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Sunshine Annual Report 2019

Published by shinefoundationcanada, 2020-04-24 13:54:16

Description: Sunshine's Annual Report reflecting on 2019 year. This report thanks Sunshine supporters, donors, volunteers and is a scrapbook of dreams made reality thanks to supporters like you!


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2019 COMMUNITY REPORT The Sunshine Foundation of Canada is a national charitable organization that makes dreams come true for children living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.

MESSAGE FROM SUNSHINE A message from our CEO, Nancy Sutherland Dear Friend of Sunshine, While this report is a backward glance through the rear-view mirror at our impact and results in 2019, as I write this, we are already in the fourth month of 2020. The global pandemic has arisen rapidly, dramatically changing all aspects of life. Initially, we cancelled all dream programming that involved travel of any kind. And now, we are looking forward through the windshield at our programs and our funding opportunities for the remainder of 2020 and beyond. I am happy to say that we are still completing Sunshine Dreams for many youth, such as bedroom makeovers, technology to connect with friends, and adapted sports equipment to stay active and reach their goals. We have created a new, virtual event for June, The Great Canadian Splash for Kids. And we continue to work with our donors and partners whose unwavering support has been truly inspiring. As an organization that exists to promote and facilitate positivity, we have rallied and will continue to be creative and to act with courage. Our dreamers are at a higher risk than most for anxiety, depression and isolation at the best of times. They really need us now, more than ever. Thank you for your past support. New Opportunities Sing True for Maddy When I walked into London’s Country 104 Radio Station last summer, I was walking into the final piece of my Sunshine dream come true. I was surrounded by my family as I met my favourite radio host and sat down for a live interview. This was the moment that would change me forever. At the age of 7, I developed macular dystrophy, a severe low vision condition. For me, this meant that I would learn to take on challenges in my own way. As I grew up, I discovered my passion for country music. But I didn’t know how to take it any further. I was confronted with a dream to become a country singer and thanks to Sunshine and supporters like you, you helped me take the next step. Now almost a year later, I’m proud to say that my dream carries on and my song continues to play on more radio stations. Thank you for giving me the gift of confidence and belief in new possibilities. Forever grateful, Maddy McKenzie

2019 HIGHLIGHTS “Sunshine has changed my life in so many ways thanks to supporters like you. This experience helped me realize the dream is just the beginning.” Your support In Action: 2019 WIth the support of donors like you, together we provide life-changing dream experiences to youth age 7-17 during the most critical stage of their development. A dream come true helps them discover new possibilities, build a foundation for independence, and give them the confidence to achieve their goals. Below is a snapshot of achievements this past year thanks to you: Fulfilled Sunshine Dreams for 52 kids in 7 provinces Coordinated Sunshine DreamLift Vancouver for 70 kids, impacting over 400 lives 26 fundraising events were hosted in support of Sunshine 136 volunteers contributed 1479 hours of their time and talent 28We hosted the 4th Annual Sunshine Float for Dreams in Brantford, ON with teams Maintained high quality and high impact for program execution Recruited our first alum board member, Marco to the team Financial Summary How Funds Were Raised Investment in Sunshine Dream Programs Total Revenue 16.8% 4.5% Sunshine DreamLift $1,949,573 Community Endowment Income Volunteer Events 30% Investment in Dream Programs 11.9% 42.4% $1,061,873 Foundation Corporate Administrative Expenses Gifts Grants $302,912 Sunshine Dreams Fundraising Expenses (Includes Gaming Expenses) 70% $892,770 17.7% 6.3% Estate Gifts Individual Gifts To view the audited financial statements, please visit

SUNSHINE DREAM PROGRAMS Sunshine Dream Programs Sunshine has two dream programs that help change the lives of kids and youth: A Sunshine Dream is as unique as the child who dreamed it. From meeting a hero to having an elephant in your backyard, these dreams are a launching pad to realizing one’s greatest abilities. A Sunshine DreamLift is a whirlwind adventure that transports a plane full of kids to Disney and back in one day. It’s an unforgettable experience that connects kids to friends, new possibilities, and a taste of independence away from parents. It’s a day where kids can just be kids! Sunshine DreamLift Vancouver: 20 hours, 400 lives On December 11th, 2019 Sunshine DreamLift kids Dean and Walker were ready for their adventure to Disney along with their volunteer Marco. But why Marco? He lives with a severe physical disability just like the kids in his group. Marco took part in a Sunshine DreamLift as a child and says it impacted his life. Now a motivational speaker and accessibility consultant in Vancouver, he shares his belief that positivity has power to change others’ perceptions and was able to share this with his new buddies. These two boys, ages 7 and 9, were at a critical stage in their development. Sunshine knew that pairing them with a positive role model like Marco and kids with interests just like them would give them the confidence boost they needed to lead a brighter future. The day at Disney was seamless. The boys had the opportunity to take charge and lead their day. “To show the boys that I was an adult with a disability and together we could go to Disney independently, experience the rides we wanted, and just enjoy time where we weren’t thinking about how we were going to make things happen, brought out a confidence in both boys that I’ll never forget.” - Marco. Thanks to supporters like you, the futures of the kids, their families, and the community is enriched with new possibilities and a brighter future. With your help, Dean, Walker, and even Marco’s lives have been changed. Thank you! Right now we are working on plans for the next Sunshine DreamLift. You can support a Flight Package or Disney Tickets at

SUNSHINE DREAM PROGRAMS Sunshine Dreams in 2019 Thanks to You! ♪ Music Dreams ♫♪ ♪ ♫ ♪ Every surgery, Cole listens to Aerosmith to motivate him through recovery. Meeting them was a way for him to share his biggest passion with his siblings. Sports Dreams Owen spent a day with Edmonton Oilers’ GM Ken Holland and the operations team shadowing them and learning all about his future career! Theme Park Dreams Animal Dreams Sbaemfoureelhteriwesatsosliicvke. Shiinscliefehaesscpleonset stoo mthuecwhatyimitewinas An anonymous dreamer found comfort in a “the worst place” (as a result of needing amputations ndeiswtrapcutpfrpoymtochkeroenpichepracino.mThpiasnpyaastnydear, due to an illness), for his Sunshine Dream, he wanted Jaylen swam with dolphins and found a new to go to Disney, the happiest place on Earth, with the sport she can excel at after recovering from people he loves most, his family. a stroke. NEW Travel Dreams Ella YORK CITY Many travel dreams in 2019 Fwoerreextaomtrpolpei,cEallladwesatninteatdiotons. ewxiptherfaiemnciley aanwdamrmakgeestapwecaiyal memories. But for some kids like Quinn, it’s a chance to be a regular girl exploring NapYpCoainwtamyefrnotms. hospitals and

SUNSHINE COMMUNITY Communities Get Involved Community fundraisers, individuals like you, and workplace supporters organize various events to support Sunshine Dream Programs throughout the year propelled by caring volunteers dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children. Highlighted below are just some of the fundraisers supporting Sunshine this past year: • AMCOH Golf Tournament - Uxbridge, ON • Lawn Bowling for Kids - Toronto, ON • LCBO Coinbox Donation Program - Ontario • Balpex Members’ Event - Niagara Falls, ON • LiUNA Local 1089 Golf Tournament - Sarnia, ON • Lucan Biddulph Car Raffle - Lucan, ON • Boston Pizza - London, ON • Moparfest - New Hamburg, ON • Continental Golf Tournament - Mitchell, ON • Okanagan Marathon - Kelowna, BC • Dodgeball 4 Danny - Kitchener, ON • EMS Gala - Brantford, ON • Pizza Nova 12 Days of Christmas - London, ON • Forest City Road Race - London, ON • Rival Office Solutions Golf Tournament - London, ON • Sebringville Fire Road Toll - Sebringville, ON • John Scott Memorial Raffles - London, ON • Sudbury Comedy Gala - Sudbury, ON • KickAbout Soccer Tournament - London, ON • Knox Mountain Hill Climb - Kelowna, BC Thank You! Board of Directors The Sunshine Foundation of Canada is governed by a volunteer-based, national Board of Directors comprised of highly regarded representatives from health care, finance and community/public service, who meet regularly to establish our strategic direction and monitor financial matters. Sunshine’s Board 2019 - 2020 (L to R) Ian Shewan (Secretary), Chirag Shah (Past President), Judith Plotkin, Marco Pasqua, Catherine Parsons Dhamija, Nancy Sutherland (CEO), Jennifer Yao, Jim Cassidy (President & Chair), Brian Henderson, Tim Brown. Not pictured: Steve Sauve (Treasurer), Dan Pompilii.

SUNSHINE SUPPORTERS Business and Community Group Supporters The following corporations, foundations, associations, community events and endowments have supported Sunshine between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. Thank you! Contributions of $10,000+ Bill White Memorial Coffee Dome Donut Dream Endowment Manulife Financial Fund County Heritage / Stevenson Hunt Endowment Fund Mio / Manz Provincial Nevada Lucan Biddulph Sunshine Break Open Recreation Endowment Fund Committee Tickets Program Rockland Variety 774889 Ontario Limited Givr Guitar Meridian Credit Union Limited The Cadillac Fairview Corporation A&L Auto Recyclers Great Lakes Copper Inc. Michael and Nancy Czorny Charitable Limited Advocis Greater Hamilton Green Lane Community Trust Fund Aecon Utilities GT French Trust The Charles And Ethel Cohen Family Air Canada Midtown Convenience Foundation Alaska Airlines iA Financial Group Mississauga Central Lions Club Amanda Marascio Circle of Hope IG Wealth Management Mississauga Transit Social Club The Greygates Foundation Ames Family Foundation Industrial Alliance Moparfest The Hamber Foundation AMJ Campbell Van Lines Ineos Styrolution Canada Limited Mountainview Health & Wellness The Henry White Kinnear Foundation Big Bear Food Mart Inspiration 100™ Endowment Fund Nexion Canada - Gillian Scott The Henslow-Brown Foundation BlueStone Properties Inc. Northern The John C. and Sally Horsfall Eaton Bonfield & District Lions Club at the WindsorEssex Community OARA Boston Pizza London Foundation Optimist Club of New Hamburg Foundation Brantford Professional Firefighters J.P. Bickell Foundation Oshawa Family Convenience The Lougheed Foundation J.S. Cheng & Partners Inc. P&G Auto Parts Limited The Village General Store Association John Scott Memorial Fund Park N Fly Toronto The Wonderful Giving Fund Brymark Jono & Laynie Pizza Nova United Steelworkers Local 2251 C & H Fire Suppression Systems Inc. Lawn Bowling for Kids PricewaterhouseCoopers VersaBank Capture the Moment Media Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation Pro-Am Charity Tennis Tournament Walmart Canada Corporation Carr’s Delivery Service Lerners LLP Barristers & Solicitors Rand Kildare Charitable Foundation Walmart Canada Store #1113 Chapter One Lions Club of Clinton RBC Foundation Walmart Canada Store #1205 Charities Aid Foundation Canada LiUNA - Head Office Red Maple Convenience Walmart Canada Store #1213 CIBC Children’s Foundation LiveArt Graphics Reggie’s West Walmart Canada Store #3008 CIBC Wood Gundy London Knights Alumni Foundation Rival Office Solutions Walmart Canada Store #3057 Circle K 1535 London Knights Hockey Club Riverside Brass & Foundry Walmart Canada Store #3098 Circle K 65066 London Police Association Roger & Edith Davis Foundation Walmart Canada Store #5777 Conestoga College Police Lutheran Social Services London Rotary Club of Watford Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport Mac’s 1521 Royal LePage Terrequity Elite Realty WestJet Foundations Program Mac’s 61543 Sebringville Firefighters Wilf and Jean Bell Foundation Conestoga College Pre-Service Mac’s 61575 Snelling Paper & Sanitation Ltd. Mac’s 63056 SOWA Tool & Machine Company Contributions of $1,000+ Firefighting Program Mac’s 699 Datto Canada Enterprises, Inc. Mac’s Winks 1294 Stephen Smith and Dorothy Woltz Dietrich Metal Products Marsh & McLennan Companies Energy+ Inc. Maverick Foundation Enterprise Holdings - London Mayor Tooling Company Inc. Sudbury Comedy Gala Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation McNairn Packaging SunRype Okanagan Marathon Erin Express Variety Merchants Paper Company Sykes Capital LLC EY Canada The Altamira Foundation Four Points by Sheraton For a full list of Sunshine’s caring family of supporters, visit

Bright Futures, Big Possibilities Unlike other wish-granting organizations, a Sunshine Dream experience is not a last wish but an opportunity that helps kids and youth build confidence, independence, and optimism, leading to a brighter, more hopeful future. Pictured front and back cover: Kristen, age 12 from Surrey, BC Sunshine Dream: Swim and play on tropical beaches Get In Touch Join us in changing lives. Charitable Registration #12995 4822 RR0001 Call Us Toll-free: 1-800-461-7935 Email: [email protected]

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