CHKC relies heavily on fundraised dollars to operate the Centre. CHKC Participates in a variety of fund raising and awareness activities to help raise funds and bring awareness to the disability of deaf-blindness and the centre itself.
Another Successful JuneFest June 5th, 2013
So the sun wasn't shining down on JuneFest this year; that's okay. In fact, it was perfect as the grey day meant less glare for communication.
Communication is the key to the world for individuals who are deaf-blind. JuneFest celebrates Deaf-Blind Awareness month in Ontario. Students from local schools came to JuneFest to learn all about deaf-blindness. They learned how someone who is deaf-blind communicates, as well as how to use a white cane. Students cheered their teachers on as they competed against each other in a blindfolded obstacle course. Agencies, organizations, consumer groups, corporations, etc. were also there showcasing their products and services by communicating who they are and what they do.
There is always something new to learn every year. There is always someone new to meet, but many come to touch base with those they only see once a year. Opportunities to share a burger from the charity bbq, or a pizza slice from Boston Pizza, along with watching Malibu Bob juggling on his stilts, while DJ Mike plays music are some of the returning activities.
In addition, this year singer and songwriter Ivy James entertained us with her own unique melodies, Craig MacLean communicated a story in ASL to the audience through an interpreter, and the Korean Traditional Music Orchestra of the Blind performed for the crowd. The Garden Club of Toronto brought plants to showcase how people who are deaf-blind can enjoy gardening and plants using all the senses, and finally, the art contest featured the unique talents and beautiful artwork of the many talented artists who are deaf-blind.
Rotary Cheshire Homes Inc. and the Canadian Helen Keller Centre were proud to officially recognize Eddy Morten as the winner of the 2013 JT Award at this year's JuneFest under the category of Involvement. Eddy, a consumer himself, has been a leader in the deaf and deaf-blind community in Vancouver for over 20 years. He has laid the foundation for many, and has been the driving force behind improving services for his community.
On Saturday, December 7th from 9am to 5pm, CHKC will be having a Quilting Bee. This event has been organized to solve the problem of echo at the centre.
The goal of this Quilting Bee is to create several quilts that will be hung throughout CHKC to soften the hard surfaces and reduce the echo. Donations of various quilting items and expertise are greatly appreciated.
Help us make these much needed changes to CHKC so we can offer the best possible teaching environment for the deaf-blind community.
CHKC Awards Luncheon
Every year, in conjunction with the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons (CFPDP), CHKC holds the Annual CHKC Awards Luncheon to honour individuals who have made outstanding achievements and contributions to the disability of deaf-blindness, and to raise much needed funds to operate the Centre.
This year's luncheon will be held on April 25, 2013 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, in Toronto, Ontario. This year's award recipient will be CNIB.
Past CHKC Award Recipients:
2013 - CNIB 2012 - The Honourable David C. Onley 2011 - IBM Canada 2010 - Senator Vim Kochhar 2009 - ICICI Bank Canada 2008 - Microsoft Canada 2007 - Reverend Robert L. Rumball 2006 - Jim Sanders, President & CEO, CNIB 2005 - Joan Mactavish
Shop and Share
Do you like to shop online? Now you can shop and support the Canadian Helen Keller Centre at the same time! Shop and Share is an online shopping portal that links to many popular retailers. You log in tohttp://www.shopandshare.ca/and select CHKC as your favourite charity. Click on the link to your favourite store and shop as you normally would. A percentage of your total purchase is automatically donated to CHKC. It's that easy! There are no fees, it does not cost you more to use the site, and there is no pressure to sign up for anything. Here are just some of the retailers you can visit at Shop and Share: The Home Depot, Sears, The Body Shop, Old Navy, Chapters/Indigo, Gap, PetSmart, and many more.
CHKC Penny Drive
CHKC is having a penny drive. The pennies will help support the senior's drop-in program. Pennies collected will pay for snacks, beverages, outings, guest speakers and other programming expenses. You can drop your pennies off anytime at CHKC.
Tombola and the Great Valentine Gala
Tombola is a fund raising event held every year at the Great Valentine Gala which is hosted by the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons. Sponsors donate prizes to CHKC valued at $50.00 or more and balloons are sold at the Gala with corresponding prize numbers.
The 29th Annual Great Valentine Gala was held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday February 9, 2013.
This year's Annual Great Valentine Gala was a great success with over 500 people in attendance, featuring special guest "Randy Bachman".
Congratulations to the 2013 King Clancy Award winners: the 2012 London Paralympic Games medal-winning athletes. Also congratulations to 2011 Corporate Award winners Cineplex and TELUS.
Special thanks to our donors who donated great prizes for the Great Valentine Gala Tombola Event and for supporting CHKC, and to the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons for inviting us to participate in their event.
Other Fundraising and Awareness Activities
CHKC relies on donations from individuals as well as corporate donors.
We also actively seek out government and foundation grants and funding opportunities.
Public Speaking Engagements are available to service clubs, schools, and other service agencies.
All donations to CHKC are tax deductible.
For More Information on fundraising and awareness activities at CHKC contact us email@example.com call (416) 225-8989 voice/TTY.
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