Past Fundraising

Brunch with Santa

Santa Brunch 2019

Poker Night – October 19


Quilt Raffle in support of BFO Durham

Quilt imageTickets are priced at $5 each, or 5 tickets for $20.

The draw will take place on Sunday, March 1st 2020 during the Walk to Remember.

Tickets are available at the office (948 Simcoe St N, Oshawa). All proceeds go to help fund BFO Durham Region.

Bike Blade Board 4 Blake

Bike Blade Board 4 BlakeSeptember 28, 2019

9:00am Registration (East Beach Park, Bowmanville)

10-11am Walk

11:30am BBQ

View more details and download the Pledge form here.

Bike Blade Board 4 Blake is an event in memory of our eighteen year old son, Blake Garvey, who we lost on February 21st 2013 to the disease of Addiction. Blake suffered with anxiety and depression and turned to drugs to suppress the effects of these mental health issues. The pledges solicited and collected by participants help to fund programs offered through Durham Mental Health Services and Bereaved Families of Ontario.

The event is intended to help raise awareness of mental health and addiction in our community. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the support and services available at Bereaved Families of Ontario, Durham. Donations will go to each of these organizations. There will be a BBQ, guest speakers and many draws for prizes.

All participants must register with their pledge sheets or purchase a ticket for $25.00, and will be entered into the draws for prizes. We are grateful to all of our sponsors and event participants in helping to raise awareness about mental health and addiction and also support services available for those of us on this never ending journey of child loss.

In the last 3 years we raised $27,811 due to such amazing support and we thank you in advance for your generous support this year.

Durham Mental Health Services
Phone: 905-666-0831 Email:

Bereaved Families of Ontario Durham Region
Phone: 905-579-4293 Email:

JUNE 8th – Beach Bash Dance 2019

Beach Dance Flyer 2019

MAY 5th – Yard Sale 2019

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Fun Art Paint Party

A BFO member, Anna Moreino, is planning a Fun Art Paint Party as a fundraiser for BFO Durham Region on Saturday, March 30th at 2 o'clock. The cost is $45.00 and $20.00 will go directly to BFO. Please call the office to register for this afternoon of fun. Please feel free to bring a friend!  The image has not yet been decided however it maybe a butterfly, dragon fly but definitely something that we as bereaved parents can relate to.

The Angels’ Tree of Light 2018

On Thursday, November 22nd BFO Durham Region held its annual Angels’ Tree of Light ceremony at the Durham District School Board. A large crowd was in attendance. This year, the angel chosen featured an angel silhouetted within a circle. The tree looked so beautiful, adorned with over 600 angels and white lights. Each angel had the name of a loved one handwritten on gold ribbon. Each one represented a loved one sadly missed by their families and friends throughout the year but especially now during the holiday season.

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Jane Carter (Executive Director, BFO Durham) welcomed everyone to the ceremony with soothing words as this can be a difficult time, especially for those experiencing a loss for the first time. She was ably assisted by Gary Goswell (Chair, Board of Directors, BFO Durham).

Opening Remarks were given by Rev. Maureen McLellan. Her gentle words gave advice, encouragement and support to the audience. She touched on her own experiences of loss and spoke with empathy.

This year, the tree was dedicated by Kelly Fitzpatrick in memory of her daughter, Racquel Granato. Kelly spoke eloquently of the challenges faced by all who have lost a loved one, especially at this time of year. She encouraged all present to reach out to each other and realize that we are not alone. In closing, using the title of the book in which Racquel’s poem is published, Kelly wished all present, “Serenity”.

Sherry and Stephen Stickney and family had the honour of lighting our tree this year, in memory of their son and brother, Journey and also in memory of Sherry’s sister, Dove. As the lights in the auditorium dimmed, only the tree shone out in the darkness. There was a moment of silence for reflection.

Following the reflection, there was a musical tribute to the “angels”.

Sabrina Moreino performed, “Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)”, in memory of her sister Paulina Mary and then Jonathan Onley performed, “When The Rain Comes”, in memory of his daughter Sarah. Both performances were very moving and received much deserved applause from the audience.

Finally, the ceremony concluded with the Responsive Reading led by Beth Bryan and her sister Denise Bailey in memory of their daughter/niece, Heather.

After the ceremony, there was an opportunity to mingle and share stories over light refreshments.

Angel Tree 2018 1This special evening could not have taken place without the hard work and dedication of the following people:

Angel Tree Committee: Caroline Goswell (Chair), Beth Bryan, Bev Campbell, Jane Carter, Marlene Charewicz, Anita Fellows, Denise Love, Sharon Sears, Kirsty Sinclair, Joyce Smith, Linda Watson and Magda Zoelman. Also a big thank you to all our young (and young at heart!) volunteers who helped the night before with set up and all the hard work before, during and after the ceremony.

A special thanks to the office volunteers, Beth Bryan, Bev Campbell and Marlene Charewicz and to Marian Rehr for volunteering each year at the donations table.

Many thanks to John McManus for the soothing strains of guitar music prior to the ceremony and thanks also to Tara Rekker-Geisbrecht for providing the beautiful poinsettias.

Finally, thanks to the following sponsors who contribute to the success of this event:

  • Minute Man Press (Whitby)
  • M&M Meat Shops (Joyce & Paul Smith)
  • McDonalds Whitby (Marlene MacKinnon)
  • Park Plastic Products Inc. (Moe Aftab, Sales Manager)

This annual ceremony is very special to all of us at BFO Durham. We hope it provided comfort and support to all who attended.

Walk To Remember 2019

Annual fundraising event for the
Bereaved Families of Ontario / Durham Region

Let’s do it together
to remember our
children in a supportive

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Whitby Mall
1615 Dundas St., E.
Whitby, Ont.

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