All posts by Jennifer Kaye

Share your holiday cheer with a family in need!

Gifts and Christmas tree in a basket..Our Christmas Hamper program is in full swing! Every year, we ask the families and youth in our care what they both need and want at Christmastime. We then match them with an individual or group from the community who puts together a Christmas Hamper just for them. Our clients benefit greatly from the gifts they receive, and they also appreciate the love and compassion that goes into each Hamper. Please consider putting together a Hamper, or contributing toys and gift cards that can be included in a Hamper. Contact Lisa at 905-525-2012 x. 3256 or at Or visit our Hamper webpage, in the How To Help section.

It’s Serendipity Auction Day!

Our Serendipity Auction happens this evening, at Carmen’s Banquet Centre. Doors open at 6:00 pm. bidding starts at 6:30 pm. The weather forecast calls for snow this evening, so please drive carefully. For more event details, click here.

Serendipity Auction in one week, November 15

Don’t miss a great opportunity to start your Christmas shopping AND to support children, youth and families in Hamilton! The Serendipity Auction takes place on Thursday, November 15, and it’s not too late to get a ticket. Check out the event page for details, and to see just 3 of the amazing items that are available for bidding.

Our November newsletter is now available in English

The November edition of Brighter Futures is now available on our Recent Publications webpage at  The French version will be available shortly. If you would like to receive this newsletter in your inbox, please click on this link and you will be taken to a sign-up page.

We always welcome feedback and input into our newsletter. Please contact Jennifer Kaye, Communications Coordinator, with any comments.

Article about our 65th Anniversary in today’s Hamilton Spectator

Our Executive Director, Rocco Gizzarelli, shared his thoughts on the occasion of our 65th anniversary in today’s Hamilton Spectator. Click here to read the whole article.

Happy Birthday to us!

Today is our birthday! On October 30, 1953, we were granted our official charter to operate as an independent child welfare agency. It took us some time to get things up and running, but by 1954, we had 3 staff and a $27,000 budget. That compares to today, when we have 180 staff and a $24 million budget.

We have created a commemorative book, entitled 65 Years of Brighter Futures, that reviews our past and considers our present, and can be accessed by clicking here. Happy Birthday to us!




Dress Purple Day succeeds in building awareness about child safety

Schools and community agencies across Ontario and in Hamilton united on October 24 to spread the word about the right of children and youth to safety and well being, as part of Ontario Dress Purple Day. We want to thank all our community partners for their good work yesterday, especially the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, the Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton, the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board, the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, the Hamilton Police Services, the City of Hamilton, the Diocese of Hamilton, and many more.

Many schools participated by wearing purple and teaching a specialized curriculum that helps students understand their right to safety, and how they can find help if their right to safety is being threatened. St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic Elementary School wins the prize for most creative way to share the message!



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