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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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Donations in Support of Hearth Place

Patricia Thiebaud is the winner of the Taylor Swift tickets. Congratulations and thank you everyone for your donations to Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre in Oshawa. We raised over $1700 together!

Youth Dances

Youth Dances: NEXT EVENTS: Oct 2, 16, 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.

Pumpkin Carving Activity

Pumpkin Carving: activity for young children, at St Thomas Church, Wed Oct 28. 6:00-7:30pm $4

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. For more details please contact Ethel Scullion at 905-410-0738 or at

Style Sense Style Sense logo

SOLD OUT: Sat Oct 3, 2015, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Learn to Dress Your Body With Confidence
Join us for an evening of fun, fashion and food with celebrity stylist Tracy Richardson. Tracy will be teaching the ladies of all ages how to select clothing that is perfect for their body. You will leave this workshop with tools that will allow you to feel positive and confident about yourself. Tracy will give a talk on colour draping, shape, fit and style. Attendees will have an opportunity for a mini-consultation from this stylist to the stars. Ticket price will include the style education workshop, wine/cocktails (over 19 only), non-alcoholic refreshments and selections from some amazing local chefs. There will also be a shopping marketplace where you can shop some local clothing shops and apply what you learn from Tracy.

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)