4th Annual Coat Drive

Help us keep the community warm this winter.

  1. Go through closets
    • Have your kids outgrown last year’s WINTER coat?
    • Is it gently used, clean and wearable?
  2. DO you have, . . .
    • Sizes 0-16 or adult small winter coats
    • Hats, mitts, snow pants (no holes PLEASE)
    • Winter clothing
  3. Drop it off by Nov.15!
    • Drop it off at #1 Fabrizio Court in Brooklin
    • There is a big bin on the porch
    • Oct. 28-Nov 15
  4. Donation Day! November 16!
    • We will bring donations to the Durham CAS
    • Children will be warm this winter!

In 4 easy steps we can help keep children warm this winter!

We are collecting: gently used new baby, toddler, youth and young adult coast; good condition snow pants; good condition hats / mitts / boots; winter clothing


Optimist Effie Coughlan: effiecouglan@gmail.com

Donation will go to the DURHAM CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY

Optimist Club of Brooklin banner

Virtual Halloween Cele”BOO”tion

The Optimist Club of Brooklin‘s Virtual Halloween Cele”BOO”tion

Who’s invited? Everyone! Let’s celebrate this free, fun and safe Halloween event together .

Share your photos to win great prizes for best costume, home décor, and pumpkin carving.

Winners will be selected based on judging from Members of the Optimist Club of Brooklin.Come back every day to see fun ideas, games and help us count down to Halloween together.

Prizes for:
🏚 Best Decorated Home 🦇

🎃 Best Pumpkin Carving 🎃

🧛🧛‍♀️🧛‍♂️ Best Family Costume

🙀 Best Pet Costume 🐶

🤡 Best Costume 0-36 months old 🤖

👩🏽‍🚀 Best Costume 3-7 years old👨‍🚒

🧙 Best Costume 8-12 years old 🧙

🧟‍♀️ Best Costume 13-18 years old 🧟‍♂️

Winners will be selected based on judging from Members of the Optimist Club of Brooklin.

Come back every day to see fun ideas, games and help us count down to Halloween together.


Virtual New Members Welcome Social Event with guest speaker Jenny McKee from Creating Inspiration

Our members meeting on Wednesday Oct 28 at 7:30pm will be our first Virtual New Members Welcome Social event!

Come out to learn more about the upcoming virtual events we have planned for youth in our community and for a fun evening with fellow optimists! 

This year we have an exceptional guest speaker: Jenny McKee from Creating Inspiration! Jenny will lead us on an interactive discussion and activity designed to connect us to our “Why” and inspire us to move forward as a community.  

What you need to do:

  1. Register for the event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpduispzMsH9HrxI2uMVIlKPFnr8Nk73ih
  2. Make sure you have a drink of your choice (coffee, tea, water, wine, beer, a cocktail even!)
  3. Get ready to share and spread positivity! 
  4. Get ready to be inspired by Jenny!

Agenda for the meeting/event: 

7:30  Login to Zoom Call

7:35 – 7:40: Welcome

7:40 – 7:45: Club overview and vision for the year

7:45: Updates on current projects

  • Brian – New Rainbow Warriors Optimist Club 
  • Bill – Online Gaming Event
  • Denise A and Grace – Virtual Halloween Event
  • Effie – Coat Drive
  • Nelly – Essay and Oratorical events

8 – 8:20 Break out room sessions/ Team Building component: 

8:20 – 8:50 Jenny McKee Presents 

8:50 – 9:00 Closing comments:

Summer Camp Cancelled for 2020

Due to the COVID pandemic, we have been unable to get funding for Summer Camp staff from the Federal government. Unfortunately, our camp depends on wage subsidies.

Watch for our return in 2021 with full program and summer employment for students.

2020 Bursaries application closes May 30th

Students living in Brooklin Area (North Ward Whitby) are invited to apply for one of two $1000 scholarships to continuing education.

Student must be entering their 1st year in fall 2020, or currently enrolled in full time study in a post-secondary or trades program.

Preference given to those who volunteer in the community of Brooklin/Whitby Proof of acceptance into either a post secondary or trades program must be provided upon being awarded the scholarship

Application form: REGISTER HERE