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Making Awesome Happen, $1,000 At A Time    

How do we ensure Newmarket continues to be the best place to live and work in Canada? It starts with Awesome ideas. Enter the Awesome Foundation Newmarket, a group that provides monthly hassle-free micro grants to help bring those ideas to life.

Rather than a charity, the Awesome Foundation is like a giving circle. Ten trustees give $100 of their own money each month to help an individual or group implement a great idea that helps people locally. At the Awesome Foundation Newmarket, we focus on ideas that benefit youth in Newmarket.

We accept idea submissions from people of any age and with a variety of ideas. No idea is too small, and those that promote fun are as important as those with more serious focus. APPLY NOW



Latest Awesome Foundation Newmarket Recipient: November 2018

For many people, public speaking is challenging but it can be particularly difficult when English isn’t your first language. That understanding, coupled with firsthand experience, led our latest grant recipient, Eva Ostapeic, to want to help students who struggle with the issue. “I felt inspired to launch a public speaking workshop because I know youth—especially ESL youth—experience anxiety when they have to express themselves in front of a large audience.” A former primary school teacher, Eva is looking to team up with public speaking coaches to offer a workshop in the Newmarket area in early 2019. The workshop, she says, will cover a variety of areas around public speaking, including how to ease anxiety, sound natural, perfect pronunciations, deliver powerful messages and more. “I expect the workshop to help Newmarket youth overcome their fear of public speaking and give them the tools they to effectively express themselves in presence of large audience.” Congratulations!

L to R: John and Eva Ostapeic (far left and middle) with Awesome trustees Jackie Playter, Diane Farmer and Wasim Jarrah.

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