COMMUNITY LINKS

ACT Foundation. ACT (Advanced Coronary Treatment) is a dynamic, national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. Currently having trained 90,000 young persons, its goal is to introduce mandatory CPR training in every Canadian high school.

Adventure Place. A support centre in the North York area for children up to six years old with special needs, including autism, attention deficit disorder, developmental disorders and learning disorders.The centre can provide speech, language and psychological assessments, play therapy and education for parents of children with special needs.

Canadian Landmine Project. The roads and paths, forests and pastures of an estimated 70 countries around the world have been made treacherous by landmines. It is a cruel irony that once the hostilities cease, hostility against the innocent begins. Landmines affect some of the most impoverished and marginalized people in the world. The Canadian Landmines Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness and funds to end the human and economic suffering caused by anti-personnel landmines.

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. A major source of heart disease and stroke information. The largest non-commercial source of funds for heart disease and stroke research in the country.

Juno Beach Centre. To commemorate the heroism of Canadians who fought and served in world War II, a museum and information centre has been built at Courselles-sur-Mwe, on the Normandy coast of France, where Canadian forces landed on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The site has an interactive educational facility and a “Contemporary Canada” exhibit provides information abaout Canada’s place in the world today.

Kiwanis & U.N.I.C.E.F. Iodine Deficiency Disorder Project.Started in 1994, this Kiwanis International project committed to raising $75 million to virtually eliminate the world’s most prevalent, preventable cause of mental retardation, iodine deficiency disorders (IDD). More than 1.5 billion children and adults will be saved from disorders that include stillbirths, cretinism, and goiter, as well as diminished academic performance and productivity.

Kiwanis Festival of Music, Speech Arts and Dance. A competitive music festival serving the Toronto area since 1943 with entries from more than 70 communities around Ontario and the USA. Over 3,500 entries representing over 32,000 participants (about 28,000 in bands, choirs and orchestras and 4,000 in solo classes and small ensembles). The majority are public and high school age students. In addition to financial support, Kiwanis clubs in the Toronto area provide more than 400 volunteers to help run this festival.

North York General Hospital. One of Canada’s leading teaching hospitals serving people in north central Toronto and southern York Region. NYGH is affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a partner with Sunnybrook & Women’s College Health Sciences Centre in the Peters-Boyd Academy.

Reena.  Established in 1973 by parents of children with developmental disabilities as a practical alternative to institutions, this non-profit social service agency is dedicated to integrating individuals with a developmental disability into the mainstream of society. It provides service to almost 1,000 such individuals and their families.

Scouts Canada. Scouts Canada is a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement that provides five challenging programs for young people ages 5-26. Scouts Canada currently operates nearly 4,500 individual groups in most cities and towns across Canada with a total membership of 212,000 youth and adults.

Sleeping Children Around the World. Founded in 1970 by Kiwanian Murray and Margaret Dryden, SCAW raises funds to provide bedkits to the neediest of children in underdeveloped and developing countries. Volunteers travel at their own expense all over the world to personally see kits are distributed where most needed.