Attractive neighbourhoods don’t just look good – they feel good. As you stroll the sidewalks, you sense the history — you feel safe — you delight in what surrounds you. This is today’s Westboro. And it feels great.

– Excerpt from an advertorial from the Westboro Village BIA that appeared in the Kitchissippi Times

With your help, the work of United Way and its member agencies will continue to have a dramatic impact on our city. We will create hope and opportunity for children and youth. We will help newcomers adapt and flourish. We will bring safety and a sense of pride to our neighbourhoods.

There’s only one way we can achieve all of this.


– Excerpt from 53-page donor recognition piece inserted in Globe & Mail

People choose to support the Canadian Film Centre for a myriad of reasons, the most common of which is a love for what we do and how we do it. Be it television scripts, feature film productions or broadband-ready prototypes, there is an incomparable quality to all that is created here. This is largely due to the one-of-a-kind environment that has rapidly become known as Canada’s leading training institution for the converging mediums of film, television and new media.

By giving to the Canadian Film Centre, you demonstrate a commitment to maintaining the environment within and the industry beyond.

– Excerpt from “Support the Centre” web copy for the Canadian Film Centre

Nahid Ismail arrived in Toronto in 2003 from Bangladesh. Soon after, she began volunteering at United Way agency, North York Community House. This is where her journey from stranger to community leader began.

– Excerpt from NEW BEGINNINGS: Helping Toronto newcomers find their footing

Ron “Pops” Craven, age 60, hugs a friend in front of The Meeting Place, a drop-in centre for the homeless, run by St. Christopher House. Having battled addiction for over 10 years, Ron was grateful to find the guidance and support he needed from this haven of care. He had been clean and sober for 18 months when this photo was taken and still visits the staff and counsellors at The Meeting Place on a regular basis.

His personal victory goes beyond sobriety—Ron now has his own apartment.

– Cutline from photo featured in The Strength Within, a book produced by Photosensitive, a non-profit collective of photographers who explore how photography can contribute to social justice.

The reason why these outcomes are so powerful is that they all play a vital role in shaping who these young people will one day become. Known as developmental assets, these benefits can be harder to come by for some children. Circumstances beyond their control such as poverty or unemployment can create barriers to positive life experiences. This is why the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign exists – to make these experiences possible for all young people.

– Excerpt from Message from Strong Kids Campaign Chair, YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford

Imagine an 8 year-old child who learns how to swim, improves his grades, overcomes his fear of spiders at summer camp and makes a new lifelong friend—all in the span of one year. Then imagine an 8 year-old child who goes through the course of that same year without those experiences. The second child is afraid of water, squeamish around insects and shy with his peers. His time after school is largely spent alone in his bedroom struggling with math homework. 

One of these children is clearly at an advantage. At the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford, we believe every child should be so lucky. Kids are only kids once.

– Excerpt from CEO Message, 2010 Annual Report to the Community, YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford