IMPACTS+ April Edition

Published April 12, 2018

APRIL 2018   


The mother was extremely moved by the support from the HCCEF.  Not only did it permit her to purchase necessities for herself and the children, but also the gesture was a clear message that she and her children are valued members of our community. The mother has been very communicative with both of the schools attended by her children and is increasingly open regarding the family’s struggles (they recently left an abusive relationship). 

This expanding level of trust is assisting the children to settle into their new schools, which is a building block to helping them work through the trauma they have experienced. Thank you!

HCDSB Principal

HCCEF was able to help this family, thanks to people like you who support the HCCEF Student Guardian Program! 

You made this happen. You helped this family with their financial barriers to education…congratulations and thank you.


We could not have done it without you!

Our fiscal year ended on March 31, 2018, and you helped over 200 hundred students in need. You have also helped over 400 students in the past 2 years and over 650 students since we start the Student Guardian Program in 2012.

That’s 650 children who were given the opportunity to overcome financial barriers to their education.

Did you know?

Income is one of 12 Social Determinants of Health identified by The Public Health Agency of Canada. A 2013 Halton Region report indicates that for Low-Income Halton Residents their:

    • mortality rate = 2X higher
    • potential years of life lost (PYLL) due to premature mortality = 2.7X higher
    • % of smokers = 2X higher
    • Visits to the dentist in last 3 years = 4.5X less frequent

Poverty affects the health of students!

Thank you for your kindness and your generosity…it has helped to improve the health of those in need in our community….well done.

“When I gave the $500.00 Gift Card to the recently widowed Mom, she was overwhelmed with gratitude.  I told her it was an anonymous gift to be received by a family in our school community.  Please tell the wonderful individual(s) who provided this Christmas Gift that they truly made a difference for a very special lady and her children.”



HCDSB Schools already do so much for students, but when they were asked to help HCDSB students and families in need, boy did they ever “step up to the plate”.

In the month of February, HCDSB Schools were invited to participate in “Love Thy Neighbour Month”. They ran all sorts of events, including Olympic Days, spirit days and Cake Walks…all to help those in our community who needed some compassion – students in need.

Also, as part of the month, dozens of people either participated in or donated a pledge to the HCCEF 24 Hour Fast (Feb 15-16) to mark the start of Lent and to support students in need. Thank you! If you were not involved this year, we would love you to join us next year.

Thank you to the HCDSB and Halton communities!







HCCEF Charity Golf Classic

Wednesday June 6, 2018 – Hidden Lake Golf Club


For 6 years community members have had a great day of golf and fun … all to help Halton students in need!

Last year over 100 golfers, sponsors, donors and volunteers to help raise over $20,000 – what an amazing day!

Registration is now open for the 7th Annual HCCEF Charity Golf Classic on Wednesday June 6, 2018 at Hidden Lake Golf Club, Burlington.

Early Bird Pricing on until April 30, 2018

We’re looking for golfers, sponsors and prizes.

All community members are welcome.

I hope you will be able to support Halton students in need with their financial barriers to education.

Not able to make it? Why not consider making a donation to support the cause – donate online.

If you want to see pictures from the 2017 event click here.

Register online or with a printable form.


Thank You for the $5,000 Donation

A great big thank you to the Ex Corde Foundation, who recently donated $5,000 to the HCCEF Student Guardian Program.

Students have a hard time concentrating on school when they are worried about being hungry or being able to meet other basic needs. 13,000 children in Halton (10.5 % or about 1 in 10) are living in low-income households, and are not able to meet their basic needs. This 10.5% rate would be approximately 3600 HCDSB students living in low-income households.

This wonderful Ex Corde Foundation donation will help some of these 3600 students with their financial barriers to education.

Thank you for your kindness.


Did you know?

  • As of December 2017 only 42.8% of the children in Halton who were eligible to receive free government money to help pay for higher education have received these funds.
  • That means, over 20,00 eligible children in Halton who have not yet accessed this free money for post-secondary education. That’s more than $40 million in free money for post-secondary education that we can bring to Halton if we register every eligible child.

Studies show that the existence of educational savings makes a child 50% more likely to pursue post-secondary education. Help make education a possibility!

What is the Canada Learning Bond (CLB)?

The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is a Government of Canada program that provides $500 in education money to children born on or after January 1, 2004 whose families receive the National Child Benefit Supplement.

Sound good? Keep reading…

  • The Government will add $100 more every year your child is eligible, up to age 15.
  • Your child could get up to $2000 (plus interest) in RESP contributions!
  • NO family contribution is required.


If you have any questions please contact Sarah Sabihuddin, Director Community Engagement at the Halton Poverty Roundtable, at 905-635-3131 ex 303 or at



Save the Date – Wednesday November 7, 2018

Back for its 8th year. A wonderful evening to reconnect with friends, to make new acquaintances and to meet the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby.

Book November 7, 2018 in your calendar.

More information at a later date.

Read about last year’s event.



We are an independent charitable organization registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

We partner with the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) to help their students in need, through the HCCEF Student Guardian Program. The program offers students & their families financial assistance with basic necessities like food & clothing as well as being able to participate in all aspects of school life (i.e. school trips/experiences). Donors & supporters make this possible.

Visit for more information.

Thank you for your kind support,


Marc Clare | Executive Director | HCCEF 

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Halton Catholic Children’s Education Foundation (HCCEF)

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The need is growing – Donate today.

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