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Affiliated with Optimist International, the Optimist Club has been providing service, recognition and guidance to children and youth in the Brooklin area since 1987. Adults of all ages join the local club to make an impact as volunteers.

Optimist Club of Brooklin Events:

Two scholarships awarded each year in the spring for up to $1000.

Bursaries


Optimist Oratorical Contest
Speaking contest will open to full time students with great rewards.

Speaking Contest


Optimist Summer Day Camp
Children aged 6-12 enjoy the outdoors in July and August.

Summer Day Camp


Easter Egg Hunt
Held in the arena, the festival includes children’s activities and vendors.

Easter Egg-stravaganza


Brooklin Harvest Festival
September event downtown with vendors and horse wagon rides.

Harvest Festival


Kitchen Garden
Brooklin Horticultural Society aids with a kitchen garden workshop.

Here We Grow Gardens


Breakfast With Santa
Enjoy pancakes and sausage with Santa, crafts workshop, photo booth.

Breakfast with Santa


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Middle school youth service club with fundraising and community projects.

Junior Optimist Club


Christmas In The Village
Get in the spirit with tree lighting, music, crafts and food in the park.

Christmas in the Village


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High school students service club with fundraising, community projects.

Octagon Club


Youth Dance
Grades 5-8 students enjoy social, music, canteen with Friday night DJ

Youth Dances


Friend Of Youth Fund Logo
Grants available for students for school program and trips assistance.

Friend of Youth Fund


Recognizing Contributions by Brooklin’s Youth

Youth Appreciation

Essay Contest for Scholarships

Essay Contest

Developing Youth in Music

Durham’s Best

Programs and Activities

  • Oratorical Speaking Contest – youth
    Opportunity for scholarship money from the Optimist International Oratorical Contest. Date: Wednesday March 23rd, 2022 at 6:30 pm Winner for the Club contest will be automatically entered into the next level Central Ontario District Oratorical Finals to be held in Newmarket on Saturday May 7, 2022. The district final offers up to $2,500 scholarship for … Read more…
  • Essay Contest
    High School Contest for $2500 Scholarship ESSAY CONTEST The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In … Read more…
  • Christmas Cavalcade 2021
    Sunday December 19, 2021 – 2:00 PM  Santa and his friends will be driving around Brooklin. You get to stay home! Here is the Route MAP Starts at Meadowcrest Public School (yellow star in picture) at 2:00PM and ends at Carnwith Dr E/ Baldwin St. Leaving at 2:00PM from Meadowcrest Public School:-right on Vipond Rd-right … Read more…
  • Bursary Applications Open
    Brooklin graduating youth are encouraged to apply for one of $1,000 bursaries available for 2021. Application deadline is June 6, 2021 and can be found at brooklinoptimist.org/events/bursaries/
  • Healing the World with Optimism
    Young people speaking out, in competition for great scholarships. Here’s your chance to practice (and to win great prizes like cash and scholarships!) This event will be held in an entirely virtual format to respect social physical distancing. It will be on March 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm via ZOOM. Topic:“Healing the World with Optimism“ … Read more…