Catalyst Launch Event

Fundraising Event

Catalyst Launch Event

Catalyst logo and Capes for Kids logo

Please visit this page to purchase tickets!

“I’m new to the scene – who / what is Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital?”

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital focused on improving the lives of kids with disabilities. We help kids with disabilities smile, laugh, learn and heal. More than 8,300 kids come through our doors every year with autism, cancer, chronic pain, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, amputation, epilepsy, concussion and other conditions. They want to breathe on their own, become more active, connect with family, become more independent, or just feel less pain.

“What is the Capes for Kids Campaign all about?”

Each March, the community comes together to unleash their inner superhero by putting on a cape and raising money to help kids move, speak, play and heal at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. As Holland Bloorview’s signature peer-to-peer fundraiser, Capes for Kids has raised over $1,700,000 for the hospital since its inception in 2017. Keep your eyes open for Capes for Kids supporters around town during the first week of March! They’re not hard to find, sporting their flashy, flaming red capes everywhere they go. But you don’t need to just be a spectator! Anyone can become a Capes for Kids fundraiser, and after raising $100 they earn a cape of their own.

“Who are the Holland Bloorview Catalysts?”

The Holland Bloorview Catalyst Council is a group of young professionals focused on engaging new individuals and companies to introduce opportunities, ideas and philanthropic prospects to support the hospital’s highest priorities. Many groups unintentionally frame the ‘Young Professional’ designation as an admission of a shortcoming, as though they are acknowledging that their members are ‘limited’ in some way, and that the group’s accomplishments occur ‘in spite of’ their young professional nature. Conversely, the Catalyst Council’s value is defined by their members’ youthful energy, drive, and established social presence and networks. As such, the Catalysts have re-branded and re-defined what it means to be a Young Professional. It actually has nothing to do with age; it’s about charisma and influence, the twin pillars that define a Holland Bloorview Catalyst.

“As an influential and charismatic Torontonian, I’m quite in-demand on a Thursday evening! Why should I attend?”

Purchasing a ticket to this exciting evening of festivities provides attendees with opportunities and activities including:

• Immediately supporting Capes for Kids and the Foundation; 100% of ticket sales go towards the Holland Bloorview Foundation

• Automatic entry for a chance to win our Door Prizes - a $500 gift card to Winners or Marshalls!

• Exclusive Holland Bloorview Showcases – a selection of ahead-of-the-curve initiatives and big changes underway at Holland Bloorview; these are what your donations make possible!

• Capes for Kids Activation – attendees who have registered as a Capes for Kids fundraiser, and have raised at least $80, can pick up their flaming red superhero cape to wear throughout the event and all through Capes Week!

• Photo Ops – Get your picture taken with your friends and fellow attendees at the Bumble photobooth, or with the various social media reps in attendance. Photo Booth services for the event are being provided by Imagica - Events Reimagined.

• Tickets holders will get a $15 tax receipt

• Access to a network of fun-loving and accomplished professionals who stand as rising stars in their industries, united by their desire to execute on the values and strategic direction of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital!

Primary Care Providers Conference: Best Practices in Pediatric Concussion

Community Event

Primary Care Providers Conference: Best Practices in Pediatric Concussion

Outside shot of the Holland Bloorview building

Join us for a one-day interactive case-based learning experience chaired by Dr. Alysha Ladha, developmental pediatrician, joined by Dr. Peter Rumney, physician director, rehab and complex continuing care and other clinical team members, to discuss best practices in pediatric concussion for primary care providers. This event aims to provide in-depth training for community pediatricians, family physicians and nurse practitioners on supporting children, teens and families with concussion injuries.

This event has been approved by the Canadian Paediatric Society for a maximum of 7.25 credit hours as an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Cost: CA$150 - CA$199.99

For more information or to register, visit: 

Family workshop: Storytelling for Impact

Family Workshop

Family workshop: Storytelling for Impact

Join us for a workshop with Canadian author and healthcare advocate, Sue Robins, about harnessing the power of your own story for healing, communication and to influence change. 

Facilitators
Sue Robins and Beth Dangerfield

This workshop will include:

  • Tips and resources on how to use your story to advocate at a personal, community and system level
  • Readings from Sue's new book, 'Bird's Eye View: Stories of a life lived in healthcare'
  • Discussion and networking with other caregivers of children and youth with disabilities and complex needs


Refreshments will be provided. 

Please register by January 31 by contacting Beth Dangerfield at bdangerfield@hollandbloorview.ca or 416-425-6220, ext. 6302.

We're all in this together: In conversation with Canadian author Sue Robins

Community Event

We're all in this together: In conversation with Canadian author Sue Robins

Bird's eye view book

This interactive session will include readings from Sue's new book, Birds Eye View: Stories of a Life Lived in Heathcare on topics including perspectives on having a child with a disability, the importance of disclosing diagnosis well and how simple kindnesses can help families heal. 

We will encourage audience members to share experiences and curiosities when it comes to delivering client- and family-centered  care as well as reflections and ideas about building strong relationships with families rooted in our shared humanity.

Pathways to Employment with Radha MacCulloch

Parent Talks

Pathways to Employment with Radha MacCulloch

This event will provide a space for families to hear about available pathways to employment for youth/young adults with disabilities. The event will provide parents and caregivers with information on how to aid their youth/young adult in finding a summer job opportunity. All parents and caregivers are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration closes Tues. March 3rd 

Infographics Workshop

Family Workshop

Infographics Workshop

At this workshop, you will work with Holland Bloorview staff and Family Leaders to create an infographic, using pictures and key messages to share important information. This can include information about your child’s strengths and areas of need, likes and dislikes, and other important information that will help teachers, care providers, family members and others know how best to care for your child. If you do not have access to a laptop to bring to the event please email Jean Hammond, Family Partnerships Specialist at jhammond@hollandbloorview.ca

This workshop will be facilitated by the Evidence to Care Team, Client and Family Integrated Care Team and Family Leaders

Registration closes Fri. February 14th

Autism Research Update with Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou

Parent Talks

Autism Research Update with Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou

Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou

This event will provide a space for parents and caregivers to hear current updates about what is happening in autism research from an internationally renowned expert. There will be opportunities for discussion at this event. All parents and caregivers are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration closes Tues. February 4th

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Caregivers’ Information Workshop

Family Workshop

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Caregivers’ Information Workshop

This workshop will provide family caregivers with information on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and help them determine if this is right for them. CBT is a therapy proven to make positive changes by teaching practical skills and strategies to help manage mental health. CBT is centered around thoughts, emotions and behaviors and participants work to develop coping tools and enhance resiliency.

This workshop will be facilitated by clinicians from the Centre for Addiction for Mental Health (CAMH).

Registration closes Thurs. January 30th