About Lonny's Smile
Lonny's Smile Foundation creates opportunities for children with congenital heart disease (CHD) to forget about their illness and experience the magic of summer camp, at zero cost to their families
Lonny's Smile helps send kids with special hearts to Camp OKI, Canada's premier summer camp for children living with heart disease.
CHD stands for Congenital Heart Defect and is the most common form of birth defect. CHDs are present at birth and can affect the structure and overall function of a baby's heart. With modern advancements in health care many CHDs are treatable and children can go on to live long and healthy lives.
The Smile That
Started It All
Lonny’s Smile Foundation honours the memory of Lonny Brent Doerksen, the brother of Lonny’s Smile Chair and Founder Tamara Doerksen. Lonny passed away in 1971 at the age of five at SickKids Hospital after surgery to correct a congenital heart defect (CHD). Lonny always had a huge, infectious smile on his face. And although his heart defect prevented him from doing many of the things that other kids take for granted, he felt like any other kid when he was on his red tricycle. That's why we named our Foundation 'Lonny’s Smile’, why that red tricycle is so symbolic of Lonny, and why our mission and vision is to create opportunities for children with CHD to enjoy the same experiences as other kids! How We Help...
Lonny’s Smile hosts fundraising events for children and adults such as music, comedy, arts and crafts, and sports events. We also encourage our youth volunteers to host fundraisers as part of our vision to empower young people to make a difference to kids with CHD in their own community.
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Lonny's Smile foundation is fortunate to have the support of some very giving hearts. Our volunteers are the pillars of the foundation and keep our heart beating. When new volunteers join, we look for skillful and enlightening opportunities for our volunteers so they feel empowered to be a valuable part of the community. If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, we would be honoured to discuss opportunities within our organization that will help explore your professional and personal interests!
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It is the generosity of our community that help us grow and keep giving back to families impacted by CHD. If you want to become a sponsor, host a fundraiser or volunteer within our organization, we would be honoured to discuss further with you. To learn more please take a minute to submit the form which can be found at the bottom of this page.
"Our Lonny’s Smile story began with my brother Lonny's prized red tricycle. I founded Lonny’s Smile to honour Lonny's memory, and so that other kids with CHD could feel just like Lonny did when he was on that red tricycle."
chair and founder, Lonny's Smile
“Volunteering at Lonny’s Smile Foundation has been an honour throughout the years. Helping children with CHD while building a strong community and challenging the barriers is what our Lonny’s Smile family is all about! I came for the cause, but stayed for the community and I hope to continue to help building our community and make even greater impact!”
Vice Chair, Lonny's Smile
“As a Camp OKI alumni, I couldn't wait to get started with Lonny's Smile. I know how impactful this special place is for children with CHD and Lonny's Smile plays a big role in making it all happen! ”
Digital MArketing Coordinator, Lonny's Smile
“Volunteering at Lonny's Smile not only gave me the opportunity to work with a group of dedicated, caring and fun loving individuals but it also provides a sense of fulfillment for me, knowing that I am using some of my spare time to make a difference in a child's life.”
Kerisha Morris Pink
Event Planner, Lonny's Smile
“Knowing how beneficial and memorable the summer camp experience is to childhood, I am pleased to have been part of the team that has made that real to kids with CHD since Lonny's Smile inception in 2011”
Treasurer, Lonny's Smile
“I met Tamara about ten years ago, and quickly realized that she's a force of nature. When she asked me to be an ambassador for Lonny's Smile I said yes immediately - it is her life's work and her greatest passion, and I knew that together we'd be able to achieve great things for kids with congenital heart disease.”
Ambassador, Lonny's Smile
“Volunteering with Lonny’s Smile gives me the power to change lives. It gives our youth hope and readies them to take on the world. We have a very passionate team here who care about the CHD community. It never ceases to amaze what can be done.”
Event Planner, Lonny's Smile
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20 Allister Avenue
Charitable Registration # 81925 6207 RR0001