We Make Dreams Come True
Almost 30 years of Sunshine and 8,000 Sunshine Kids (and counting)!
Our History & Mission
The Sunshine Foundation of Canada makes dreams come true for children living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.
Our vision is that every Sunshine child lives their dream.
The Beginning of a Dream
Sunshine was established in 1987 by a London, Ontario police officer as a legacy to his son who passed away from muscular dystrophy. He wanted children like his son to be able to live their dreams. In October of that year, the first Sunshine DreamLift flew 203 children from London to Walt Disney World® in Florida.
By 1990, Sunshine was truly national, fulfilling Sunshine Dreams and DreamLifts for kids across Canada in BC, Alberta, Yukon, Ontario, New Brunswick and PEI. Volunteers from Ontario and British Columbia founded eight local Sunshine Chapters.
Spreading the Sunshine
In 1994, our mascot, Sunshine Bear, trekked across the country on the “Sunshine Highway to Dreams.” The tour visited 33 communities and resulted in more new volunteer chapters. By December of 1994, Sunshine fulfilled 2,630 dreams.
The Sunshine Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary on Saturday, June 21st, 1997, with a Walk for Dreams held simultaneously in 31 communities. By 2000, we officially became known as “Sunshine Dreams For Kids.” Celebrities ranging from hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky to Barney the Dinosaur were helping us fulfill Sunshine Dreams, and Sunshine DreamLifts were winging kids away for day-long adventures out of cities across the country, including Edmonton, Sault Ste. Marie and Halifax.
Almost 30 years later, Sunshine continues to spread across Canada. Headquartered in London, ON with a national volunteer network coast-to-coast, Sunshine has fulfilled dreams for more than 8,000 children across Canada and coordinated 61 Sunshine DreamLifts.
Dreams to Come
An estimated 63,000 children across Canada medically qualify for a Sunshine Dream. Many of them have endured more than we can ever comprehend. We continue to grow and to raise awareness of Sunshine in communities throughout the country. Together, we can make Sunshine Dreams a reality for even more kids across Canada.