Our Story

Wishes that make a difference

The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is a uniquely Canadian charity that helps Canadian children, families and communities by granting the favourite wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. With every wish that we grant, we create moments of joy that ease the pain of a child, give respite to the child’s family, and connect healthcare professionals and communities in that burning wish of hope.

We’ve been granting wishes since 1984. We have granted nearly 25,000 wishes to children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Every wish is as unique as the child making it, from finally getting to cuddle with grandparents who live far away to hitting a puck with a favourite hockey player. In the often painful life of a seriously ill child, these wishes have made a tremendous difference.

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Our Mission

Making heartfelt wishes come true

The 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.

Wish Impact Tree, Wish granting process - The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada

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.

Chris Kotsopoulos
Chris KotsopoulosCEO, Ex-Officio
Pickering, ON
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
Jeanette Wakelin
Jeanette WakelinBoard 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
Darren Nantes
Darren NantesBoard Member
Halifax, NS
Heather Falk
Heather FalkBoard Member
Winnipeg, MB

Let’s talk results and numbers

Behind the hope and wishes at The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada 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

About 13 per cent of all donations to Children’s Wish Foundation 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

Please click here to view our 2016 Financial Statements.
Please click the following links to view our T3010 or our T3010 Compensation.

View our 2014 and 2015 Financial Statements.

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2015-2016

Annual Report 2015-2016

Annual Report 2013-2014

Annual Report 2013-2014

Annual Report 2014-2015

Annual Report 2014-2015

Annual Report 2015-2016

Executive Summary 2015-2016


Be part of the magic

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.

Employment Opportunities

There are no job postings at this time.

National Contacts

Our National Head Office

The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada
350 – 1101 Kingston Rd, Pickering ON L1V 1B5

Tel: 905-839-8882 Toll-Free: 1-800-700-4437
Fax: 905-839-3745 Email: nat@childrenswish.ca

Sandra Hancox
National Director, Chapter Relations

Lyanne Goulin
National Director, Wish Granting

Rea Ganesh
National Director, Development

Sandy Watt
National Director, Marketing

Vinh Nguyen
Controller, National

Mark Ramos
National Director, I.T.