Our Story

Wishes that make a difference

Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is the largest and only all-Canadian wish granting charity dedicated to granting wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For more than 30 years, Children’s Wish has worked tirelessly to grant heartfelt wishes to more than 25,000 children and their families – that’s three wishes each and every day, all year long!

Children’s Wish has chapter offices and professional staff in every province, and each wish family is assigned a dedicated Wish Coordinator who is able to personally and carefully structure each heartfelt wish experience to meet the particular needs of the child and their family. Travel wishes include all siblings 21 years and under living in the same household, and families travel worry-free thanks to exclusive Blue Cross insurance.

Our newly expanded reach, which includes children diagnosed with a serious neurological or genetic condition, means continued strong wish referral support through our medical community. Wish referrals continue to increase year over year, and we are proud to maintain our ‘no waiting list’ policy, thanks to our generous donors.

Now more than ever, we are encouraging Canadians to donate and support Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Help us grant the next single-most heartfelt wish.

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Our Mission

Making heartfelt wishes come true

Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada works with communities across the country to provide children with life threatening illnesses the opportunity to realize their most heartfelt wish. By creating unique, meaningful experiences, Children’s Wish enhances quality of life for these courageous children and their families.

Leadership. Leading with vision

Guided by the steady vision of our leadership team, Children’s Wish enters its fourth decade more determined than ever to make a difference in the lives of children, families and communities across Canada.

Brenda Abrams
Brenda AbramsBoard Chair
Toronto, ON
Mitch Minken
Mitch MinkenBoard Vice Chair
Saskatoon, SK
Carl Viel
Carl VielBoard Treasurer
Quebec, QC
Jim Wyatt
Jim WyattBoard Secretary
Saint John, NB
Kent Scales
Kent ScalesBoard Member
Charlottetown, PEI
Ian Smith
Ian SmithBoard Member
Ottawa, ON
Gerry Curnew
Gerry CurnewBoard Member
St. John’s, NL
Richard Lachance
Richard LachanceBoard Member
Montreal, QC
Jan Grude
Jan GrudeBoard Member
Vancouver, BC
Les Gombik
Les GombikBoard Member
Calgary, AB
Shawn White
Shawn WhiteBoard Member
Halifax, NS
Heather Falk
Heather FalkBoard Member
Winnipeg, MB

Let’s talk results and numbers

Behind the hope and wishes at Children’s Wish is an organization that works hard to be effective, efficient and transparent.

Measurable impact

Every day of the year we fulfill the single-most heartfelt wish of three Canadian children living with pain and uncertainty. You may not know it, but one of them might be that child living on your street, or sitting in class next to your own child. For three decades, we’ve been making a difference in communities across Canada, probably even right where you live.

Wide-reaching results

We touch the lives of thousands of people each year. You see, every time we grant the wish of a seriously ill child, we also create hope and happiness for the child’s family, healthcare team as well as for every person who cares and worries about that child. One wish, so many smiles.

An Efficient Operation

Less than 15 per cent of all donations to Children’s Wish goes towards administrative costs. Our donors and volunteers love knowing that their generosity and efforts go directly to the children and families who need our help.

Financial Statements

View our 2018 Financial Statements.
View our T3010.

Past Financial Statements:

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2017-2018

Annual Report 2017-2018

Annual Report 2016-2017

Annual Report 2016-2017

Annual Report 2015-2016

Annual Report 2015-2016

Annual Report 2014-2015

Annual Report 2014-2015


Join an organization that transforms the lives of children with life-threatening illness as well as the lives of people around them. If you like the idea of making a difference, of constantly being inspired by the courage of families struggling with a serious illness, and of knowing that what you do puts a smile on the faces of children living with pain and uncertainty, then consider a career with Children’s Wish.

Development Coordinator (Temporary) – Saskatoon, SK
Application deadline: November 12, 2018

National Director, Development and Marketing – Pickering, ON
Application deadline: November 22, 2018