Whether it’s our cool toques or Canadian vernacular, we know that Canadians are spectacular!
150 Reasons to Give
Oh hello neighbour! Welcome to your opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of over 6,000 Variety kids and members. Sounds cool eh?
Canada is turning 150 years young and we can’t think of a more Canadian way to celebrate than supporting your friendly neighbors at Variety. Without Variety many children, from far and wide, with disabilities would not have access to sports, life skills, inclusive programming, and plain old fun. We’re asking you to take a moment to be a true patriot, strong and free, and donate a buck to help a fellow Canuck.
COUNTDOWN WITH US!
Not sold yet? We’re giving you 150 Reasons to choose Variety! Take a look below or follow our journey on social media, and let us know that opportunities for children with disabilities to succeed, matter to you.
What is Canada known for? Poutine and being nice, of course! We don’t have poutine here at Variety but we sure do have some amazing people. What’s more Canadian than helping others? Show your support and help children with disabilities thrive in an inclusive and accessible environment. Click the button above to donate today!
Everybody deserves a chance to bust a move and let loose. Join us on July 4 with Help by Helping and Cabana Pool Bar for the first ever all-inclusive dance party! It will be a night of music, dancing and entertainment in celebration of those within the disabled community. To make a donation, click the donate button above!
Summer’s here and that means one thing at Variety…SUMMER CAMPS! Over 600-800 kids participate in our camps every year. Our summer camps offer a barrier-free and inclusive environment for children of all abilities with a broad range of activities such as sports, games and training activities. Help us continue to provide inclusive and accessible camps for kids. Donate today!
Sunshine Swim Team
The Sunshine Swim Team is the only team exclusive to individuals with developmental disabilities. Also a part of Special Olympics, athletes train toward competitive swimming in a supportive and inclusive environment. Show your support and donate today!
It’s AWESOME partners like Pizza Nova that help us do what we do. Every dollar raised creates opportunities for kids with disabilities. You could be awesome too! Make a difference for Variety kids and click the button above to donate. What’s more Canadian than helping others, eh?
Here at Variety, we’re proud of our inclusivity. In June we celebrated our diverse community by celebrating Pride Month and raising the Pride flag in front of our facility. Variety is a place for everybody and everybody has a place at Variety. Help make our community more inclusive and donate today.
This four-year-old SUPERHERO is one of the reasons we do what we do. You can be a superhero too! Your donation will help kids like Madi have access to inclusive programs that encourage participation, independence and healthy active lives. Click the button above to donate today.
Join our amazing supporters like Willow. She is a member who did a vendor table at our Easter Vendor Market, giving a generous donation of $29.50 to Variety…awesome! Join Willow and help us make a difference in the lives of children with a disability. Click the button above to donate today!
It’s loyal community supporters like Ontario Teamsters that help us provide opportunities for children across Ontario. Every year since 1989, Teamsters have held the Ontario Teamsters Invitational golf tournament and raised over $1.6 million to help make a difference in the lives of young people with disabilities. Every dollar has done so much, thank you for your dedication and support! Click the button above to donate today.
Did you know we have over 100 fitness and wellness programs for people of all ages and abilities? Your donation will help deliver specialized programs to children with physical and intellectual disabilities in the GTA and across Ontario, changing the lives of over 30,000 people every year. Now that’s #MakingADifference! Click the button above to donate now.
We have AMAZING participants like Mikhela. She has been a member since she was 5 and participates in our drama program, swimming and Taekwondo! In June, Mikhaela turned 18 and celebrated by throwing a Zumbathon in support of Variety. Thank you Mikhela for the amazing $4,540 you raised! You can be amazing too – click the donate button above and give today!
Channel your inner Patches O’Houlihan and get ready for some dodge ball! Athletes for Change is Dodge City, a dodge ball tournament in support of Variety. Check out their page for more information. If dodge ball isn’t your thing, you can still show your support. Just click the donate button above and donate today.
#TBT Toronto Blue Jays
One of our long-standing supporters is the Toronto Blue Jays. Here’s a little throwback of some Variety kids with former Jays players, Lloyd Moseby and Ernie Whitt in the 80s! Thank you for supporting us through all these years. You can help too, donate today!
Thank you to long-lasting and loyal partners like Sherwin-Williams. Over the years, they have provided equipment and support to improve our facility such as providing paint for our children’s gym mural. Thank you for all your support and for your incredible work! Click the donate button above to support Variety today.
Our LINKS program is one of many aimed to help those with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Participants gain confidence and independence by learning a variety of skills and subjects like math, geography, communications, swimming, and photography. Donate today to help support amazing programs like LINKS.
Everything we do has a team of INCREDIBLE volunteers that help make amazing experiences for all our members, participants and guests. Thank you to everybody who has dedicated their time to helping change the lives of so many people in our community. Be incredible like our volunteers – click the donate button and give today!
Did you know we have a sensory wall in our kids’ gym? Sensory walls help children calm down and relax, allowing them to focus and attend to tasks or relieve stress or anxiety. Your donation will help us continue to improve our facility and ensure that children of all ages and abilities enjoy their experience here at Variety. Click the donate button today!
I got chills, they’re multiplyin’…and I’m losing control! Variety’s drama company performs a production every year and this year they performed their uniquely adapted theatrical production GREASE. The program provides a variety of educational creative arts for youth and adults with disabilities. Click the button above to support programs like these – give today.
In June we celebrated the accomplishments of the incredible young athletes from Variety at the Athletic Banquet. Variety is home to several sports teams such as synchronized swimming, weightlifting, track and field and wheelchair basketball, giving children of all abilities the chance to be active, competitive an discover their potential.
Meet our awesome Variety Ambassadors! These rock stars help us share what Variety does and they have so much fun doing it! These dedicated members never turn down a chance to represent Variety. Stay tuned to meet each ambassador! Be rock stars like them and help support Variety. Donate today!
We have been fortunate to partner up with the Royal Danish Consulate General to be able to offer VOLT Hockey – an accessible form of hockey played in specially designed hockey sport chairs. Now kids with disabilities such as Spina Bofida and Cerebral Palsy can enjoy a good ol’ Canadian game of hockey! Support programs like these – donate today!
Do you know any Variety Alumni? Some of our past participants include Tracey Ferguson, Adam Lancia, Jeff Adams and Abdi Dini Fatah, all of whom are Paralympic medalists! Help support future Paralympic superstars and donate today. Just click the donate button above.
Community support from remarkable organizations like the Toronto Police Association are what keeps us going. They have shown their support through so many ways including participating in the Annual Toronto Police Children’s Games which has been going on for 35 years! Join the TPA and show some #CommunityLove. Help children with disabilities play in an inclusive world. Donate today.
Meet Alexander, one of our awesome Ambassadors! Alexander is 11 years old and loves quinoa salad, smoked salmon and reading. For him, Variety is a safe place to do lots of fun things like swimming and the After School Program and meet great people. Help us help kids like Alexander live in a more inclusive and accessible world. Click the button above and donate today.
Earlier this year we announced our new, amazing and life-changing partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. Strong community relationships like these are what helps us transform the lives of children in Ontario. You can learn more about BBBS’s mentoring program on their website. To help even more kids, click the donate button above and give today!
Tracy Schmitt, or Unstoppable Tracy, is a motivational speaker, World Cup Olympic Class Sailing athlete and bronze-medalist in para-alpine skiing trial. She got her start right here at Variety! Your support will give children with disabilities the opportunity to feel UNSTOPPABLE just like Tracy! Donate today.
Variety also provides children with the opportunity to explore the arts! One of the summer camps we offer is Art Camp where children of all abilities and skills levels get the chance to learn painting, music, dance, illustration and drama. Campers are encouraged to be creative while learning about techniques and applications. Donate today to support fun and inclusive camps like these for kids in our community!
It takes a village to make an inclusive and accessible community. One of our favourite moments throughout the years is when TTC modified a bus route to include a bus stop directly in front of our facility, making it more accessible to our members! Now everybody can come and enjoy our programs. Thanks TTC, your support helps us on our way to becoming completely barrier-free and accessible! Show your support and donate today.
Toronto Sport Hall of Honour
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; we have some AMAZING people here at Variety! Earlier this year, three people with ties to Variety were inducted into the Toronto Sports Hall of Honour. Adam Lancia, Nerissa Pooran and Archie Allison – we love you guys! Be an inspiration to kids just like these three – click the donate button above today.
We are so grateful for community and corporate partners throughout the years. Partners like TD Bank support us in many ways like providing grants to support our Children in Motion program, providing more adaptive equipment so kids have more access to play, sport and fitness. Thank you for everything you’ve done! Help us help kids in our community and donate today.
Toronto Maple Leafs
We have a long history with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here’s a little #throwback of some players with former members of Variety…can you recognize any of them? Thank you for your support since the very beginning! You can support Variety too – just click the button above and donate today!
In May, three athletes from our Sunshine Swim Team competed at DEFI Sportif and brought home 10 medals! Congrats to Gohulan Rajalingam, Quinn Martin and Nerissa Pooran…you guys are awesome! Your support will help support programs like our Sunshine Team, giving kids with disabilities that opportunity to participate in sports and fitness. Click the donate button and give today.
Meet Theo, one of our fantastic Variety Ambassadors! His favourite animal is “a shark! They’re big, strong and really good swimmers.” Help kids of all abilities become big, strong and great swimmers. Click the donate button to donate today and support Variety.
This program teaches kids with a disability effective communication and interaction skills. They play interactive games and new activities to help them learn about making friends, personal space, teamwork and sharing. Your support will help programs like these continue to provide children with a disability the opportunity to interact with peers while learning valuable skills. Support Variety and donate today!
Sport & Social Camp
Sport & Social is a summer camp for individuals with a disability that focuses on different ways to be active for life. Participants have a chance to play a variety of sports and have daily social skills groups focusing on topics such as communications and personal space. With your help, inclusive and educational programs like these can continue to improve the lives of children with disabilities. Donate today!
Meet Cassandra, one of our ambassadors! This Taekwondo athlete loves Variety because we have lots of sports and she always has a lot of fun. Give kids the opportunity to enjoy sports and donate to Variety today! Just click the donate button to give today.
Intro to Para Sports
In April, the organizing team from the Invictus Games 2017 stopped by to give some participants an introduction to para sports. It was a full day of wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, track and field, golf and more with Shane Risto, Todd Kierstead and Paul Rosen leading the activities. Your support will help us continue to provide opportunities like this and help kids with a disability know that they can do anything! Donate today.
Lieutenant Governor's Games
Every year we host the Annual Lieutenant Governor’s Games, which is in its 33rd year! These games provide children the opportunity to participate in sports and recreational activities with each other no matter their abilities. It’s events like these that create a community that is inclusive and accessible to children of all abilities!
We can’t have our fun summer camps without our incredible camp counsellors! Robert was once one of our campers and now he’s on his third year as a camp counsellor and our 1st blind counsellor. Robert is right at home with his fellow staff and looking forward to welcoming our campers back on JULY 3. At Variety, we are dedicated to making sure everybody, no matter their abilities, feels welcomed and included. Donate today to support an inclusive and barrier-free community!
The Harlem Globetrotters have been breaking down barriers in basketball for over nine decades. With Variety breaking down barriers for an inclusive community, it’s no wonder Variety and the Globetrotters have become such great friends! Thank you for inspiring our kids to do what they dream of, no matter their circumstances. You can be an inspiration too, just donate today!
Our awesome Sunshine Swim Team had their annual Swim-a-thon in June and raised $4,568! 15 swimmers participated and swam a total of 1,624 lengths…that’s 40.6km! How amazing are these guys and girls? Donate today to support inclusive and accessible programs like these.
Our goal is to give children with disabilities a brighter future in an inclusive and accessible community. Partners like Gluckstein Lawyers help us achieve that with their generous donations and never-ending support. Gluckstein Lawyers work to enhance the quality of life for their clients, and you can too! Just click the donate button and give today.
“Hi! My name is Jamie and I’m an Ambassador for Variety Village. I love playing golf, wheelchair basketball and watching Jim Carrey movies. I love Variety Village because it is fun and I enjoy the many activities and benefits.” Jamie has been part of Variety for over 15 years! Give kids the chance to live in a barrier-free and accessible community, donate today.
We can never thank our community partners enough for the countless hours and support they dedicate to us. Today we want to give a shout out to BMO for all the volunteering they have done and dedication they have shown to helping kids succeed in an inclusive environment. They even helped build our accessible playground! Show your dedication to helping kids succeed, donate today.
Our inclusive and barrier-free environment fosters the growth of future superstars. Starting out playing wheelchair basketball at Variety, Shayne has gone on to play on the Canadian Junior Wheelchair Basketball Team, 2 World Tournaments and 2 Canada Games Tournaments. Today, he’s a motivational speaker, playing wheelchair rugby and is the co-founder of Tee Talent, a business development company. Support future superstars like Shayne today and donate!
Variety has been visited by many celebrities but did you know royalty has been here? Princess Margaret, Princess Anne and Prince Philip have all been here visiting and meeting with some of the kids. Here is Princess Anne during one of her visits in the 1980s…cool! You may not be born into it, but you can feel like royalty too. Donate today and help children in our community succeed in an inclusive world.
Mayor John Tory
Being able to create an inclusive and accessible facility wouldn’t be possible without help from key people in our community. Shout out to Mayor John Tory for all his support throughout the years. He has joined us on Pizza Nova’s That’s Amore Pizza for Kids Day, attended our Christmas parties and our Lieutenant Governor Games. Thank you Mayor for your dedication to creating a more inclusive and accessible world for our community. You can help too, donate today.
Here’s a shout out to one of our incredible partners – ParaSport Ontario! Their mission is to support the development and promotion of the Paralympic movement in Ontario and to promote parallel opportunities in sport for athletes with a physical disability. Thank you for your dedication to helping those with a disability excel in sports like wheelchair rugby, sitting volleyball, boccia, and goalball.
Rafael was a competitive swimmer in Cuba and competed in the 1980 Olympics and the 1982 Pan Am Games. After moving to Canada, he began his career at Variety as the Head Speed Swimming Coach where he coached swimmers to four Canadian Paralympic teams. He later became the Director of Teams and Team Events. Sadly, early this year Rafael passed after a valiant battle with cancer. Be an inspiration like Rafael was to the kids in our community. Donate today.
Meet Matt. In his words, he’s a “charming, humble, polite, good looking and funny guy.” While this is all true, we also love him because he’s one of our AWESOME ambassadors! Some of his favourite sports include curling and golf and he also enjoys going to the theatre and opera. “I love Variety Village because it is my home, where I can be me. I love the staff. I am accepted.” Help support a home away from home for people in our community – give today.
We love our corporate volunteers! In July, awesome volunteers from SoftChoice spent the day with us. They helped make our gardens look beautiful and helped feed some hungry campers at our barbeque! Thank you for all your hard work and showing your support for an inclusive environment. You can show your support too! Just click the donate button above and give today.
Variety has been home to so many who went on to do some amazing things! Did you know that the owner of Shopsy’s Famous Deli, Sam Shopsowitz, was a Variety Club member back in the 80s and helped raise funds to build our fieldhouse? Cool! Your support will help foster the growth of so many children in our community. Just click the donate button above and give today.
For over 26 years, Variety has had a wheelchair basketball team. This sports team has had many highlights throughout the years. In 2012 and 2016 Variety Village athletes on the Men’s and Women’s National teams represented Canada in the Summer Olympics in London, England and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Support inclusive sports and future superstar athletes, donate today!
To some, Variety is a second home. One of our ambassadors, Megan, has been a member since she was in a car seat! Participating in swimming, basketball and soccer, Megan knows that Variety Village is a facility that brings everyone together and focuses on inclusion. “It’s my extended family and you can’t get that anywhere else.” You can help make more kids feel at home and included too, donate today!
On September 7 we celebrate Superhuman Day – a day celebrating and bringing awareness to the thousands of people who have overcome what was perceived as a limitation and gone on to prove “Yes I can!” With your support, more and more kids with disabilities will have the opportunity to discover that they can do anything they set their minds to. Show kids you believe they can – donate today.
Variety in Canada
Did you know that 46% of the time Canada has been a country, Variety has been in Canada helping kids living with disabilities? COOL! Here’s to celebrating 69 years of Variety! Help us continue to help kids in our community and show your support today. Just click the donate button above to give.
Weightlifting is a great sport if you’re interested in overall strength. A three discipline sport, athletes interested in weightlifting can train to compete at regional, provincial, national and even world championship levels. Your support will help us continue to provide these opportunities to people in our community. Donate today by clicking the button above!
Flames Swim Team
One of our aquatic sports teams, the Flames Swim Team, is an integrated competitive team that provides training and competition to swimmers of all levels, ages, stages and abilities. Swimmers have gone on to reach provincial, national and even international levels! Help us continue to give kids the opportunities to participate in sport and fitness, no matter their age, level, and ability – donate today!
We have had some AWESOME corporate volunteers come to Variety. Aviva Insurance has visited numerous times and helped us paint around the facility and prep our gardens. Thank you for your ongoing support and for helping create a more sustainable Variety Village! You can help too! Just click the donate button above and give today.
Did you know that we have a rock wall right here in our facility? During the summer, we also do a rock wall camp for all abilities and skill levels. Participants learn the basic elements of safety, terminology and techniques of rock climbing. It’s a great camp to give kids a challenge, build their self-esteem and have fun! Support camps that give every child the opportunity to try something new, no matter their abilities. Donate today!
Earlier this year, we had our 3rd annual Charity Curl. This one-day, two-game event raises funds to support our day and community-based programs. Teams dressed up in costume and they played one of Canada’s favourite sports – it was definitely an evening of fun, socializing and fundraising! You can still support Variety without curling – just click the donate button today!
Our ambassador Patricia says, “I love Variety Village because of all the people. Everyone is so happy all the time and it’s just great to walk into the building and see all the smiling faces. Everyone gets to participate in the action no matter their ability.” Give other kids in our community the chance to feel included in sports and recreation, no matter their ability!
Nemean Lion Athletics
Nemean Lion Athletics offers participants training in track and field events. Depending on their stage of development, athletes are streamed into the event group area where they can be the most successful. Event group areas can include throws, jumps, sprints, and wheelchair events among others. Give children the opportunity to experience track and field, no matter their age or ability, donate today!
Variety has always had some amazing people supporting what we do. Back in the day, Al Waxman would always come out to support our kids. Waxman was best known for his roles in King of Kensington and Cagney & Lacey. Join him and other amazing people in supporting Variety and a more accessible community, donate today!
Young Hercules Competition
In July, the five youngest members of our Variety Village Weightlifting Club participated in the Young Hercules Weightlifting Competition. This annual event promotes the sport of Olympic weightlifting for athletes 10 to 17 years of age. Congrats to Marlena Delgado, Nicholas Savva, Asher Edgson, Gabriel Savva and Feras Sharaf Eldin for doing an AMAZING job! Support our kids in amazing sports and fitness clubs like weightlifting – click the donate button today.
Shout out to RBC, who has volunteered at Variety time and time again! They have been generous with their support, providing donations for our gardens and even helping to sustain it. It’s corporate volunteers like them that bring us one step closer to a more inclusive and barrier-free community. Show your support and donate today.
Synchronized swimming is a sport that builds teamwork, confidence, flexibility, strength, and develops the “whole athlete”. We have over 100 athletes participating in pre-competitive, provincial and national level options of varying abilities in our synchronized swimming club. Your donation will help support programs like this, allowing children with disabilities to participate in all kinds of programs and activities!
Throwback - Construction
Here’s a quick throwback of when Variety was being transformed from the vocational school to the sports and fitness facility it is today! When the need for a vocational school decreased, we we shifted our focus on providing sport and recreation for everybody and re-opened as Variety Village in 1981. Donate today to support inclusive and accessible programs and facilities for people in our community.
We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the support of our amazing corporate partners throughout the years. Valuable corporate relationships with partners such as Zurich Canada have been helping us sustain operating costs for years. We are so grateful for your many contributions to help restore and revive our valuable organization. Help them help us improve the lives of children living with a disability, donate today!
Cassidy Sheng was a member and swimmer on our Flames Swim Team. When she was seven, cancer claimed one of her legs but that didn’t stop her in becoming a superstar in and out of the pool. Cassidy won silver at the Can-Ams in 2014 in Miami with the 50m butterfly – her specialty. She also won gold in the same event at the Ontario’s championship in 2013. When the cancer came back, Cassidy remained as strong as ever, with FEARLESS becoming synonymous with her name. In early 2015, Cassidy passed but her strength and courage will forever be remembered.
Kathleen is a huge Toronto sports team fan, a musician, a talented athlete and one of our ambassadors! Kathleen has been a member since 1996 and swims with our Sunshine Swim Team, even competing in the National Games in Vancouver. She also participates in our Taekwondo and synchronized swimming programs. Kathleen loves Variety because “I get to know all the staff, meet new friends and enjoy fun programs.” Help us give kids the opportunity to play the sports they enjoy in a barrier-free environment.
Athletics Ontario is the governing body for Athletics sports in Ontario. Athletics include track and field, road running, cross country, and race walking. With values like promoting physical, emotional and mental well-being and inclusiveness, accessibility and affordability, it makes perfect sense that they are one of our AMAZING internal partners! Show your support for giving kids the opportunity to participate in sport and fitness, no matter their skill levels and abilities. Donate today.
We are so lucky to have some amazing staff here at Variety. Archie Allison has been making a difference in the lives of thousands of people since starting in 1984. He is our Director of Access and Awareness but is also a coach, special event organizer and instructor at several colleges and universities. Earlier this year he was inducted into the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame! Follow Archie’s footsteps and help make a difference in the lives of people in our community, click the donate button today!
World Dwarf Games
This year, Variety hosted the kick-off event for the World Dwarf Games that occurred in August. In its 7th year, the World Dwarf Games is the largest sporting event that is exclusively for athletes with dwarfism. Athletes of all ages and level participate in sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, swimming, boccia, and powerlifting among others. Support inclusive and barrier-free events like this – donate today!
Earlier this year we were thrilled and honoured to welcome John McRoberts. McRoberts was a member of Variety Village in the 1980s where he played wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis before his start in para-sailing. He qualified for Rio with his wife in the SKUD-18 class in para-sailing – and won silver! Support barrier-free facilities and inclusive programs, donate today!
A member of the Flames swim team and another one of our ambassadors is Jessica. Aside from swimming, she enjoys track & field and wheelchair tennis. One of her role models is a former teammate and Variety member, Cassidy Sheng. “She never gave up on anything and if she wanted something, she wouldn’t let anything stop her.” Help give kids in our community inspirational role models like Jessica and Cassidy – donate today!
World Smile Day
On October 6 we celebrate World Smile Day! Today is a day to perform acts of kindness and make someone smile today. We can’t think of an easier way to make someone smile than to support Variety! By supporting Variety, you’re providing kids with abundant opportunities that they may not have had because of their disability. Be the reasons someone smiles, donate today.
Parent & Tot
We pride ourselves in how inclusive our programs are. For parents with tiny tots, we have several Parents and Tots programs that focus on developing fundamental skills for your child while you get a good workout in! We have programs focusing on developing motor skills, balance, coordination, climbing and even swimming. Your support will help us continue to provide inclusive classes where babies can be babies while parents work out. Click the donate button today.
Rogers has been supporting Variety for years – doing everything from helping finish our kids’ gym to painting to donating equipment and furniture to improve our facility! We are so grateful for all the support they’ve given and their dedication to ensuring kids with disabilities can live and play in a barrier-free and accessible community. Show your dedication – donate today.
“My name is Zachary. I have cerebral palsy which means my muscles don’t listen to me. I have two brothers and two sisters – I am a triplet. My inspirational role model is Ryan, my swimming teacher at Variety Village. I love Variety because it helps me with my CP and I get to learn new skills like rock climbing!” Help us help kids like Zach have the chance to learn new skills in a barrier-free environment. Click the donate button and give today.
Our summer camps aren’t just filled with swimming, track and field and arts – kids can learn Taekwondo too! Our Taekwondo camp helps kids of all abilities discover the dynamic sport. Donate today to help us continue providing fun and inclusive summer camps like this!
In 1948, a vocational guidance & training school and residence for youth began. The goal was to provide more opportunities for boys with physical disabilities in the community. There were three main areas of training: shop, watch making and commercial departments. Eventually, the need for such a school diminished and Variety evolved into the sports and fitness facility it is today!
Shout out to another one of our awesome corporate volunteer groups – Under Armour! They have done so much for us over the years including prepping and painting our back kitchen, painting around the facility, and helping us out with our Variety Village gear! Thank you Under Armour for your support over the years! You can show your support too – just click the donate button today!
The Honourable Eleanor McMahon
In July we were excited to welcome the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport to Variety Village. Along with Lorenzo Berardinetti from Scarborough Southwest and Rick Makos, one of our board members, they toured our facility and even got to participate in a little VOLT hockey! Thank you for supporting inclusive and accessible programs and facilities. You can show your support too – just click the donate button today.
After School Program
By now you probably know that we offer a wide variety of programs. With children back in school, our After School Program is underway! This program gives grade-school students the opportunity to be active after school. They can swim, dive, climb and play in an accessible and safe environment, all while having lots of fun. Your donations will help us continue to offer programs such as this, allowing children of all ages and abilities to just be kids in an inclusive facility.
Even though summer is over, we’re still thinking about our awesome summer camps! Another camp we offer is our Dance Camp – where kids learn the basics of jazz, ballet and hip-hop! Dance Camp is for kids of all abilities and skill levels and is a fun and inclusive space for them to learn the art of movement. Your donations will help us continue to offer creative, interactive and inclusive camps to children of all abilities.
Todd Kierstead & Paul Rosen
We’re so lucky to have amazing people visit and prove that there are no limits! Todd Kierstead and Paul Rosen are two of our awesome friends, visiting Variety Village and teaching our members about adapted golf. You two are inspirations; thank you for your dedication in support an #AllAbilityFacility and showing our kids that nothing is impossible. Donate today to #HelpUsHelpKids succeed in a barrier-free community.
Make a Difference Day
October 28 marks Make a Difference Day when we celebrate how ANYBODY can make a difference in their community! Variety runs on community support and without people like you making positive impact everyday, we wouldn’t be able to provide kids with disabilities the opportunities to play in an inclusive environment. Donate today and make a difference in your community!
Participaction and Boccia Canada came to Variety Village to host a Community Boccia Day for our members! Whether it was their first time ever or first time in a while, members came and enjoyed the Paralympic sport, similar to bocce and curling. When you donate, you’re supporting adapted sports such as Boccia, allowing people with disabilities the opportunities to participate in sport and fitness!
This year, we were so excited to form a partnership with the Toronto Wolfpack Rugby Team when they chose Variety as their charity of choice! We had amazing volunteers attend home games selling 50/50 raffle tickets…when you win, kids win! Thank you to the Wolfpack for supporting kids with disabilities and an accessible and inclusive community! You can donate and show your support too! Just click the donate button above and give today.
ParaSport Mentoring Program
In our Para Sport Mentoring Program, participants tried out a number of para sport activities such as boccia and wheelchair basketball. The Para Sport Mentoring Program increases the awareness and opportunities of para sport activities to youngsters with physical disabilities, their families and peers throughout the Greater Toronto area. Help increase opportunities for children with disabilities in your community. Click the donate button above and donate today!
Variety has always had some amazing people supporting what we do. Back in the day, actor and producer Al Waxman would always come out to support our kids. Waxman was best known for his roles in King of Kensington and Cagney & Lacey. Join him and other amazing people in supporting Variety and a more accessible community, donate today!
Invictus Flag Tour
Prior to the Invictus Games’ start, Variety Village was lucky to be one of the stops on the Invictus National Flag Tour! A flagbearer visited Variety Village and walked with our Milestones group waving the Invictus flag in our fieldhouse. When you donate, you’re supporting a community where those with a disability can enjoy adapted sports, just like the events you see at the Invictus Games! Click the donate button above and donate today.
Caregiver Appreciation Day
Variety can’t help children with disabilities alone; it’s the amazing caregivers that help us help children succeed. On Caregiver Appreciation Day we recognize the valuable contributions of caregivers in the lives of those with a disability and in society as a whole. Thank you to all the amazing and supportive caregivers! Donate today to help us and to help caregivers help more children with disabilities in our community.
World Kindness day
Being kind doesn’t have to be limited to great big gestures, it’s the little acts of kindness that sometimes mean the most and feel the best! On World Kindness Day, celebrate by being kind to each other and spread happiness and joy through acts of kindness. It can be as simple as smiling at a stranger, giving up your seat on the bus, sharing kind words or clicking the donate button to give today! Spread happiness at Variety by helping kids with disabilities – donate today.
No Bull Burgers
What’s better than a delicious juicy burger? A delicious juicy burger for a good cause! In October, No Bull Burgers chose Variety as their charity of choice for their 3rd Annual #NoBullGivesBack Day. They gave away free burgers for a $2 and 100% of the proceeds came right to Variety to help kids with disabilities! If you missed it and didn’t get your burgers, you can still help by donating – just click the button above and give today.
The Forward Movement
Variety proudly supports #TheForwardMovement’s campaign to update the accessibility symbol in Ontario. In September we had a painting party and repainted accessible parking spots with the updated symbol. This updated symbol is meant to encourage others to rethink their understanding of disability. Your donation will help us continue to provide an inclusive and accessible environment – click the donate button and give today!
Elizabeth Walker-Young is one of Variety’s many amazing alumni. A former member of our Flames Swim Team, Elizabeth went on to become a four-time Paralympic swimmer – winning three gold, one silver and two bronze medals. But she didn’t stop there! She was then named Team Canada’s Assistant Chef de Mission for the London 2012 Paralympic Games and Team Canada’s Chef de Mission for the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games. Your donation will help us continue to foster spectacular Paralympic, world-record breaking athletes like Elizabeth!
Another one of our long-standing community partners is the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association. Over the years, the TPFFA has shown their support and dedication to our #AllAbilityFacility, supporting as at our events, their generous donations, and with all their help with our World’s Greatest Christmas Party. Thank you for continuing to support Variety. Because of community partners like you, more and more kids are discovering that #VarietyKidsCan! Donate today to #HelpUsHelpKids.
In November, we had our Variety Gala – Throwback Thursday; a night where we looked back on 69 years of helping children with disabilities and celebrated many more to come! With special guests like comedian Carla Collins, DJ Matt Cully and Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Bob Nevin and Terry Clancy, it was definitely a night to remember. Guests partied with a purpose – to help Variety Kids! Want to help us help kids? No need to wait for next year’s gala – just donate today!
Variety was lucky enough to have the PanAm Torch pass at our facility back in 2015 and even luckier to have two of our members carry it! Megan Sherwin, Variety ambassdor and Flames swim team member, ran in the Pan Am Torch Relay on Danforth Avenue and then passed it on to Aaron Sheng, who carried it in memory of his sister – Cassidy Sheng (see reason #70).
Telethon with Monty Hall
Back in the day, Variety hosted the Annual Variety Club Telethon – a televised fundraising program where movie stars, singers and other celebrities would come out and help raise money for Variety kids! A long-time emcee of our telethon, Monty Hall, was a great supporter of Variety and an advocate for inclusivity and accessibility in our community. The Telethon days may have passed but you can still do your part in helping kids with disabilities – donate today!
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