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Toto too theatre fundraiser for the ten oaks project a smash hit!

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Ottawa – September 14, 2015 – This past June, Toto Too Theatre hosted an inaugural fundraiser in honour of the Ten Oaks Project. In just five performances during Toto Too’s production run of the Tony Award winning musical, Avenue Q, the show raised $3,200.00 for Ten Oaks. That is the equivalent of sending three children or youth to one of Ten Oaks’ summer camps.

The donation is the start of an exciting new partnership between the two organizations, with the objective to inspire children and youth from 2SLGBTQ+ communities with educational and mentorship opportunities based in theatre arts.

To maximize the impact of this partnership, Toto Too Theatre and the Ten Oaks Project are exploring opportunities such as Toto Too staff and volunteers hosting theatre arts workshops at camp, Ten Oaks staff and camp participants volunteering on Toto Too Theatre productions, and exploring a future show exclusively featuring Ten Oaks participants.

Fast Facts:

The Ten Oaks Project is a registered charity and volunteer-driven organization that empowers children and youth from 2SLGBTQ+ (two spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) communities through its two outdoor education camping programs, Camp Ten Oaks and Project Acorn, both of which were held near Kingston, Ontario, this past July and August.
Toto Too Theatre is a registered, not-for-profit theatre company for Ottawa’s 2SLGBTQ+ community, producing three plays per season. The company’s next show, the 1995 Tony Award winning play, “Love! Valour! Compassion!” is part of its 2015-2016 season, and will be staged at the University of Ottawa’s Academic Hall, October 7-10, 2015.

Quotes:

“At Ten Oaks, our mission is to engage and connect children and youth from 2SLGBTQ+ families, identities, and communities through programs and activities rooted in play. Theatre arts, especially 2SLGBTQ+ themed works like the ones produced by Toto Too, will encourage our participants to express themselves, build confidence, positively challenge societal norms, think critically, develop new skills and explore untapped talents. We are grateful that Toto Too Theatre took on us on as their charity of choice. It’s an exciting adventure for us and our campers.”
– Dawn Moore, Board President, Ten Oaks Project

“Toto Too has been looking for a partnership opportunity with an organization that aligns with our vision and values. When the Ten Oaks Project approached us, we saw the synergies of what our two organizations were trying to achieve. We are first and foremost “community” theatre and we want to challenge the stereotypes of how 2SLGBTQ+ characters are developed and presented on stage. It’s vital that children and youth from the 2SLGBTQ+ community see representations of their lives and experiences in Ottawa’s theatre arts.”
– Ted Chartrand, Board Chair and Managing Director, Toto Too Theatre

For more information:

Dawn Moore
Board President, Ten Oaks Project
president@tenoaksproject.org
www.tenoaksproject.org

Ted Chartrand
Board Chair and Managing Director, Toto Too Theatre
ted@tototoo.ca
tototoo.ca

Trans Lives Matter: The Ten Oaks Project Supports Human Rights and Bill C-279

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OTTAWA – February 25, 2015 – The Ten Oaks Project throws its support behind the Gender Identity Bill (also known as Bill C-279) as it is currently drafted; this Bill will be decided upon by a Senate committee today, February 25, 2015.

Although expectations are low regarding the Bill’s chances of success to pass Senate as it is currently drafted, the Ten Oaks Project would like to take the opportunity to give voice to the many children and youth it works with that identify as trans or have a parent or family member who identifies this way.

For more than a decade, the Ten Oaks Project has honoured and respected participants’ affirmed gender identities. As such, children and youth that have attended either of its two inclusive summer camps have blossomed in the organization’s safe spaces. The camps focus on building capacity for children and youth from 2SLGBTQ+ communities that fosters self-esteem, leadership skills and community connections.

The magic of camp is a short respite from the real world, where trans children and youth are the country’s most vulnerable and at-risk citizens for hate crime, discrimination and suicide. Ten Oaks is unequivocally in the struggle with the trans community on this issue, and hopes that the Senate committee will do the right thing – the human thing, by passing Bill C-279.

Three-time Ten Oaks camper, Rose, knew she wanted to be a girl before she could talk. For much of her early childhood, she was unhappy. When Rose was nine years old, she attended Camp Ten Oaks. It was here, and with the loving support of her family, that she gained the last bit of courage to transition to the person she knew she was meant to be. Ten Oaks implores the Senate committee to acknowledge and protect children like Rose by requesting it amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code to show that trans lives in Canada matter.

Fast Facts:

  • The Ten Oaks Project joins a Coalition of organizations in support of Bill C-279, including Amnesty International, Egale Canada, Gender Mosaic and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.
  • The Ten Oaks Project is a registered charity and volunteer-driven organization that empowers children and youth from 2SLGBTQ+ (two spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) communities through its two outdoor education camping programs, Camp Ten Oaks and Project Acorn, both held near Kingston, Ontario.
  • The first and only summer camp of its kind in Canada, Camp Ten Oaks is an accredited member of the Ontario Camping Association and will take place from July 26-August 1, 2015, near Kingston, Ontario.
  • Project Acorn is a four-day program (August 30–September 2, 2015) for youth aged 16 to 24 that offers an empowering and liberating experience with workshops, speakers, camp activities and magic. Supported by United Way Ottawa and the Inspirit Foundation, it was spearheaded by the Ten Oaks Project’s first ever Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) in 2008.

Quotes:

“In 2015, Human Rights should never be a matter for governments to grant its citizens. This is a pivotal time in Canada’s history and a chance for our government to finally do the right thing – the human thing – and be on the right side of history for the trans community in this country. It’s an opportunity to show that trans lives matter and that they are valued and important citizens deserving of equal human rights, like everyone else in Canada. Let us show the world that ignorance and fear have no place in Canadian government, and prevent further unlawful suffering in silence of trans children, youth and adults.“
– Dawn Moore, Board President, Ten Oaks Project

About Ten Oaks Project

Based in Ottawa, the Ten Oaks Project has been meeting the needs of children and youth from 2SLGBTQ+ identities, families and communities since 2004. With innovative and cutting-edge programming modeled on the principles of social justice, campers learn through play, workshops and social interaction to enhance self-esteem, life skills, independence, leadership and self-confidence. The Ten Oaks Project strives to ensure programs remain economically accessible and are safe spaces where children and youth of 2SLGBTQ+ communities can thrive.

For More Information:

Dawn Moore
President, Ten Oaks Project
president@tenoaksproject.org

No One Left Behind: Ten Oaks Project and TD Bank Group are Bowling to Send More Children and Youth from 2SLGBTQ+ Communities to Camp in 2015

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OTTAWA – January 29, 2015 – Registration is open for the Ten Oaks Project’s 11th Annual Bowl-A-Thon at McArthur Bowling Lanes on Saturday, March 21st, between 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM. TD Bank Group is once again the generous presenting sponsor for the 7th consecutive year.

The charity’s goal is to send 144 children and youth to camp this summer (an increase of 10 more campers over last year) and raise $40,000 during its afternoon bowling fundraiser. Funds raised during the family-friendly event help subsidize camper registration fees.

Ten Oaks has always held the philosophy that no one will be turned away because they can’t pay. To remove any financial barrier for potential campers (the true cost is $1,000 per child), the charity offers a reduced registration fee and a sliding scale to make their camps as economically accessible as possible. However, space is limited and there are waiting lists every year. Ten Oaks hopes that the addition of 10 extra spots this year will address some of the need.

Bowlers are encouraged to register their teams early at www.tenoaksproject.org. With a maximum of 32 teams able to participate, spots are limited. Once a team has registered, participants can create their individual and team fundraising pages auto-magically on the website through the secure Gifttool donation service.

Fast Facts:

  • The Ten Oaks Project is a registered charity and volunteer-driven organization that empowers children and youth from 2SLGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer) communities through its two outdoor education camping programs, Camp Ten Oaks and Project Acorn, both held near Kingston, Ontario.
  • The first and only summer camp of its kind in Canada, Camp Ten Oaks is an accredited member of the Ontario Camping Association and will take place from July 26-August 1, 2015, near Kingston, Ontario. Registration for new campers aged 8 to 17 will open February 2, 2015.
  • Project Acorn is a four-day program (August 30–September 2, 2015) for youth aged 16 to 24 that offers an empowering and liberating experience with workshops, speakers, camp activities and magic. Supported by United Way Ottawa and the Inspirit Foundation, it was spearheaded by the Ten Oaks Project’s first ever Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) in 2008.
  • On the same day as the Bowl-A-Thon, we are hosting the 2nd Annual Acorn Prance in Toronto! This dance-a-thon fundraiser will provide the Bowl-A-Thon with a little friendly competition (who will have the best dance moves??) and our goal is for the two fundraisers to collectively raise $60,000.00. For more information about the Acorn Prance, please visit www.tenoaksproject.org

Quotes:

“We like to say that it takes a forest to raise a child. Of course we also know it takes a village and we’re hoping our village comes together to help us send more kids to camp this year. Our camps provide safer and accessible spaces where kids can be themselves and talk openly about their families. It sounds pretty simple, but a lot of our campers will tell you it’s not always easy to come out at other campers or talk about your two moms, two dads, or trans parents. We strive to foster self-confidence, strengthen connections and build capacity in our campers. They leave knowing they are not alone. That they have communities, villages and forests that support them.”
– Dawn Moore, Board President, Ten Oaks Project

“We’re committed to creating opportunities for diverse youth by supporting organizations that look to remove financial barriers, as well as other barriers that may prevent young people from developing to their full potential.  That’s why TD is proud to support the Ten Oaks Project and help provide youth the opportunity to flourish in an inclusive environment.”
– Trista Lynch-Black, Manager, Marketing and Community Relations, TD Bank Group

About Ten Oaks Project

Based in Ottawa, the Ten Oaks Project has been meeting the needs of children and youth from 2SLGBTQ+ identities, families and communities since 2004. With innovative and cutting-edge programming modeled on the principles of social justice, campers learn through play, workshops and social interaction to enhance self-esteem, life skills, independence, leadership and self-confidence. The Ten Oaks Project strives to ensure programs remain economically accessible and are safe spaces where children and youth of 2SLGBTQ+ communities can thrive.

TD Community Giving

TD Bank Group invests in communities in order to effect positive change in the places where it operates and where its clients and employees live and work. In 2013, TD donated over $74.4M to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, TD focuses on education and financial literacy, creating opportunities for young people and the environment. For further information, please visit www.td.com/corporate-responsibility.

For More Information:

Dawn Moore
President, Ten Oaks Project
president@tenoaksproject.org

Trista Lynch-Black
Manager, Marketing and Community Relations, TD Bank Group
trista.lynchblack@td.com