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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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What's New: Calendar of Events

Summer Day Camp

Summer Day Camp 2016 Registration forms are now available for the Summer Day Camp. Drop off or mail your form today.

Youth Dances

Youth Dances: NEXT EVENTS: May 27, Jun 10 2016. Youth Dances are held in Brooklin Optimist Gymnasium, 8 Vipond Rd. from 7:00-9:15pm. Only for students in grades 5 to 8. $7.

Car Wash for Ft McMurray

Sat. June 18, 9am-1pm: Brooklin Coin Wash, 425 Winchester Rd West Brooklin. $10. We hope to have lots of hands on deck including members of our Scout troop so there is little or no wait.
All proceeds from this event will go to assist Ft McMurray residents who have been displaced as a result of the forest fire. Rebuilding children s playgrounds and parks will be the priority.

Basketball Mania

Basketball Mania at Brooklin Spring Fair For the 2nd time this year @ the 2016 Brooklin Spring Fair, patron will get to experience Basketball Mania! Located on the Tennis courts on the Brooklin Fair grounds, Basketball Mania offers Families a Free hoop activates and special appearances. Throughout the weekend we will have . . .
A skill shooting competition for all ages with lots of prizes to be won for everyone going all weekend (including raptors jerseys, raptors prize packs, gift certificates and more)
(1) Proceeds go to help the Whitby Saints basketball club
Shooting and Dribbling lessons for kids throughout the weekend by local coaches and a local former semi pro basketball player Titus Channer on Saturday (9:30am – 2 pm)
(1) Kids (parents) can sign up to win a free week to basketball camp this summer
Free Open shooting area’s where you can work on your game all weekend
(1) Kids can also test their skills in our skill dribbling area. It’s free to run the course and see how fast and agile they are.
Time and dates:
Friday June 5th (3 – 9 pm)
Saturday June 6th (9:30am – 9 pm)
Sunday June 7th (9:30 am – 4pm)

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.
  • Paperback Book Sale at Harvest Festival (Sep 10, 2016)
  • Cocktails & Conversations at BCCL
  • Style Sense at BCCL
  • Car Wash Event at Brooklin Coin Wash (Sat. Jun 18, 2016)
  • 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 23, 2016 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 (1987-2015) . . .

  • 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 applied for 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?


Brian Wick
711 Rossland Rd E Suite 1101
Whitby, ON L1N 8Z1
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

Directors: S. Steffler, Annette Cowan, Grace Renwick, Sheila Bowness, Sue Bullard, Shawn Dickie
Foundation Rep: Sheila Bowness (Canadian Children's Optimist Foundation)

Last updated on May 27, 2016.