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The Optimist Club of Brooklin, Ontario

Chartered September 28, 1987 in Central Ontario District
General Meetings 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 7:30-9:00pm,
Brooklin Community Centre (Optimist Room), 8 Vipond Rd., Brooklin.

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Optimist International oratorical contest

Scholarship Contest - Oratorical

April 11, 7 p.m. Brooklin Community Centre Optimist Room
Speech Topic: Where are my roots of Optimism?
Speeches – 4-5 minutes – specific format to be followed – see rules for details.
Pre-registration required. Please link to the attached form
Entrants must be under the age of 18 as of Oct. 1, 2017
Great Prizes:
1st Prize: $300 plus the chance to move onto the next levels and win up to $22,500 in scholarships
2nd Prize: $200
3rd Prize: $100
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Summer Day Camp

Summer Day Camp 2018 Registration forms are now available for the Summer Day Camp. Drop off or mail your form today. Early deadline May 11, 2018.

Youth Dances

Youth Dances are held in Brooklin Optimist Gymnasium, 8 Vipond Rd. from 7:00-9:15pm. Only for students in grades 5 to 8. $8.

Mary collects eggs in a pink basket.

Easter Extravaganza

Easter Egg Hunt and more Saturday March 31, 2018, 10:30-12:30 at Brooklin Memorial Park, 51 Winchester Rd E. Brooklin

Winning Video by Brooklin Optimist Members

Check out our winning video: What it means to be an Optimist produced and staring members of the Optimist Club of Brooklin.

Youth Programs . . .

Fundraising . . .

  • Childhood Cancer Campaign in benefit of Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre for kids.
  • Pizza & Pop Sales at Harvest Festival (Sep 15, 2018)
  • The Red Barn Bingo fundraiser (1st Sunday of month 9pm-1am)

Civic Projects . . .

  • Brooklin Optimist Gymnasium, Community Centre & Library project (2010-2013) $100,000 lead donation
    [Picture of Gazebo]
  • Canadian Children's Optimist Foundation, funding scholarships.
  • Friend of Youth Fund, for Brooklin Elementary School Students.
  • Scouts Canada 13th Whitby Group Sponsor, supporting youth in outdoor skills development.
  • Childhood Cancer Campaign, helping through donations to Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre, Oshawa.
  • Pitch-In Brooklin, Vipond Road clean up (Apr 21, 2018 9am-11am)
  • Optimist Park of Brooklin

    CAPTION: This gazebo was the cornerstone of Optimist Park of Brooklin project completed in September 1996. The park project was in co-operation with Sorbara Developments and the Town of Whitby. In addition to the gazebo, there is a baseball diamond, basketball court, soccer field, playground apparatus, walking trails and foundation trees. Our club's initial investment was in excess of $20,000.

Club Accomplishments (1987-2017) . . .

  • Club selected as Number 1 club in Zone 8 of the Central Ontario District of Optimist International (8 times)
  • Achieved Honour Club (18 times) and Distinguished Club status (6 times under presidents Brian Wick, Sabina James, Grant Millson, Robert Baker, Maureen Jackson and Karen Santacona)
  • Raised total of $3,233.20 for Childhood Cancer Campaign and received a matching grant of $3,000 to a goal total of $6,233.20 for Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre.

Become a Member

An Optimist is a member of a community service club geared to help the youth in the local community. Each club runs hands-on programs most needed by the community as decided by its club members. By being a member of an Optimist club the member grows as an individual by learning more about their community, gaining many friends with similar goals and improving the community that he or she lives in.

Consider not only the benefit to the youth of the Brooklin area, but the fun and fellowship that you will receive by being a member of the Optimist Club with its motto "Bringing Out the Best in Kids". Contact us to receive a club meeting invitation or attend an activity to see Optimism in action. We look forward to talking with you!

Optimist International (OI) was founded on June 19, 1919 and there are now 70,000 members in 3,000 clubs who are helping youth. OI is divided in 50 Districts and one of them is Central Ontario District which has 1,400 members in 61 clubs. Become an Optimist! Why would you want to be anything else?


2017-2018 Board of Directors (Effective October 1, 2017)
Effie Coughlan, Pres, Annette Cowan, VP, Tanja Coughlan, VP
Bev Tarren, Secretary, Mary Wick, Treasurer
Denise Laframboise, Director; Grace Renwick, Director; Jim McGrory, Director; Sue Bullard Director; Brian Wick, Past President

Effie Coughlan
1 Fabrizio Court
Brooklin, ON L1M 2J1
Bev Terron
8 Wells Crescent
Brooklin, ON L1M 1C7
(905) 550-3002
Mary Wick
1-105 Industrial Dr,
Whitby, ON L1N 5Z9 Canada
905-924-1966 Fax: 905-430-8716

Last updated on March 1, 2018.