A Weekend of Supporting Community Organizations

It was a busy weekend – coming home Sunday night, after attending events Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it was interesting to reflect on the number and quality of great organizations in Richmond Hill powered by volunteers and doing good work for different causes in our community. It is truly remarkable the amount of work that these countless organizations do to improve the lives of people in our society.

On Friday I attended a Mini Putt event organized by Richmond Hill’s Planning Staff and then I attended a gala for an organization called Shining Through. Both of these organizations were in support of the important work being done to improve the lives of children with Autism. I will also be attending the flag raising ceremony at Richmond Hill Town Offices on April 2nd to mark World Autism Awareness Day.

On Saturday I attended the Bowl for Kids Sake event at the Richmond Hill Pro Bowl This event was organized to raise funds and awareness for Big Sisters and Big Brothers of York Region. During this event I was able to reinforce my understanding of the important work that this organization does in providing role models for kids.

On Saturday night I had the pleasure to attend the Carefirst Gala at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel. This was a great event raising funds for the Carefirst organization. There were approximately 1000 people at this event. Carefirst is another not for profit organization run by volunteers, providing services to members of our community.

On Sunday I was honoured to attend an event organized by The Al Nadwa Centre recognizing the men and women of our Emergency Services.  Awards for service, bravery, and community service were handed out to honour a number of people in Richmond Hill.

It is clear to me that we live in a vibrant community and these organizations, and many others provide a good part of the foundation for this vibrancy. Thanks to all of these organizations for making Richmond Hill a better community.


With David Dexter and John Devries at the Planning and Regulatory Services Mini Putt Tourney in Support of Autism Ontario


Entertainment at the Carefirst Gala – Great music!!!!


Bowling for Big Brother and Big Sisters of York Region


With MPP Moridi, Regional and Local Councillor Hogg, and MP Menegakis at the Carefirst Gala


Colourful and beautiful dancers at the Carefirst Gala


Council and Staff as well as some “ringers” in the front row – at the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Bowl


The Crowd at the 1st Annual Mind Body and Soul Dinner


Dean Colford speaking at the Mind Body and Soul Dinner


Rehana Sumar accepting and Award for Out of the Cold at the Al Nadwa Centre Dinner


Chief Steve Kraft accepting an award on behalf of Richmond Hill Fire and Emergency Service at the Al Nadwa Centre Dinner


Fire and Emergency Service Chief Steve Kraft at the Al Nadwa Centre Dinner


Rehana Sumar at the Al Nadwa Centre Dinner


Over 1400 people in attendance for the Shining Through Gala supporting their important work with Autism

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