Archive for the ‘2009’ Category

  • Todd Skinner July 31, 1973 to September 10, 2013 – One of our Founding Hope Team Members

    Todd Skinner sadly passed away on September 10, 2013.  Todd was one of our founding members of the Day of Hope and Leadership and will always be missed.

    Todd Skinner was the VP of Client Happiness at 360Incentives, one of the fastest growing technology companies in Canada. Todd’s mission was to make positive change in people’s lives.

    Todd was passionate about encouraging companies to embrace  powerful organizational cultures that engage, inspire and ignite people to work (play) above what they thought possible.

    Todd’s journey led him to discover that his greatest joy in life was investing in others.  He wanted people to reach above and beyond their potential.  He also felt strongly that great companies are built by confident leaders who allow their employees to play to their strengths and share in the fun of building a profitable organization as well as creating an unbelievable work experience.

    Todd’s legacy will move forward with the Todd Skinner Memorial Fund, a bursary set up at Durham College by Dan Carter and the Hope Team.  Todd may not be with us physically but he will always be a part of the Hope Team and he will always live on in our hearts.

    Photos Courtesy of:  Mike Peleshok

  • Day of Hope and Leadership™

    Aug 3, 10 • 2009No Comments

    Ian Hill, Todd Skinner, Denise Marek and Dan Carter

    Last year’s Day of Hope and Leadership™ delivered its promise of being one of the most unique days designed for today’s leaders. Canada’s only personal, professional, philanthropic day saw over 250 people become inspired, motivated and moved to live out the theme that “Ordinary Actions can have Extraordinary Impacts!” Guests were treated to amazing international, inspirational speakers, authors, advocates and business coaches, including Denise Marek, Ian Hill, Todd Skinner, and the day’s host Dan Carter, National Speaker, Author & Television host. The event also raised over $50,000 for the Hope Centre of Learning which is located in the Oshawa Community Health Centre and provides free programs to people of all ages, enhancing opportunities for learning in a safe, encouraging environment. The Day of Hope and Leadership™ will return next year, so plan early to attend if you missed this opportunity. “Our hope is that leaders will create positive change that everyone can benefit from. All it takes is one day”, says Mr. Carter.

    By SNAP Oshawa

  • RBC Donates $15,000 to Oshawa Community Health Centre Program

    Nov 10, 09 • 2009No Comments

    On October 1st at the 2nd Annual Day of Hope and Leadership™ Oshawa Community Health Centre receive a welcomed surprise. Paul Thomas, Sales & Marketing Manager, RBC announced that the recipient of a $15,000 grant from RBC Foundation was going to support the “Good Sense Series” a program of Oshawa Community Health Centre. The series focuses on early intervention to avoid anxiety, conduct disorders and mood disorders in children 0-18 years. The goal is to help educate children, youth and parents on signs of mental health issues, increase awareness and reduce the stigma.

    “RBC is committed to improving the health and well-being of Canadian children through the RBC Children’s Mental Health Project grant program. We are thrilled to be able support this important program provided free to the community by Oshawa Community Health Centre”, stated Mr. Thomas.

  • 2009 Investors Group: $20 Challenge

    Oct 15, 09 • $20 Challenge, 200911 Comments

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    “October 1st, 2009 marked the second annual Day of Hope and Leadership™ — Canada’s only philanthropic, professional and personal development day.  This year’s theme was “ordinary actions – extraordinary impacts”. At the end of this extraordinary day, each audience member was given an envelope with a brand new $20 bill inside. They were challenged to commit an act of unconditional giving with that $20 in 24 hours. Here are just some of their inspiring stories.”

    ~Dan Carter

    For those of you who were not in attendance, we urge you to take up the challenge. Commit to give $20 unconditionally in order to impact someone’s life. You will experience first hand, how an ordinary action can have an extraordinary impact!

  • Second Annual Day of Hope and Leadership™ October 1, 2009

    Oct 5, 09 • 2009No Comments

    Presented by RBC Royal Bank
    Day of Hope and Leadership
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    View the day’s agenda (pdf).

    Presented by RBC Royal Bank

    Thank You!
    Wow! What a day! What an event! What an impact! The second Day of Hope and Leadership™ once again delivered on its promise that it is one of the most unique days designed for today’s leaders. Canada’s only personal, professional, philanthropic day saw over 250 people become inspired, motivated and moved to live out the theme of the day that “Ordinary Actions can have Extraordinary Impacts!”

    After listening to our amazing speakers inspire and motivate our guests, we presented the audience with a unique challenge to commit unconditional acts of giving. Each participant was given a brand new $20 bill and was imparted with the task to use the $20 to create an extraordinary impact. If you go to the $20 challenge page you will see how great a success this task was! People were inspired beyond our imagination. Collectively, we created a tsunami of unconditional giving within our community!

    Without you, this incredible wave of good will could not be possible. We want to sincerely thank each one of you who attended. We thank each one of you who participated in the challenge and told us about it – your stories were truly inspiring and emotional.

    We also want to thank our sponsors: RBC Royal Bank, the Investors Group, Veridian, Ontario Power Generation, Whitby Hydro and Assante Wealth Management – the Day of Hope and Leadership™ would not be possible without your support.

    On behalf of our Hope Team – thank you all for making the Day of Hope and Leadership™ a success and for providing us with the inspiration and motivation to move forward with our dream to create a tsunami of change within our community.

    Dan Carter, Ian Hill, Denise Marek & Todd Skinner