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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

Youth Dances

Youth Dances: NEXT EVENTS: Oct 30, Nov 13, 27, Dec 11, 2015. 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.

Christmas Card Workshop

Christmas Card Workshop: activity for the child in you, at Brooklin Pub, 15 Baldwin St Brooklin, Sat Dec 3, 2015. 7:30 pm, $25.00. This includes making 4 cards and 2 tags, appetizers and door prizes are also included. Beverages will be available for purchase. For those drinking alcohol, please don't drink and drive.

Gingerbread Workshop

Gingerbread Workshop: activity for young children, at Brooklin Community Centre & Library, 8 Vipond Rd, Sat Dec 12, 2015. 9:30 am and 11:00 am, $15.00 per child.

Fairy Godmother's Closet for Deserving Youth

The Fairy-Godmother Needs To Fill her Closet! We are looking for gently used formal wear donations from the community for those Grade 8 and Grade 12 students that will be graduating Spring 2016 that are in need of assistance to look their very best on such a special occasion. Please drop off gently used formal dresses, cocktail dresses, boys suits, ties, shoes, and the appropriate accessories ahead of time by arrangement with Ethel.
April 30, 2016 11am-3pm Come and view the inventory of outfits, try them on and see if we have a good fit for you.
For more details please contact Ethel Scullion at 905-410-0738 or at

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 . . .

Civic Projects . . .

  • Brooklin Optimist Gymnasium, Community Centre & Library project (2010-2013) $100,000 lead donation
    [Picture of Gazebo]
  • Canadian Children's Optimist Foundation
  • Childhood Cancer Campaign, helping through donations to Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre, Oshawa.
  • Pitch-In Brooklin, Vipond Road clean up (Apr 18, 2015 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)