundraising heros!

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Passionate About Helping Others: One CCAS Youth Strives to Make a Difference

By by Donna Harris, Communications Specialist,
May 23, 2013

Sheldon came into the care of CCAS when he was just six years-old. Today, he is an intelligent and diligent young man with a bright future and he is on a mission to help children and youth. “I am passionate about helping people,” says Sheldon. “Although I grew up in the child welfare system, I was fortunate to get the help I needed. I want to give back and help people who are having...

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In the Spirit of Giving: One Company Makes Christmas Brighter for CCAS Youth and Families

By by Donna Harris, Communications Specialist,
Mar 10, 2013

It’s early Spring and Martha Pretelt is already thinking about Christmas – she is planning a meeting where she will discuss her company’s charitable priorities for the upcoming year; and CCAS’s Hope for Children Fund, Christmas Program is on her list. 

As the Corporate Social Responsibility Lead, for CAPCO, an international business and technology consultancy firm, planned giving is an important...

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Hope for Children Fund Nurtures Desta’s Passion

By by Donna Harris, Communications Specialist,
Dec 4, 2012

Even if you are in Desta’s company for only a few minutes, that’s enough time for you to figure out he is passionate about music. If the large earphones around his neck don’t give it away, either his enthusiastic chatter about songs or his stunning tenor voice certainly will.

Earlier this year Desta’s passion and talent helped pave the way for him to get his own electric acoustic guitar and...

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Youth Pursues Dream With Help From Hope for Children Fund

By by Donna Harris, Communications Specialist,
Aug 2, 2012

It was both the hum of his parents’ motor home and the smell of its diesel engine that Adam Dolson found exhilarating when he was a little boy. At least once a year Adam’s parents would start-up their motor home and head south, across the border to Myrtle Beach on family vacations. Sometimes they would stay there for as many as four months. It was trips like this that fueled Adam’s love for...

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Bonnie Runs for the Kids!

By by Donna Harris, Communications Specialist,
Jun 6, 2012

Bonnie Fowler laces up her running shoes four times a week regardless of the weather and pounds the pavement as part of her marathon training routine. This year Bonnie will be among thousands of runners and walkers as she participates in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 14th, 2012 and raises money for the Hope for Children Scholarship Fund.

It was only three years ago that...

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Girls Giving Back: The Bishop Strachan School Helps our Children and Families

By by Krista Lamb, Communications Specialist,
Mar 14, 2012

If you happened to stop by The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) last December, you might have seen a group of students, parents and staff hefting boxes of gifts into a waiting cube van. The students, part of the school’s Service Learning program, were participating in Holiday Love – an extension of Hope for Children’s Adopt-a-Family Program, which matches our CCAS families in need with donors...

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Hope for Children at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Dec 21, 2011

On October 16th the Hope for Children team laced up their sneakers and ran or walked to raise more than $15,000 to help support Hope for Children’s many programs, including scholarships and emergency funds for families and youth in need.

Members of the team participated in both the 5K and half-marathon – running or walking along the Lakeshore and other areas of the downtown core. In...

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Our Donor Gives Back to Families at Christmas

By by Donna Harris, Communications Specialist,
Dec 6, 2011

Adopt-a-Family donor Michael Buckberrough relates all too well to some of the hardships facing families in need during the holiday season. When Michael was six years old, his mother was in a car accident, which left her with severe brain damage. She was admitted to a long-term care facility and Michael’s father had to care for him and his siblings.

“My dad had to raise four kids on his own...

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CCAS Youth is Advocate for Others

By by Donna Harris, Communications Specialist,
Sep 23, 2011

Gerald McBride is determined to prevent other youth from going through the same challenges he has faced and overcome. He was brought into foster care when he was just seven years old. He dropped out of high school when he was 17. He lived on the streets for two years but when he was 22 years old, he realized a post-secondary education would be the key to his success.

With the help of CCAS child...

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The Adopt-a-Family Program Grows!

Mar 7, 2011

Every year the Adopt-a-Family Program, which is administered through the Hope for Children Foundation, serves an increasing number of Catholic families.This year was no exception,withmore than 1,000 families receiving Christmas gifts because of the generosity of our donors.

Adopt-a-Family is a program where families in need are matched with a donor or donor group who assist in providing a more...

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Heart to Hand Gives Groceries Each Week to Families in Need

Dec 21, 2010

Sixty people thought about you and your family this week.” That sentence is part of a note that accompanies groceries provided by Heart to Hand to a family receiving CCAS services. Heart to Hand has been in the business of weekly shopping and giving since 2001.

The model is deceptively simple. There are five team captains, each with a team of twenty members. Three shop for a CCAS family and the...

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Support Equals Success: Year-round giving makes a big difference for a youth

Dec 21, 2010

The nightmare was always the same: she was tumbling from one of Toronto’s tall office towers. At age eight, Janelle Younge did not want to move to Canada. Her night terror was symbolic of missing her mother, her family and the culture that was so supportive.

Many years later Janelle has rediscovered the support of the community through the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. She is a...

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Passionate Strides: Hope for Children Foundation board member combines her passion for running and kids into the perfect fundraiser!

Jun 15, 2010

As Erin O’Brien was preparing to make her way downtown to participate in her first 5K Charity Challenge at the Scotiabank Waterfront Toronto Marathon (STWM) with the Hope for Children Foundation (HFC) Team, she was excited and confident about doing well in the race. Months of training and fundraising led up to the event—a 12,000-person walk/run starting at the Toronto Exhibition Centre and...

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Report on Christmas & Adopt-a-Family Programs

Jan 15, 2010

Christmas 2009 was another record-breaking year for our Adopt-a-Family program, with over 900 families served! More than 2,600 children saw their wishes come true with support from 500 family and corporate employee groups who participated in the program. 

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Helping Others: A Family Affair

Oct 1, 2009

When Mary Catherine O’Brien’s son died in a tragic accident, she and her family saw a chance to turn a sad loss into an opportunity to help others. The family decided to establish the Matthew O’Brien Memorial Scholarship through the Hope for Children Foundation (HFC) to honour their son’s memory.

“The scholarship was a wonderful way for us to work through our grief and help the children at the...

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Scholarships Ensure Tough Economic Times Don’t Dampen Dreams

Oct 1, 2009

In August 2009, nearly 100 youth came one step closer to achieving their educational aspirations when they received scholarships valued at more than $195,000 from the Hope for Children Foundation. 

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The Art of Inspiration: Former Youth in Care, Preston Kirton Motivates Youth to Achieve Their Dreams

Jun 20, 2009

Preston was admitted to foster care at the age of 13 after concerns about his care were reported to CCAS because of his mother’s schizophrenia. His mother would keep him out of school for days at a time because she feared for his safety. As a result, Preston began to feel isolated, frustrated and confused. But even through the toughest times in his life, he remained hopeful and determined to...

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Bringing Christmas Spirit into Corporate Social Responsibility

Dec 1, 2008

The Christmas season was fast approaching and Marg and Allan Skinner, owners of The Office Source Solutions Inc. were considering how to celebrate the holidays with their employees. In previous years, they hosted a formal dinner, but this year, more than ever, Marg and Allan wanted to provide their employees with a more meaningful celebration. The couple discussed it with their employees and all...

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