PanAm/Para PanAm Games in Hamilton, Ontario

8 07 2015


Wishing all the athletes competing in Football (soccer) a warm Hamilton welcome, and hoping these Games bring a positive experience of sport, fellowship and community spirit to all who attend and participate. Thank you to the many volunteers who will help make the Games a success. Looking forward to taking in some of the action at the new stadium!

CAPPY: Child Abuse Prevention and Protection of Youth

12 07 2014

Tomorrow, Sunday July 13th, marks the 23rd annual CAPPY Ride to raise funds for the programs and services offered by the Community Child Abuse Council. At the moment, it looks entirely possible the ride will be a damp one. But the motorcycle community supporting this event comes out for the cause moreso than the ride itself. Yes, it’s a popular, police escorted scenic route and a tremendous show of 2-wheel (and sometimes more) camaraderie. But those who come out know

that the ride wouldn’t happen if we didn’t need to do more for children and youth who are sexually abused – more treatment, more education, more prevention. They know that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys are sexually victimized before reaching their 18th birthdays. And they know that too many youngsters, some as young as 3 years, wait far too long for trauma treatment after experiencing sexual abuse.Entering my third year with the Council, one of development and bold planning

A tip of the hat to all those who ride for this important and worthwhile cause. And a shout out to the many amazing volunteers, sponsors, donors, and musicians who make the event such a tremendous success year after year.

Registration and breakfast start at 8:30 am at the Ancaster Fairgrounds. All are welcome.

For details, visit


Thanks to all who volunteer!

7 04 2014

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Calling all dreamers…

18 01 2014

IdealistAmi Dar and the team at are about to start something, and practical dreamers everywhere will want to hear about it. On March 11, 2014 they will launch “a new network – online, on the ground, in cities, villages, schools and workplaces” to join together people all over the world who want to work together on 3 global challenges. But the challenges aren’t hunger, or poverty, or disease, or world peace (or then again, maybe it is about that…). The challenges Ami and team have in their sights are big challenges, but they may surprise you. As he puts it, “These challenges are quiet—you’ll seldom hear about them in the media—but they affect all of us. And if we can tackle them, all our other problems will be easier to deal with”.

  1. A big gap between our good intentions and our actions.
  2. Our problems are connected, but we are not.
  3. The world is full of good ideas that don’t spread quickly enough.

The goal is to bring together a network of people to tackle these challenges – “an ecosystem of possibility”. To find out more about the project, the March 11 launch, and how to join in, here’s the link:


RBC Canadian Open – Purple for a Day

31 07 2012

Congratulations to Scott Piercy, the 2012 RBC Canadian Open Champion, and warm thanks to the thousands of visitors at the tournament who helped to support the Community Child Abuse Council. It was an amazing week. Probably the most excitement for the charity partner came on Saturday – Purple Ribbon Day at the Open – when a sea of purple ribbons adorned hats and shirts, lanyards and golf bags all around the course. Nearly every player, and many caddies, wore the child abuse awareness ribbon and helped to get the message out to television audiences as well as golf fans.

Sales of reusable water bottles, purple ribbons, and donations raised more than $70,000 during the week, and will be added to proceeds from hat sales at RBC branches and other fundraising still taking place as part of the ongoing “Heart of the Open” campaign.

Bo Van Pelt added a purple ribbon to his hat on Saturday, but kept the Council’s logo on his hat all week!

Special thanks to the amazing volunteers who worked so hard all week to make this such a success for the Council! For photos and updates, check the Council’s web site over the next few weeks:


Ernie’s in the house…and 3 cheers for Bo!

24 07 2012

The buzz on the course at Hamilton Golf & Country Club today included the excitement surrounding the arrival of Open Champion, Ernie Els, who will compete this week in the RBC Canadian Open. But on a quiet corner of the course, early in the day, six generous supporters of the Community Child Abuse Council got a real treat when they joined PGA Tour Pro, Bo Van Pelt, for a private clinic. These donors paid to spend time with Bo, get tips on their short game, and putting advice, all to raise funds for the Council’s child abuse treatment, prevention, and education programs. Bo Van Pelt didn’t disappoint…he spent individual time with each of the six, provided valuable insights and tips, and shared his knowledge of the game openly. After the exclusive clinic, Bo joined the group for lunch in the RBC Clubhouse Suite and talked about all things golf…life on the tour, competing with the world’s best, juggling family life with career duties, and the quirks of tournament play. He’s a personable and generous man, and a bighearted supporter of the charities selected to partner with tournament stops on the PGA Tour. The hat he wears this week during competition will bear the logo of the Community Child Abuse Council, part of his ongoing support of the many causes embraced by professional golf and its sponsors.

This is an incredibly important week for the Council. Amid the helicopters delivering golf’s royalty onto the course and the media scrambling for the action shots, humble volunteers are engaging golf fans and community attendees in work that will prevail long after the tournament ends. Their efforts over the next several days will help to ensure the right help is there at the right time for children who turn to us for hope and healing after the pain and trauma of abuse. Every purple ribbon they sell, every person they speak with, and every moment they spend being ambassadors for this important cause will leave a lasting legacy that far outlasts the buzz on the course.

Thanks Bo, and good luck this week.

The Start of an Amazing Week at the RBC Canadian Open

23 07 2012

At 6am in the morning, the footprints of the first volunteers and officials to arrive on the course are visible in the dew on the grass…it’s the first day of what will be an action-packed week filled with activity at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club as the 2012 RBC Canadian Open gets underway. And some of those early tracks in the fairway belong to volunteers supporting the Community Child Abuse Council in its precedent-setting involvement at this year’s national tournament…an amazing group of caring and hard working individuals who battled the gruelling heat and humidity all day long to sell reusable water bottles and purple awareness ribbons, accept donations, and manage an on-site effort that will raise important funds to support the Council’s vital child abuse prevention, education, and treatment programs. They are champions even as the week begins, and the entire operation wouldn’t be happening without them.

Brandt Snedeker strolls by, mere hours after flying back from that other Open across the pond. Stephen Ames rolls in a putt with a small but appreciative gallery watching from the shade. RBC’s Gord Nixon, President and CEO, tees off in the morning RBC Invitational Pro-Am. The course is alive with energy and anticipation. Ernie is coming. And right there in the midst of this inspiring environment…tremendous exposure for an important cause, conversations about a difficult topic, and generosity in support of  hope and healing for children and youth affected by trauma and abuse. It’s a wonderful experience to be in the midst of all this, knowing that the week ahead will bring significant gains for the Council in numerous ways.

Retief Goosen causes a considerable stir as he plays through the Par-3 sixteenth hole, but it’s the family walking past – all wearing purple ribbons – that captures my attention. There’s a lot going on today, not least a community coming together for the enjoyment of sport and the support of a good cause. It’s a wonderful start.

If you visit the RBC Canadian Open this week, look for the Council’s volunteers in their yellow shirts and be sure to stop by one of five water stations on the course to buy a reusable water bottle and get a purple ribbon. Saturday, July 28th is Purple Ribbon Day on the course.