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  He shed hatred and built a Mosaic
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, February 06, 2016

The gift: Co-founding the Mosaic InstituteThe reason: To build bridges between different communitiesAs an Armenian growing up in Toronto, Vahan Kololian was taught from a young age to dislike Turks. Animosity between the two cultures is long-standing and Mr. Kololian kept his distance.
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Sing For Your Life began in Britain before taking root in B.C.
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The gift: Creating Sing For Your LifeThe reason: To offer music programs for seniorsWhen Nigel Brown was growing up in Britain, his home was usually filled with the sound of his mother singing. Even as a senior living on her own in rural England, Katherine Brown loved to sing. ''Whenever you drove up to the cottage, you heard singing,'' Mr. Brown, 72, recalled from his home in Kelowna, B.C.
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Couple help families get back on their feet
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, January 23, 2016

The gift: $1.1-millionThe cause: Victim Services of York RegionA couple of years ago, Ashley Wade asked a long-time friend, Jason Ladd, for some information about an organization he chaired called Victim Services of York Region.
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Improving maternal health
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The gift: Raising $10,000The cause: Plan CanadaA few years ago, Emily Teo took a trip to India and was touched by the sight of so many orphans on the streets.
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Making a difference at a local level
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, January 09, 2016

The gift: Helping to raise $1.3-millionThe cause: Scholarships for students in Gravenhurst, Ont.The Muskoka region of Ontario is known for its luxury resorts and expensive cottages.
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Skiing for a good cause
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Commerce said top executives Gerry McCaughey and Richard Nesbitt, after retiring from the bank, received a combined $25-million for: a. ''deferred performance-based compensation'' b. ''ongoing consulting services'' c. ''enhanced retirement benefits'' d. ''postemployment arrangements'' .
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Gala fills every single seat for ORT Montreal
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, December 26, 2015

The gift: Raising more than $4-million and climbing .The cause: ORT Montreal and other charities .Jonathan Ross Goodman attended an annual gala to raise money for ORT Montreal for years before he finally got tired of seeing so many empty seats.
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Charity brings love of art to education programs around the world
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The cause: Co-founding ArtBoundThe reason: To fund art education programsA few years ago, Amanda Alvaro and a group of friends decided to put their love of art to some kind of charitable purpose.
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Sponsoring refugees in a country that 'has been good to us'
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The gift: Helping raise $70,000The cause: To sponsor two refugee families from SyriaVinay and Poonam Sarin have spent years helping new immigrants and working on human-rights issues.
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'The most tragic of reasons' sparks charity for youth mental health
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, December 05, 2015

The gift: Creating Jack.orgThe reason: To raise awareness about mental health issues among young peopleWhen Eric Windeler and Sandra Hanington's 18-year-old son, Jack, left for Queen's University in the fall of 2010, the family thought everything was fine, until a police officer called. Jack had died by suicide after spending months in a deep depression.
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Scholarship helps LGBT engineers
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The gift: $55,000The causes: Mount Royal University in Calgary and the University of Manitoba in WinnipegWhen Jeff Kushner and his partner, family doctor Randall McGinnis, retired last year, they decided to do something to leave a legacy and help LGBT students.
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Ending violence with violins
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The gift: Creating the Hammer BandThe reason: To provide free violin lessons in schoolW hen Toronto endured a particularly violent summer a few years ago, violinist Moshe Hammer felt compelled to do something.
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Kids Cook to Care's not-so-secret ingredient is love
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The gift: Creating Kids Cook to CareThe reason: To give children an opportunity to help people in needA few years ago, Jill Lewis and Julie Levin were accompanying their children on a field trip to an apple orchard when they began chatting about what to do with all of the apples.
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Riding to conquer cancer, and to give thanks
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, November 07, 2015

The donor Carol MifsudThe gift: Raising $18,000 and climbingThe cause: Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in TorontoWhen Carol Mifsud was diagnosed with a form of thyroid cancer five years ago, the prognosis was not good.
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Hospital rich in family history has a brighter future
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The gift: $1-millionThe cause: Lions Gate Hospital Foundation in North VancouverStephen Sander has deep roots with the Lions Gate Hospital stretching back 50 years.More than 20 family members have been born in the hospital, which is located in North Vancouver where most of the Sanders still live and work. Mr. Sander, 82, founded Hollyburn Properties Ltd. in the 1970s, which is among the largest managers of rental buildings in Canada.
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Degrassi creator makes $1-million donation to Trent student centre
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The gift: $1-millionThe cause: Trent UniversityThe reason: To help build a new students' centreWhen Stephen Stohn attended Trent University in the 1960s, the university had just opened.
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The most generous meal of the day The donors Jonathan Tong and Simon Leith
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The gift: Raising $250,000 and climbing .The cause: Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children .Jonathan Tong and Simon Leith have been close friends since their high school days in Toronto.
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Dogs have their day at hospital fundraiser
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The gift: More than $1-million and climbingThe cause: Baycrest Health SciencesDavid Shiffman and his family have been donating to Toronto's Baycrest Health Sciences for decades, and now his pet dog is involved.
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Shaping the sculptures' stories
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, October 03, 2015

The Gift: $1.1-million The Causes: Art Gallery of Burlington and Royal Botanical GardensWhen Dan Lawrie was growing up in Winnipeg, his parents took him to see the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden in Assiniboine Park. The visit left a lasting impression and Mr. Lawrie began a lifelong fascination with sculptures.
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Conquering cancer one slapshot at a time
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The gift: Raising $100,000 and climbingThe cause: Toronto's Princess Margaret hospitalAbout 10 years ago, Patrick Keeley was pursuing a career in the investment business in Chicago when he was diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of cancer that affects the immune system.
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Investment conference funds SickKids research
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The gift: Creating Capitalize for KidsThe cause: Toronto's Hospital for Sick ChildrenW hen Jeff Gallant and Kyle MacDonald were studying commerce at Queen's University a few years ago, they both had big dreams of working on Bay Street.
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Pedaling for Parkinson's - and for family
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The gift: Raising $500,000 and climbingThe cause: Parkinson Society Central and Northern OntarioWhen David Newall's father began showing signs of Parkinson's disease a few years ago, he wanted to do something to help fund research into the illness.
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Helping autistic students take Giant Steps forward
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, September 05, 2015

The gift: Raising $90,000 and climbingThe cause: Giant Steps school in TorontoYves Gadler has worked in the non-profit sector for 25 years, raising money for hospitals, universities and museums. But when he and his wife, Deidre, enrolled their son Andre in a Toronto school for autistic children four years ago, they took on a personal fundraising mission.
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Hitting a hole-in-one for Alzheimer Society of Canada
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The gift: Raising $300,000 and climbingThe cause: Alzheimer Society of CanadaGolfer David Hearn has seen too many members of his family, and others, affected by Alzheimer's disease and so several years ago he began using his skills on the golf course to raise money for the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
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Shriner funds Hospital for Children in Montreal
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Gift: $100,000 .The Cause: McGill University Health CentreThe Reason: To help build a new Shriners Hospital for ChildrenWhen Ralph Hutchison was starting out in his business career in Peterborough, Ont., a friend got him involved in Shriners. That was 50 years ago and Mr. Hutchison has remained an active Shriner, including serving as a volunteer driver to take children for treatment at Shriners clinics.
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