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These stories about the people making positive impacts in our community are made possible through the continued support of The Roxborough Retirement Residence as part of our Community Leaders Program.


Newmarket’s Horses at Heart harnesses healing powers of horses to benefit teens, young adults

Newmarket’s Horses at Heart harnesses healing powers of horses to benefit teens, young adults

The non-profit combines horseback riding and horse care with personal development excersizes and clinical therapy, growing participants' confidence, social skills, and emotional awareness as they form a special bond with their horse
'It’s like being given a hug by a caring stranger': Quilters Guild gives back with every stitch

'It’s like being given a hug by a caring stranger': Quilters Guild gives back with every stitch

The 120-strong membership of the York Region non-profit donated 300 quilts in 2020 alone, continuing a long tradition of generosity to those who need it most
Newmarket CHATS volunteer’s calls provide lifeline to lonely, isolated seniors

Newmarket CHATS volunteer’s calls provide lifeline to lonely, isolated seniors

Helpers: Vanda Pendlebury is dedicated to making the weekly calls that provide safety, security and enhance well-being
Childhood hero inspires Newmarket man’s fundraising for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Childhood hero inspires Newmarket man’s fundraising for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Trevor Dale's Big Brother had a life-changing impact; he has continued the legacy of caring and generosity by raising over $13,000 to date through limit-pushing athletic feat fundraisers
Newmarket Scouts volunteers allow children to get 'wild outside'

Newmarket Scouts volunteers allow children to get 'wild outside'

Nicole Donadio is one of over 40 Newmarket Scouts volunteers that give children a place to explore the great outdoors, develop lifelong skills, and, in the time of COVID-19, escape the isolation of the online world
For 90 years, Newmarket Lions have helped catch those who ‘slip through the cracks’

For 90 years, Newmarket Lions have helped catch those who ‘slip through the cracks’

As one of the first service clubs in Newmarket— and the oldest still in operation — the Lions volunteers are marking a milestone anniversary this year
Newmarket minor hockey volunteers make a difference throughout COVID-19

Newmarket minor hockey volunteers make a difference throughout COVID-19

During Thank a Volunteer Week, the NMHA remembers longtime coach Kirk Kelly, and also gives a shout out all the volunteers whose efforts have allowed the game to continue, in some fashion
Newmarket family’s dedication to St. John Ambulance spans 4 generations

Newmarket family’s dedication to St. John Ambulance spans 4 generations

Angela Rotherham-Watkins is part of a tradition that began with her grandmother in the late 1950s, and continues with her daughter in 2021
Newmarket volunteer does what she can to brighten days of lonely, isolated seniors

Newmarket volunteer does what she can to brighten days of lonely, isolated seniors

“If there’s a silver lining to what’s going on right now, it’s that senior issues have finally been brought to the forefront,' says Valerie Syratt Luttrell, founder of The Grandparent Connection