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  Disco dancing their way to a Sick Kids donation
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The gift: Raising $600,000 and climbingThe cause: Toronto's Hospital for Sick ChildrenThe reason: To support leukemia researchWhen Frank and Martina Damiano's son turned 4, the family received some frightening news; doctors diagnosed young Antonio with leukemia.
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Young nephews become young publishers for cancer fight
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The gift: Raising $2,500 and climbing The cause: Alberta Cancer FoundationWhen Michael and John Brown's aunt Ruth was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the boys decided they had to do something to help.
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Teacher of global citizenship helps Ugandan orphans
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The gift: Founding Children of Hope Uganda .The reason: To help children in war-torn parts of Uganda .Laura Pitcher spent years teaching development issues at a Toronto high school when she finally decided to head to Africa in 2007 to help build a school in Uganda.
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Couple give hospice a hand to help more people nearing end of life
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The gift: $750,000The cause: Foothills Country HospiceEver since the Foothills Country Hospice opened in 2008 near their home in Okotoks, Alta., Doug and Susan Ramsay have helped out as volunteers and strong supporters.
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A bad hair day is all for the good
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The gift: Raising $500,000The cause: The Princess Margaret Cancer FoundationEver since he was a teenager, Harley Mintz has had long hair, sometimes letting it run halfway down his back.
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Tech firm's staff support charities of their choice
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Gift: More than $400,000 and climbingThe Causes: Various charitiesShortly after Glen Demetrioff and his wife, Sharon, founded Winnipeg-based DMT Development Systems Group Inc. in 1996, they began talking to employees about how to donate money to local charities.
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Fulfilling dreams of education
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Gift: Founding Building Walls of Wisdom .The Reason: To build schools in Africa, Asia and South America .After graduating from Queen's University with a teaching degree in 2000, Geoff Morgan headed overseas to launch his career. He spent the next 14 years teaching in Europe, South America and the Middle East before returning to his home in Newmarket, Ont., north of Toronto.
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Agency lets staff choose the worthy causes
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, January 03, 2015

The gift: $25,000The causes: Ten Toronto-area charitiesWhen Toronto-based marketing agency Ariad Communications hit its 25th anniversary, the company's 130 employees wanted to do something novel to mark the occasion.
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Doctor provides health care for the uninsured
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Donor: Dr. Paul CaulfordThe Gift: Co-founding the Scarborough Community Volunteer ClinicThe Reason: To provide health care to medically uninsured new CanadiansIn 1999, Dr. Paul Caulford came across a teenager with a lifethreatening illness who had been turned away from a Toronto hospital because she did not have health coverage. The teenager had been sponsored to Canada by relatives who were supposed to pay for her coverage until she became eligible in Ontario. But her sponsorship had broken down and she was on her own.
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Couple spread the love for open adoptions
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The gift: Raising $120,000 and climbingThe cause: Adoption OptionsWhen Bruce Sellery and his husband, Dennis Garnhum, decided to adopt a child a few years ago, they didn't know where to start. Eventually, they found out about Adoption Options, a Calgary-based agency that works with expectant parents and prospective adoptive parents, including same-sex couples, through an open process that keeps all sides fully informed.
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Retired lawyer fills 'huge need' with Care
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The gift: $500,000The cause: Care CanadaThe reason: To fund development projects around the worldWhen Douglas Stollery was considering retiring from his job as general counsel at Edmonton-based PCL Constructors Inc. last year, he began looking for something to help occupy his time.
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Here comes the sun
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, December 06, 2014

The Gift: Co-founding SunFarmerThe Cause: To provide solar power to schools and hospitals in Nepal .Jason Gray spent about five years working in the solar power industry in Canada before deciding to do something more ambitious: bring solar power to developing countries.
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A 12-year-old with a mustachioed cause
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Gift: Raising $15,000 and climbing .The Cause: The Movember Foundation .The Reason: To fund a variety of men's health programs .Max Gilbert was eight years old when he first learned about Movember and he wasn't pleased.
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Retired lawyer gives Tanzanian girls and women a boost
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Gift: Helping launch Tanzania Education and Micro-Business OpportunityThe Reason: To fund educational and employment programs in Tanzania .A few years ago, Arlene McKechnie got involved with an Ottawa-based charity called Tanzania Education and Micro-Business Opportunity, (TEMBO) which was just getting started.
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A call to action for women in Afghanistan
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The gift: Co-founding Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan .The reason: To fund educational programs in Afghanistan .Janice Eisenhauer was taking a development studies course at the University of Calgary in the late 1990s when she began reading about the mistreatment of women by the Taliban in Afghanistan. ''I was so thoroughly shocked that it was my call to action,'' Ms. Eisenhauer recalled from her home in Calgary.
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Raising the ante with a charitable dare
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, November 08, 2014

The gift: Launching My Giving MomentThe reason: To encourage Canadians to donate their time, talents or treasureWhen David Johnston was growing up in Sault Ste.Marie, Ont., he often marvelled at the generosity of his grandparents.
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Teacher rekindles love of Indian village
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, November 01, 2014

The gift: Creating the India Village Poverty Relief Fund .The reason: To fund educational and employment programs in India .When Crystle Mazurek was two years old, her family headed to a village in India's Punjab region, where her parents taught English as Anglican Church missionaries.
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A priest gets his wish - clean water projects
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The gift: Creating Canadian Samaritans for AfricaThe reason: To fund clean water projectsRev. Stan Chu Ilo was celebrating his birthday with friends a few years ago in Peterborough, Ont., when someone asked him to make a wish before blowing out the candles on a cake.
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School founder delivers a lesson in charity
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The gift: Raising $500,000 and climbing .The causes: United Way and other charities .When Wendy Derrick decided to start a private school in Oakville, Ont., in 1982, she didn't want students to focus only on reading, writing and arithmetic.
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Daughter's dare spurs mom to better girls' lives
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The gift: $2-million and climbingThe cause: Creating the 60 Million Girls FoundationThe reason: To fund educational programs for women in developing countriesFor years, Wanda Bedard used to become infuriated every time she read an article about the mistreatment of women under groups like the Taliban.
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Couple orchestrate campaign for Niagara Symphony
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, October 04, 2014

The gift: $200,000The causes: Niagara Symphony Orchestra and the St. Catharines Performing Arts CentreAfter Virginia Atkin and Keith Ambachtsheer bought a 15acre property in Ontario's Niagara Region, they quickly embraced many of the area's cultural institutions, including the Shaw Festival.
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Going the extra mile for women's education
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The gift: Raising $17,000The cause:The Canadian Federation of University WomenSusan Murphy loves to walk, a long way.This summer she and a friend, Monika Oepkes, trekked 500 kilometres in Spain, covering much of the famous Camino de Santiago, a traditional Christian pilgrimage. They did the journey to raise money for the Canadian
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Son walks 70 km for his mom and shelter animals
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The gift: Raising $5,200 and climbingThe cause: Animal shelters in SaskatchewanWhen Kris Mutafov's mother, Deanna Trowsdale-Mutafov, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Leiomyosarcoma, he took time off from university to be with her but he wanted to do much more.
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Couple dig deep to keep Calgary's kids in school
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The gift: $500,000The cause: United Way of Calgary .The reason: To help students graduate from high schoolWhen Heather and Mike Culbert heard about a new United Way of Calgary initiative to help young people finish high school, they wanted to do more than donate money.
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Helping teens dance to their own tune
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, September 06, 2014

The gift: Creating Unity Charity .The reason: To provide afterschool programs for teenagers .When Michael Prosserman was in Grade 11 at Thornlea Secondary School in Thornhill, Ont., he took an entrepreneurship class and had to complete a term project. By then, Mr. Prosserman had become an avid breakdancer and he used dancing as a way of coping with a series of family troubles, including his mother's mental-health issues and the breakdown of his parents' marriage.
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