In Our Community
Energize, Inspire, Create
Energizing good ideas and inspiring others is an apt description of Siskinds’ approach to community service. While Siskinds lawyers and staff volunteer, sponsor, participate and serve on the boards of amazing causes, we’re also proud of what we create. Following are some examples of our events and projects:
Airshow London – September 22-24, 2017
The greater London area was excited to hear that an air show was returning to London, with Airshow London in 2016. Airshow London is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the collaboration of businesses, leaders in education and public sectors and the board to make it happen. As an avid aviation enthusiast and community supporter, Siskinds partner, Christopher Collins, joined the board of directors for the event. Chris also became involved as an individual sponsor and host of many guests at the Siskinds tent over the 3-day event. Airshow London is focused on showcasing London and area’s aviation, aerospace and defence industry sectors and education opportunities as well as the amazing entertainment value the show itself. It is also dedicated to providing support to the Children’s Hospital Foundation and Veteran’s charities.
KickAbout Soccer Tournament – May 29, 2017 – 2nd Annual
The 2nd annual KickAbout soccer tournament was held on May 29, 2017 at BMO Centre. The tournament was founded and hosted by Siskinds lawyer, Maciek Piekosz, and a committee of his professional peers. In both 2016 and 2017, the tournament has been highly successful. This year, the tournament sold-out, with 20 teams registering. Over 250 players, volunteers, captains and coaches enjoyed a well-organized day that ran smoothly from the opening breakfast through rounds of play, cross-bar challenges, purchased (and deserved) penalty kicks, and the trophy presentation. Final figures are still being tallied, but the organizers surpassed the fundraising goal of $15,000. Proceeds from the tournament will go to the Brain Injury Association of London and Region and their program, Helmets on Kids. Planning has started already for the third annual event in 2018.
Camp Dawn Wine Tasting – April 25, 2017 – 3rd Annual
This event was founded by Siskinds lawyer, Louis DelSignore, and a committee of his professional peers. The event raises funds for Camp Dawn, a 4-day camping retreat for adult survivors of an acquired brain injury. Camp Dawn provides an opportunity for people to get away from regular routines, make new friends, meet-up with old friends, try new activities and enjoy familiar activities, and do all of this in a supportive, outdoor environment alongside other people who are facing similar challenges. Camp is held in September at Rainbow Lake in Waterford, Ontario. The fundraising event combines wine tasting with food, live music, local artisans and a live auction. This year, over 150 guests filled Aeolian Hall and raised over $26,000 for Camp Dawn.
Bubbles & Baubles – February 8, 2017
Siskinds established this annual night-out that combines champagne and jewellery to generate additional support for the Children’s Health Foundation. Local artisans display their creations while friends and colleagues enjoy the food, drinks and atmosphere as well as the opportunity to purchase unique items. This year’s event was held at Barney’s on Richmond Street. Partial proceeds from the sale of the jewellery and other event activities go to the Children’s Health Foundation. This year, $14,802 was raised for CHF.
Lawyer Leadership Challenge – United Way London & Middlesex – October, 2016
Over several years, Siskinds has invested over $500,000 in the work of United Way London & Middlesex. From October 4 to 25, Siskinds will join nine other local law firms in the Lawyer Leadership Challenge. These firms will combine their efforts in the common goal of bringing significant change to the lives of children, families and individuals in London & Middlesex.
Jordan’s Run-The-Runway – September 9, 2016
Inspired by the memory of Siskinds Partner Paul Strickland’s son Jordan, this annual 5-km race on the runway of London International Airport raises funds for the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and supports the YMCA’s Camp Queen Elizabeth. Runners, walkers, adults and children and babies in strollers get a unique opportunity to exercise on the runway of our local airport. Since its launch in 2014, this event has grown every year. The third annual event in 2016 raised over $100,000 to support children who attend Camp Queen Elizabeth.
Pollination Garden for Bees – June 25, 2016
A team effort was truly seen as Siskinds worked with the London Community Foundation, TD Friends of the Environment and Courtland Professional Property Management to create a pollination garden in support of the program, Garden-4-Bees. Each of these parties made a contribution of products, labour or financing to create this garden that will support the regeneration of the bee population of southwestern Ontario. The program, Garden-4-Bees, was initiated through the Julia Hunter Memorial Fund, a fund that was created by Murray Hunter in memory of his daughter and is managed by the London Community Foundation. The garden officially opened on June 25, 2016. The London Free Press covered the creation of this garden.
Golf Play Day – June 1, 2016
Created by Siskinds lawyers, this unique nine-hole golf tournament is designed specifically for non-golfers. No special attire or skills are required! Golfers and non-golfers enjoy the relaxed atmosphere on the course as it’s an all-fun-all-day approach to the game of golf. Raising in excess of $80,000 annually for the Children’s Hospital of the London Health Sciences Centre, this tournament has funded many projects over time. In January of 2015, a room called the Siskinds Multi-Sensory Interactive Learning Environment was opened at Children’s Hospital with proceeds from this tournament. This unique room enhances the recovery of children by providing activities specifically designed to stimulate a child’s senses. This year’s tournament was held on June 1, 2016 at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club and raised funds for the creation of a redesigned space for the families of young patients. These families come from far and near, and often leave their homes for extended periods of time. The space will bring comfort to them while they support their loved ones. The parent of a patient within the PCCU articulated the impact of this project by saying, “A friendly space has the power to distract you if even for a moment, and in that moment, can provide you with a renewed sense of hope that you need.”
Siskinds Playground – 2009
After an act of vandalism at the community playground on Piccadilly Street destroyed the equipment, Siskinds was instrumental in raising the funds necessary to rebuild the park. Working with other local businesses, the park was completely restored and new and better equipment installed. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to reopen the park turned an unfortunate event into a neighbourhood celebratory BBQ.