To me, giving back is an essential part of any business model. My involvement with developing strategic and meaningful links between corporations and charitable initiatives started in 1998 as I helped develop the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. Today, the RLP Shelter Foundation remains Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to funding women’s shelters and violence prevention programs. Following Royal LePage, I undertook a similar role for one of Canada’s top five banks as they sought to make meaningful connections for their philanthropic activities.
Today, as a realtor, I continue to develop relationships with non-profit organizations where I hope I can make a difference. Below are some of the organizations I choose to support through my business. If you would like more information on any of the initiatives below, please click on the links provided or reach out to me directly.
Guided by their mission statement of “working together to deliver innovative, safe and compassionate health care in our community”, Humber Hospital is a beacon of light for so many. Canada’s first digital hospital, the new site was opened October 18th 2018 and has been continuing to offer leading-edge technology and care for the north-west part of the city. My involvement with Humber spans over a decade and started with volunteering on several committees. Today, and since the onset of the pandemic, my direction has changed. I am pleased to share that when the need was most critical ,in March of 2020, my brokerage Chestnut Park donated thousands of N95 masks. At the same time, I sent in pizzas for the exhausted health care heroes. More recently, in February of 2022, special jars of candies were sent to all the nursing stations plus many individual clinics and departments to remind our heroes that we are still so grateful.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world’s leading research centres in its field. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.
With a dedicated staff of more than 3,000 physicians, clinicians, researchers, educators and support staff, CAMH offers outstanding clinical care to more than 34,000 patients each year. The organization conducts groundbreaking research, provides expert training to health care professionals and scientists, develops innovative health promotion and prevention strategies, and advocates on public policy issues at all levels of government. And through our Foundation, we’re working to raise tens of millions of additional dollars to fund new programs and research and augment services.
Each year at the holidays, and at other meaningful times throughout the year, I donate to CAMH in honour of my entire client base.
The Jordana’s Rainbows Foundation is a registered Canadian, not-for-profit charitable organization in honour of Jordana Fiorini. We honour our sweet angel Jordana by spreading her kindness, love and rainbows worldwide, while raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer research – with a specific focus on DIPG. With Jordana guiding us, it is our hope and our mission to change the face of childhood cancer and help find a cure for DIPG.
The Jordana’s Rainbows Foundation works closely with The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada. SickKids is undertaking the first Canadian Clinical trial for DIPG patients. As of April 2019, (in under 4 years) Jordana’s Rainbows has raised just over $1,530,000 towards this effort. DIPG is one of the most challenging tumours in paediatric oncology. Jordana’s Rainbows has invested in the research being done at SickKids to help further harness understanding of the disease, creating hope for new, life-saving treatments. Support has been directed to DIPG research conducted by Dr. Peter Dirks (neurosurgeon, senior scientist and Garron Family Chair in Childhood Research at SickKids) and his lab with a study targeted at understanding the origin of DIPG.
In recognition of the incredible work Jordana’s Rainbows is doing to help conquer DIPG, I donate a portion of the proceeds of every transaction to this amazing charity.