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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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Check out our winning video: What it means to be an Optimist produced and staring members of the Optimist Club of Brooklin.

Youth Dances: NEXT EVENTS: May 8, 29, June 12. 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.

Summer Day Camp 2015 Registration forms are now available for the Summer Day Camp. Early discount deadline June 10th! Drop off or mail your form today.

Cocktails and Conversation, Sunday May 31, 2015, 1:00-5:00 at Brooklin Community Centre, 8 Vipond Rd Brooklin. Join us for delicious hors d’oeuvres and lively conversation as we transform the Brooklin Community Centre into a beautiful garden party. Best-selling author and motivational speaker, Monique Howat, will entertain and enlighten us on, “How to Raise Motivated and Confident Children”. Her interactive workshop will present you with fresh ideas and valuable tips. Raffles and silent auction table, cash bar. Click here for tickets.

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.
  • 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?


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)