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Camp Banting 2018

Camp Banting is Canada’s longest running camp for children living with type I diabetes. In 2018, we’ll welcome 56 children to join our camp family under the August sun. 2018 marks a major milestone for Camp Banting as it continues under its own sails as an independent camp for children living with type 1 diabetes. Camp Banting will continue with its existing medical leadership and volunteers intact; sourced from long-attending alumni. Camp Banting connects children with type 1 diabetes with other children and youth in their community who are living with the same diagnosis. Camp Banting creates a community of support where campers don’t feel the need to hide or explain their diabetes; they are free to play and grow as children, learning confidence and diabetes management in an organic way. Camp Banting also provides a community of support for parents and guardians of children living with diabetes. This localized community allows families going through similar experiences to support, grow, and learn from each other. Almost all of the Camp Banting counsellors live with diabetes, and were campers themselves. Their leadership reinforces our community and culture.

Camp Banting is now responsible for obtaining its own sponsorship and donations. Funds received through the CHEO Foundation go directly to helping Camp Banting’s diabetes camp program in Eastern Ontario. We use these donations to support children who otherwise couldn’t go to camp, and to create and implement a safe and positive camping experience for children living with type 1 diabetes. Please consider donating to help further our cause, and help to empower a child living with type 1 diabetes.

LCBO’s Giving Back In Our Community campaign raises record donations for CHEO

03/23/18 Ottawa – The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation is pleased to announce that $5.8 million was raised to support  children’s health programs during LCBO’s December 2017 Giving Back In Our Community fundraising campaign. $600,000 of that total will enable CHEO to replace its aging heart-lung machine which plays such an important role in providing the best possible care to our patients. On average CHEO’s cardiac team will perform two to three open heart surgeries per week. These surgeries could not take place without this vital piece of equipment. Funds will also support ground-breaking research being done at the CHEO Research Institute on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. .

During the 2017 Giving Back In Our Community Campaign, LCBO staff invited customers to add a $2, $5 or $10 donation to their purchase. Donation boxes were also available at LCBO check-out counters.

“LCBO’s Giving Back In Our Community Campaign is once again making a difference in the lives of the children, youth and families that need CHEO,” said Kevin Keohane, President and CEO of the CHEO Foundation. “We want to thank everyone at the LCBO and their customers for believing in and supporting the work being done at our children’s hospital.”

“Behind every dollar that made up this year’s record-breaking Giving Back in Our Community fundraising results, stand our dedicated retail staff and our generous customers. Whether through funding lifesaving equipment and technology, support research, or substance abuse training, we are incredibly proud to help make a difference in the lives of the children and families who rely on the important services provided by CHEO,” said George Soleas, President and CEO, LCBO.


Len Hanes

CHEO Foundation, Director of Communications

Tel: (613) 737-2784 E:

Amy Waters

Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, LCBO

T: (416) 864-6383  E:

Canadian Champions Visit Ottawa

Children’s Miracle Network Champions Program Presented by Walmart Canada

Canadian Champions Visit Ottawa

-For Immediate Release-

March 1, 2018, Ottawa – On Monday, March 5, the Nation’s Capital will play host to an outstanding group of young ambassadors, the Children’s Miracle Network Champions presented by Walmart Canada. The Champions program is designed to educate communities on the life-saving work being done at member hospitals and the role Children’s Miracle Network plays in supporting that work.

Each year, Children’s Miracle Network hospitals identify a remarkable child to serve as their Champion. As ambassadors, these 13 Champions represent the more than two million children and youth treated by Canadian pediatric hospitals each year. Their stories showcase the incredible advances being made in children’s health care in our country, and applaud the courage and resilience of these Champions and their families in overcoming an illness or injury.

Once again, the Canadian Champions will travel to Ottawa to celebrate not only these young ambassadors, but also the vital role our country’s pediatric hospitals play in improving the lives of our children from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Following the Ottawa visit, the Canadian Champions will join a group of U.S. Champions in Orlando, Florida for Children’s Hospital Week 2018.

The Canadian Champions begin arriving in Ottawa on Saturday, March 3 and have a full roster of special activities before they leave for Florida Tuesday morning.

We invite our friends in the media to join us for one, or all, of the following activities on Monday, March 5:

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Walmart Welcome Party and shopping spree at Walmart Baseline store, 1375 Baseline Road


10:30 a.m. to noon: Parliament Hill tour

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.:

Children’s Miracle Network Champion Farewell Dinner  at Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent Street

The CHEO Foundation can assist in organizing photo opportunities and interviews with these amazing kids, their families and Children’s Miracle Network representatives.

CHEO’s very own Champion Morgan MacIntyre will be front and centre with the other Children’s Miracle Network Champions during the visit. Morgan has been a CHEO patient since she was 13 months old after being diagnosed with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), a rare genetic disorder that impacts her immune system. Now 17, Morgan still requires regular treatments and has recently been diagnosed with epilepsy and bilateral Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. In the face of these challenges, Morgan has grown up to be an exceptional young woman who is active in the farming community, loves helping her family raise Simmental and Angus cows and is looking forward to attending university.

Morgan looks just like any healthy teenager, but with her compromised immune system it takes her much longer to recover from an illness. Even a cold or slight fever can become serious. Morgan’s spirit and strength will shine as she represents CHEO at special events throughout the coming year.

The Children’s Miracle Network Champions Program presented by Walmart is a celebration of pediatric health care across the continent. Each Champion brings their own special story of courage and strength that is just one of thousands from their home town, their province and their country. We look forward to giving them a warm Ottawa welcome, and ensuring their visit is a memorable one as they embark on the experience of a lifetime during their year as Champions!

For more information please contact:

Len Hanes

Director of Communications

CHEO Foundation

Office: (613) 737-2784

Mobile: (613) 447-2741

Ski For Kids – a day on the slopes for CHEO’s kids

The 28th annual Ski for Kids event took place on Friday, February 16 at Mont Ste-Marie and was a resounding success. The team skiing event was sold out as 200 participants took part in a beautiful day of competitive skiing and fun. When all of the festivities came to an end an amazing total of $454,500 was raised in part for the children and youth at CHEO.  We want to thank the event organizers and volunteers for their dedication to the health of our kids, and to the title sponsor Sporting Life along with all the many other sponsors for their support of this annual winter tradition.

CHEO, Royal partnership holds line on lower wait times as demand increases for mental health care

Wait times for child and youth mental health care have dropped by 73% at CHEO and 91% at The Royal compared to 2014/15 waits, according to the Young Minds Partnership Annual Report Card released today. This dramatic improvement comes despite increased demand — referrals are up 25% at CHEO and 73% at The Royal — and frozen provincial funding for outpatient services.

See the full Young Minds Partnership Annual Report Card 2016/17

In 2015/16, the Young Minds Partnership (YMP) started a new mental health-care delivery system called the Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA). The CAPA model puts patients and families at the centre of care, empowering them to choose the right clinicians and care plans based on individual strengths and goals.

The YMP has also been working to extend care beyond the walls of CHEO and The Royal and address the increasingly complex mental health challenges young people face today.

CHEO’s Project ECHO is providing training in delivering child and youth mental health treatment in primary care practices across Ontario. Head to Toe at CHEO is a pilot project to screen for suicidal thoughts in every youth (12 and older) who is admitted to the hospital for any reason. This program will catch thoughts of self-harm early and help youth before problems reach a crisis level.

Psychiatrists at The Royal are bringing help closer to home for transitional aged youth through a new telemedicine clinic. The Royal has also created a day program to support youth who have experienced psychosis – the group program provides ongoing medical and social support that helps youth achieve and maintain recovery.

The YMP has a five-year strategic plan, born out of a growing demand for improved mental health services for Ontario’s children and youth. Over 800 mental health professionals, physicians, community groups, researchers, children, youth and families were consulted in developing the YMP Strategic Plan 2015-2020.

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For further information, please contact:

Paddy Moore
Strategic Communications Advisor
m. 613-769-5553

Karen Monaghan
Communications Manager
The Royal
m. 613-868-3740


The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario – Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (CHEO –OCTC) is the leading provider of specialized pediatric health services in Canada’s capital. CHEO’s programs help over 500,000 children and youth each year in Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, Nunavut and parts of Northern Ontario. As a world-class research centre and teaching hospital, for over 40 years CHEO has changed young lives in our community, while our innovations change young lives around the world. For more than 65 years, OCTC has been providing specialized care for children and youth with disabilities, including cerebral palsy, complex needs associated with congenital conditions, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorders and brain injury. The two previously separate organizations recently joined forces to become one organization, stronger together for kids and families.

About The Royal

The Royal is one of Canada’s foremost mental health care, teaching and research hospitals. Its mandate is simple: to help more people living with mental illness into recovery faster. The Royal combines the delivery of specialized mental health care, advocacy, research and education to transform the lives of people with complex and treatment-resistant mental illness. The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research is affiliated with the University of Ottawa. The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health raises funds that support The Royal’s work. The Royal places a sharp focus on awareness building through the You Know Who I Am campaign and public education initiatives like Conversations at The Royal and Is It Just Me? Conversations about Youth Mental Health. For more information, please visit

Psychiatrists at The Royal are bringing help closer to home for transitional aged youth through a new telemedicine clinic. The Royal has also created a day program to support youth who have experienced psychosis — the group program provides ongoing medical and social support that helps youth achieve and maintain recovery.

Winners announced in the CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery

01/10/2018 (Ottawa) Earlier today, the draws were made for the first and second prizes as well as the 50/50 cash prize in the sold-out 2017 CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery during the CTV News at Noon.

We congratulate Sophie Rybak, ticket number 008514, who has won the Grand Prize package worth $1,799,000 that includes the Minto Dream Home with all furnishings by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, $100,000 in cash, a 2018 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 Double Cab from Myers Automotive Group, house cleaning for a year from Molly Maid, legal services from Mann Lawyers, moving services from Fred Guy Moving and Storage and a $5,000 gift card from Farm Boy.

Maria Rita, Hassan Afeltra and Abdul-Hussein, ticket number 065710, have won the second prize that is worth over $156,000 and includes $100,000 cash, a 2018 Nissan Rogue SL Platinum AWD from Myers Automotive Group, a $10,000 Gift Certificate from CF Rideau Centre, a trip for two to the Barcelo Bavaro Palace, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from Marlin Travel and Transat, and an Ottawa Senators 300 Level Flex 20 Season Tickets Package.

The winners of the 50/50 Draw are David Hyde and Ruth Acton, ticket number 3377547. The jackpot reached a total of $1,141,345 which means David and Ruth will take home $570,672.50.

Ticket holders can check their tickets online at as of 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 11. A complete list of all winning numbers will also be available on the website. All winners will receive a confirmation letter from Miratel Solutions Inc. within two weeks detailing how to claim their prize.

The 2017 Dream of a Lifetime Lottery raised over $3.3 million to help the children, youth and families who rely on CHEO. The Foundation sincerely thanks all our ticket buyers and sponsors for helping to create this amazing success.

For more information contact:
Len Hanes
Director of Communications
CHEO Foundation
Work: (613) 737-2784
Cell: (613) 447-2741

Ski for Kids

What is Ski for Kids?

Several years ago, a handful of community minded ski lovers got together to host a fun event that had meaning: a skiing event that raised money for the most vulnerable population in the community—young children and youth.

A portion of Ski for Kids’ proceeds will support CHEO’s youth!

Come and join us for a day on the slopes for the 28th annual Ski for Kids day!

Ski for Kids Day Details

Date   Friday February 16, 2018

Location   Mont Ste Marie ski resort

For sponsorship or registration, please contact Derek Noble.

CP Women’s Open Awarded 2017 Best Charity / Community Engagement on LPGA Tour

Canada’s National Women’s Open Golf Championship honoured by LPGA Tournament Owners Association for the CP Has Heart charity campaign which raised more than $2 million in support of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario


OTTAWA (Golf Canada) – The success of the 2017 CP Women’s Open continued this past week as the LPGA Tournament Owners Association (TOA) presented Golf Canada and Canadian Pacific (CP) with a Gold Driver Award for Best Charity / Community Engagement among all LPGA Tour events.

The annual TOA Gold Driver Awards were hosted in conjunction with the LPGA’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla. The TOA was formally established in 1990 and is composed of owned and operated LPGA Tour events.

As part of their sponsorship of the event, Canadian Pacific through its CP Has Heart campaign, raised $2 million in support for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) to help fund a renovated catheterization lab and interventional suite.

“This award is the result of a total team effort and we share it with our friends at CHEO and countless community supporters, as well as CP’s staff, event partners and our CP golf ambassadors Brooke Henderson and Lorie Kane,” said Keith Creel, CP President and Chief Executive Officer. “CP supports heart health because it is an issue that touches so many Canadians. Together with our partners at Golf Canada and everyone involved with the CP Women’s Open, we are proud to leave a lasting charitable legacy in Ottawa through CP Has Heart in support of CHEO’s incredible work.”

The total charity contribution was the result of several fundraising activities tied to the CP Has Heart campaign. Through CP Birdies for Heart, CP contributed $5,000 for each birdie made by a player on the 15th hole at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club during tournament play with a total of 45 birdies representing a $225,000 donation. CP also matched all donations made online at from April 1 to the end of the tournament.

In the four years of CP’s title sponsorship of the CP Women’s Open, $6.5 million has been raised to support children’s heart health in Canada.

“it is incredibly rewarding to see the CP Has Heart campaign honoured by the LPGA Tournament Owners with a Gold Driver Award for Best Charity/Community Engagement,” said Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum. “Thanks to tremendous fan, player and partner support, the 2017 CP Women’s Open was a resounding success and it is most deserving that CP’s community impact has been recognized with this meaningful award.”

The 2017 CP Women’s Open saw rookie sensation Sung Hyun Park card a final-round 64 to capture Canada’s National Open Golf Championship just weeks after earning her U.S. Women’s Open title.  Park went on to share Rolex Player of the Year honors with fellow Korean So Yeon Ryu, making her the first player since Nancy Lopez in 1978 to win both Player and Rookie of the Year honours in the same season.

The 2018 CP Women’s Open will mark the first time the province of Saskatchewan will host a major LPGA Tour event when the world’s best players challenge Regina’s Wascana Country Club August 20-26, 2018. Through the CP Has Heart campaign, CP will once again make a substantial donation to the host community by supporting pediatric cardiology at the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital, which is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2019.

Information regarding tickets and corporate hospitality for the 2018 CP Women’s Open can be found at

LCBO raises funds for Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

Starting on December 1st, the public can help support CHEO by making a donation at any of the more than 650 LCBO stores throughout Ontario. Donation boxes for CHEO will be displayed at LCBO checkout counters until December 31, 2017.

This year funds from the LCBO’s Giving Back in our Community Campaign will support a number of initiatives at CHEO including the purchase of a heart lung bypass machine. This machine temporarily takes over the function of the heart and lungs during open heart surgeries. On average, CHEO’s cardiac team performs two to three open heart surgeries a week. In addition to helping CHEO purchase lifesaving equipment, the LCBO’s Giving Back in our Community Campaign will continue to support ground-breaking research being done on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and provide critical training to our emergency staff to treat and support young patients that are struggling with addiction.

“LCBO continues to be a dedicated and loyal supporter of the children and youth at CHEO. The combined dedication between LCBO staff and the customers they serve makes a huge difference in the lives of the families who rely on CHEO,” says Kevin Keohane, President and CEO of the CHEO Foundation. “Their efforts and generosity are greatly appreciated by both the doctors, nurses and staff at CHEO, and the young patients they care for every day. ”

“The incredible generosity of our customers combined with the commitment of our staff is what makes our Giving Back in our Community Campaign so significant. We are proud to have raised close to $600,000 for CHEO last year – supporting not only important funding for alcohol-related clinical study, but the purchasing of lifesaving equipment and technology,” said George Soleas, President & CEO, LCBO. “I am confident that this year’s campaign will be even more successful and that, by working together, we continue our support of children and families who rely on the incredible services CHEO provides.”

All LCBO retail locations, over 660 across the province, take part in the campaign which last year raised a record $5.6 million. Donation boxes will be displayed at LCBO checkout counters and customer service representatives will invite shoppers to add a $2, $5 or $10 donation with their purchase.

CHEO thanks the public for its support when shopping at their local LCBO store from December 1 to 31, 2017.


Len Hanes
Director of Communications
CHEO Foundation
(613) 737-2784


LCBO Press Office

Fairmont Château Laurier celebrates 20 years of Trees of Hope for CHEO!

Ottawa, November 24, 2017 – on Monday, November 27, the Fairmont Château Laurier is hosting the 20th Anniversary edition of its signature fundraising event, Trees of Hope for CHEO. Since its inception in 1997, this event has grown into what many consider the ‘official kick off’ to the festive season in Ottawa. The Fairmont is always a very generous and gracious host. Corporate teams exercise their creativity and engage in friendly competition through the tree decorating portion of the evening, all while raising funds for the children and youth at CHEO. Categories for the tree decorating competition this year are: Frozen in Time to mark the event’s 20th anniversary and O Canada! in keeping with Canada 150 celebrations. The sparkling holiday trees are placed throughout the majestic castle and remain on display for all to enjoy.

During the holiday season, the Fairmont Château Laurier welcomes over 8,000 visitors who have a chance to cast a vote in the People’s Choice Awards through donation boxes until January 4, 2018. The corporate tree sponsorship fees and donations from the public through the People’s Choice Awards are combined with the proceeds from the auction and are donated directly to CHEO. Last year more than $108,000 was raised to help families that rely on care at CHEO.

The Trees of Hope Silent Auction and Lighting Ceremony offers over 150 auction items including a variety of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts experiences, spa packages, art, toys and so much more. There is also a raffle for high end prizes! Here’s how the night unfolds:

– Teams begin decorating their trees at 4:45 p.m.
– Tree Lighting Ceremony and Silent Auction begin at 6:30 p.m.
– Silent Auction wraps up and raffle draw winners announced at 8:00 p.m.

While this year’s event is full to capacity with both Corporate Tree entries and attendees, our friends in the media are still invited to cover the event.

For more information please contact:

Deneen Perrin
Director, Public Relations
Fairmont Château Laurier
(613) 562-7001