Nature beckons from Prospect Lake where spring is taking over and our plans for transitioning the former golf course into our permanent home are blossoming. CIBC Children’s Foundation has heard nature beckoning and recently announced a contribution of $200,000 to support our plans.

“We are happy to be able to make this special donation to support Power To Be’s expansion for more services and a strong future,” says Runa Whitaker, CIBC Children’s Foundation Director.

For a dozen years, CIBC Children’s Foundation has supported the work of Power To Be, specifically our Adaptive Recreation program. This current gift for Prospect Lake is above and beyond their commitment to programming and will be directed toward things like waterfront infrastructure and an accessible bus, among other things.

“We are extremely grateful for this support toward our vision of redefining inclusion,” says Tim Cormode, Power To Be Executive Director. “This donation is a huge vote of confidence in the work that we do and our plans for the future.”

The CIBC Children’s Foundation has three areas of focus: helping kids with high needs, education and enrichment and healthy active living. The Foundation funds programs that provide vital support services and enrichment opportunities for young people that may not otherwise be accessible.

Power To Be does amazing things aligned with our strategy,” Runa says. “We fund services for high-needs kids and Power To Be demonstrates that pillar in action.”

Funds for CIBC Children’s Foundation are raised during CIBC Miracle Day, an annual event that sees the CIBC Capital Markets team and CIBC Wood Gundy Investment Advisors donate their commissions and fees on that day. In its 34th year, CIBC Miracle Day is a global program operating in Canada, London, New York and Hong Kong.  In 2016, CIBC Children’s Foundation donated $4.9 million to 500 charities in Canada.