Stories

Blessings to You, Blessing Children in Need

August 15, 2017 —   The Blessings to You Centre in Palmerston has recently made a huge impact on local children and youth, as they donated $10,000 to the Children’s Foundation Food & Friends and Free to Play programs.  $2,000 will each be directed to the Palmerston Public School, Minto Clifford Public School and Norwell District Secondary School’s breakfast/morning meal programs. All of our...

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Princess Elizabeth Public School is Bringing Healthy Food to Hungry Minds

August 15, 2017 — Princess Elizabeth Public School is located in the centre of Orangeville with 590 students enrolled. This busy English and French immersion school offers two Food & Friends student nutrition programs to help with breakfast and lunch needs. Their breakfast program opened its doors in September 1998 and started offering a lunch program in September 2010. Teacher Valerie LaCapruccia is the...

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Belonging

June 21, 2017 —   Every parent wants the same things for their children; to be happy, to be safe and healthy, and to have a fulfilling life. Imagine arriving in a new country as an immigrant or a refugee fleeing from war and conflict. Imagine the powerful need to feel a sense of safety and belonging. How do we, as a community, welcome...

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I Have Worked With An Unbreakable Will

May 16, 2017 — The Children's Foundation Scholarships Program is the (graduating) cap of our support for local kids; a culmination of providing them with the tools they need to be nourished, educated, active, creative and filled with hope for the future. What makes our scholarships so unique is that the criteria does not focus solely on academic standing but rather on achievements in...

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Thank You For The Gift Of Gymnastics!

March 20, 2017 —   Nothing makes us happier than hearing from families and kids about the impact of funding from the Children's Foundation of Guelph and Wellington. Life is busy, so to take the time to fill out a feedback form and send in a picture really means a lot to us! We recently heard from the mom of three-year-old Preslee, a rising...

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Future Fund Scholarship

January 30, 2017 —   The Children's Foundation's scholarship awards are unique in that they do not focus on academic standing, but rather on achievement in graduating in light of unusual educational, family, or social challenges faced during high school. Each school's guidance department and/or commencement committee nominates the Future Fund recipient for their school, and the stories of these students' perserverence in light...

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Adopt-A-Family has record-breaking year

December 16, 2016 — There is a great sense of love and accomplishment felt by all who have taken part in the Adopt-A-Family Program this year. We have had a record-breaking year, supporting 1,109 families and reaching 2,385 children to date. These numbers will continue to grow as we receive emergency referals that right up until Christmas Day.   We have had 926 donors...

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Adopt-A-Family Thank Yous, a Heartwarming Response to Your Generosity

November 18, 2016 — Dear Amazing Family, We are very grateful for you this holiday! We love that you took the time to love us and think of us. You are too kind Merry Christmas.                                                          ...

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Sooner Than you Think

September 14, 2016 — How quickly can a student nutrition program change things? When beginning a new Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington’s Food & Friends program at local schools, our staff meets with the school principal and program coordinator to assess the needs of the school and what type of student nutrition program would benefit their student population. After discussing the many benefits...

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Jessie Says Scholarship Lifted the Weight from her Shoulders

August 23, 2016 — Jessie Pegelo received the Children’s Foundation Tait and the Promoli scholarships in 2013 to help with her tuition and residence costs. She moved from Guelph to Sudbury to pursue her education and was transitioning from being a youth in the care of Family & Children’s Services (F&CS) to standing on her own two feet. Like any young person embarking on...

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Hannah Looks Back at Past Free to Play Support After Winning Gold at Nationals

December 22, 2015 —   "Sometimes hard things happen in life.  Things we have no control over like divorce, your parents losing their job or mental health issues. These circumstances can leave children feeling alone, scared, unloved and unwanted.Personally they affected my self-confidence, my self-esteem, and made me feel like I had done something wrong. The Children's Foundation was there for my family when...

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Brant Avenue Neighbourhood Group Provides Over 5,000 Healthy Snacks

September 17, 2015 —   Story by Emily Jones   So often, within a city it is normal for some truth to go unnoticed. But there comes a time where the truth needs to be shared and paid attention to. Although many people may see Guelph as it appears – a beautiful city, where people go on about their days, and feel a sense...

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A Touchdown and a Role Model for Mark

January 15, 2015 —   There is some serious end zone celebrations going on for Mark; this past football season he not only scored a touchdown, he learned the importance of being part of a team and met a positive role model. This would not have happened without the support of the Grants Program. His mom is a single-parent and currently looking for work,...

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Kirsty Makes Caden & Jacob's Christmas Wishes Come True

November 18, 2014 —    A big part of gift giving is the surprise. Imagine for a moment what it would be like to be going through a difficult time in your life with each day being filled with the stress of meeting your children’s needs. Now picture what it would be like to feel the relief of knowing your children’s Christmas wishes would...

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Free to Play Feedback from the Kids

October 20, 2014 —   Below are just a few examples of feedback straight from the kids you have participated in activities funded by Free to Play: "I learned how to cook complete meals outside, and that no matter how many socks you pack, it's never enough." (Scouts camping) In response to the question "Would you do it again?" ~ "Of course I will...

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Food & Friends Helps James Feel Full for the First Time

September 18, 2014 —     A young student named James attends the breakfast, snack and lunch program at a local school in Guelph each day. He's the child who would also visit the student nutrition program at the end of the day and take home anything that was leftover from the day. One morning, James was particularly hungry and after eating his sixth...

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Food & Friends Help Students Graduate

June 9, 2014 — Year end celebrations are underway for schools in our community.  And a favorite is the graduation of the Give Yourself Credit students.  These are some of our community’s most vulnerable students who have risen above very challenging odds to accomplish their goal of accumulating enough high school credits to graduate.  Our Food & Friends student nutrition program has supported these...

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Tait Scholarship Helps Students Gain Independence and Social Growth

May 15, 2014 —   As a supporter of the Adopt-A-Family Program and a father of two university-aged students, Dr. John Tait and his wife Kim understand the importance of supporting children as they grow so they can become successful adults. One element of that growth which is particularly important to John is having the opportunity to not only attend post-secondary education but to...

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Pokeman, Pillows and Other Christmas Wishes

November 12, 2013 —   During the Adopt-A-Family program, we get to see firsthand how much time each donor puts into carefully selecting the gifts for their family. The joy they express in showing how they were able to find the exact gifts that their children put on their wish lists is evident. This thoughtfulness doesn’t go unnoticed. The families that receive gifts through...

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Community Support Strengthens Families

February 18, 2013 —   Our programs focus on providing brighter futures for children but it really is the whole family that benefits. James, at 10 was thrilled to score a goal in hockey from the blue line for the first time. Luckily the Grants Program was able to be there with the financial means to make that possible. His family found themselves in...

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Adopt-A-Family Helps Single Mom Feel Supported and Worthy

October 14, 2012 —   "To a very kind family, I wish to express my heartfelt and true thanks for your very generous ‘gifts from the heart’ to my children and me. We felt truly blessed and cared for. The children were ecstatic about receiving so many things on their wish lists. Their eyes shone with delight and gratitude. Please know that I have...

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Horseback Riding Lessons Help Young Girl with Anxiety

September 11, 2012 — It’s amazing to think about how much of an impact an extracurricular activity can have on a child. For some children, their families don’t have the means to provide them with these life enriching experiences. For this single mother of three, her daughter would not have had the opportunity to manage her severe social anxiety disorder had it not been...

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Mom Receives her Favourite - Welch's Grape Jelly from Adopt-A-Family

November 24, 2011 —   One mom carefully detailed each gift that they received from her Adopt-A-Family donor and how perfect they were – from the Lego "he jumped up and down with sheer delight”, the novel "he loves to just fall into a story” to the Welch’s Grape Jelly she received "my favourite!” For families in the program, many find themselves in a...

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Scholarship Helped Encourage Actress

March 14, 2011 — Beryl Bain, who was a recipient of a 2001 Promoli Scholarship (now known as the Future Fund Scholarship) recently took a moment to reflect on how the scholarship helped inspire and support her to begin her journey as an actress. On March 16th, Beryl opened in her latest role in I Marcus Garvey with Theatre Archipelago.  Beryl began her formal training in...

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Emily Says YES!!! I Would Attend Camp Again

May 26, 2010 — It can be lonely when your siblings are 7 years older than you. Eight year old Emily knows that feeling. Her friends do not live nearby and her older brothers aren’t interested in crafts so she spends a lot of time with her mummy. An opportunity like attending summer camp would allow Emily to have fun with kids her own...

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Soccer Experience Builds Esteem and Sense of Belonging

March 15, 2010 — It's the season for registering for summer programs - which may have many families worrying that they cannot afford to have their children participate in their favourite activities. One family wanted their eldest son to be able to play soccer, his favourite sport, throughout the summer and not just because he would work off some excess energy. Their son, just...

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Adopt-A-Family Gifts Bring on Excitement for Teens

January 18, 2010 — My name is Matt Timberlake, and I am a teacher with Youth Moving Forward Alternative Education. Along with Youth Worker, Lynda Wilk, I would like to sincerely thank you for your generous donation of holiday gifts for our students. It was much more than we could ever ask for! When we received the gifts from Adopt-A-Family, we took a look...

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