Speaking about Canuck Place Children’s Hospice with your students can be an excellent way to discuss big themes like compassion and caring for one another. We have prepared a number of resources for teachers, which cover both fundraising and talking about Canuck Place in your classroom.
When you support Canuck Place in your school, you become a member of Team Canuck Place! Each year, schools from across the province run bake sales, collect bottles, host craft markets, and more. Last year, schools in BC raised over $40,000 in support of children and families at Canuck Place.
Whether a life is measured in days, weeks, or months, children deserve the opportunity to learn, develop and grow. Canuck Place encourages each child to ‘embrace life’ and believes in empowering them to live fully and joyfully. You can help us empower these children by hosting your own fundraiser for Canuck Place!
Want to bring Canuck Place into your classroom? See below for some great resources to help you do so!
The Dog Book
Canuck Place recently worked with Greystone Books and supported the publication of a children’s book called, “The Dog” written by Helen Mixter and illustrated by Margarita Sada (Available at Indigo, Kidsbooks, and Amazon with a portion of proceeds supporting care at Canuck Place).
The Dog was inspired by a visit to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, where Poppy the therapy dog is a companion to children with life-threatening illnesses, their families, and the hospice’s clinical care team. This book is a story for young children that illustrates how warmth, companionship, compassion provides comfort, especially when times are tough. The story lends itself to opening discussions with children around the meaning and importance of compassion and caring for one another.
Canuck Place has partnered with BC Educator, Diane Nelson, to develop a teacher’s guide for discussion and activities in the classroom around the Dog Book. Canuck Place counsellor, Susan Poitras and Canuck Place VSB teacher, Kay Lever also supported developing the teacher materials.
Talking to Your Students about Canuck Place
We understand talking about Canuck Place to young students can be difficult, but we think it’s an important part of the fundraising journey, and can be used to discuss a number of topics that fit into your curriculum. To help, our Canuck Place school teacher has put together this handy guide to walk you through it.
See below for some helpful resources to create your own school fundraiser, or reach out to our Team Canuck Place Coordinators at [email protected]
School Fundraising Guide
Once you decide to start a fundraiser for Canuck Place, our coordinators will be there for you every step of the way. You can get started with our school fundraising guide.
Promoting your event
We hope you are just as excited about your event as we are! We’re talking yell from the rooftops kind of excited. But, that may not be the best way to spread the word. To help you, we have some fun tools below to help you reach more supporters and raise more money!
Thank you for your hard work fundraising for Canuck Place!
Donations made through your online fundraising page are received by Canuck Place and are automatically tax-receipted.
If you have collected cash or cheque donations, they can be dropped off in person to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice or you can mail in your donations (please do not mail cash) to:
Attn: Community Events
Canuck Place Children’s Hospice
1690 Matthews Ave
Vancouver, BC V6J 2T2
Please ensure cheques are made payable to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.
Tax receipts will be issued under the Canada Revenue Agency Guidelines but we do require a full name and address for your donor.
In February, the students at Yale Secondary School hosted their annual Live to Give campaign. This year they raised an amazing $22,000 for Canuck Place children and families! Their campaign features a “locked in” evening, where the students lock themselves in the school all night for fun activities, including themed rooms, a giant slip and slide, and more. To participate, each student must raise a minimum of $50 for the school’s chosen charity.
We love this initiative because it’s unique, unbelievably fun, and teaches the students about philanthropy and teamwork. That’s a double win if you ask us!
Participate in an Existing Fundraiser
Want to get involved with Canuck Place but don’t want to create your own event? No problem! We have some existing events that your school can join!
Best Day Ever
What does your best day ever look like?
Fundraise with your class and create a best day ever for a child at Canuck Place.
More information coming in the Spring! See what we did last year:
Join us on September 16th for the annual Canuck Place Adventure Race!
The Adventure Race is a family-friendly event with options for all ages and fitness levels! Choose to race solo or as a relay team through the bike, run AND obstacle course that everyone can participate in.
Check in out here.
Cookies for Kids
Whip up some delicious cookies and sell them in honour of the kids at Canuck Place! Let us know that you’re hosting a bake sale and we’ll even send you our famous Canuck Place cookie recipes for you to try out. Email us at [email protected]
Light a Life
During the holiday season we invite schools around BC to Light a Life for Canuck Place children with life-threatening illnesses.
How to participate:
1. Download an ornament worksheet here.
2. For each student who wishes to participate, complete one worksheet by decorating or colouring each ornament.
3. Have the students write their names on one of the ornaments and return them to Canuck Place with a small gift ($2 suggested donation). OR organize your own Holiday Fundraising event to collect donations.
4. Keep the second ornament at the school as a reminder of the tremendous impact you have made on children and families in your community going through a difficult time this holiday season!
Are you ready to get going? The best place to start is an online fundraising page! This way people can easily donate to your cause and it’s great to share through social media. Create your fundraising page here.