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About Make-A-Wish® Eastern Ontario


The mission of Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.


Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario got started with a little girl's wish for a trip to Walt Disney World® Resort. Patricia got her wish in 1997. She sent us this beautiful postcard while on her trip (pictured left).


Maureen MacArthur organized a group of volunteers to form a board and the new chapter was officially incorporated and granted charitable status on 1 January 1999.


Our chapter covers a territory that includes Belleville, Kingston, Brockville, Cornwall, Hawkesbury, Ottawa and includes the counties of Addington, Carleton, Dundas, Frontenac, Glengarry, Grenville, Hastings, Lanark, Leeds, Lennox, Prescott, Renfrew, Russell, Stormont.


At Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario we have the privilege of getting to know wonderful children and their families at the best and worst of times of their lives. We strive to bring hope, strength and joy to deserving children in our community.



The First Wish in Canada

Debbie - First Canadian Wish

Two big hearts, one great cause

In 1983, Nigel Brown and Robb Lucy from British Columbia made history by establishing the first Canadian chapter of Make-A-Wish®. After being moved and inspired by the work that had been done by the organization in the United States, Nigel and Robb started a small committee in Canada to help grant the wishes of more children with life-threatening medical conditions.


A wish comes true, more lives are changed

A 13-year-old girl named Debbie, who was suffering with leukemia, wished to go visit her grandparents in Germany. When Nigel and Robb heard about her story, they paid for the trip personally, and Debbie’s wish was fulfilled. Debbie was given a chance to enjoy a heart-warming and intimate experience with her family before she passed away. But the joy and love she received in that time didn’t go unwarranted.  As a result of Debbie’s wish, Make-A-Wish® Canada took off and kept running.


Here today, more wishes granted tomorrow

Today, more than 5,200 wishes have been granted to children across Canada over the past 30 years. Since 1983, regional Chapters have been established from coast-to-coast in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, London, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.


And it’s with the help of generous people like you that more magical wishes will continue to be fulfilled.


You can make a wish like Debbie’s come true. Click here to find out how.


We do not have any job postings currently but welcome applications for future opportunities. Please send any applications or inquiries to eontariochapter@makeawish.ca

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If you have any questions about volunteering, our organization, programs, donations, partnerships, or for more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Annual Reports

View Make-A-Wish® Canada's annual reports to learn more about how Make-A-Wish chapters across the country work to grant wishes for Canadian children.

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Our Story

Make-A-Wish® Eastern Ontario got started with a little girl's wish for a trip to Walt Disney World® Resort in 1997. We strive to bring hope, strength and joy to deserving children in our community.

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Postcard from first EO Wish Child Patricia


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Our Team

Our dedicated and passionate team at Make-A-Wish® Eastern Ontario is proud to fulfill the wishes of courageous children battling life-threatening medical conditions in our communiies.

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