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.
The Need for Truth and Reconciliation
The members of Siskinds LLP grieve for the loss of the 215 children whose remains were found in Kamloops, BC. We grieve for the many others lost in residential schools in Canada, and we grieve for the painful legacy those institutions have left with survivors everywhere. We are lowering the flag atop our office for 215 hours to acknowledge the recent discovery in Kamloops. Our journey to better understanding and empathy for the trauma experienced by Indigenous members of our community is ongoing. We acknowledge that the work of reconciliation remains before us as Canadians.
Jordan’s Run-The-Runway – September 19, 2020 – 7th Annual
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. Over the last five years, we have raised over $600,000 to support sending kids to YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth.
KickAbout Soccer Tournament – Postponed – 5th Annual
The tournament was founded and hosted by Siskinds lawyer, Maciek Piekosz, and a committee of his professional peers. In 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 the tournament was highly successful. In 2019, over 300 players, volunteers and spectators 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. This year KickAbout is supporting Children’s Health Foundation.
Brain it On!: Cognitive Corporate Challenge – Postponed – Spring 2022
A fun, fast-paced event, where teams compete in bowling, laser tag, cognitive challenges and more to become the next Brain it On!: Cognitive Corporate Challenge Champion. Through Siskinds Acquired Brain Injury Innovation Fund, proceeds from this event will go to support development and implementation of a new clinical app to assist patients in post-concussion recovery.
Lawyer Leadership Challenge – United Way London & Middlesex
Over several years, Siskinds has invested over $500,000 in the work of United Way London & Middlesex. Siskinds joins nine other local law firms in the Lawyer Leadership Challenge. These firms combine their efforts in the common goal of bringing significant change to the lives of children, families and individuals in London & Middlesex.
Golf Play Day: Over a decade of extraordinary success
Created by Siskinds lawyers, this unique nine-hole golf tournament was 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.
Thank-you to all the sponsors and participants for being a part of the journey that resulted in raising $781,494 and led to the purchase of valued medical equipment, listed below. This equipment has impacted the lives of countless patients at Children’s Hospital and will continue to impact lives for many years to come.
Golf Play Day sponsors and participants have helped Children’s Health Foundation purchase top priority pieces of patient equipment.
2009 – Hill-Rom Bed and Three Specialized Wheel Chairs
2010 – PCCU Difficult Airway Cart
2011 – Ultrasound Machine for Paediatric Emergency
2012 – Sensory Room (SMILE room)
2013 – Two EEG Machines
2014 – Simulation Training Mannequin
2015 – Car Seat Challenge
2016 – PCCU Waiting and Quiet Room Renovations
2017 – PCCU Waiting and Quiet Room Renovations
2018 – Biplane System
2019 – Biplane System
Camp Dawn Wine Tasting
An annual event that 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.
Bubbles & Baubles
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.
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, Veteran’s charities, and Fanshawe College’s Aviation students.
Skate to Great – May 2018
Skate to Great is a non-profit organization that collects new and used ice skates, helmets and hockey sticks and donates them to those in need. From May 16 to May 30, Siskinds will host the first-ever Skate to Great drive in London. These items will be collected and donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of London and Area as well as other organizations across the country. Families in need of these items will put them to good use. For more information, visit skatetogreat.org.
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.
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.