OPTrust Cares Basketball Tournament in support of Anishnawbe Health.
Photo Courtesy of OPTrust


OPTrust Employees hold year-long fundraiser and raise over $10,000 in support of Anishnawbe Health

In 2022, Anishnawbe Health was selected as the charity of choice by OPTrust Cares, an employee-led charitable giving program started by OPTrust employees in 2015. By year's end, OPTrust employees had contributed over $10,000 -- more than double what the annual campaign previously raised! 

We had the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with OPTrust employees and Co-Chairs of the 2022 campaign Jessica Figueroa and Brooke Elliott to discuss this year-long third-party event fundraiser. 

Tell us a bit about the OPTrust Cares program.  

OPTrust Cares started in 2015 because one of our employees had lost a child and we began a personal fundraiser to raise money to do a memorial park. Once that goal was hit the first year, and it had such a great reception from staff, employees decided to continue and choose a new cause to support every year.  


Julie Cookson, Executive Director, Anishnawbe Health Foundation and Andre Morriseau, Board Chair, Anishnawbe Health Foundation

Anishnawbe Health Foundation announces the coming departure of Julie Cookson as Executive Director

Earlier this year, Anishnawbe Health Foundation’s Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Executive Director Julie Cookson and is announcing her departure, effective May 31, 2023.

Julie served as the Foundation’s first Executive Director and first employee, joining the organization nearly seven years ago in May 2016. She has played a critical role in working with Board leadership in establishing the philanthropic arm of Anishnawbe Health Toronto and developing the organization.  


Make it Monthly this March – Join our Sweetgrass Monthly Giving Circle this month and CanadaHelps will contribute an Extra $20!

Throughout the month of March, become a new monthly donor of $20 or more and our online donation partner CanadaHelps will make a one-time extra $20 donation to support health and healing for Anishnawbe Health clients.

Monthly giving reduces our fundraising expenses, helps us plan for the future, and allows you to spread out your annual contribution in convenient instalments over the year.  As a Sweetgrass Circle Member, you’ll receive an annual tax receipt for your donations, receive our enewsletter, be listed in our Annual Report and be invited to special activities and events.

$20 a month = $240 a year
$25 a month = $300 a year
$30 a month = $360 a year

Become a member of the Sweetgrass Circle HERE or contact for more information.   


2019 Reception & Auction

Save the date for our Reception & Auction!

It’s been a long wait due to the pandemic, but our 4th annual Reception & Auction is back after a three-year hiatus. Join Anishnawbe Health Foundation along with fellow host companies Beutel Goodman Investment Counsel, Fiera Capital, Guardian Capital, Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel LTD, Lincluden, Ridgewood, and Rogers Investment Consulting to support the Foundation. 

As part of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the reception will be held on September 27th at Young Peoples Theatre (Soulpepper Theatre Company). There will be food, drinks, entertainment, and items up for silent auction. The event has raised $130,000 since 2017 and attracts 130 guests each year. The auction has included exciting items such as Indigenous art, VIP sports packages, concert tickets, and so much more. 

Save the date and join us in September! Tickets will go on sale in the next few weeks. 

If you are interested in a sponsorship package or contributing an auction item, please contact Emma Cooper at


“Mukwa and Me” by Trey Robinson, Client, Anishnawbe Health Toronto.

Join Elder Perry McLeod-Shabogesic for the next Wisdom Weavers Episode

On March 31,12:00 p.m., our Wisdom Weavers Storytelling & Traditional Teachings will continue with Perry McLeod-Shabogesic. Perry is Anishinabe from N’biising (Nipissing) First Nation. He is an Elder, Helper, and resource person for our Member First Nations of Wasauksing, Shawanaga, Magnetawan, Henvey, Dokis and Wahnapitae First Nations.

Perry’s storytelling presentation is titled: “We Are All Stories Waiting to Be Told.” In his presentation, Perry will explain that our stories connect us to our past, present, and future. Through the stories and teachings of The Bear Moon (Mukwa Gezis), the stories speak to who we are as Indigenous people of this land, and they reveal our world view and understanding of our place in creation.  “Storytelling is more than just telling stories. It’s taking your sprit on a journey to a sacred place where only your spirit can go.”


Image courtesy of Willpower

Interested in Leaving a Charitable Gift in Your Will? Check out this Webinar!

Through the generous suppport of the Toronto Foundation, Anishnawbe Health Foundation is pleased to be part of the National Willpower campaign – a campaign that helps Canadians learn about the power of making a charitable gift through your will. 

If you’ve been thinking about leaving a donation in your Will but are unsure how it works, Willpower is hosting a short webinar called “The Top 7 Myths About Leaving a Charitable Gift in your Will" with presenters Laurie Fox and Keith Thompson. 

The webinar helps donors to: 

  • Understand why leaving a charitable donation in your Will is a smart way to donate to causes you care about 

  • See how you can leave part of your estate to charity in your Will, and still take care of family 

  • Understand tax and other financial strategies you can use to structure your Will so that it works for YOU 

  • Know exactly what to ask your legal or financial advisor about your estate (and where to find one) 

Sessions are available until April 1st, so grab a spot now! 



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