Champions of Community. Champions of Play.

Jumpstart is more than just about getting kids active. It’s about giving kids from families in financial need the same chance to participate as their neighbours, their classmates and their friends. Whether it’s the chance to try out a new sport or to continue with a favourite one, no kids should be left out.

As the owner/operator of your local Canadian Tire store here in Wasaga Beach it has been my honour to assist literally hundreds of our local kids get involved in sports and other activities with the assistance of Canadian Tire JumpStart Charities. The advantages of joining in sports and other activities go well beyond the rink or the playing field. We see improvements in self-esteem, creativity, social skills and even academics. 

JumpStart provides assistance with individual child grants for children and youth from ages 4-18.  As well as funding for individuals they also have a Community Development Grant program to assist organizations with operational and administrative costs and help organizations sustain sports and recreational programming for kids aged 4-18 in financial need and youth with disabilities between the ages of 4-25. The Operational Support program for organizations provides funding for such things as rehiring staff who were laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic, equipment procurement or increased facility costs. 

At the store level we don’t actually get to meet the kids we help, but we get the numbers of individuals and the type of activities they join and I can tell you it is quite impressive. The odd time we get a family come in to say thanks, and we surely appreciate that feedback. 

It’s important for you to know that 100% of the funds raised at our store and from this community stays right here. Canadian Tire Corporation covers all the administrative costs of the charity so a dollar raised is a dollar that goes right to a local kid.

In an attempt to give the local JumpStart Chapter a boost we are going to hold a fundraising golf tournament and dinner on September 1st with 100% of the proceeds going to JumpStart thanks to the generosity of the owners of the Marlwood Golf & Country Club, Sandy and Alex Smardenka.  The kindness and community support from this couple is astonishing. Canadian Tire Corporation will be matching a portion of the funds raised and there will be prizes from my store. 

So, now you know a little bit about JumpStart and about our great event to raise funds, so hope to see you there.

Submitted By: 
Kenn Voss, Owner/Operator, Canadian Tire Wasaga Beach
75 45th St S, Wasaga Beach, ON  |  (705) 422-1250  |