Your YPL Connection

The YPL Board of Directors is excited to bring you updates right to your inbox on the impact of your support. Each quarterly YPL newsletter will introduce you to a YPL member, give a brief update on programs with the Leacock Foundation and remind you of fun, upcoming events and exciting opportunities!

Meet Jessica, YPL Membership Chair and Board Member

My name is Jessica Sheehan and I have been involved with the Leacock Club for over 10 years. My passion and involvement in Leacock and the YPL began after attending a speaker’s event hosted by Leacock. I was moved when a teacher told attendees about her personal experiences working with children in high risk areas of Toronto. Following the summer break she asked her class if anyone had a taken a summer vacation.
A student put up their hand and answered that they were able to go to Ontario Place. Growing up in Toronto, a visit to Ontario Place was one of many day excursions that our family enjoyed in addition to vacations outside of the city. Knowing that we provide children in Toronto with experiences that I would have taken for granted adds to my desire to be a part of the Leacock Club. 

The YPL is a great opportunity for young professionals to get involved and give back to our community in a meaningful way. Members also get the added benefit of participating in Leacock events including the annual debate which is always a great evening. It’s exciting to watch our annual YPL fundraiser grow and continue to surpass our fundraising goals each year!  

What's new at the Leacock Foundation

Major highlights from our Toronto programs:

Over 230 underserved youth in Grades 1-5 participated in LEAP into Literacy Summer Day Camp. This month-long full day camp program gives students an opportunity to benefit from small group experiential learning outside of the traditional classroom setting and is designed to help prevent 'summer slide back'. These learning summer losses can disproportionally affect children whose families do not have the resources for, or access to academic summer programs. 

Meanwhile, LEADership overnight camp at the TRCA's Albion Hills impacted over 250 Grade 5-8 campers throughout July and August. LEAD Campers spent an entire week learning about what it means to be a leader, while participating in outdoor activities not accessible in the city: canoeing, fat bike riding, fishing, building a campfire, hiking and much more. 

A LEAD Camper's parent had this to say about the program:
"We have noticed some change in our seems that she has grown as a person because of this experience. We are so glad and so grateful. I hope that this program will continue to be offered for a long time for other kids to also benefit from it, as it definitely transforms kids into better people and leaders."
An update from South Africa at the Get Ahead Project Schools:

The Get Ahead Project Elementary School in Queenstown recently purchased 42 new tablets with funding from the Leacock Foundation, bringing student learning to new heights. Students have enjoyed using tablets to record videos, use apps for math revisions and word pronunciation, scan QR codes and research online. 

Furthermore, over the winter holidays in South Africa, over 62 students participated in Winter School. Funded by a generous donor to the Leacock Foundation, this program is an intensive two week academic program designed to engage, energize and empower Grade 12 learners at the Get Ahead College as they prepare for their final matriculation exams. 

The Chairman of the Leacock Foundation's Board of Directors, Mark Damelin, had the privilege of visiting the College during Winter School and reflected on his experience: 
"It was a privilege to serve Get Ahead College in this capacity and I will miss the students and staff terribly as they enriched my life beyond measure...I left Winter School inspired by the students I had the joy of teaching, their quiet confidence, enthusiasm and thirst for learning."

Mark your calendar for the next YPL and Friends event!

You have made a real difference.
Thank you to all Leacock Lawn Night supporters!

Because of you, the students pictured above from the Get Ahead Project Schools in Queenstown, South Africa continue to have access to quality education. Your support has helped sponsor Athetaa, Chulumanco, Mfuna and Lwindile's school fees for an entire year. Read a special letter of thanks from Mfuna

Proceeds from the event also benefited over 250 youth this past summer at LEAP into Literacy Day Camp. New classroom and recreational materials were added to the program, including 80 new children’s yoga mats used to help campers focus and re-charge for a day of learning and fun.

Events Committee Member

If you have an interest in planning events and working with like-minded young professionals, a volunteer events committee position may be for you!

Each year, the YPL Events Committee coordinates the YPL's annual signature event in an effort to raise awareness for the Leacock Foundation and raise funds for its youth programs. Building on two years of success, the YPL Events Committee will begin planning for the 3rd Annual Leacock Lawn Night event in December.

Anticipated event date: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Event website:

  • Play a key role in raising funds for an education, youth-focused organization
  • An opportunity to meet and network with other young professionals who believe in giving back
  • Gain greater insight to the nonprofit sector and fundraising
  • Further develop your skills in event planning, promotions and working on a committee
To learn more, please contact Lynn at
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Contact or call the Leacock office at 416-489-9309

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