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Make-a-Wish Eastern Ontario

Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario’s mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

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Make-a-wish eastern Ontario logo

Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario’s mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

We rely on the support and generosity of our community through internal events, third party events, individual giving, campaigns, corporate alliances, employee giving and legacy giving. We focus on a diversified fundraising approach which is vital to our success of continuing with our mission since we do not receive any government funding. We strive on finding new creative fundraising initiatives to increase our annual revenues to ensure that every eligible child in our territory receive their wish.

Info at-a-glance

Year founded


Total revenue for last fiscal year

$1,638,000 (this includes in-kind donations)

Geographic region of focus

Eastern Ontario

How you can help


When you donate to Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario you can trust that your contribution will go directly towards our mission of granting the wish of a child in your community. You are making an immediate and lifelong impact on a sick child’s life which also impacts their family and community. A wish is not only a magical interlude in a terrible and frightening time, it also plays an important role in increasing a child’s sense of empowerment. Children are energized by a wish, by imaging it, describing it, planning it and anticipating it. A wish encourages a child to see a future to fight for and then fight on, often against tremendous odds. A wish gives courage and hope.

We have received a significant increase in wish referrals in 2016/2017 and currently have over 100 children who are patiently waiting for their wish. We are proud to ensure that 82% of each donation goes directly towards our wish granting mission.


Volunteers give the most valuable gift of all – their time. Their hard work, passion and commitment to our mission make them the heart and soul of our foundation. We always welcome new volunteers who have the same passion and commitment to wish granting as we do.

Events and fundraising

New fundraising priority for 2017 – was launched in honor of Canada’s 150th celebration and aims to raise $1.5 million so 150 wishes can be granted. The campaign is inspired by the kind heart and selfless spirit of former wish child Dominique. Knowing the hope and joy that comes from having a wish granted, Dominique has teamed up with Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario to launch for 150 children in eastern Ontario living with life threatening conditions.

Wine for Wishes

Wine for Wishes brings together the best local wineries, breweries and restaurants so that our guests can indulge their inner foodies. Guests sample incredible dishes from the hottest restaurants in town while meeting the people who create the award winning wines and beers, while
finding the perfect brew or vino for the connoisseur on their list. This year over year sold out event will be held on April 5th, 2018 at the Shaw Center.

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“Adopt-A-Wish” program

Sponsoring a child’s wish through the Adopt-A-Wish program is a way for individuals, businesses, foundations and community groups to make a
positive impact on the life of a wish child in your community. The holidays are always a magical time of the year where dreams come true and anything seems possible. Turn the holiday season into a “Season of Wishes”! Make a donation or/and Adopt-A-Wish in lieu of holiday gifts for co-workers, employees and customers.

Rope for Hope

Rope for Hope is a unique challenge event that calls on participants to raise pledges in exchange for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to rappel down the edge of a high-profile building.

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Tysen’s Mission to a Million

A fundraising campaign launch by a former wish recipient, Tysen’s Mission to a Million is a perfect example of how one wish inspired a young man to want to help 100 children receive their wish. Tysen’s mission to a million has touched millions of individuals on a local, national and worldwide level. For more information, visit:

Board executives and members

Headshot of Tanya DesjardinsHeadshot of Alym Giga

David Henry, Vice Chair/Legal Advisor
Jeff Lee, Treasurer
Laura Kneebone, Secretary
Habib Saikali, Director
Dr. Irfan Moledina, Director/Medical Advisor
Paul Richards, Director
Dr. Johnna McCormick, Director/Medical Advisor

Get in touch

Make-a-Wish Eastern Ontario
92 Bentley Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K2C 3T6

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