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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.

Latest Awesome Foundation Newmarket Recipient: March 2018

Our latest Awesome grant goes to Cedar Centre for their Teen STAIR Group (Skills Training in Affect and Interpersonal Regulation). The Teen STAIR Group is an adapted, evidence-based curriculum that is designed to help reduce symptoms related to post traumatic stress in youth who have experienced abuse-related trauma.

The program is operated by Newmarket-based Cedar Centre which offers therapeutic services for all forms of childhood interpersonal trauma, including historical. The goal is to help youth participants to become informed about the impact of trauma on emotion regulation and social (interpersonal) functioning. 

“This group is an important part of service for youth who are participating in individual intensive trauma-specific therapy related to their experience of childhood interpersonal trauma because it provides them with the opportunity to learn and practice skills that are not only foundational to success in therapy, but to the navigation of daily life and interpersonal relationships,” says Alison Peck, Executive Director. “We are most grateful to the Awesome Foundation Newmarket for partnering with us in the delivery of this innovative program for our local youth.”

Left to right: Awesome trustees Wasim Jarrah, Juliet Irish, Debra Scott and Diane Farmer with grant recipients Lisa Gleva (Cedar Centre Gala Committee) and Alison Peck seen here with NSD Vixon (Cedar Centre) with trustees Jackie Playter and David Faingold. 



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We’re constantly accepting 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

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No-strings-attached micro grants? You bet! Get the scoop on Awesome and discover more about our chapter.

AWESOME TRUSTEES: Who in the world would give away $100 of their own money each month? Our truly Awesome Trustees, that’s who. Coming soon: Learn more about the people behind Awesome Foundation Newmarket. 

PAST WINNERS: What’s Awesome? An anti-bullying campaign, a lunch program for school kids created by school kids, a local hockey rink, an art exhibit… We can go on and on. Read more about some of our past winners

MEDIA: Coming soon: Check out the nice things people have said about Awesome Foundation Newmarket. 

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