RECAP: The Pan Am Parapan Am GIANT Sandbox!

On July 8, together with our partners, The Sandbox Project built a giant sandbox at Earlscourt Park in Toronto as part of the Pan Am Torch Stop festivities. We are delighted to announce that the Pan Am Parapan Am GIANT Sandbox event was a great success. The sandbox was filled with families as well as children from local daycares, day camps, and the community.

We had a fun afternoon in the sun alongside some of our Collaborating Partners including Ability OnlineEPODE CanadaFitSpirit, Healthy Minds CanadaMotivate CanadaParachuteStella’s Place, and TELUS Health to help raise awareness of the importance of collaboration towards the health and wellbeing of Canada’s children and youth. A highlight of the afternoon was the participation of Canadian Beach Volleyball Olympian and Sandbox Project board member Martin Reader, who facilitated movement education sessions throughout the afternoon.

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The Pan Am Parapan Am GIANT Sandbox was donated and built by LiUNA Local 183. We would also like to thank McDonald’s Canada for their generous support of this event, as well as the Active At School team for our fantastic neon shovels and buckets! Thanks also to the IGNITE Community Program and everyone who came out and helped to make the day a success. The Pan Am Parapan Am GIANT Sandbox was a great community celebration that we were thrilled to be a part of.


RECAP: The 4th Annual World’s Largest Sandbox

On June 10th, the 4th annual World’s Largest Sandbox brought together Members of Parliament, Senators, Cabinet Ministers, not-for-profit organizations, industry professionals and local children to participate in a sandcastle building competition on Sparks Street Mall. 

This year’s event saw a record number of organizations playing in the sandbox to raise awareness of the importance of collaboration towards improving child and youth health in Canada. And for the first time this year, our Young Canadians Roundtable on Health ran a very successful onsite initiative aimed at engaging Canadians about their perceptions of health in their own lives and communities. It was a fun-filled and collaborative day that certainly lived up to the event’s theme of team spirit and cooperation.

A key aspect of The Sandbox Project’s mandate is to bring together stakeholders committed to bettering the lives of Canada’s youngest citizens. At this year’s event we were pleased to have participation from these organizations and more:

  • Active At School
  • AstraZeneca Young Health Program
  • AV Youth
  • Bloomberg
  • Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
  • Canadian Institute of Child Health
  • Carpenters Union Local 93
  • CHEO
  • CTV
  • Freggie Children’s Program
  • Goldcorp
  • Karson Agreggates
  • McDonald’s Canada
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services
  • Ontario Children’s Treatment Centres
  • Ontario Early Years Centres
  • Ottawa Public Health
  • Voice Found
  • Yellow Pages
  • The Young Canadians Roundtable on Health
  • Young Greens

We were also very happy to welcome a fantastic turnout of Parliamentarians:

  • Hon. Bal Gosal
  • Hon. Ed Holder
  • Hon. Kellie Leitch
  • Hon. Peter MacKay
  • Hon. Lisa Raitt
  • Hon. Michelle Rempel
  • Senator Nancy Green-Raine
  • M.P Stella Ambler
  • M.P. Scott Armstrong
  • M.P John Barlow
  • M.P Carol Hughes
  • M.P Elizabeth May
  • M.P Cathy McLeod
  • M.P Wai Young

Thanks to everyone who made it out, including a special thanks to sponsors Yellow PagesGoldcorpAstraZeneca Young Health Program, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. For their in-kind contributions, we would like to thank Karson Aggregates (sand), the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 93 Ottawa (construction of the sandbox), Active At School (sand toys) and McDonald's Canada (fresh fruit snacks). Finally, thanks to the volunteers who gave their time and helped make The World’s Largest Sandbox truly memorable. We hope to see you all next year!

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For a recap of our successful January 2015 Conference, please click here!

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