Meet Our Supporters
The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre thanks all of our supporters for their commitment of time, energy, and resources to help infants, children, youth, and their families. Click on the titles below to read some of their stories.
Donor's generosity lets youth soar to new heights
First published March 2012
For more than 15 years, David Weenen funded and taught an annual eight-week ski program for youth living in The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre's City Residential program and at our rural treatment program, The Farm. David passed away in December 2011 following a battle with cancer. The David Weenen Memorial Ski Fund was established to continue his vision to provide an unforgettable highlight in the lives of youth struggling with mental health problems.
"When it comes to giving, some people stop at nothing." So sums up David Weenen's boundless enthusiasm, generosity, and commitment to the ski program he pioneered and instructed, remembers a Hincks-Dellcrest Centre Child and Youth Worker.
David's commitment to the ski program was nothing short of extraordinary. In his quest to ensure that youth living in The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre's residential programs had the chance to try this typically out-of-reach activity, he not only established and funded the ski trips, but also volunteered to share his own skills as instructor, taking time away from his own business each week to travel to Collingwood's Blue Mountain with the group.
David's generosity and kindness made a lasting impact on the teens, resulting in newfound pride, self-esteem, and a real sense of accomplishment. Many commented that not only would they not have had a chance to try skiiing without David's support, but that his personal coaching made all the difference in their enjoyment of this new experience.
"David's personality and teaching methods seemed to be tailor-made for our youth," says Ron Bartley, a Child and Youth Worker in the City Residential program. "His patient yet no-nonsense approach allowed them to learn and ultimately master a sport that they had never tried and probably never dreamed of trying. He supported and pushed each teen to help them realize their potential and conquer their fears."
Beyond the ski hill, David's interest in the youth had a lasting impact, with several teens expressing that a highlight of each trip was the time spent visiting with him during the lunch break. "The youth in our program struggle with a wide range of mental health issues and have often survived situations of instability, trauma, and abuse," says James McCarthy, a Child and Youth Worker in the City Residential program. "Some of our teens have had little contact with adults who aren't Child and Youth Workers, and it really means a lot to them when someone shows them some attention and kindness."
Thanks to the support of many generous donors inspired by David's hard work and selflessness, the David Weenen Memorial Ski Fund will allow the continuation of the program this year and beyond. To make a donation to the fund, please contact Annabel Bassin at email@example.com or (416) 924-1164, ext. 3343.
Lillias Allward – Volunteer extraordinaire
First published September 2009
Since joining the Women’s Committee in 1973, Lillias Allward has devoted hundreds of hours of her time to advocating for and supporting the children and families of The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. She approaches every project with enthusiasm, creativity, knowledge, humour, and an incredible amount of energy.
Over the years, Lillias has served on numerous committees and has been instrumental in the success of past events such as the Dellcrest luncheons and the gala fundraising evenings featuring Tony Bennett, Petula Clark, and Ben Vereen. She was also involved in The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre’s Raise a Child’s Smile Gala from 1999 to 2001. Lillias also served on the Board of Directors of the Dellcrest Children’s Centre (as it was then known).
Lillias’ extraordinary philanthropy has been recognized far beyond the community of The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. She has been honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, The Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Federation, and the Government of Canada Medal to mark the United Nations International Year of Volunteers in 2001.
For more than 35 years, Lillias has devoted her time, talents, and expertise to helping infants, children, and youth develop into emotionally healthy adults. Lillias’ commitment will continue in the future, as she has chosen to leave a legacy for future generations through a gift to The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre in her will.
The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre is very grateful to Lillias for her outstanding dedication and continued commitment to the children and families of The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre.