8th Annual Ready for Life Breakfast was a Momentous Celebration
"Celebrate” was the theme for this year’s breakfast! On May 5, 2017, 460 guests arrived at the doors of Lillian Osborne High School to help us do just that! We celebrated the significant impact full-day Kindergarten is making to get children who are disadvantaged ready for learning. We also celebrated that through the kind hearts of our generous donors and friends, we’ve been able to establish and sustain full-day programs at six schools since our Foundation’s launch in 2010.
It was an exciting day for all — particularly the Lillian Osborne students who played a huge role in directing traffic, greeting guests, and serving coffee and food. Each table also had a student ambassador to ensure all our guests had an enjoyable morning. Student Hannah provided background piano music as our guests entered the gym and student MC’s Michael and Neha kick-started the program with a hilarious “blooper” video of this year’s Tipaskan Kinder interviews.
Our Director Tracy Poulin took the stage to thank everyone for their support, and to share stories and information about the importance of levelling the playing field at the start of a child’s educational journey. What followed was a video of the amazing things happening in the full-day Kindergarten classrooms at Tipaskan and a poignant speech from one of the parents whose son has autism. Many guests held back tears as Mrs. Parhar talked about her son’s outstanding progress as a result of his full-day Kindergarten experience and expressed her heartfelt appreciation to everyone in the room.
It was a hard act to follow, however Tipaskan Grade 6 student Sudharshan and Kindergarten student Sophia were up to the challenge. With a mix of comedy and eloquence, they asked our guests to consider giving to support full-day Kindergarten programs. They were so persuasive that guests donated $60,000 at the breakfast and we are still receiving donations via mail.
But that’s not all! Cute little Tipaskan Kinders showcased their whimsical musical talents. Then guests enjoyed a celebratory video about getting children ready for success as the Tipaskan Kinders, who were in the first Foundation funded full-day Kindergarten classroom, will be graduating to junior high at the end of this school year.
Grade 2 student Ellie from Earl Buxton School and backup singers from Lillian Osborne belted out a revised version of the song “Time of my Life” to close the breakfast with a riveting grand finale.