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20th Anniversary Create A Smile Celebration!!

Posted on: April 18th, 2024 by Community Living St. Marys


We are excited about our 20th Anniversary Create A Smile 5km Walk/Run! 

THANK YOU for supporting our 20th Anniversary Walkathon for ‘Create A Smile’ Foundation in partnership with Community Living St. Marys & Area being held on Sunday June 2, 2024. We are so excited about this year’s walk/run and we hope you will join us!

This fundraiser is fueled by the amazing generosity of volunteers. All of the money raised at this event goes to Community Living to support their mission of improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities in the surrounding area. Not only has this event generated significant financial resources, it has also reminded us of the power of healthy communities. The money is used to pay for things that enhance the lives of people with disabilities, their families and the communities they live in. This year’s funds raised will be used to support security of home, activities for increased participation in community events, and additional accessibility features in our community.

Did you know that people with disabilities in Canada are twice as likely to live in poverty than those without a disability? Many have an income of less than $1,200 per month and are now facing rapidly increasing living costs and a lack of affordable housing.

The ‘Create A Smile’ Foundation began 20 years ago by the Muir and Rossetti families, driven by a need that hit close to home. Our sister’s teeth needed to be pulled due to their deterioration from disability related medication. Government funding was not available to support new dentures or implants and we were determined to resolve the situation. This is where ‘Create A Smile’ began.

The first event took place in Stratford and raised over $10,000. Over the past 19 years we have managed to raise $279,484 which has been used to provide support to many people in various ways with intellectual and physical disabilities. The years have flown by and as we look back on the steps we have taken they have added up to some impactful strides and smiles made in the lives of those living with disabilities.

WALK DETAILS – Scenic 5km walk/run.
Date: Sunday, June 2, 2024
Time: 11am to 1pm
Location: Milt Dunnell Park (“The Flats”)

T-shirts, Prizes, Food Truck & of Course lots of SMILES:)


Take a picture during the walk and email it to lcannon@clstmarys.ca and be part of our Facebook Memory Create a Smile page. The more smiles we can capture the better!

For those who wish to donate online or create a team through Canada Helps Peer to Peer, please visit our website and click on the ‘Create A Smile’ logo or click on the following link 20th Anniversary Create A Smile Walkathon

Sponsorship levels: Beaming Smile, Contagious Smile and Genuine Smile and in-kind donations . Click on 2024 Business Letter

For those who would like to use a pledge sheet, you can pick one up at the James Purdue Centre or click on Pledge Sheet 20th Anniversary

We hope you will join our walk/run in the month of June and help us support families in our area!

Inspiring video   https://vimeo.com/377585189/4769d0d905 –  Click on this link to understand the heart of the Create A Smile Walkathon!