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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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Youth Dances: NEXT EVENTS: Jan 9, 23, Feb 6, 20. 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.

Coldest Night of the Year: We need your help to meet our goal of raising $2,000 for "The Refuge" in Oshawa, to benefit youth living on the streets. Please go to Donate Today. Come walk with us on Sat Feb 21st 5:00-7:00 pm in Oshawa.

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 2015 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. March 8, 2015 11am-3pm Come and view the inventory of outfits, try them on and see if we have a good fit for you. More details available soon. For more details please contact Ethel Scullion at 905-410-0738 or at

Essay Contest Up to $2,500 scholarship. For an application and complete contest rules, please select Essay Scholarship. Entry deadline Feb 14th. Local prizes have been added for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Easter Egg Hunt To be held Saturday April 4, 2015, at Brooklin Memorial Park, 51 Winchester Rd E. Brooklin (details soon)

Whitby mayor announces major funding for performing arts programs. Dec 23, 2013, BROOKLIN -- Just days after serenading seniors with Christmas carols at the Court at Brooklin retirement home, members of the Brooklin Mini Idols received some holiday cheer themselves. See the story . . .

Youth Programs . . .

Fundraising . . .

Civic Projects . . .
[Picture of Gazebo]

  • Brooklin Optimist Gymnasium, Community Centre & Library project (2010-2013) $100,000 lead donation
  • Canadian Children's Optimist Foundation
  • Childhood Cancer Campaign, helping through donations to Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre, Oshawa.
  • NOW Program (New Optimist Welcome)
  • Octagon Skateboard Park, 51 Winchester Rd., Brooklin, Ontario
  • Pitch-In Brooklin, Vipond Road clean up (Apr 25, 2015 9-11)
  • Respect for Law program
  • 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 (1987-2014) . . .

  • Club selected as Number 1 club in Zone 8 of the Central Ontario District of Optimist International (7 times)
  • Achieved Honour Club (17 times) and Distinguished Club status (5 times under presidents Brian Wick, Sabina James, Grant Millson, Robert Baker, and Maureen Jackson)
  • 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?


Karen Santacona
2 Teardrop Crescent
Brooklin, ON L1M 2N9
S. Steffler

Whitby, ON
Brian Wick
1101-711 Rossland Road East,
Whitby, ON L1N 8Z1 Canada
905-922-5678 Fax: 905-430-8716

Directors: Susan Bullard, Annette Cowan, Andrew Iceton, Mary Wick
Foundation Rep: Sheila Bowness (Canadian Children's Optimist Foundation)