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
HOW WE GAVE BACK!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 year, McKenzie 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.
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!
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
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
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