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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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Brooklin VS

Brooklin VS

Calling all Superheroes, Super Kids, Friends and Families:

The Optimist Club of Brooklin is hosting Brooklin VS in Grass Park, a fundraiser for SickKids hospital.

Saturday, August 24th, 2019
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Grass Park, Brooklin

ADVANCE TICKETS for a Super Hero Fun wristband (Eventbrite)*

$15 per Child plus processing fees *includes a cape*
no charge for adults

The Super Hero Fun wristband will give kids the opportunity to bounce in a jumping castle, enjoy cotton candy, learn Superhero moves, make crafts, play games, meet Superheroes and other special guests.
Local businesses and community partners will also there to provide free entertainment, activities, games and treats for children enjoy other surprises. Everyone is welcomed to wear superhero costume.
Supervision of children/youth at this event is the sole responsibility of parents/guardians and caregivers; childcare will not be provided. Caregivers must remain present.
You are welcome to take photos of yourself and your family (there will be plenty of great opportunities for capturing memories so please remember your camera).
Disclaimer: Registrants and attendees of BROOKLIN VS will be assumed to have provided permission for photos containing your image/likeness to be used for publicity or general information purposes including publication on the Brooklin Optimist website or Facebook page (which may be seen by the general public unless otherwise stated) as well as for other digital and non-digital promotional materials for the Optimist Club of Brooklin and Canadian Children's Optimist Foundation their programs and events. The Optimist Club of Brooklin will not seek any further permission nor provide any notification before using such photos.
Thank you for using your Super Powers to Support this Super Event in support of SickKids.
Limited tickets may be available the day of the event which will not include a cape, however advanced ticket sales are strongly encouraged.
Brooklin VS is rain or shine event. Rain location is TBA

Summer Camp Registration

Summer Day Camp

Summer Day Camp 2019 Online Registration is now available for the Summer Day Camp for children ages 6-12 and Leadership Training for youth aged 13 & 14. Early deadline May 31, 2019.

Youth Dances

Youth Dances are held in Brooklin Optimist Gymnasium, 8 Vipond Rd. from 7:00-9:15pm. Only for students in grades 5 to 8. $8.

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 . . .

  • Childhood Cancer Campaign in benefit of Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre for kids.
  • The Red Barn Bingo fundraiser (1st Sunday of month 9pm-1am)

Civic Projects . . .

  • Brooklin Optimist Gymnasium, Community Centre & Library project (2010-2013) $100,000 lead donation
    [Picture of Gazebo]
  • Canadian Children's Optimist Foundation, funding scholarships.
  • Friend of Youth Fund, for Brooklin Elementary School Students.
  • Scouts Canada 13th Whitby Group Sponsor, supporting youth in outdoor skills development.
  • Childhood Cancer Campaign, helping through donations to Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre, Oshawa.
  • Pitch-In Brooklin, Vipond Road clean up (Apr 20, 2019 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 (1987-2017) . . .

  • 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 received a 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?


2018-2020 Board of Directors (Effective October 1, 2018)
President: Tanja Coughlan
Vice Presidents: Denise Laframboise and Grace Renwick
Secretary: Nelly Temraz
Treasurer: Mary Wick
Directors: Sue Bullard, Jim McGrorey, Leslie Smith, Bev Tarren
Past Presidents: Effie Coughlan, Brian Wick
Essay Contest: Jennifer Lue & Amanda Valentini

Tanja Coughlan
1-105 Industrial Dr,
Whitby, ON L1N 5Z9 Canada
647 519-4612
Nelly Temraz
1-105 Industrial Dr,
Whitby, ON L1N 5Z9 Canada
(905) 999-7378
Mary Wick
1-105 Industrial Dr,
Whitby, ON L1N 5Z9 Canada
905-924-1966 Fax: 905-430-8716

Last updated on May 1, 2019.