Harrow Fair 2015 - Another Successful Pie Auction!Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The horrendous weather of torrential rain and sweltering heat, proved to be no match against the crowd that gathered August 27, 2015 on the opening night of the Harrow Fair for the wildly popular Pie Auction. Despite the weather, talented auctioneers managed to increase bids with some not so subtle pressure and a lot of humour! When all was said and done, over $11,400 was raised from the successful bids for the delicious and award winning pies! Our heartfelt thanks to the Stannard family, the organizers of the pie auction, the auctioneers, the volunteers, the pie bakers and pie buyers. Like the uniqueness of each pie, so too is every child and family supported by the John McGivney Children’s Centre.
Thank you to TELUS Mobility for their continued support!Monday, August 24, 2015
On Friday, August 21, 2015 TELUS Mobility presented a cheque from their Community Giving Program to the Centre. We are very appreciative of their ongoing support to our programs and services!
Generous donation to the Centre by the Estate of the late Hendrikus "Hank" Van Den ByllaardtThursday, June 25, 2015
The John McGivney is appreciative of the generous donation of $100,000 from the estate of the late Hendrikus "Hank" Van Den Byllaardt. We thank Wendy and Larry Leigh, who loved and cared for Hank, and who kindly assisted with this wonderful bequest to benefit our Seating & Mobility Workshop, which greatly benefits the children and families we serve.
Hank was born into a large family in Holland on March 27, 1925. He came to Canada after World War II and never returned home. While in Canada, Hank tried his hand at several different employment situations. However, having been trained back home as a machinist, he was a confirmed "tinkerer". Hank was a collector of all things mechanical, electrical and repairable. In a cupboard where people would usually keep dishes or food supplies, Hank kept screw drivers, hammers, sw itches, wires, screws, nails and even a saw. In closets where people would usually store clothes or linens, Hank put things to be tinkered with - broken televisions, VCR's, can openers, clocks and more. He loved to fix whatever was at hand.
Hank passed away in Windsor on September 7, 2013. He made a decision to bequest half his estate to the John McGivney Children's Centre, because he was concerned about the welfare of children with special needs. His dear friends, Wendy and Larry noted Hank would be very pleased and proud to have the Seating and Mobility Workshop room named for him - a room where people "tinker" with things to produce innovative and useful devices for the special children at the John McGivney Children's Centre.
Picture: Board members of the John McGivney Children's Centre with Wendy Leigh.
Thank you to Charity Chix for their generous donation!Tuesday, June 23, 2015
The Charity Chix fashion show took place on May 7, 2015, at the City Grill in downtown Windsor, and raised over $27,000 for the Centre! The event was hosted by The Alan Quesnel Family Foundation and raised funds for the John McGivney Children’s Centre and Rotary Mission to Ghana. Charity Chix is a dynamic group of women with a mission of supporting worthy charitable causes in our community and internationally. The John McGivney Children Centre sincerely appreciates the generous contribution by Charity Chix!
2015 John H. McGivney Bursary Awarded to Zahraa NasserTuesday, June 23, 2015
Ms. Debbie McGivney and Ms. Santarossa, Principal, JMCC School Authority, presented the 2015 John H. McGivney Bursary to Ms. Zahraa Nasser. Currently Zahraa attends Vincent Massey Secondary School and will be attending the University of Windsor in the fall to study for a double major in Psychology and English Literature. Her final goal at this time is to be a lawyer, a clinical psychologist, or a writer; and will find great success whichever journey she chooses
Zahraa’s therapists, Louise Henry and Jill O’Hearn forwarded there comments regarding Zahraa:
Zahraa is intelligent, soft-spoken, caring and gentle and is devoted to her family and friends. She is motivated be independent and resourceful, and has remained firm in her drive to succeed and conquer challenges on her way. It has been inspiring for both Louise and Jill to watch Zahraa grow into the beautiful young woman that she is today. We congratulate Zahraa and wish her well on her post-secondary journey!
Thank you to Leamington District High School!Wednesday, June 10, 2015
On June 9, 2015, students from Leamington District High School presented the Centre with a cheque in support of our kids programs at the Centre. The money raised was a result of fundraising initiatives they undertook before wrapping up with another school year! Thank you to all the students who participated!
Holy Names High School-Hommel's HikeTuesday, June 9, 2015
A huge thank you to the Holy Names High School students (over 400!) who walked from their school to our Centre on June 9, 2015 as part of their fundraiser, Hommel’s Hike. Over $3,800 raised from the walk was donated to our preschool program. It is wonderful that this school strives to install a sense of awareness, community spirit, and generosity in this next generation of young people. We really appreciate all their efforts on behalf of our children! Go Knights!
A. P. Plasman brings Holiday Cheer to JMCC!Monday, December 15, 2014
On December 15, 2014 around our ‘Tree of Warmth’, A.P. Plasman Elves delivered brightly decorated bags filled with items from JMCC’s wish list; making the holidays a lot brighter for our children!
Our sincere gratitude to A.P. Plasman for their thoughtfulness and ongoing generous support to the Centre!
Moramos Shrine Club Ongoing Support to the Centre!Monday, October 6, 2014
On September 22, 2014 the Moramos Shrine Club attended the John McGivney Children’s Centre to present a generous donation. We are very appreciative of their continued support of OTN (telemedicine) and the orthopedic clinic.
Harrow Pie Auction - Sweet Success!Tuesday, September 9, 2014
The time honoured tradition of holding a pie auction at the Harrow Fair continues! Since 2002 the proceeds of the Harrow Fair Pie Auction have been donated to the Centre, and this year's auction, that took place on August 28, 2014, saw approximately $16,000 being donated to the John McGivney Children’s Centre. One auctioned pie raised over three thousand dollars! The John McGivney Children’s Centre sincerely appreciates the commitment and hard work of all volunteers, pie bakers and bidders who make this annual event such a success!