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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.


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

Speaking Contest

Youth Dance
Grades 5-7 students enjoy social, music, canteen with Friday night DJ

Youth Dances

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 a pancake breakfast get away with a visit from Santa Claus.

Breakfast with Santa

Junior Optimist Logo
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

Junior Optimist Logo
High school students service club with fundraising, community projects.

Octagon Club

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

Optimist Club is now the lead organization of the parade in Downtown Whitby

Santa Claus Parade

Programs and Activities

  • Essay Contest
    Essay 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 addition … Read more…
  • 2023 Brooklin Optimist Bursaries – applications open to June 4
    Apply today for one of two – $1,000 bursaries to a post secondary institution. More details here . . .
  • Oratorical Speaking Contest – youth
    Opportunity for scholarship money from the Optimist International Oratorical Contest. Winner for the Club contest will be automatically entered into the next level Central Ontario District Oratorical Finals to be held in Oakville on Saturday May 13, 2023. The district final offers up to $2,500 scholarship for the 1st place winner. How to Enter: 1. … Read more…
  • Brooklin Optimist Scavenger Hunt
    Brooklin Optimist Scavenger Hunt Saturday May 14, 12:00-3:00 PM Luther Vipond Arena Grounds, 67 Winchester Rd E, Brooklin, Ontario Fun family activity for Saturday afternoon. Games and Activities Throughout. Chance to win weekend passes to the Brooklin Spring Fair.  Register here:
  • 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