Community Involvement

At McKenzie Lake Lawyers, we have a long tradition of giving back to the communities we work and live in.  We encourage our lawyers and staff to get involved with organizations in and outside of the office.

In 2019, McKenzie Lake sponsored the remodel for the Ronald McDonald Family Room located in the Children’s Hospital of London which opened in 2012. By the end of 2018, it had served over 239,496 visitors.

Sponsorship of this remodel gave us an opportunity to help people in our community, as it gave us a chance to support those in need of a home-away-from-home to remain focused on their priority: helping their children recover.   To us, that’s an advantage created for McKenzie Lake and the community. Below is a video featuring the Ronald McDonald House Family Room Refresh and the Show Your Stripes campaign.

Other firm-wide sponsorships include the following:

  • Brain Injury Association of London Region
  • Canvas of Life: Multi-Organ Transplant Program London Health Sciences Center
  • Joan’s Place – Youth Opportunities
  • Red Shoe Society
  • Robarts Concussion Research
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • SARI Therapeutic Riding
  • St. Joseph’s Health Care London – Tribute Dinner
  • Operation Walk Canada
Katharine Creighton and Sarah Kirshin-Neilans with the red cape
Team McKenzie Lake was led by Sarah Kirshin-Neilans, and included Lillie Prevost, Jaime Scribner, Jennifer Edwards, Laura Bees, Kathy Limon, Katrina McCallum, and Lydia Horton. Thank you to those friends, family members and pets that accompanied everyone! 
Salvation Army Peerless Image
Attending on behalf of Salvation Army and seen here in photo with Managing Partner Michael Peerless is Marty Holmes.
McKenzie Lake Team in the RMHC Kitchen
Featured in the picture from left to right Martha Edwards, Jessica Milhomens, Nicole Willert, Laura Bees, and Jonathan Gross.
Sarah Kirshin-Neilans, Sarah Richardson, Catherine Shearer, and Laura Reilly at the Get Your Kick On tournament.
Pile of socks
Collected pairs of socks

HOW WE GAVE BACK!

Get Your Kick On 2022

We were proud to be the presenting sponsor for this year’s Get Your Kick On event in support of Children’s Hospital, held on June 22nd, at East Park Golf. The day was filled with fun, some friendly competition, and great food.

Thank you to all those that participated including our teams, Still Kick’n, Pleased to Cleat You, Weapons of Grass Destruction, and The Supreme Course!

McKenzie Lake Takes Home the Red Cape

During the month of May, the Marvellous McKenzie Lakers teamed up to fundraise for Mike’s Superhero Walk for Brain Injury Awareness. Through fundraising and the 3K Community Walk at Springbank Park on May 14th, team McKenzie Lake raised the most funds at $4,230.00, in support of the Brain Injury Association of London & Region.

Katharine Creighton and Sarah Kirshin-Neilans attended last week’s 2022 Brain Injury Conference and were presented with the coveted red cape.

Mike’s Superhero Walk for Brain Injury Awareness 2022

Throughout May 2022, the Marvellous McKenzie Lakers teamed up to fundraise for Mike’s Superhero Walk for Brain Injury Awareness. 

Between fundraising and the 3K Community Walk at Springbank Park this past weekend, we are proud to share that the team won the coveted red cape for raising the most funds at $4,230.00, in support of the Brain Injury Association of London & Region.

SARI Bowling for Ponies 2022

We were thrilled to sponsor 15+ bowlers for SARI’s Bowling for Ponies 2022 event. The event held on April 3rd was a fun night for everyone involved with 92 bowlers and $36,000 raised for their therapeutic riding initiatives. 

McKenzie Lake Holiday Care Initiatives

With a long history of giving back to the London community where we live and work, members of McKenzie Lake Lawyers are hard at work on our holiday care initiatives. Our lawyers and staff are helping collect toys, non-perishable food items and raising funds through 50/50 draws for the Business Cares Food Drive.

After hearing the call for help by the Salvation Army of London, as shown by CTV News London’s story on December 2nd, the Partners of McKenzie Lake Lawyers have donated $10,000.00 to the Salvation Army’s Christmas wish list.

Dinner Prep at Ronald McDonald House

It was great to be back at the Ronald McDonald House prepping some dinner meals, including a Greek Chicken Bake! The RMHC provides a place to stay for out-of-town families with seriously ill children, where they can stay for as long as they need – only 165 steps from Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre. 

Get Your Kick On 2021

On Thursday July 29th, 2021, members of McKenzie Lake participated in the 4th Annual Get Your Kick On tournament. We were thrilled to be the presenting sponsor for this year’s event. Thank you to all those that participated including our Teams the Supreme Course and McKenzie Lakers. 

This year the event raised $21,864, contributing to a lifetime total of $53,666! The funds raised provide much needed support to the Child Life Program at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre. 

Socktober 2020

Members of McKenzie Lake Lawyers were happy to participate in Socktober! From October 1 to November 15, our team helped collect 459 new pairs of socks and a $210 cash donation to make sure everyone in our London community has warm and healthy feet this winter and year-round.  

Thanks to our Family Law Lawyer Jennifer Foster for leading us in this fundraiser. As a collective, McKenzie Lake Lawyers, along with Jennifer’s friends, family and Red Rhino also donated a total of 1,001 pairs of socks! 

519Pursuit, a non-profit organization in London formally organized this charitable event, with the goal of supporting vulnerable people in the community dealing with homelessness and poverty.

The McKenzie Lake team

United Way Fundraiser

In early November, McKenzie Lake Lawyers was happy to participate in the annual United Way Campaign. Our team participated in the Scotiabank StairClimb by climbing the stairs in our office building, walking around the block and doing jumping jacks to “step up” for United Way. We also held numerous 50/50 draws and Dress Down week to raise additional funds.   

Our fundraising efforts have raised $1,941 to date. Proceeds go towards supporting local people and families in our London community.

In photo from left to right: Alice Van Deven, Nicole Willert and Brenda Hearse.  

Dinners & Dessert at Ronald McDonald House

A small but mighty team cooked a scrumptious dinner for families staying at Ronald McDonald House on Saturday, November 7th. Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry, Rice, Egg Rolls and Chicken Wontons, along with a Cherry Pineapple Cobbler for dessert were served!

Thanks to our volunteers for shopping and preparing these delicious meals for our community. 

Our volunteers (from left to right): Sue Noorloos, Chaun McLellan, Brenda Hearse and Sabrina Lombardi. 

Cooking and Baking at Ronald McDonald House

On Tuesday, October 27th, the McKenzie Lake team prepared some delicious meals for families staying at Ronald McDonald House. On the menu was Tomato Sausage Casserole, Rice, Salad, Garlic Bread and finally Cherry Cheesecake for dessert. 

Thank you to our volunteers for always contributing to this charitable organization.

Our featured bakers (from left to right): David Arntfield, Finnley Arntfield, Nicole Willert and Brenda Hearse

Baking Night at Ronald McDonald House

The McKenzie Lake team had another fantastic night baking at Ronald McDonald House on Thursday, October 15th.

Our Master Bakers made some delectable Oatmeal Cookies, Pumpkin Muffins, Butter Tart Squares, and Nutty Buddy Snack Mix for families with ill children staying at their home-away-from-home. 

As always, a big thank you to our volunteers!

Clothing Donations for ClothingWorks

For the second yearMcKenzie Lake was happy to collect some clothing donations for ClothingWorks, a valued resource in the community that provides job seekers with high quality clothing and confidence to meet with prospective employers. 

Hosted by Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes, Clothing Works is a charitable community program with a mission to promote economic independence of people through initiatives such as providing individuals with professional attire, a network of support and tools to foster achievement in work and life. 

Our cooks from left to right: 
Brenda Hearse, Nicole Willert, Martha Edwards and George Michalopoulos  

Cooking a Fall Dinner & Baking at Ronald McDonald House

The McKenzie Lake team prepared a comforting fall dinner for families staying at Ronald McDonald House Southwestern Ontario on September 28th.

Our volunteers made some delicious homemade tomato soup, grilled cheese and apple crisp, then baked blueberry muffins, ginger snaps, chocolate chip Skor cookies and apple cake for them to enjoy — how scrumptious! 

Our featured bakers are (from left to right): Julie Legacy, Stephanie Almeida, Brenda Hearse, Nicole Willert. 

Baking at Ronald McDonald House

On September 18th, the McKenzie Lake team had some Friday night fun baking at Ronald McDonald House! We routinely participate in cooking and baking evenings for this amazing organization that supports sick children and their families. 

We baked over 10 dozen of these delicious, sweet treats: 

  • Pumpkin Cupcakes 
  • Banana Nut Muffins 
  • Chocolate Macaroons 
  • Rocky Road Squares 
  • Chocolate Bar Squares 
From left to right are: David Arntfield and Becky Griffiths from McKenzie Lake and Dipesh Parmar (@depo27) and Chirag Shah from PWC.

Children’s Health Foundation Golf Classic Sponsorship and Tournament

What a lovely day to participate in the 31st RBC Annual Children’s Health Foundation Golf Classic tournament! McKenzie Lake was honoured to be a Gold Sponsor of this exciting event held at the Sunningdale Golf and Country Club. With a long history of sponsoring and participating in this annual tournament, the circumstances this year weren’t going to stop us from being involved in our community. Although the overall event format was different from previous years, everyone had just as much fun!

Proceeds go towards the Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, the Thames Valley Children’s Centre, and the Children’s Health Research Institute, with efforts to support children’s health in our region. #GolfClassicTournament #ChildrensHealthFoundation #ChildrensGolfClassic #McKenzieLake #ldnont


Get Your Kick On Foot Golf for Children’s Hospital

McKenzie Lake was pleased to be a Platinum level sponsor for the 2020 Get Your Kick On Foot Golf Tournament with proceeds supporting the Children’s Health Foundation and the Child Life Program. This year despite the new safe distancing requirements and changes, the event helped raise $13,839.00!

For more information about this event you can visit: https://childhealth.ca/events/get-your-kick-on/

SARI Therapeutic Riding

Personal Injury Partner Louis DelSignore and Class Action Lawyer Emily Assini are pictured here in front of the gorgeous Highland Green Stables, a neighborhood supporter of SARI’s Therapeutic Riding.

Earlier this year McKenzie Lake adopted Willow, a Belgian Quarter Horse through SARI’s Adopt-A-Pony program which helps support Willow and all she needs to bring happy times to those that interact with her. 

Emily is President of SARI’s Board of Directors and both Emily and Louis are avid equestrians and supporters of SARI.  Visit their site for more information on the riding program and information about their upcoming Day At the Derby fundraiser – www.sari.ca

Ronald McDonald House Dinners

Whether it’s baking up a storm at Ronald McDonald House on January 17th or cooking dinner for 75 plus people on February 4th, volunteers at McKenzie Lake continue to get out and get involved with our #LdnOnt community. Our Baking team consisted of Sue Noorloos, Nicole Willert, Lisa Brajkovic, Justin Bozzo, Brenda Poirier, Julie Zamprogna, Yvonne LaRoche, and Brenda Hearse.

Our Cooking team (including a big cohort from our Personal Injury Team) consisted of Alexa Duggan, Karen Delaney, Kris Moriarty, Brenda Hearse, Nicole Willert, Laurie Hause, and Judith Hull.

Thank you to all the volunteers for continuing to participate with #RMHLondon evenings.

Christmas Cooking for Ronald McDonald House

Our team was at Ronald McDonald House on December 21st helping prepare a homemade meal for those staying at the house with children at Children’s Hospital – London Health Sciences Centre.

On the menu were a delicious Pizza Pasta Casserole, Caesar salad, buns, and Mississippi Mud for dessert.

Thank you to our volunteers seen here in a photo from left to right: Ken Donaghy, Martha Edwards, Nicole Willert, Lillie Prevost, and Brenda Hearse and Alice Van Deven (missing from the photo).

CIBC Run For The Cure – McKenzie Lake Supports Amy’s Avengers

Congratulations to Team McKenzie Lake aka Amy’s Avengers and everyone who participated in Sunday’s CIBC Run For The Cure. The team surpassed our original goal of $3500.00 bringing us to $6,184.50!

We raised this money in support of one of our own, Amy Sauder and all those afflicted with breast cancer.

New Canvas of Life in Support of Multi-Organ Transplant

We’re proud to be title sponsor for the New Canvas of Life 50 Shades of Colour event, in support of @LHSCCanada Multi-Organ Transplant Program. Join us on Tuesday, April 21 for a night full of fun and enjoy:

✅ ​Live Art Battle
✅ Art Auction
✅ ​Interactive Entertainment

#ldnont #newcanvasoflife #advantagecreated

Photo of McKenzie Lake Team preparing Dinner for Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Dinners

November 6th, 2021 – Another successful Dinner Night at Ronald McDonald House.

Our volunteer Chefs for the evening included Bonnie Desjarlais, Jessica Milhomens, Brenda Hearse, Nicole Willer and Martha Edwards. On the menu – Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry, Egg Rolls and Butter Tarts for dessert.

Great job team!

Thank you to all the volunteers for continuing to participate with #RMHLondon evenings.

#keepingfamiliesclose