CHEO’S 2017 Dream of a Lifetime Lottery

Live the Dream and Help the Little Ones at CHEO!

The 27th Edition of CHEO’S DREAM OF A LIFETIME LOTTERY launched September 12. 

Tickets can now be ordered by calling 613.722.KIDS or 1.877.562.5437, or online at

Minto is proud to partner with the CHEO Foundation to present to you the 2017 CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Grand Prize Dream Home.   This year’s Minto Dream Home, the Red Maple, is inspired by the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and has been designed in a contemporary Canadiana theme, paying tribute to Canada’s rich heritage.  This year’s grand prize package is work $1,7999,000 and includes the Minto Dream Home fully furnished by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, $100,000 cash, a 2018 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 from Myers Automotive Group, house cleaning for a year from Molly Maid, $5,000 in Farm Boy gift cards, moving services from Fred Guy Moving and Storage Limited, and legal services from Mann Lawyers.  The Dream Home is located at 585 Chriscraft Way in Mahogany, Minto’s signature community in Manotick, and see everything that this exquisite home has to offer.


The Hurry Up to the Grey Cup sales deadline is Midnite, September 22, 2017

The Early Bird deadline is Midnite, Friday, November 17, 2017

Closing date for all ticket sales is Midnite, Friday, December 8, 2017

2,600 Early Bird bonus ticket winners will be drawn on Monday, December 17, 2017 and those tickets will be returned to the drum prior to the final Early Bird prize draw

The Early Bird Prize Package will be drawn on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

50/50 and finals draws: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 and Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

CLICK HERE to order your tickets and for full details about the 27th Edition of the CHEO DREAM OF A LIFETME LOTTERY.  Order your tickets today!




Annual Smile Cookie campaign launches today in support of The Snowsuit Fund!

Ottawa, ON – September 11, 2017 – Tim Hortons is turning smiles into snowsuits in Ottawa as it kicks off its annual Smile Cookie Campaign. For one week starting today, Tim Hortons’ guests can purchase a freshly baked chocolate chunk Smile Cookie for $1 in participating restaurants, and in turn, the Restaurant Owners will proudly donate the full amount to The Snowsuit Fund.

“On behalf of the Ottawa Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners, it’s my pleasure to announce that proceeds from this year’s Smile Cookie Campaign will help the Snowsuit Fund keep children warm again this winter” said Susan Dennison, Tim Hortons Restaurant Owner. “We encourage all of our guests to enjoy a freshly baked cookie knowing that 100% of the proceeds will buy new snowsuits for children who will need them once the cold weather arrives!”

Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners and guests in Ottawa have generously donated more than $ 1Million to The Snowsuit Fund since 2004.

“The partnership we have with Tim Hortons is very special to the Snowsuit Fund, and the generosity of the Ottawa Restaurant Owners is unparalleled” says Taryn Gunnlaugson, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Together they have made a difference in the lives of more than 22,000 children in our community from this campaign alone; we can’t say thank you enough.

What began as a way to fundraise for the Hamilton Children’s Hospital in Ontario in 1996, has grown into a major fundraising event across North America.  In 2016, the Smile Cookie campaign raised $7.2 million across Canada in support of nearly 500 local charities, hospitals and community programs through the campaign.

Visit to learn more about the charities the Smile Cookie campaign supports across Canada.

SHARE A #SMILECOOKIE SELFIE!  Use #SmileCookie on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to show your smile (and your support) for the Snowsuit Fund!


TIM HORTONS® is one of North America’s largest restaurant chains operating in the quick service segment. Founded as a single location in Canada in 1964, TIM HORTONS® appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, hot and cold specialty drinks (including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso shots), specialty teas and fruit smoothies, fresh baked goods, grilled Panini and classic sandwiches, wraps, soups, prepared foods and other food products. TIM HORTONS® has more than 4,600 system wide restaurants located in Canada, the United States, and around the world. To learn more about the TIM HORTONS® brand, please visit the TIM HORTONS® brand website at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About The Snowsuit Fund
Entering its 36th year of operation, The Snowsuit Fund is an Ottawa-based charity that endeavours to meet the challenge of keeping underprivileged kids warm during our cold winters and in doing so bringing dignity and hope to families who simply do not have the means to provide their children with the necessities for living. Relying entirely on the dedication of a small core staff, volunteer Board of Directors and the countless caring groups and individuals who give their time, money and talent, the Snowsuit Fund purchases and distributes of over 17, 000 snowsuits annually to needy children, 15 years and under, in Ottawa.

Over 4,000 kids on Big Brothers Big Sisters waitlist in Canada

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS organization says it needs urgently needs volunteers across the country.

Hundreds of thousands of young Canadians need a mentor and over 4,000 kids are currently waiting to be matched with a caring adult in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs across Canada.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) officially launched a campaign today to draw attention to the urgent need for more volunteers.

While mentors from all regions and cultural backgrounds across the gender spectrum are needed, the demand for male volunteers is especially high. Volunteering for only one hour a week can change the course of a young life.

“Many young Canadians struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives like detrimental living conditions and family violence, mental health and school issues as well as identity challenges,” said Peter Coleridge, National President and CEO, BBBSC. “Simply having someone who listens and encourages them, youth can transform into confident and motivated young people and, more importantly, break cycles of poverty and crime and curb the development of mental health issues.”

The two-way, back and forth relationship between a mentor and mentee positively impacts brain development and equips youth with the skills needed to deal with adversities and stress they face in a complicated world.

Youth who have been mentored through Big Brothers Big Sisters programming are 17% more likely to be gainfully employed as adults and they earn 13% more on average in those jobs, resulting in $315,000 of increased earnings over their career.

They also have stronger social networks and report being happier and more confident.

This newly launched national recruitment campaign, which features the slogan “Imagine who they will become because of you” captures the impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters programming by showcasing current mentoring relationships across Canada. Presented by Manulife, the campaign gives potential volunteers and donors a glimpse of the community change they can support with their time and donations.

Some celebrities supporting the cause include Gord Bamford, country music star, and Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames. More information can be found at



About Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been changing the lives of Canada’s youth by developing and implementing a wide range of group, in-school and one-on-one mentoring programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides quality mentoring services for more than 40,000 youth, engaging over 21,000 mentors in 108 agencies that serve youth in over 1,100 communities across the country.

Research demonstrates that Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs yield positive results in mental health, employment and civic engagement, with every dollar of investment in BBBS programming returning between $18 and $23 to society through higher taxes, increased spending from higher incomes, volunteerism, and charitable donations. For more information, visit

PARKINSON SUPERWALK OTTAWA takes place on Sautrdya, September 9th at Lakeside Gardens / Britannia Beach at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Avenue ~ check-in starts at 9:00am and the walk commences at 10:30am

Since 1990, the event has been raising awareness and funds to support Canadians with Parkinson’s, their families and the health professionals that treat them. Participate at one of the many locations across Canada.

To register yourself or a team or to volunteer, CLICK HERE or call Parkinson Canada at 1-800-565-3000.