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An overview of Leacock's events & programs from July & August 2014 
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Summer 2014 at the Leacock Foundation was one for the books! We hosted another successful golf tournament fundraiser, funded fantastic Leap Into Literacy day camps, had some very notable Canadians visit the Get Ahead Project in South Africa, and much more! Happy reading! 

21st Annual Golf Tournament Success! 
We are thrilled to announce that the 21st Annual Leacock Golf Tournament, Dinner, and Auction on Sept. 15th  at Granite Golf Club and Auberge du Pommier, was a huge success! Spearheaded by a fantastic committee and generously supported by partners and sponsors, the Leacock Foundation raised $250,000 to go toward needs-based programming for youth in both Toronto and South Africa. This year, Leacock was raising money to support new leadership programs that unlock potential in youth, and keep them engaged from primary grades, right through to high school.
The Leacock Foundation staff want to thank all members, guests, volunteers, sponsors, and partners who participated in making this event happen! We look forward to keeping you updated on the progress of the leadership programs you have supported and seeing you at next year's tournament! 
Read a Summary & Details of the Event!
LEAP Into Literacy Summer Camp
For the entire month of July, the Leacock Foundation funded and facilitated 3 summer day camps for learners at our Triangle of Hope partner schools- Woburn P.S., Derrydown P.S., and Rose Avenue P.S. Leap Campers were learners from grades 2 to 6, who would benefit from extra literacy support and smaller class sizes. This year, over 200 learners spent their mornings in the classroom, participating in engaging literacy-based activities, and their afternoons participating in fun, physical activities and field trips. Working in partnership with Leacock’s Triangle of Hope Independent schools, Leap Campers had access to swimming pools, computer labs, and gymnasiums. Leap Camp 2014 was a huge success, and we want to extend a sincere thank you to all teachers, coordinators, volunteers, donors, and partners for their efforts in making it happen.
Click here for more LEAP Photos
Winter School at Get Ahead College
At the end of every June, Leacock’s Triangle of Hope partner, the Get Ahead College (GAC) in Queenstown, South Africa, facilitates Winter School; an extra 2 weeks of classes for matric (grade 12) students, while the rest of the school is on holiday. Winter School provides matric students an opportunity to participate in effective exam preparation, so as to ensure their graduation at the end of the year. During these 2 weeks, teachers from Toronto-based Triangle of Hope partner schools travel to Queenstown, to work with GAC teachers to develop new teaching tools to enhance pre-existing curriculum. At the end of the week this year, learners were rewarded for their efforts, with a trip to Grahamstown, to participate in and experience the National Arts Festival. 
Notable Canadians Visit Get Ahead
In July, two notable Canadians, Hayley Wickenheiser (Canadian Olympic gold medalist) and Gaston Barban (Canadian High Commissioner in South Africa), visited the Get Ahead Project (GAP), Leacock’s Triangle of Hope partner school in South Africa. While there, Hayley and Gaston toured all 3 GAP campuses, met with teachers and staff, and visited with students. 
Read more about the visit!
Canadian Southern African Network Golf Tournament
 In August, the Canadian Southern African Network (CSAN) hosted a golf tournament, and donated 100% of its proceeds to the Leacock Foundation. At the end of the golf day, they raised over $5000, which will all go toward Leacock’s signature programs. Thank you, CSAN! 
Former Leacock Volunteer in Maclean's magazine
This September, we were thrilled to open up Maclean's magazine to see former Leacock volunteer Preet Aneja, had been interviewed regarding her high school experience at a private, independent school. It was wonderful to know Preet is doing well with her continued studies at Western University, and fantastic to see her reference her experience with Leacock as a volunteer at Leap Into Literacy Camp and her trip to Get Ahead Project in South Africa, as notable and impactful activities during her high school experience. 
Preet with Get Ahead Project students in Queenstown, South Africa
Get Ahead College Debate Club Competes in East London 
In early September, the Get Ahead College (GAC) Debate Club traveled to East London, South Africa, to participate in organized debates with other high school students from the Eastern Cape province. A few of the topics debated were the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and patents on HIV/AIDS antiretroviral medications. The GAC Debate Club did so well that four debaters were nominated to the Eastern Cape National Team. These learners will be participating in formal debate training as well as the National Debate Competitions in December. We look forward to updating you on their progress! 
A Thank You Message from the GAC Debate Club
Membership Renewal
At Leacock we offer a unique opportunity to get involved and give back both locally here in Toronto, and globally in South Africa, while participating in exclusive events and fundraisers with a fun, professional network of individuals. In the next year, we have a number of exciting programs in the works that will enhance leadership and literacy opportunities for youth in-need, provide a continuum of care from primary grades, right through to high school, and ultimately help unlock potential and create leaders of tomorrow. 
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Direct Your Workplace Giving
If your workplace facilitates giving through the United Way, you can direct your donations to the Leacock Foundation. Just copy and paste the below information to direct your workplace United Way donation to Leacock programming.
 
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