Jim touched so many of us with his generosity and spirit. As a family, we have decided the best way to remember him is to collectively give back to the organization he devoted so much of his life to, the YMCA of Greater Toronto, more specifically the YMCA Academy which Jim helped found, and where he was the Head of School for a number of years.
The YMCA Academy is an alternative high school for up to 70 students with learning disabilities and learning style differences. It helps students discover their own capacity for learning with the support of assisted technologies and a caring community. With just 8 or 9 students in a class, the YMCA Academy is a small, integrated, inclusive community. Every student that graduated with a diploma last school year went on to college this fall.
As Jim was so passionate about the Academy in giving his heart to the students, we are asking you to help us continue his legacy by building support for the school.
Through philanthropic support to the Academy, the YMCA is able to provide student support through bursaries and awards for students with demonstrated financial need, and program enrichment in the form of musical instruments and audio equipment or laptops and assistive technologies.
Every donation to enhance the school, however large or small, makes such a big difference for students.
The YMCA of Greater Toronto is also planning on joining us by financially contributing to Jim's legacy (donations will be matched). Together we can continue to honour Jim through donations to the YMCA Academy.
Please help keep Jim's dream alive by donating to this incredible cause.
Thank you for your support
~ Doug Brown, Gail McGregor, Bernadette Robb (on behalf of Jim's family and friends)
“A man of great intelligence, sensitivity, and compassion who provided our Association with courageous leadership as we explored the challenging issues of diversity and social inclusion. He was unafraid to call us out collectively and individually when our uninformed biases got in the way of our understanding. An educator unequaled in our midst, he deepened our knowledge of the dynamics of substance use, harm reduction, street-involved youth, and the process of change. He imbued every program and project he led with energy and a clarity of mission. A generous spirit and willing to listen as superiors, peers, staff, and program participants alike, sought him out to work through an idea, an issue or a concern.“ ~ Medhat Mahdy, President and Chief Executive Officer, YMCA of Greater Toronto
*Every donation will receive a tax receipt