Sparking the Imaginations of the Next Generation of Scientists

Did you know that there is a Canadian educational CHARITY that has the largest student reach of ANY youth education organization, museum or science centre in Canada? And that it has been a going concern for over 25 years? And that over that period of time it has reached over SIX MILLION students right in their own elementary school classrooms?

logo-tag.jpgI am talking about Scientists in School, which may well be the very best Canadian educational charity that you’ve likely never heard of….

And I am even willing to ask you if you would consider making a donation (see below) so that we can keep this amazing organization thriving, and meeting its mission of enhancing the science education needs of the next generation of Canadian school kids.

I do NOT give my endorsements lightly, but trust me, you won’t regret helping this charity. It’s in your own best interest and that of our kids!

Why do I support this organization, and why should you?

I am proud that after retiring (hard to believe it is almost THREE years ago already!) from the Canadian Cancer Society and its Research Institute I volunteered to join the Board of Directors of Scientists in School (SiS). SiS’s mission is to spark the imagination of young kids to foster a sense of wonder and discovery so that they better appreciate the role of science and technology in their world, but also so that they can relate everyday things that we all take for granted back to their science roots.

From our website:

Scientists in School is a dynamic and growing non-profit charitable organization dedicated to sparking children’s interest and love of science, through hands-on discovery. Our mission is to ignite scientific wonder in children so that they question intelligently, learn through discovery, connect scientific knowledge to their world and consider a career in science.

We do this by coming into the classroom and delivering top-notch professional half-day workshops that are age- and grade-appropriate. I have been to some of these and can attest to the quality and substance of the hands-on workshops and to their immense learning value.

Our bold aspiration is for all Canadian children to have opportunities to appreciate the world around them scientifically.

And it works!

The Kids LOVE the workshops, the School teachers and administrators LOVE them and the Parents LOVE them.

How would you like to receive an endorsement like this from your child’s teacher:

Scientists in the School is an invaluable tool for teachers to bring science to life from the pages of the science books. My primary students are engaged, interested and excited to be participating in hands on experiments. In the 3 hour workshop, not once did any student ask to go to the washroom, which is a reflection of their level of interest and excitement.Regardless of how many videos and color charts students are exposed to, it can’t compare to having a scientist in the classroom teaching and conducting hands on experiments. I highly recommend the use of this program in schools and thank you for making it available.

Or this:

I have booked dozens of Scientists in School workshops. They are consistently some of the best educational programming I have experienced in my 12 years of elementary teaching. The opportunities for hands-on exploration,coupled with the knowledge of the presenters, ensures that the students are always engaged and enthusiastic. I highly recommend Scientists in School to anyone looking for a great learning experience with Science.


The hands-on experience provided by this organization is unlike anything students will ever again see in school. Where else can they safely work with so many biological samples and specimens in such a productive and interactive way? An average classroom cannot do what this organization does, and that’s why I consider it to be an indispensable supplement to my grade six program.

Alas, what many do not appreciate, even among the teachers and parents themselves, is that SiS is an educational CHARITY.

It is NOT part of the normal school curriculum, it is NOT paid for by the School Boards.

And it costs money to mount these professionally-delivered workshops.

Although it is true that for many of these we have to charge an offsetting user fee, these do NOT cover the cost of the workshops. And some are provided free of charge to make sure that all students have opportunity to benefit. We rely on sponsorships from like-minded organizations and increasingly are appealing to committed individuals – like you and me – to raise the funds necessary to keep this charity alive and well and serving our kids’ needs.

10494705_10152255617670163_9186566721085919664_n.jpgI support Scientists in School with my time and with my own money. I do it as much as anything else on behalf of my 3 grandchildren (pictured right; left to right: Mercedes, Holden and Alexis) because I want to make sure that Scientists in School will still be thriving when they are all old enough to profit from its amazing programs.

If you value such a high-impact add-on to our kids’ education, please help me by supporting Scientists in School so that we thrive for another 25 years.

I am participating in the Toronto ScotiaBank Charity Challenge – a terrific community event on October 19 – that helps dozens and dozens of registered charities. Scientists in School is fortunate and proud to be one of the supported charities for this event and I am trying to raise funds through this event that are specifically directed to Scientists in School.

You can go directly to my fundraising page here:

SB Charity Challenge



Or, as Albert Einstein once said “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”  Who knows, maybe the next great cancer research breakthrough will come at the hands of one of the kids whose imagination and sense of wonderment and discovery was ‘sparked’ by Scientists in School!

Thanks so much for considering. Please feel free to pass this info along!

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