I take great pride in being a Trustee of, and contributor to, the Awesome Foundation Newmarket Chapter, as it is just one more way for me to give back to my neighbors and my community. The relatively modest awards we grant our applicants have a direct effect on the school-aged children of Newmarket, which makes the work we do even more rewarding.
The Awesome Foundation is a grass-roots community improvement campaign founded by Mr. Tim Hwang in 2009. Unlike registered charities and foundations, Awesome is structured along the lines of a casual association of grass-roots community groups to allow for complete autonomy of local organizations. At present, the community improvement groups affiliated with the Awesome Foundation range from Canada and the United states to Great Britain, Europe, and Australia, and number about three dozen. The affiliation has been described in the past as “micro-genius grants for flashes of micro-brilliance.”
The Newmarket Chapter of the Awesome Foundation was established in the spring of 2012. With our most recent award to Ms. Lee-Ann Smalley of the Healthy Schools Committee at Armitage Village Public School, we have now awarded six Awesome Grants to local groups and individuals. We believe wholeheartedly that no idea is too small to be awarded and have bestowed our micro-grants for community improvement ideas from a youth-focused “Spinal Cord Injury Youth Awareness Project,” a prevention program for youngsters at risk of spinal injury, to the “Food For Thought Club,” which encourages high school students to volunteer to make lunches for at-risk elementary school children.
The award is a monthly grant of $1000, contributed by the trustees, to promote prosperity, education, community involvement and education to the youth of Newmarket.
Trustees of the Awesome Foundation, Newmarket Chapter include, Mr. John Lusink, Royal LePage York North Realty; Mr. Gerry Anthony, Gerry Anthony Private Equity Lending; Ms. Maureen Burleson, The Montana Group; Mr. Rob Chaggares, Chaggares & Bonhomme Chartered Accountants; Ms. Kirsten Eastwood, Women’s Centre of York Region; Mr. Stephen Jones, BDO Canada Limited; Ms. Debra Scott, Newmarket Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Neil Stratton, Scotia McLeod; Ms. Veronica Williams, SNAP Newmarket; Ms. Jackie Playter.
Here is to an ongoing and successful online relationship…
John Lusink, CCIM, Broker of Record & Managing Partner of Royal LePage York North Realty