World Smile Day Highlights
We LOVE October, mainly because World Smile Day is on the first Friday in October every year! Here at Smilezone Foundation we're all about the smiles which means we're all about World Smile Day. World Smile day was created after the creator of the smiley face, Harvey Ball, noticed his iconic symbol had been too commercialized; contradicting the meaning behind the smiley. In response, Harvey founded World Smile Day to inspire people around the globe to make someone smile through simple acts of kindness.

We take this celebration a step farther by spreading smiles throughout the whole week! Take a look at what we got up to this year :)
Movie Day at Woodview! We kicked off the week by visiting the smiley kids at Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services in Burlington. American hockey player Megan Bozek joined us for some smiley, silly and colourful cookie decorating and a snuggle up with popcorn, fruit and blankets to watch Inside Out. The kids and staff all dressed in purple and yellow to celebrate Smilezone's version of World Smile Day!
Next we traveled to Vanier Children's Services in London where St. John's Ambulance joined us with some furry friends! The kids had the opportunity to make their very own rock pets using markers, googly eyes and glitter.

The therapy pooches are always sure to make everyone smile :)
Pathstone Mental Health was the next stop in our week-long celebration and we were thrilled to add some Thanksgiving to the mix with some turkey puppet crafts!

We brought with us a big World Smile Day banner for the kids to draw things that make them smile!
We brought back those summer vibes at ErinoakKids in Brampton with our beach and sundae themed activities!

Equipped with grass skirts and leis, the kids, staff and family played with beach balls, skipping ropes, hop scotch and some glittery, silly crafts accompanied by delicious ice cream sundaes!
To finish off our World Smile Day week celebrations we decided to make our Earth smile!

Smilezone staff and Board Members gathered at Coronation Park in Oakville to clean up the park followed by a delicious lunch served by Monastery Bakery.

While we celebrated throughout these events, Smilezone partner Hospitals and Health Care Centres from across Ontario joined us by spreading their own smiles! Staff and clients dressed in their most creative purple and yellow attire and posted the fun photos on social media for everyone to enjoy! A big thank you to everyone who made this World Smile Day special!
Ask An Expert: Megan Bozek

This month we interviewed American professional hockey player Megan Bozek who has done so much for Smilezone this past year. Megan has gone above and beyond to come to our events, advocate for our cause and help in any way possible; showing a one-of-the-kind commitment to the community and to some pretty great kids. Megan is a wonderful role model who truly cares about others. See what she had to say below.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. I started skating when I was 2.5 years old. My older brothers were playing hockey, so I wanted to do everything they were doing! For schooling, I went to the University of Minnesota where I graduated with a degree in Sport Management and a Minor in Leadership.

I won two National Titles with Minnesota, and have been fortunate enough to represent the United States at World Championships and The Olympic Games in 2014.

As an influential person and a role model to so many young people in particular, why do you think becoming involved in your community is important?
Becoming involved in your community betters everyone and everything around you. Whether it be small or big, a task or a lending hand, working together and for a cause is what makes the world a better place!

What made you first want to give back to your community in one way or another?
Sharing my passion, my story, or anything else, to help someone, is why I love getting involved. A smile, talk, story, hug, or a shard passion goes A LONG WAY!

How did you/what made you become involved with Smilezone Foundation?
I was invited from another hockey player to attend the golf tournament in the summer. Watching the whole event unfold was magical.

From the youth that we met outside, to the golfers who helped make the day possible, it was so much fun seeing everyone donate to such a great organization. Hearing Scott and Adam speak to what Smilezone represented made me realize I wanted to stay involved with SZ!

You graciously came to our grand opening at Woodview, can you reflect on your experiences?
Woodview was so welcoming to everyone that attended! From the sensory room, to the meeting room and hallways, it was filed with color, light, beautiful murals, and compassion throughout the whole building.

Meeting some of the students that attend Woodview was a treat for me, to put faces to names and to see who is benefiting from the Smile Zones! There were numerous people in attendance, which was great, because it was a community event for everyone to share in!

Are there any special moments you’ve encountered through your involvement with us?
I was able to go back to Woodview to help decorate cookies for World Smile Day and watch a movie. I saw some of the students putting much concentration into the decorating, and others that were excited to sit and watch Inside Out.

Sitting in the back and enjoying the movie, I reflected on how fortunate these children are to have amazing staff at Woodview, additions to the facility, thanks to Smilezone, and the support that everyone has for each other!

Do you have any favourite Smilezone features?
The dogs in the Woodview hallway are incredible!! I am so inspired by how Smilezone enters facilities, hospitals, treatment centers, and anywhere else where anyone can enjoy the space and look for an extra reason to smile!

Do you have any advice for children and families who may be navigating complex healing journeys?
Trust the path and the journey. Smilezone is in your corner, and we are all in this together!

Post Your #UNSelfie

Giving Tuesday is Almost Here!

Giving Tuesday is a global movement where millions of people all over the world give back to their communities. While Giving Tuesday is traditionally an on-line fundraising movement, there are plenty of other ways to participate!

When: Tuesday December 3rd 2019

This year share the reason you participated in Giving Tuesday by posting a photo of why you gave on social media! Use the popular hashtag #UNSelfie and tag our our social media handles if you choose to support Smilezone! Download our PDF or make your own #UNselfie page. All proceeds go towards our Smilezone project at Five Counties Children's Centre .

Facebook: @Smilezone Foundation
Instagram: @smilezonefoundation
Twitter: @Smilezone4kids

Don't forget you can choose to make it a monthly gift! By making a small donation monthly you can make BIG change

Dont forget to vote for Colton and his skating partner Amanda - every day = a new opportunity to vote! :)
Battle of the Blades: Smilezone meets with Colton

If you haven't heard yet, retired NHL enforcer Colton Orr has chosen to skate on behalf of Smilezone Foundation during this season of Battle of the Blades! This month Colton met with Smilezone staff and ErinoakKids children and faculty at ErinoakKids here in Oakville; giving us a chance to thank him in person!

You can catch all the details when the interaction airs on CBC and CBC Gem October 31st at 7:00PM!
Smilezone Transforms
Lighthouse for grieving Children
Lighthouse Smilezones

On September 28 – 30 we transformed FIVE areas of Lighthouse for Grieving Children into Smilezones!

By including weighted blankets, age-appropriate and graffiti inspired murals, headphone connected musical instruments and more we made the kitchen, children’s art room, medical play room, children’s group room and youth room into warmer, safer spaces for the children and youth to grieve safely and comfortably in their own ways.

Smilezone Highlights
Check out our November newsletter for more

Upcoming Smilezones!
This month we will be in our neck of the woods transforming Smilezones at York Children's Aid Society in Newmarket, ON followed by Milton District Hospital and Alexander marine Hospital!

Check out all of the details in our November Newsletter.
Gifts of Giving
In December 2019 we will be launching our second ever Gifts of Giving campaign! Donate one of our five gift categories on behalf of someone on your Holiday shopping list!

We're seeking matching gift donors to pledge a gift big or small to double the impact of this years campaign! Contact us if interested in giving this holiday season.

We're Hiring!!
We're looking for someone to join our team as our Communications Coordinator!

If you have experience with marketing, communications and PR we encourage you to apply :) Click here for the full details

Contact Us

Smilezone Foundation
557 Chartwell Road
Oakville, Ontario
L6J 4A8