Chance Foundation

Mission

Chance Foundation (Charitable Registration 81751 9069 RR0001) envisions a world where ALL children have access to regular visits with a doctor, the opportunity to use their education to make a living, and the chance to play and be a kid. To realize this dream, our projects focus on three pillars which we believe are essential to child welfare; (1) health, (2) education, and (3) recreation.

History

“As Canadians we have so much to be thankful for and it is important that we help others who are not as fortunate” – Shannon Tessier

This is what Shannon Tessier, founder of Chance Foundation, thought after becoming a volunteer with the Volunteer Abroad program and studying in Ecuador, South America. Soon after becoming a volunteer, Shannon’s attention focused in on San Cristobal, the second largest human settlement of Ecuador’s volcanic island chain, which is in the Galapagos Islands. After learning that 50 per cent of San Cristobal’s population falls below the poverty line and that infant mortality is roughly five times higher than in Canada, Shannon’s sights were set on helping improve the lives of the children living in this community.

In May 2007 Shannon’s vision developed into something much bigger when she founded CHANCE, which at the time stood for the Charity of Hope to Assist the Needy Children of Ecuador. For Chance Foundations’s first project, Shannon chose to bring help to the Oscar Jandl hospital. This hospital which serves 90 per cent of the community in San Cristobal, was in desperate need of medical equipment and supplies. Shannon recruited like-minded individuals for Chance Foundation and these volunteers immediately began turning this goal into a reality.

In March 2008, Chance Foundation had the honour of delivering $250,000 worth of medical equipment and supplies to the Oscar Jandl hospital in San Cristobal, Ecuador. A special thanks to Dave Smith, an Ottawa philanthropist, who donated all the used medical equipment.

Since then, Chance Foundation evolved and became the Charity of Hope to Assist Needy Children Everywhere, and in 2009 began its second project. Chance Foundation formed a partnership with SchoolBox Inc., a Canadian charity that empowers impoverished children through education. Since 2007, SchoolBox had been supporting the children of the Jezreel School in Managua, Nicaragua and needed Chance Foundation’s support in order to build a new permanent school for the community.

Chance Foudation recently completed a fund raising cycle for their third project to make an even bigger impact on the lives of children. For its third project, Chance Foundation focused on recreation in the Ottawa area. CHANCE partnered with the Max Keeping Foundation to support families in need in the Ottawa area so that their children can undertake extra-curricular recreational activities such as hockey, soccer, gymnastics, etc. In addition, Chance Foundation partnered with the City of Ottawa to refurbish a park in the Ottawa area. Construction for Bingham park in Lowertown will begin Spring 2013.

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À propos de nous

La Chance Foundation, un organisme de bienfaisance enregistré entièrement géré par des bénévoles, a été lancée en mars 2007 et vise à veiller à ce que TOUS les enfants aient accès à des visites régulières d’un médecin, la possibilité d’apprendre ainsi que la chance de jouer et d’être des enfants. Afin de réaliser ce rêve, notre travail est axé sur trois piliers, qui sont, selon nous, essentiels au bien-être des enfants : (1) la santé; (2) l’éducation; et (3) les loisirs.

Nous sommes uniques, car nous encourageons les jeunes à jouer un rôle en philanthropie, fournissons des possibilités pour améliorer les compétences en affaires, et aidons les enfants de partout dans le monde. Jusqu’à présent, nous avons achevé trois projets, tenu neuf événements avec succès, amassé plus de 70 000 $, attiré des centaines de partisans et de commanditaires, et eu un impact dans la vie d’enfants sur trois continents.

Réalisations de la Chance Foundation

Nous sommes peut-être jeunes, mais nous avons réalisé beaucoup de choses jusqu’à maintenant. En mars 2008, Chance a eu l’honneur de livrer 250 000 $ de fournitures et matériel médicaux à l’Oscar Jandl hospital, à San Cristóbal, en Équateur. À l’automne 2011, nous avons travaillé en partenariat avec la Max Keeping Foundation dans le but de soutenir 30 familles pour que leurs enfants puissent participer à des activités parascolaires. En décembre 2012, nous avons ouvert l’école préscolaire Chance, à Managua, au Nicaragua, afin d’offrir un endroit sécuritaire aux fins d’éducation à des centaines d’enfants chaque année. Ce printemps, ici à Ottawa, nous rénoverons le Bingham Park, grâce à un partenariat avec la Ville d’Ottawa et l’Association communautaire de la Basse-Ville.