Webinars for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good is a great resource for go-to information for nonprofits, especially in the areas of social media and different platforms.

Here is a great list below for upcoming webinars if you would like to register!

Tuesday, April 28 

11 YouTube Best Practices for NGOs
10-11:15am EDT (New York), 3-4:15pm BST (London)

Tuesday, May 5
16 Pinterest Best Practices for NGOs
10-11:15am EDT (New York), 3-4:15pm BST (London)

Thursday, April 30
How to Launch a Social Media Strategy for Your NGO
9-10:15 SGT (Singapore), 11am -12:15am AEST (Melbourne)

Tuesday, June 16
Mobile for Good: A How-T0 Fundraising Webinar for Nonprofits
10am-11:15pm PST (Vancouver), 1-2:15pm EST (New York)

To check out their website, please visit http://www.nptechforgood.com/

Every Plate Full Campaign – Newmarket Food Pantry

The Newmarket Food Pantry is participating this year in the campaign called Every Plate Full and Boston Pizza Nemarket has been so gracious to host an evening for us on May 3rd from 5-8 pm.
Come out and enjoy a meal with your family and friends. 10 % of all order proceeds between those times will be donated back to the Food Pantry. The evening will also host a 50/50 draw and a silent auction.
Please come out to support the Food Pantry and help with an inspiring goal: to fill the plates of every hungry Canadian this summer.

Join us at the event and support a great organization!


The Voluntary Sector

The Voluntary Sector

Voluntary Sector Is Important To The Economy and Society

The voluntary sector makes a total amount of $90 Billion dollars a year.   This sector has approximately 1.1 million employees and is a very important of the well being in our country.  Voluntary organizations deliver services and serve many groups of people.

The voluntary sector connects people to each other in society.  People learn and practice the skills of citizenship.  The voluntary sector is like any other company that needs resources, and support from society.  They also have members, people donating money to them, and people raising money for them.

The voluntary sector is flexible so it can meet many needs in the community and world.  Organizations are run by volunteers or paid staff and can be small or large.

Charity versus Non-Profit Organization

Charitable organizations and non-profit organizations are different.

There are over 75,000 charity organizations, from small to large, institutions that provide services to specific populations and are to be considered part of the government.  Almost 10,000 organizations are supervised and largely funded by the government.  Charities are usually registered with the Income Tax Act and meet a set of rules which will allow them not to pay taxes and allows them to give receipts for donations they can use for tax credits.

The non-profit sector includes almost every type of voluntary association, charity, church, trade and professional association.  This sector, in Canada, is estimated to include over 175,000 organizations.

Voluntary Sector Organizations

Have you ever been to a museum?  A museum is a charitable organization.  By visiting the museum and people continuing to visit and enjoy it, you are helping the museum receive money from the government to keep it open.

Have you ever been to the hospital to visit someone or been seen by a doctor there yourself?  The hospital is another charitable organization.  Without the government and people donating money to the hospital, they would not be able to keep doctors working or provide care for people in need.

Do you go to school every day?  Schools are a charitable organization also and need help from the government and community to keep schools open.  Your parents help by paying taxes and you help by going to school and learning.

You are a very important person to the voluntary sector.  Without you, and others, there would be no services available to you.  You would not be able to go to school, visit museums or libraries.  So not only do you contribute to the voluntary sector, non-profit organizations also help the community and society to keep people employed and services available to people who require them.

The voluntary sector provides an excellent contribution to our society and Canada.



Earth Day 2015


Well today is Earth Day in Canada. Not only should we celebrate earth today, it should be celebrated every day.

More than six million Canadians—including nearly every school-aged child—participate in an Earth Day activity in their communities.

Keeping the earth clean for ourselves and our future generations is incredibly important.  Something as small as walking the kids to school or carpooling will help the environment by less carbon gases being emitted in the air.

Planting a tree or flower also makes your space look nice but also contributes to green space for the future.

For Earth day ideas, please visit http://earthday2015.ca/

If we work together, we make a difference in our community so pitch in today!

Chase  nature

Terry Fox

When I was a young girl, I remember standing on the overpass on West Street in Orillia with a crowd of many people waiting for the Terry Fox to run by.  It was such an amazing experience to see Terry run by me. I was so impressed, proud of him and remember thinking that he was an amazing human being.  In June 28, 1981, when Terry died, I was 9 years old and I remember watching his funeral on television and bawling my eyes out.

I was on the cross-country running team in high school although I don’t think I ever was a great runner.  I took up running a few years ago and ran a half marathon and also a half marathon walk.  Terry was such an inspiration to so many people.

I have had personal loss through cancer, not the same cancer as Terry but as far as I am concerned, any cancer is unwanted.  My Uncle Don died twelve years ago and he was like my second dad,  many memories of holidays and summer outings.  This still upsets me and I think of him often.  He developed lung cancer followed by three brain tumours and unfortunately on May 28, 2003, he passed away.  He didn’t get to be a part of my wedding or the birth of my three daughters and all because of the nasty “C” word.

My father’s friend Paul died of cancer a few years ago as well and he was one of the greatest people you would have ever met.  A family member was diagnosed with cancer last year but fought it and won.

When I saw a post that the Terry Fox Foundation was looking for a volunteer organizer for the Terry Fox Run in Aurora, I immediately said yes.  This was an event I could not say no to; Terry was such an inspiring and amazing person that I had to help continue his fight, his journey. Terry always said that if each Canadian could give a dollar it would make a huge difference in cancer research.

For Terry, my Uncle Don, friend Paul, and all people who have ever had cancer or members of your family who died from cancer, I will dedicate this event to all of you.  For those still fighting, don’t give up.  Keep fighting.

The Terry Fox Run will be held in Aurora, Ontario on September 20th, 2015.  If you would like to participate or like more information, please visit the Terry Fox Foundation at http://www.terryfox.org/

The Terry Fox Foundation; Working together to outrun cancer!

Feeling Grateful

I have been nominated as you may have seen in my previous post as a People’s Choice  contest for Portrait’s of Giving.  Although it has been awesome to be nominated as a giver in my community and I have asked you to vote for me, I will not be too upset if I do not win this contest.

I volunteer because I enjoy it. I have been a volunteer for as long as I remember and being able to help others is what motivates and inspires me, not awards.  It is great to feel recognized but whether I am in dead last place or near the top, it doesn’t make a difference.  Being nominated makes me a winner and no matter the results, I will continue to help others and be proud of myself and who I am!

I give because I can, because I want to use my skills to help others, to make the world a better place and because it is such a rewarding feeling knowing that you have made a difference in someone else’s life;  whether big or small it all matters.

Thank you to my family and friends who have voted and continue to vote for me in the contest.  You have made me feel special and I appreciate the honor and nomination from my mother.

We can make a difference by working together and congratulations to all of the other nominees as well!


Nominated for People’s Choice, Portrait’s of Giving Contest

Thanks to my mom Jane McDonald for nominating me for the People of Choice category, for the Portrait’s of Giving People Choice award, as a community giver!   If people are willing to vote for me, I would appreciate it very much! I help because I can and because I feel it is important to give back to your community. Even if I do not move forward in the contest, being nominated is wonderful enough and I thank my mom for the nomination and support always. I believe that being humble is a great thing and volunteering is a great way to help others as well as be rewarded yourself for trying to make a difference. Thanks again mom, your note means a lot!

In order to vote, you are required to have a facebook account.


Thanking you all in advance, would be an amazing opportunity to stand beside the great givers in the community!