TSN is once again the Presenting Players Lounge Sponsor at our 6th Annual 24 Hour Hockey Tournament!
We are excited to announce that TSN is once again the Presenting Players Lounge Sponsor at our 6th Annual 24 Hour Hockey Tournament, coming up on May 1st - 2nd, 2020!

TSN has been a proud supporter of our event since 2016. Their support ensures we can provide our players with a relaxing VIP area, delicious and nutritious meals, live entertainment, supplements, and so much more! 

A huge thank-you goes out to TSN and the dedicated and genereous support they provide us year after year!

We are excited to announce that Smilezone Foundation will be partnering with Sunnyside Grill this March Break!

From March 16th through March 22nd visit any Sunnyside Grill Location and order a full order OR kids order of pancakes and $1 will be donated to Smilezone Foundation to help us continue our mission of making children smile!

Race for Smilezone Foundation at the Mississauga Marathon!
Register for the Mississauga Marathon and race in support of Smilezone Foundation on May 3rd, 2020!

Gather your team or go at it solo and race for Smilezone to make tough days brighter for children as they navigate their healing journey. Each child and adult registrant will receive a Smilezone dry-fit t-shirt to don on race day! In addition to the dry-fit shirt, each child who fundraises for our Foundation will also receive a reusable water bottle!
Ask An Expert: Emily Kerr
This month we interviewed Emily Kerr - the Fund Development Coordinator at
Smilezone Foundation!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well, I am a mom of one super sweet little boy, I am a Fanshawe and Western graduate a few times over studying social justice and peace, political science, human services and environmental studies. I’m currently writing a book and have been with Smilezone since moving to Oakville in the fall of 2018!

Did you always know you wanted to work in fundraising or for a non profit organization?

No honestly I spent 7 years in University because I kept changing my mind on what direction I wanted to go! All I knew since day one was that I wanted to do something that was meaningful and would have a positive impact in some capacity. I ended up taking a Not-for-Profit Management program on recommendation of a professor and fell in love with fundraising through that. I thoroughly enjoy writing and interacting with people and fundraising combines both!

How did you get involved with Smilezone?

I spent a lot of time at Sick Kids Hospital myself - among others – and what I remember most is the play room; having a space to escape, play with my brothers and the other kids really helped through the whole process. Smilezone takes this a whole lot further and I knew I wanted to be a part of that magic which lead me to join the Smilezone team 😊

Can you tell us a little bit about your role with Smilezone?

I carry out our fundraising and stewardship initiatives relating to corporate & individual donors, grant writing, campaigns and third-party fundraising. I get to meet amazing people all the time from all walks of life which is amazing.

Can you tell us about some of the reactions you get from donors or potential donors when you tell them about Smilezone and the work we do?

There are often tears I can tell you that! People really connect with the work we do because nothing else out there is like Smilezone. It’s incredible the difference creating a much more positive environment can have on children receiving some kind of medical care - and of course for their families as well. Our donors really understand the impact and that’s why they choose to support us.

What is your favourite part about working for Smilezone Foundation?

Honestly it is incredibly rewarding having a job that you know makes a difference in the world as cheesy as that might sound. You spend a large chunk of your life at work; I feel like you might as well put all of those hours to good use by doing what you can to make your town, city, province, country or what have you, a little bit better. I have pride in working for Smilezone because I can see the difference our work does for kids. I encourage everyone to check out our testimonials if they want to see for themselves 😊

100 Teens Who Care
100 Teens Who Care is a group of teens who want to inspire the next generation of philanthropists by providing a forum to help and contribute to local charities - and they chose Smilezone Foundation to donate to during their fall quarterly meeting!

This month they were kind enough to invite us to their gathering and cheque presentation at Dave and Busters, where were able to thank the wonderful teens in person! Thank you 100 Teens Who Care!

Celebrating New Smilezone at Milton District Hospital

Children, caregivers, staff and our partners the Toronto Rock joined us on January 20th 2020 to officially unveil the nine new Smilezones we created at Milton District Hospital! 

During the fun-filled event we had the opportunity to hear about the impact the Smilezones have had from Helen Vatistas the Executive Director of the Milton District Hospital Foundation; Mark Walton, the VP of Strategy, Partnerships and Performance for Halton Healthcare; Milton Major Gordon Krantz; Dr. Salman Khalid, the Medical Director for the Emergency Department; our very own Co-Founder of Smilezone Scott Bachly and the owner and General Manager of Toronto Rock Lacrosse Team, Jamie Dawick; making for a moving and compelling afternoon for all in attendance. 

We were thrilled to have had the support of the Toronto Rock Lacrosse Team in making this project possible and had so much fun celebrating with the team and beloved mascot Iggy at the grand opening!

Smilezone Highlights
Check out our March newsletter for more

Upcoming Smilezones!
This month we will be creating Smilezones at Gilda's Club in Barrie, ON.

Check out our March newsletter for more details on this project!
New Partnership!
We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Seanchai Media Group for 2020-2021!

Stay posted for more details to come.
Valentine's Day
Why not share the love for your special someone by donating to one of our five gift categories in their name, and receive a Smilezone Valentine to gift your loved one.
Contact Us

Smilezone Foundation
557 Chartwell Road
Oakville, Ontario
L6J 4A8