By Team Broady
Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company with its own charitable foundation. The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to funding women’s shelters and violence prevention programs. Every dollar raised goes directly to helping the more than 30,000 women and children who are served each year by the shelters and support programs they fund.
By Mark Broady
My brother Scott and I started Night to Remember in 2011 because we had experienced first-hand the effects of Alzheimer's disease and dementia - and the unbelievable strain it puts on a family that is going through it.
Our father, Max Broady, passed away in August 2016 after a 16-year journey with Alzheimer's disease. He had been diagnosed in 2001 at the age of 58.
"Night to Remember" began as s a tribute to our dad's suffering from Alzheimer's, and as a way to increase awareness for other families who may be going through similar struggles. For a long time, our family felt like we could handle things on our own, and made the mistake of not reaching out and seeking the help that was available to us. We didn't realize that we were not alone. This event also raises much-needed funds to support the Alzheimer Society of Montreal.
By Desiree Ofter
Growing up, Desiree's sister Jasmin and she always had a tight bond. But as a person with special needs, Jasmin found it challenging to form relationships with people outside of her family. That all changed when she joined the FriendshipCircle over a decade ago.
The FriendshipCircle is an organization that provides recreational, social, educational and vocational programming for individuals with special needs. The group allows these individuals to develop relationships with each other and the volunteers, and to have a place that they belong. They organize week-long camps, outings to museums and hang out at the Centre every Sunday afternoon. Activities include art, music, cooking, karate and so much more.
On my most recent visit to the FriendshipCircle headquarters, it was hard to imagine how shy and reserved my sister used to be. The girl who could barely look a new person in the eye was now hanging onto the arm of a new volunteer and introducing her to people. I watched her across the room, laughing and making conversation, and knew that she didn’t need my help anymore. The transformation in my sister’s self-confidence and conversational skills is unbelievable. She found the place where she belonged and she was included and happy.
This is why the FriendshipCircle is a cause so close to my heart. I want every person with special needs to feel like my sister Jasmin feels every time she walks in those doors. I want them to feel part of a loving community.
By Mark Broady
Like most West Islanders, the neighbourhood pool is where we spent our days gathered with our neighbours to enjoy the summer. Catherine and I have fond memories of moving up in the swimming programme when we were kids, and working as lifeguards when we were teenagers. That's why supporting our neighbourhood pools and aquatic programmes is a natural fit for us... not to mention, hosting BBQs and parties at the pools is an absolute blast!