Sunnyside Foundation

Welcome to the Sunnyside Foundation. We are a registered charity that raises funds to enhance the lives of older adults in Waterloo Region. You can get involved by donating, taking part in our events or by volunteering. Every donation makes a difference.

Donate to the Sunnyside Foundation 

Online Donations

Online donations are the safest and easiest way to support the Sunnyside Foundation.

To donate online to the Sunnyside Foundation, click here.


The Sunnyside Foundation uses SimplyK to collect donations, the only platform for non-profits that gives us 100% of your donations. A contribution to support them will be suggested during confirmation, but it is not required to donate to the Sunnyside Foundation.

Tax receipts for online donations will be issued to you directly from SimplyK.


Other Donation Methods

If donating online is not for you, that is okay! There are plenty of ways for you to support the Sunnyside Foundation.

  • Cheques:  cheques can be made out the “Sunnyside Foundation” and mailed to:

Sunnyside Foundation

247 Franklin Street North

Kitchener, ON  N2A 1Y5

  • Cash: We strongly suggest that cash donations be delivered in person. To arrange, please call Jeff Burton at 519-893-8494 extension 6377.
  • Credit Card: If you would like to make a donation with a credit card, online through SimplyK is the most secure way to do so. We can also process credit card donations over the phone if needed. Please call Jeff Burton at 519-893-8494 extension 6377.

Tax receipts will be issued for donations over $10.


Say Thank You to Sunnyside Staff 

The Sunnyside Foundation is so proud of the amazing work that is being done by Sunnyside staff each and every day. 

The commitment that everyone at Sunnyside has shown to serving, protecting, and honoring older persons in the community continues to be exemplary and demonstrates that Sunnyside truly lives and works by their vision that "every person can live their best life" in the Sunnyside community.

Sunnyside staff are not allowed to accept gifts of any sort, so it sometimes can be difficult to show your appreciation for everything that they do.

The Sunnyside Foundation is offering a new way for you to say thank you and recognize those staff members who go above and beyond to help your loved ones.

With this new online form, you can donate to the Sunnyside Foundation today to officially recognize an individual staff member, a staff team, or even all Sunnyside Seniors' Services staff. Your donation will appear as a thank you message on the e-board system at Sunnyside Home which is viewed by hundreds of people each and every day.

Click here to make a donation and say thank you to a Sunnyside staff member.

Here is a sample of what your message could look like:

Thank You Sunnyside Staff


If you have any questions about this program, please contact Jeff Burton at or by phone at 519-893-8494 extension 6377.

Give A Holiday Gift

This holiday season, a donation to the Sunnyside Foundation is a wonderful gift you can get for the people you care about.

All holiday gift donations $20.00 and above come with card that you can give to the person you are donating in honour of.

Click here to make a contribution to the Sunnyside Foundation as a gift you can give your loved ones this holiday season.


Happy Holidays

 Where Do My Donations Go?  

When you make a donation to the Sunnyside Foundation, you get to choose which fund your donation supports.


General Fund

The General Fund is where most of the Sunnyside Foundation’s large purchases come from. This includes things like:

  • Funding for The Butterfly Approach to Dementia Care
  • Ceiling lifts and other large equipment
  • Supportive technology
  • New seating areas such as the new inter-generational space located in the old playground space


All donations that are not specified for a different fund will be put into the General Fund.


Community Alzheimer Program

If you select the Community Alzheimer Program, your donation will go towards supporting Sunnyside’s Community Alzheimer Programs in Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge. In the past, these donations have been used for:

  • Physical upgrades to the program (such as assisting with the new program space in Cambridge)
  • Furniture and other items to help create a more home-like environment
  • Technology to assist with programming
  • Staff training


Walk and Roll

Walk and Roll is the Sunnyside Foundation’s largest fundraising event of the year. Held each June, Walk and Roll is a chance for the community to come together to support the older adults that are served by Sunnyside Seniors’ Services.

If you select Walk and Roll, your donation will go towards the fundraising total for that year. In 2021, Walk and Roll has raised over $38,000.00.


COVID-19 Support Fund

COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic on March 9 by the World Health Organization. Since that time, it has had a profound impact on the lives of people around the world including the older adults who live on the Sunnyside campus and the staff who support them.

Donations to the Sunnyside Foundation will help to support the purchase of items that support the health, safety and well-being of Sunnyside residents, tenants and staff such as:

  • Personal protective equipment like masks, face shields, gowns, caps and gloves
  • Technology that connects residents or tenants and their family or friends in the community
  • Items to support residents and tenants to engage in activities that give them meaning and purpose


Chaplaincy Fund

Selecting the Chaplaincy Fund will ensure that your donation will go towards supporting the Sunnyside Chaplaincy program. This program consists of pastoral care services, palliative care, memorial services, and worship services.

Sunnyside Foundation Virtual Art Silent Auction

Sunnyside Foundation Virtual Art Silent Auction


From Monday, December 6 until Friday, December 17, the Sunnyside Foundation will be running their first ever Virtual Art Silent Auction. All sales will benefit the Butterfly Fund: a dedicated fund to help support Sunnyside Home’s journey to revitalize dementia care through becoming a Butterfly-certified home.


You can bid (virtually) on a number of amazing art pieces that you can keep or give to someone as a gift this holiday season. Check out all of the amazing pieces that are up for auction here


How it works:


There will be a link on the Sunnyside Foundation website for you to click to bid online. You input your bids and then provide your payment information. This is important: you will only be charged if your bid is the winning bid. Bidding will stop at 11:59 pm on Friday, December 17 and the winners will be notified. Good luck!


Thank you to all of the amazing artists who have donated a few of their pieces to this fundraiser!


If you would like to view any of these pieces in person, you can do so by visiting the Sunnyside Foundation office.

Sunnyside Foundation Green Capes Calendar Sale

By popular demand, the Sunnyside Foundation is selling 2022 Green Capes Guide Dog Puppy Calendars again this year!


Calendars are $20.00


Each calendar sold will directly support both the Sunnyside Foundation and the Lions Foundation of Canada Guide Dogs.


Click Here To Purchase 

About the Sunnyside Foundation
The Sunnyside Foundation's mission is to secure financial support to help enhance the well-being and quality of life for the residents and community served by Sunnyside Seniors' Services.

Your generous donations support:

  • Residents of Sunnyside Home long term care
  • Tenants of Sunnyside Supportive Housing
  • Older adults in the region who use the Sunnyside Wellness Centre
  • Participants in Community Alzheimer Programs and the Young Onset Dementia Association (YODA)

Since 1998, we have raised over $3.0 million in support of projects and programs for older adults.

Board of Directors

The Sunnyside Foundation is made up of a working board of volunteer directors approved by Regional Council:

Mark Radulescu, Chair
Solicitor, Giesbrecht, Griffin, Funk & Irvine LLP

Jessica Bevenborn, Vice Chair
Broker, KW Insurance Brokers

Spencer Yule, Secretary
Partner/Account Executive, LMI Insurance 

Brandon Florizone, Treasurer
Intermediate Actuarial Analyst, Economical Mutual Insurance  

Carol H. Schmidt

Merlin McRae
Law Clerk, Madorin Snyder LLP

Ian Inglis
Broker of Record, Remax Solid Gold

Lori Strauss
Professor, PSW Coordinator, Conestoga College


Adam Hunsberger
Associate, Madorin Snyder LLP

Steve Moores
Dispatch Coordinator, Paragon Security
First Aid and CPR Instructor, St. John Ambulance

Foundation contributions
Through your generosity, we are able to fund programs, services and equipment beyond the funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Region of Waterloo. Over the years, donations helped to provide:
  • Adults in the community with a comfortable and barrier-free place to exercise at the Sunnyside Wellness Centre
  • Much-needed equipment that allows residents to move with ease and comfort
  • Recreation and music therapy programs and supplies
  • Accessible courtyards and walkways
  • Research and education that enhances quality care
  • Occupational therapy and physiotherapy equipment
  • Funding to support chaplaincy and palliative care programs

Through donations, Sunnyside Foundation has also made these major contributions:

  • 2021: Supported the development of an inter-generational outdoor space for residents and their families to enjoy
  • 2021: Purchased additional ceiling lifts for resident rooms
  • 2020: Started funding Sunnyside’s  journey towards certification in The Butterfly Approach, a person-centred model of care for people living with a dementia.
  • 2018: Supported the enhancement of the day program and overnight stay areas in the Kitchener Community Alzheimer Program
  • 2017: Provided funding to train Seniors' Services staff in dementia care best practices
  • 2015: Funded supplies and evaluation of the Young Onset Dementia Association (YODA)
  • 2015: Funded specialized equipment including blanket and towel warmers and adjustable dining tables
  • 2012: Funded Hush no Rush training program to improve the dining experience for long-term care residents with dementia
  • 2011: Provided subsidies for older adults on a fixed income to receive fitness memberships and services at the Sunnyside Wellness Centre
  • 2010: Built, equipped and furnished the Sunnyside Wellness Centre
  • 2008: Purchased ceiling lifts for resident rooms
  • 2007: Built accessible outdoor walkways and spaces
  • 2006: Furnished rooms for convalescent care and respite care

And many more!

Fundraising events

The Sunnyside Foundation hosts several fundraising events throughout the year. Proceeds from these events support programs and services that help older adults live their best life.

Walk and Roll

Virtual Walk and Roll was a month-long fundraising event beginning on June 1, 2021 in support of Sunnyside Seniors’ Services.


Click here to view the Virtual Walk and Roll 2021 Brochure 



 Thank you to our 2021 Corporate Sponsors:



Stay tuned for details about Walk and Roll 2022!

Sunnyside Foundation Golf Tournament

The 2021 Sunnyside Foundation Golf Tournament has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Stay safe, we look forward to seeing you in 2022!

Sunnyside Foundation Bazaar

The 2021 Sunnyside Foundation Bazaar has been tentatively canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Stay safe, we look forward to seeing you in 2022!


 If you have questions about our fundraisers, please email us.

Contact us

Sunnyside Foundation
247 Franklin St. N.
Kitchener, ON. N2A 1Y5
Telephone: 519-893-8482
Fax: 519-893-4450
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