Continued Support Leads to Greater Results


TD Bank believes that a good education opens doors and contributes greatly to the long-term well-being of individuals, families and communities. Their focus on creating opportunities for young people is inspiring and evident in all that they do. TD Bank has been a generous supporter of our Letters, Sounds and Words program across Waterloo Region, Wellington County and Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk Counties for more than 7 years. Three years ago, they also began supporting our preschool program, Get Ready for School.


Neighbours Helping Neighbours – Thank You Sifton Family Foundation


As a top-quality builder, with properties in Brantford, Guelph, London and Waterloo Region, Sifton Properties invests where their staff and clients live, work and raise families. With a specific focus on education and helping the next generation prepare for a successful future, our Letters, Sounds and Words program was a perfect fit with their neighbourly philosophy. Honouring Brier Park Public School in Brantford, which serves their tenants in the Brier Park community, was a wonderful way to support their local residents.


Toyota’s Lids4Kids Program Helps More Children Read


Good corporate citizens, and environmental leaders, are great descriptors for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada. With a Tim Horton’s onsite to serve employees, staff are encouraged to put the lids of their cups in a separate slot in the recycling container. In honour of their teams efforts to recycle, Toyota created the Lids4Kids program, where a donation is made to a children’s charity each quarter, in recognition of the lids collected.


Increased Support for Greater Impact – Retired Teachers of Ontario District 11


Our partnership with the Retired Teachers of Ontario District 11 has continued to grow over the past few years. Many of their members generously volunteer their time in our Letters, Sounds and Words program, and are incredibly passionate about ensuring young learners acquire essential reading skills. The Strong Start team were incredibly humbled by the $4,000.00 cheque provided in support of our programs, with a matching one promised from the provincial office of the Retired Teachers of Ontario.


Two Amazing Strong Start Volunteers Honoured at the 12th Annual Volunteer Impact Awards Gala


During National Volunteer Week, the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener Waterloo and Area presents the Volunteer Impact Awards Gala to honour individuals, teams, and organizations for the generous gifts of time in Waterloo Region. On Thursday, April 27th, 2017, two such community champions involved with our organization were honoured and publicly recognized for their kind contributions.


Strong Start Recipient of Business Excellence Award

      News, Thanks

We couldn’t do what we do with the generous gifts of time and financial gifts we receive from individuals, businesses, foundations, service clubs, groups and more. The award we received this month is recognition for all of us and the work we’re doing to ensuring young children learn to read. Thank you to our program partners, volunteers, donors, and community champions for making a difference in the life of a child.


Knights of Columbus Invest in Children’s Futures


Twice a year, the Maryhill Knights of Columbus host their famous “Vegas Night” where individuals of all ages are invited to come out for a chance to win turkeys, hams, grocery hamper, quilts, gift certificates and more. The event has been running for over 45 years, with all of the proceeds going to support local charities.