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Community Stories

We want to highlight all the great work happening in the community by people just like you. Here you can find stories about our partners, community groups and supporters. 

ProAction Cops and Kids Testimonial

ProAction Cops and Kids Testimonial

“I just wanted to say how amazing the lunch time soccer program was and the opportunity to participate in the Toronto Police Games. Austin and I both had such a fantastic time. Thank you so...

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Youth Leader Story: Kenny from ProAction Cops and Kids

Youth Leader Story: Kenny from ProAction Cops and Kids

“We have identified many outstanding youth in our program over the years and Kenny is one of the many we are very proud of. He spent his teenage years growing up in the Dawes Road area...

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Youth Leader Story: Braeden from Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre

Youth Leader Story: Braeden from Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre

"The quarter we would like to recognize Braeden H. Braeden has continually demonstrated strong leadership skills and determination with her commitment to Boxing and to the First Nations...

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Daniel's experience with the Woodgreen Newcomer Youth Soccer League

Daniel's experience with the Woodgreen Newcomer Youth Soccer League

"My name is Daniel Blanco and I’m 15 years old. I came to Canada last year from Cuba. I really enjoy playing in the soccer league. It is great to meet people from all over the...

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Youth Leader Story: Xavier from the Woodgreen Newcomer Youth Soccer League

Youth Leader Story: Xavier from the Woodgreen Newcomer Youth Soccer League

"Xavier Zavala is a coach and league assistant with the Newcomer Youth Soccer League (NYSL). Xavier studied Sport Recreation Management at the University of New Brunswick and has helped...

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Youth Leader Story: Coach from YouthLink

Youth Leader Story: Coach from YouthLink

"One of our coaches is a young person from Scarborough Village who graduated from high school in June 2015 and is currently completing his post secondary program at Centennial College...

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YouthLink Testimonial

YouthLink Testimonial

"We have a grade 10 student in the program who struggled academically in grade 9 while participating in his first year in the Triple Double Program. This young man was attending basketball...

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Youth Leader Story: Jenn from Reach for the Rainbow

Youth Leader Story: Jenn from Reach for the Rainbow

Jenn, Brampton YMCA Winter Break Camp 1:1 Support Counsellor “Working with Daisy over Winter Break was such a fun and rewarding experience! Having little to no experience with ASL didn't...

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Reach for the Rainbow Testimonial

Reach for the Rainbow Testimonial

"We can’t describe what a wonderfully freeing feeling it is to know that our son was participating in such an engaging and rich program, having experiences he could never have elsewhere....

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Youth Leader Story: Tyrese from ProAction Cops & kids

Youth Leader Story: Tyrese from ProAction Cops & kids

ProAction Cops & Kids Community Action Grants Recipient PC Curtis Celestine and PC Nelvin Forde, along with other officers ran a ProAction Basketball League in 55 Division. The program...

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Special Olympics Ontario athlete, Gohulan, shares his story

Special Olympics Ontario athlete, Gohulan, shares his story

Gohulan Rajalingam – Special Olympics athlete from Sir William Osler High School   "Special Olympics is very special to me and has helped me to make new friends, have fun and...

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We Nook, We Shoot, We Score Testimonial

We Nook, We Shoot, We Score Testimonial

"This past week was our first official day back on the ice. We were excited to have a great turn out despite the weather with some new faces. One of our youth volunteer’s fathers joins...

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Abdul's experience with the Woodgreen Newcomer Youth Soccer League

Abdul's experience with the Woodgreen Newcomer Youth Soccer League

“My experience with Woodgreen's soccer program was amazing. Whether I was playing indoor or outdoor; the soccer program helped me connect and make friends with new people. I learned how...

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 Hitting the heavy bag at Cabbagetown Boxing Club

Hitting the heavy bag at Cabbagetown Boxing Club

Name of Organization: Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural CentreGrant Recipient: RPAGYouth Leader   The Wasa-Nabin program at Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre would like to...

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Meet Pedro, Newcomer Youth Soccer League coach

Meet Pedro, Newcomer Youth Soccer League coach

Name of Organization: WoodGreen Community Services, Newcomer Youth Soccer League (NYSL)Grant Recipient: CAGTestimonial/Youth Leader   Pedro Lima is a youth coach for the “WoodGreen...

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Peoples Basketball Testimonials

Peoples Basketball Testimonials

Name of Organization: Peoples BasketballRPAG Grant RecipientTestimonials Peoples Basketball is one of our 2016 RPAG Grant recipients. Read some of the the testimonials from their program...

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Community Leader: Ariel

Community Leader: Ariel

On Saturday November 12, Reach for the Rainbow celebrated the 30th Crystal Ball: ‘Sound + Colour – The Magic of Childhood Memories’. Over the past 30 years, our...

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Lady Ballers Camp Youth Leader Story: Nifemi

Organization Name: Lady Ballers Camp Program Name: Dunk Like a Girl Nifemi is a special youth leader in the Lady Ballers Camp.  She has been involved with Lady Ballers Camp...

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TYD Volunteer Spotlight: Orville

TYD Volunteer Spotlight: Orville

Volunteer spotlight: Orville R. – Lead Head Coach of the Regent Park Soccer League Toronto Youth Development 50/50 Partner Since the inaugural debut of the Regent Park Soccer League (RPSL...

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Testimonial from Alex on WoodGreen Community Services

Testimonial from Alex on WoodGreen Community Services

My name is Alex Di Noia and I’m the youth settlement counsellor and soccer league convener for the Newcomer Youth Soccer League funded by the MLSE Foundation at WoodGreen Community Services...

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Learn about ProAction Cops & Kids' hockey program

Learn about ProAction Cops & Kids' hockey program

PC Derek Ma and other officers from 32 Division Community Response Unit embarked on another season of the Junior Blues Hockey Program. Over the course of the winter months, students were taught the...

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Joy's experience at Lady Ballers Camp

Joy's experience at Lady Ballers Camp

Note: some names have been changed Lady Ballers Camp strives to connect with girls of all social and economic circumstances in an attempt to create an inclusive community. Over the camp period...

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Youth Leader Story: Jana from NWSSA

Youth Leader Story: Jana from NWSSA

Neighbourhood Women Striving in Sports and Athleticism (NWSSA)RPAG Grant and 50/50 Partner Meet Jana Azbarga, a participant in the Women Striving in Soccer Program. Jana thoroughly enjoys NWSSA...

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What Peoples Basketball means to Henry Van Herk

What Peoples Basketball means to Henry Van Herk

Youth Leader Story When I was first approached to be part of Peoples Basketball, I was unsure at the time whether it would be worthwhile, having never heard of the program before.  It has...

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ProAction Cops & Kids Girls Fit Club Testimonial

ProAction Cops & Kids Girls Fit Club Testimonial

PC Mary MacNaughton and other officers from 51 Division ran a girls fitness group where they mentored girls about proper nutrition and benefits of a healthy lifestyle. They engaged in weekly sports...

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Learn about WoodGreen, our newest grant recipient

Learn about WoodGreen, our newest grant recipient

Top Strengths of the program: Giving youth who don’t normally have access to WoodGreen programs and services an opportunity to access the programs and services The opportunity for...

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Lady Ballers Camp Testimonials and Stories

Lady Ballers Camp Testimonials and Stories

As part of our community outreach, Lady Ballers Camp focused on reaching out to women and children shelters as well as a family shelter. Lady Ballers Camp enrolled over half of their campers free...

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Community Youth Leader Story: Nafisa

Community Youth Leader Story: Nafisa

Name: Nafisa A.Age: 14Grade: 10School: Jarvis CollegiateCareer Objective: Medical ProfessionFavorite Subject: MathFavourite Part of Camp: The Excursions and Field Trips   Nafisa A. is a...

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Skate the Dream Parent Testimonial

Skate the Dream Parent Testimonial

MLSE Foundation and Just Energy Foundation are proud to have grant partners like the Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton who are able to make such a large impact in the lives of youth. Check out this...

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Community Youth Leader Story: Raymond from Toronto Youth Development

Community Youth Leader Story: Raymond from Toronto Youth Development

Name: Raymond V.Years Enrolled: 5 Graduated: 2015 Age: 15 Grade: 10 School: Jarvis CollegiateCareer Objective: ArchitectFavourite Subject: MathFavourite Athlete: Kyle Lowry   Raymond V. is a...

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Meet Jonathan, Triple Double Program Coach

Meet Jonathan, Triple Double Program Coach

One of the people hired through the Triple Double Program that MLSE Foundation helped create is a young man in Scarborough Village named Jonathan Delgado.   Jonathan is well respected by the...

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Vic Simkus is our May Community Leader

Vic Simkus is our May Community Leader

This month we would like to recognize Victor Simkus as a Community Leader. Vic Simkus was a volunteer referee at MLSE Foundation’s 50/50 partner event, Special Olympics Ontario Basketball...

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Caleb's We Nook, We Shoot, We Score Experience

Caleb's We Nook, We Shoot, We Score Experience

Caleb just turned 5. The first time on the ice he fell every time he moved his skates. On the first day of the We Nook, We Shoot, We Score program, Caleb was paired up with a staff member and...

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Positive Feedback About Beyond the Rim

Positive Feedback About Beyond the Rim

We’re only in week two of Beyond The Rim and have already received a lot of positive feedback from the participants and their parents. Just this week, Michelle, who has enrolled both of her...

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Hamza Atta & Keelan Williams are Leaders in the Malvern Community

Hamza Atta & Keelan Williams are Leaders in the Malvern Community

We want to congratulate Hamza Atta and Keelan Williams as the #MLSEFdnLeader for August. As a resident of the Rouge River/Malvern community for over ten years, 16-year-old Keelen is an...

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Ryan Robertson a Leader in Fundraising

Ryan Robertson a Leader in Fundraising

We want to recognize Ryan Robertson as our #MLSEFdnLeader for September. Ryan Robertson is the VP of Enterprise Sales at Pardot-Salesforce. In 2013, Ryan began his involvement with MLSE...

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Brendan Weeks is our October Community Leader

Brendan Weeks is our October Community Leader

We want to congratulate Brendan Weeks as the #MLSEFdnLeader for October.   Most 13-year-olds during the summer are playing with friends, watching TV, going to camp or playing video...

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