Donor Spotlight

Thanks to our generous donors, Holland Bloorview Foundation grants millions of dollars each year to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

The donors highlighted below are just a small snapshot of the people helping kids with disabilities receive the best care possible, while accessing innovative technologies and stimulating quality of life programs to help them realize their unlimited potential.

Infinite Waves Dragon Boat Team

For the second year in a row, Holland Bloorview will be the benefactor of the Living Reality Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival which takes place June 15-16, at Toronto Island. (The Festival will welcome 120-150 teams with over 5,000 athletes.) Last year’s event raised close to $10,000 for Holland Bloorview Foundation.  

The Dickens Fellowship

The Dickens Fellowship loves that its donations go to the Family Support Fund. (The Family Support Fund helps families cover the costs of medication, medical equipment, transportation, and quality of life programs in art, music and recreation. In the early days we helped pay for a cot in the hospital and now giving clients and families extra help continues this time-honored tradition.

Holland Bloorview receives the gift of brotherly love

Every family has its traditions – some fun inciting laughter, others more serious, offering meaningful life lessons.

In Judy and Philip Otis’ family, learning to give back is an important family tradition – proof of which can be seen in the kind actions of her three sons.


Canadian shoppers now get more spice

Barberian’s Steak House, in partnership with Loblaws® and Holland Bloorview, recently launched a special-edition steak spice on-shelves at Loblaws® stores across Canada. Barberian’s will donate up to one million dollars in proceeds from sales ($1 per bottle) to help support Holland Bloorview and kids and young adults with disabilities through critical programs, services and life-changing research.


Raymond Chang Honoured at Holland Bloorview

We are renaming the East Wing of the hospital the “G. Raymond Chang Wing” in recognition of the well-known philanthropist and his family’s exceptional support.

We are so honoured and grateful for The Chang Family's legacy of generosity and visionary leadership!


Holland Bloorview Pays Tribute to Janis Rotman

Later this year, Holland Bloorview will rename its reception hall the “Janis Rotman Reception Hall” in honour of her long-time support of the hospital that extends well over a decade. 

To many staff, volunteers, and families, she’ll always be “Aunty Janis.” 


Canada First Academy (CFA) for Soccer Excellence

Canada First Academy (CFA) for Soccer Excellence is a Toronto-based soccer academy for recreational and elite player training. We favour a long-term, player-centric approach. Our team of professionally certified coaches leads year-round, European-style training that’s tailored to a child's developmental stage and skill level.

Blue Jays Spread Joy and Happiness at Holland Bloorview

Kevin Pillar, Joe Biagini, Jake Petricka, Tyler Clippard and former Blue Jay J.A. Happ, met with over forty kids and their families in the hospital’s Kinder Foundation Gym.  The gym was filled with kid-friendly activities like Connect4, a giant Jenga game, a beanbag toss and a tent where kids could try throwing a fastball. Some kids preferred Blue Jays colouring books while getting to meet and interact with the players. 

MedEvac Canada is honoured to provide charitable transportation services to Holland Bloorview

One of the owners of the company was a former patient at Holland Bloorview back in 2001. He personally saw the passion and love from all the employees and volunteers at Holland Bloorview. While we contribute to other charities as well, Holland Bloorview is closest to our heart. 

Elpida Gala – an autism fundraiser like no other

The Elpida Gala started small, attracting mainly family and friends, but in three short years the event has caught fire and now attracts business leaders and local politicians who are committed to helping kids with autism

Canada Post makes a special delivery

Canada Post has put its stamp on helping youth with disabilities by giving a generous gift to The Independence Program (TIP) at Holland Bloorview.


A teenager’s musical gift
Daniel, a generous Grade 8 student at The Toronto Heschel School, spent $1,000 of his own money to help Holland Bloorview continue to give kids with disabilities the chance to be expressive and creative through music.

Chair, fundraiser, donor – Jason Smith’s triple play
After Jason's son received care at Holland Bloorview, it sparked his journey to give back to Holland Bloorview. He's spent the last 6 years on Holland Bloorview's Board of Directors, 3 of which he has been chair, helping to make a difference around unique fundraising strategies

Getting the dirt on Tough Mudder fundraising
Sean Peacocke doesn’t shy away from a challenge. Last month, he launched himself down a mountainside, taking part in his very first “Tough Mudder” race.It would be completely accurate to say he raised $1,500 for Holland Bloorview Foundation through blood, sweat and tears.

Pediatric stroke gives parents new perspective
After their son Aaron suffered a stroke at 14, Wes and Lisa Roitman were committed to his full recovery. While Aaron’s stroke was a traumatic life-changing event for the entire family, Wes and Lisa have gone out of their way to give back, making a donation of $100,000 to Holland Bloorview.

Holland Bloorview’s sensational sister act
Helping kids at Holland Bloorview through music has really struck a chord with three sisters. Orli Silverberg and her younger sisters, Arielle and Eden, have used their violins to make the kids of Holland Bloorview smile, laugh and even dance. And most recently, they’ve put bow to string to raise funds for the hospital.

The fabulous fundraising five-year-old
Just over a year ago, Rhea's parents wondered if she would recover from a rare condition called acute necrotizing encephalitis (ANE) that caused her to go into a coma and led to severe brain damage. Today, the happy and healthy five-year-old has discovered her passion for fundraising.

Transforming transition for youth with disabilities
David and Lynn have been working with Holland Bloorview for over a decade to help youth with disabilities make a smoother and easier transition to adulthood

SportFIT helps Emma bounce back
At SportFIT kids and youth like Emma benefit from an intensive therapy experience that’s fun, motivating and inclusive thanks to funding from the Milos Raonic Foundation. 

Donors generosity leads to easing anxiety
Thanks to a gift made by Jim and Mary Davie, Dr. Azadeh Kushki (left) has the chance to explore new technologies that could make a profound impact in how kids with autism manage their anxiety.

Runner makes big strides to help Holland Bloorview 
Running has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever attempted, don’t run because it’s easy – I run because it’s not.” Ashleigh channeled her determination to raise funds for Holland Bloorview, by also thinking about some of the kids' stories.

Uber picks up Holland Bloorview as new partner
Uber announced a $10,000 donation to the hospital as well as donating $1 from every uberWAV and uberASSIST ride for the month of May – services designed to help riders with accessibility needs get where they need to go.

Jason's Journey 
When Jason first came to Holland Bloorview for his son, he had no idea that it would lead him to giving back and sitting on the board--in hopes of raising awareness for kids with disabilities.

LEGO Partnership Stacks Up
Displayed proudly in the hall of Holland Bloorview is a mural made up of a remarkable 54,000 LEGO pieces. It is also a reminder of the smile and fun as kids, hospital and LEGO Canada staff worked together to bring this mural to life.

Marlee's birthday fundraiser
After being a patient, three-year-old Marlee was able to give back to Holland Bloorview while also celebrating her birthday in style with help from her mom, Irene. 


Bay Street Children’s Foundation celebrates 20th year
The annual Bay Street Pro-Celebrity Softball Challenge is set to raise another $250,000 for Holland Bloorview.


Scotiabank continues to support Holland Bloorview's Change for Kids Campaign
Knowing first-hand the impact childhood disability can have on a family, Scotiabank Branch Manager Susan MacDonald is especially proud that Scotiabank helped make this initiative possible.

Bill and Susanne put the "Holland" in Bloorview
In the past 10 years, Bill and Susanne Holland have donated an unprecedented $26.2 million to the hospital, making the Holland Family the single largest contributor to childhood disability in Canada.

Elpida Gala – an autism fundraiser like no other

The Elpida Gala started small, attracting mainly family and friends, but in three short years the event has caught fire and now attracts business leaders and local politicians who are committed to helping kids with autism