We are making our community stronger by providing opportunities for children to grow, to learn and to thrive. With programs focusing on literacy and numeracy, leadership, proper nutrition and other keys to future success, we are working with our partners to enrich the lives of thousands of children and their families.
A community working together to provide opportunities for every child to have experiences that will help them become the best they can be and to celebrate its children's successes as they grow into tomorrow's leaders.
Investing In Children works with the community to improve the lives of children and their families because we believe every child should be provided with opportunities to help them reach their potential.
Message from the Executive Director
Once again, it is a pleasure for me to share some of Investing in Children’s highlights from the past year. As our work continues to change and my colleagues' experiences continue to grow, I want to make sure that everyone can appreciate the impact that Investing in Children is having in our community. I asked anyone who was interested in sharing a story from the past year to do so as these stories help highlight the important role that Investing in Children has in our community.
Andy, the After-School Program Coordinator, shared a lovely story with us about Kids First Day that really illustrated how important it is for kids to be able to go out and experience some of the fun things that London has to offer to families.
Andy said he found himself on the bus on the evening of June 10th with two moms and their seven children. The kids were bursting with excitement and enthusiastically talking about the wonderful things they had experienced that day when going to Kids First Day activities. Andy mentioned to the mothers that he worked for the organization that had hosted the day and they proceeded to rave about how much their kids enjoyed themselves. He said he spoke with the mothers and the kids for a long time about all the places they had visited, their favourite activities and the fun that was had by the children. One of the moms said that the kids loved it so much that they would be talking about Kids First Day for the rest of the year. She was sure the kids would be reminiscing about the day as one of the best they have had.
The mothers really appreciated the opportunity to take their kids to places and to activities that were free or low-cost.
Andy told us that by the end of the 45-minute bus ride, all, except for the two oldest, were fast asleep on the bus completely exhausted from the all amazing things they had experienced on Kids First Day.
It is a privilege to serve as the Executive Director of such a wonderful organization. Thank you to all of my colleagues for their dedication and passion and the boundless energy that they give to the children and families in our community. I am in awe of what you are doing. To the Board of Directors, thank you for being the backbone of Investing in Children. Your dedication, wisdom and commitment are much appreciated!
Board of Directors
Investing in Children is governed by a Board of Directors, spanning the private and public sectors of London. Our 2015-2016 Board of Directors are:
- John D Harkins, Selectpath Benefits & Financial, Co-Chair
- Janice Evans, Scotia McLeod, Co-Chair
- Ted Gorski, Past Chair
- Daryl Morkin, Business Development Bank of Canada, Treasurer
- Geoffrey Hare, London Knights Hockey Club, Executive Member at Large
- Richard J. Ferris
- Rosita Johnson
- Lucy McKee, Cargill Value Added Meats
- Rosine Salazer
- Jennifer Stevenson, London Life - Great West Life - Canada Life
- Aileen Wittstein, Merrymount Children's Centre
- Eric Sorrentino, CIBC World Markets
Investing in Children does not work alone. We partner with businesses, the Boards of Education, service clubs, community organizations and individuals to create opportunities for children. If you would like to be a community partner on one of our projects, please send us an email.
We want you and every member of the public to know as much as possible about how Investing in Children operates and how carefully and effectively we use donations.
As one of London's leading charities, we hold ourselves accountable to our members and the public. Furthermore, we seek to make use of every dollar donated with careful attention to effectiveness and efficiency.
- Work with other community partners to enrich the lives of children and their families.
- Increase the community's focus on children and their needs.
- Facilitate initiatives that are responsive to identified needs and gaps.
- Identify and stimulate new, unique opportunities.
- Raise awareness about Investing in Children.
- Act as champions of Investing in Children to encourage and increase financial support.