2015 may be over but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped thinking about the amazing milestones we reached over the past year. Here are just a few memorable event highlights from 2015:
In celebration of Children & Youth in Care Day, the Children’s Aid Foundation launched its very first five14 Talks, an all-day event that brought together thought leaders from across the child welfare system. Featuring leading child welfare advocates like Rita Soronen, Kenn Richard, Alison Alexander, Esme Fuller-Thomson, Jamil Jivani, as well as our own Young People’s Advisory Council, the day sparked conversation around youth in care, and how we can make positive changes to ensure their wellbeing for years to come.
For it’s 29th year, the Children’s Aid Foundation Gala, Teddy Bear Affair brought together top influencers from across the GTA in a night of glamour and giving-back, with a renewed focus on the children and youth we serve. Toronto chef, Victor Barry, donated his talents and time to creating the meal at the CAF Gala, Teddy Bear Affair, but went a step further to mentor Tyler, a Foundation-supported youth, in his pursuit of a culinary career. Amazing!
On a sunny June afternoon, a meeting room at the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto was transformed into a graduation ceremony honouring some very special students. This marked the very first Ambassador Program Graduation ceremony for students that have successfully earned their high school diplomas after dropping-out of school for various reasons or being unable to attend traditional schooling due to a variety of traumatic factors. Designed to support vulnerable youth across the city, this unique program celebrates the resilience and strength of many of our youth, many of whom have moved onto post-secondary programs and institutions.
Bringing together Toronto’s up-and-coming young professionals for a night of networking, entertainment, and the chance to win a fabulous trip, the Foundation’s premiere Suitcase Party was a huge success and whole lot of fun. Giving away three vacation destinations, courtesy of Air Canada, the event raised over $53,000 for vulnerable children and youth across Canada. And guess what? We’re doing it all over again on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Visit suitcasepartytoronto.ca for more details.
The battle-of-the-media-bands pits garage bands against each other in a night of fun and friendly competition, with all proceeds going towards vulnerable kids across Canada. Founded by late reporter, Jonathan Jenkins, the event continues to unite Toronto’s media and broadcasting community to belt-out their best and raise funds.