Donors & Supporters

Our Honorary Patrons

The Mothers Matter Centre is delighted that His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M, C.O.M., C.D, Governor General of Canada, and Her Excellency, Sharon Johnston are Patrons of HIPPY Canada. Thank you!


HIPPY is funded through multiple funding streams, primarily from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, foundations, corporations and individual donors.

Sponsoring agencies manage HIPPY programs and are affiliated with HIPPY Canada through formal operating agreements. The national office of HIPPY Canada provides comprehensive training, technical assistance and other support services from program inception and through the entire continuum of programming.

A typical HIPPY site will consist of a Coordinator, five to six home visitors and will serve 50 to 60 families.

As a cost-effective approach, the HIPPY model removes cultural and social barriers to participation for newcomer, low-income, Aboriginal and other Canadian parents wanting educational enrichment for their preschool children.


In addition to our Honorary Patrons, HIPPY Canada is endorsed by the following:

Hershell Ezrin, Founding CEO of CIJA (Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy and former Deputy Minister and Principal Secretary to Ontario Premier David Peterson)

The Honourable Myra Freeman, CM, ONS, MSM, Former Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Chair, Minister’s Panel on Education

Leonard George, primary leader and former chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation

David Jacobson, Vice-chair of BMO Financial Group and former U.S. Ambassador to Canada and Mrs. Julie Jacobson

Grand Chief Edward John (Akile Ch’oh), Hereditary Chief of Tl’azt’en Nation and North American Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Landon Pearson, former Senator and Chair of the Landon Pearson Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights

Our Sustainers

HIPPY Canada gratefully acknowledges our funders and donors for their generous support.

HIPPY Program funding: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), North Growth Foundation, and Stantec

HIPPY event sponsors: BMO Financial Group, CN Rail, Port Metro Vancouver, Promontory, Simon Fraser University, Somar Foundation, SNC-Lavalin, SkyService, Somar Family Foundation, and TD Bank Group

Family supporters (multi-year donations): Tim and Sheila Casgrain, Barbara and Barry Dong, Carol and Ron Slater, Maureen Boyd, Richard Stursberg, and Ann Cowan.

HIPPY Program Funding

Event Sponsors

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