Past Messages from the Executive Director

July 5, 2020

It looks and feels like summer is full on now with much needed visits to the local beach, dock, or splash pad a vital part of getting through a sweltering day! Hope you’re managing to find ways to stay cool and healthy as a hot summer unfolds.

The Children’s Foundation continues to work hard with our local community partners to ensure that we connect children to the things and supports they need to stay healthy and happy. Thanks to the generous support of the Rizzuto Family and the Toni Lynn Rizzuto Campership Fund, we have children attending or preparing to attend day camps at Great Moose Adventures, Back of Beyond Equine Centre, the Muskoka Discovery Centre, and the Town of Bracebridge Day Camps. Thanks also to Jen Nicholson and the Muskoka Mental Health Network for all they do and the partnerships they create.

Grant applications quadrupled in June for everything from beds to bikes to music lessons to upcoming and resumed sports and recreation opportunities. Needless to say, Covid-19 has made donating to charities a real challenge for residents, cottagers and businesses alike. In order to allow us to continue to support the physical and mental well-being of some of the neediest kids in Muskoka, the Children’s Foundation will be running a couple of much-needed fundraisers this summer including an on-line raffle (with some incredible prizes - thanks to Canadian Tire Huntsville, Sandhill Nursery, TruLOCAL, and SWS Boatworks!) in the month of July as well as co-hosting Muskoka’s Incredible Race in August (crazy Muskoka fun for all ages!). Visit us at for raffle tickets and more information and to register.

We hope you’ll join us in working to support the kids that need us most in Muskoka - especially this summer when so many opportunities to be involved in the things they need to truly make summer feel like summer are not available.

Stay well and take care,

Dave Lyons.

June 3, 2020

Hello everyone!

The blackflies and mosquitoes have arrived and so too have some hot days to bring the hope of another summer in Muskoka. We hope you and your family are well and finding some outlets to stay busy, positive and healthy.

We at the Children’s Foundation continue to work hard during this health crisis to ensure that the needs of some of our highest risk kids are met. It has looked a little different for us these past 3 months. While we haven’t been able to fill grants for soccer, baseball, dance, music or other activities or lessons, we have been able to support applications for things that support healthy active living at home such as bikes, trampolines and climbing sets as well as more critical needs such as beds and food and donations to our local food banks.

While overnight camps have been prohibited from operating during the summer of 2020, we anxiously await word from the government regarding day camps and summer recreational programs. We have been in touch with our local town recreation departments and day camp providers and are ready to support applications on short notice if and when they are approved to operate. Please continue to check our social media feeds and our website for updates.

At this point, the Children’s Foundation, as with many other charitable organizations across Muskoka, face a serious funding shortfall. We certainly see a time in the not too distant future when sports and recreation organizations will be gearing up for new seasons and we want to be there to ensure children who wouldn’t otherwise be able to participate due to financial barriers are able to do so. If you, your organization or business is able to support the Children’s Foundation during 2020, it would make a tremendous difference in the lives of the children of Muskoka. Please visit us at or to help us in this work.

On behalf of the Board of the Foundation, we wish you a healthy, happy June. Stay tuned for further updates in the coming days and weeks.

Take good care,

Dave Lyons.

April 14, 2020

Hello and happy spring! We hope this finds you and your family well and settled into a healthy home routine during this challenging time.

On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of the CFM, we wanted to let you know that we are continuing to work hard with our community partners to support the kids in our community who need us most. We understand that the needs of our children haven’t changed and may in fact be greater and we’re here for you.

We’ll continue to accept and fund applications where applicable, however, for those activities or supports currently on hold, we’ll defer your application until such time, in the not so distant future, when things are back up and running.

With regard to our Toni Lynn Rizzuto Campership Fund, we are in regular contact with our camp partners and the Ontario Camps Association to determine if we can proceed with our camp applications. You are welcome to make an application for summer camp (see the link on our website). We will contact you when we have clearer direction with regard to registration.

In the meantime, remember that the road to well-being lies in ‘feeding all four’ - our mind, our body, our spirit, and our emotions. We wish you and your family all the best for good health, happiness, and resilience as you feed all four every day. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of any support or if you would like to join us in helping build happy, healthy kids in Muskoka.

Take good care,

Dave Lyons.