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
OOver 16 years ago I placed a fateful call to Peter Askey at the Thames Valley District School Board. Peter at that time was a Superintendent and I told him that I was looking for a job. I did not want to go back into a classroom but wanted to combine my educational, business and community work into one position and passion. He said, “Call Jan Lubell at Investing in Children”. My response was,” What is Investing in Children?” Long story short, a small town girl moves to London to accept the position of Community Development Manager. Then 4 years later I took over as the Executive Director.
What amazing things we have done in those 16 years. A weekly Arts Adventure program that grew into a greater appreciation for art. We did art installations across our City. A mural at the Food Bank; a Courthouse art mural; Reading Rocks! at the River Forks Park; installations at our Community centres. Then for a number of years we ran a Circus Arts Mentoring Partnership. We had a circus group from Toronto come down for a week and teach a group of children, tight rope walking, stilt walking, acrobatics . Then insurance costs became prohibitive and we had to let that camp go. We were the organization that brought to our community Roots of Empathy, an anti bullying program that brings babies into a classroom to teach empathy.
Over the years we hosted many conferences with the most memorable being the Creative Cities Conference. This was a partnership between Investing in Children, the Ontario Provincial City Planners and Orchestra Canada. It was quite a partnership for a small charity to be involved in! On day one of the conference each group had their own sessions in three rooms adjacent to one another at the convention centre. Our session opened up with a group of students playing garbage can drums... it was not long before people from the other two neighbouring sessions were coming to ours to hear this magnificent drum band. They were jealous of our creative opening.
Investing in Children published a Snapshot of London’s Children and Youth. This publication looked at our City and zeroed in on some key components. Health, Family, Recreation, Education, and the Arts and Culture. We would use statistics to give a good snapshot of our community and look at where we shone and where we had room to grow. Other organizations in the community would use this as a planning tool. Then the City and other Foundations began to publish similar information so there was no need for us to duplicate information. Other communities marvel at projects such as Kids First Day; how a community partner works with a Board to Education to support the Special Olympics and at how London truly knows the meaning of collaboration.
There are so many other accomplishments that I could mention, all being unique to Investing in Children. Today we still maintain a strong focus on Literacy, Nutrition, Leadership and providing growing opportunities for children. Investing in Children has always been a strong leader in our community with guiding principles of integrity, compassion and cooperation. Since it’s inception, Investing in Children has had a strong voice with the Child and Youth Network on various prioritises, committees and as part of the backbone. Our role has changed over the years but as it should. Change is a good thing. It keeps things fresh, rejuvenated. So with that in mind, I say farewell to an amazing organization. I have seen the difference that we have made in the lives of many children and families. I have also had the privilege to work with some incredible individuals over the years, from colleagues to board members to volunteers to community partners and funders. And along the way I have made a lot of great friends who have helped make Investing in Children the organization it is today. It is the responsibility of everyone involved with this great organization to be creative, look for those unique opportunities, and that together, helping one another, you will continue to make great things happen!
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.