Youth Programs . . .

  • Oratorical Contest (Mar 22, 2023). Compete for a $20,000 scholarship.
  • Essay Contest (Feb 14, 2023). Compete for $500 at the club level, $2500 at the District level.
  • Youth Appreciation Week
  • Youth Business Catalyst Program
  • Junior Optimist Club for school youth in grades 5 to 8, in membership with JOI – Junior Optimist International (Thursdays twice monthly)
  • Youth Octagon Club for school youth in grades 9 to 12, in membership with JOI – Junior Octagon International (Mondays twice monthly)

Fundraising . . .

Civic Projects . . .

  • Brooklin Optimist Gymnasium, Community Centre & Library project (2010-2013) $100,000 lead donation
    Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation, funding scholarships.
  • Friend of Youth Fund, for Brooklin Elementary School Students.
  • Pitch-In Brooklin, Vipond Road clean up (Apr 21, 2023 9am-11am)
  • Optimist Park of Brooklin The 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 (1987-2020). .

  • 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.
  • Raised total of $5,000 for Sick Kids Hospital through the 2019 Brooklin VS. summer festival event.