Empower Simcoe Foundation

Current project: Lakeshore Ridge Capital Campaign. Read all about it here.

We raise funds to improve the quality of life for people of all abilities and to foster an inclusive society.

The Empower Simcoe Foundation is a registered charity established in 1998 that directly supports the activities of Empower Simcoe. Funds raised by the Foundation support people with intellectual disabilities and their families. We also raise funds for special projects which respond to community needs and further our mission to enhance the quality of all lives – such as the Lakeshore Ridge Capital Campaign.

Empower Simcoe Foundation
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Why Give?

Many people with intellectual disabilities are living at or below the poverty line and barely have enough money to cover rent, food and basic health expenses. This means recreational activities and specialized equipment that would contribute to a better quality of life are simply out of reach.

With the support of many generous donors, our fundraising campaigns support the purchase of accessibility equipment; cover the cost of specialized housing needs; assist families with respite; provide youth with skills development; offer adults and seniors recreational and leisure activities.

Your donation helps make it possible for people of all abilities to live a meaningful and inclusive life.

How Can You Help?

$18,585 raised

Goal: $30,000

You can make a difference by donating to our Mobility Fund. We have a goal to raise $30,000 to improve the quality of life for people who live in Empower Simcoe’s supported living homes. The fund helps pay for critical housing and transportation improvements such as new wheelchairs, lifts, grab bars and more. With your help, we can reach our goal.

Click on the button below to donate to our Mobility Fund, or choose from several other fund categories to select the area of need that is closest to your heart. Thank you!

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Whether it’s $25 or $250, every dollar helps. $25 can provide one hour of respite care for a family, while $100 can pay for an inclusion worker so a child or youth with special needs can attend a recreation program. Or join our Community Champions Club of monthly donors – you can set your recurring donation at any amount, and you will make the greatest impact you can have as a donor.

Volunteer with Empower Simcoe


We are always looking for volunteers to help with fundraising initiatives like our Empower Simcoe Foundation Bingo. Check out our volunteer page for more details.

Empower Simcoe Sponsors


Empower Simcoe’s 25th Annual Golf Tournament was a tremendous success, raising over $35,000 for the Foundation to continue its supports and services for people of all abilities. Visit our Golf Tournament page for more information and photos. Our other signature event, the Celebrating Community Champions Fashion Show, should return in 2022. Contact us for more details about our signature events.

Plan an event with Empower Simcoe


Maybe it’s a sports event, a dance, or something fun with your business. Why not consider making it a fundraiser for Empower Simcoe? The Empower Simcoe Foundation is happy to help guide you in the planning of your event. Begin your planning with our handy Community Fundraising Guide.

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Get in touch to find out how you can sponsor one of our events, plan your own event, or make a special donation.

Thank you to our valued community partners for their support of the Empower Simcoe Foundation

Thank you, Delta Bingo & Gaming Barrie, for your continued support!

You empower people of all abilities by raising funds to help cover essential health, recreation, communication, and mobility needs.

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Big Thanks also to the service clubs, private foundations, businesses, and friends whose donations to the Empower Simcoe Foundation have helped make life better for so many people. Please see our Annual Report for a full list of donors and supporters.

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Royal Canadian Legion Cheque Donation
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Kiwanis Club of Barrie
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Kempenfelt Rotary Club
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Empower Simcoe Foundation Board of Trustees

Victoria Ptasiuk

Victoria Ptasiuk

Victoria has spent the last decade working at RBC in Simcoe County, most recently in Business Banking. Involved with many volunteer programs, Victoria enjoys being connected to her community. She lives in Barrie with her husband and three children, who can often be seen volunteering alongside her.

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Randy Craig

Randy Craig

Randy is a retired police officer of 30 years. He has extensive experience working with individuals with special needs and is currently employed as an investment advisor with Edward Jones in Barrie. He obtained his MBA from Edinburgh University in Scotland and is a Chartered Investment Manager. He has three children and lives in the city of Barrie.

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Karl Cadera

Karl Cadera

Karl is a retired educator and has been active for over forty years through the St. Vincent Depaul Society. Karl is a Scout Master, has been a coach for the Barrie Integrated Baseball Association and is a past board member of the United Way and C.L.A.S.S. He is a proud grandfather of three and member of the Kiwanis Club of Barrie.

Valerie Scott

Valerie Scott

Valerie is a sales rep for a food company based out of Toronto. She also hosts a television cooking show in Orillia called Sunshine City Chefs. As well as being a valued volunteer with Simcoe Community Services, Valerie also belongs to The Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia. Valerie is a Severn Bridge resident who enjoys cooking, cross-country skiing and traveling the world.

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Roch Langevin

Roch Langevin

Roch is an Assurance and Business Advisory Manager for a public accounting firm. He provides accounting and advisory services to his clients within Simcoe County and the GTA. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Nipissing University. Roch lives in Barrie with his wife and is soon to be a proud father of two.

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Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor

Mike is a Real Estate Professional, proudly serving Sellers and Buyers in the Barrie, Orillia, Oro-Medonte and Muskoka regions. He’s a former white water kayaking national team member, international touring musician and father of two daughters. Mike also served on the Lakelands Association of Realtors Board of Directors for many years, and as its President in 2017.

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Miriam Villamil-Pallister

Miriam Villamil-Pallister

Miriam is an Assistant Crown Attorney with the Barrie Crown Attorney’s office. She received her Bachelors of Arts (Honours) from the University of Windsor where she also obtained a Juris Doctor. Miriam was called to the Ontario Bar in 2011. She is passionate about advocating for those with intellectual disabilities. She lives in Simcoe County with her husband and two daughters.

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Mitch Whyne

Dr. Mitch Whyne

Dr. Mitch Whyne has been caring for patients in Simcoe County for more than thirty years. Currently, Mitch is an Emergency Room Physician at Royal Victoria Hospital. He is a father to three boys and is actively involved in coaching with Special Olympics. Mitch has been a member of Empower Simcoe for more than 25 years.

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The Empower Simcoe Foundation Board of Trustees with Dr. Claudine Cousins, CEO & Secretary to the Board