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Special 30-for-30 Youth Leadership giving opportunity

Yes, it's been 30 years!

Denise Goldbeck led the first Dance and Games For Children in 1987 - twelve children staged the musical Cats. Through that production, they learned much about themselves and each other, and received heart-felt applause.

That first program was a hit, and children returned year after year. The program grew and the children grew with it. It’s known today as the popular Kids in The Spotlight (KITS) program at The Haven.

Many children returned year after year, through their teens, taking on more and more responsibility. Denise skillfully developed leadership roles for the older participants, teaching them to model communication and coping skills for the younger children, and helping to produce the shows. The older youth became integral to the success of KITS, and the Youth Leadership program was formalized.

Youth Intern Training 2017 group photo

Since 2008, the Youth Leadership Fund has assisted teens who invest their summer working with the younger children while learning about their own development and gaining valuable leadership skills. Now, thirty years later, we have 68 future leaders enrolled in the 2017 Youth Intern Training program! It continues to be wildly popular and a roaring success!

The Youth Leadership Program was originally funded by Denise Goldbeck and Andrew Bing. Over the years others have made substantial contributions – Laurie Kelley and Scott Poole fund an annual Mackenzie Dickson Annika Raithby Youth Leadership Scholarship – and a monthly and annual donor program was launched for the KITS 25th anniversary.

Help us surpass our new goal to engage 30 new donors at $30 per month – adding over $10,000 to the Youth Leadership Fund per year to help us grow tomorrow’s leaders. Prefer to donate annually? We welcome 30-for-30 annual donations of $360 or more.

Celebrate this incredible 30-year achievement.
Donate to the 30-for-30 Youth Leadership Fund today!

Your donation will also help us to sponsor two participants from Kenya in 2018!

In 2011, twelve youth leaders from The Haven went to Kit Mikayi, Kenya, to lead KITS and a youth leadership program. Two youth, Meshack Oyandi and David Otieno, were so inspired by the program that they have continued to work with children and youth in their communities, applying principles they learned from KITS and The Haven.

youth leaders in Kenya

Oyandi and Otieno now have 35 people involved in three different centres in Kenya – Kit Mikayi, Kisumu and Nairobi. Their programs help disadvantaged children gain useful skills such as bicycle repair and garden maintenance, and engage them through fun and educational outings, visits to homes for seniors, and dance contests. They accomplish all of this with no outside funding!

youth leaders in Kenya

Their dream is to bring happiness, and teach these children values aligned with KITS and The Haven core programs.

Our dream is to bring Oyandi and Otieno to The Haven in 2018, to experience first-hand our youth-led KITS programs. We wish them to return home with new leadership skills that will empower them to continue their beautiful work with even greater impact.

The wheels are already turning. Oyandi and Otieno have passports and immunizations. But, they still need financial support for tuition (to cover the cost of a full scholarship), visas processing fees, airfare and other travel costs. Your donation will help us realize this dream, their dream, our dream.

Donate on-line to the 30-for-30 Youth Leadership Fund

Or, contact Louise Amuir at 1 800 222 9211 ext 222 or

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"The Haven is about people - everything we do, from awarding financial aid to landscaping the grounds, is done for the benefit of our program participants. We hope that you will join us by making a donation in support of this valuable work."  -- Louise Amuir, Development Manager

Join The Haven circle of friends and partners by directing your donation to your specific area of interest:

  • Financial Aid - enable others to access Haven programs.
  • Youth Leadership - help to build their foundation and provide long-term impact.
  • Capital Campaign - support the Facilities Masterplan and The Haven's future.
  • General Fund - put your donation to work in the area of greatest need.

The Haven is a federally registered educational charity in Canada and the United States.


Contact Louise Amuir at 1 800 222 9211 ext 222 or

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Or mail your cheque to:

  The Haven Foundation
240 Davis Rd, Gabriola, BC
V0R 1X1  Canada
Attention: Louise Amuir

Canadian charitable number
89280-6407 RR0001

U.S.A. charitable number

One time and monthly giving

We appreciate all donations, in any amount. Select one of the easy methods listed below and we'll put your donation to work right away. Monthly giving is the most convenient way to sustain your support with lasting impact.

You can designate your donation for a particular area, such as financial aid or our capital fund, or allow us to choose the area of greatest need. You may also donate in memory or in honour of someone who had a profound and positive impact on your life - a great way to recognize them, and pay it forward.

Planned giving

Bequests can be made in your will. A planned gift lasts beyond a lifetime and enables our children and grandchildren to benefit from the rich experiences and learning offered at The Haven. For more information about planned giving, read our information sheet and contact Louise Amuir at 1 800 222 9211 ext 222 or

Financial Aid program

Haven Foundation's Financial Aid Program assists those with limited incomes or financial difficulties to attend programs. Since 2004, more than $800,000 in bursaries and interest-free loans have been provided to more than 800 adults and youth. Read more about the Financial Aid Program (PDF) or contact Louise Amuir at 1 800 222 9211 ext 222 or

Haven Unplugged

Haven Unplugged offers a great opportunity for you to check out the behind the scenes activity and give back by volunteering your time and skills for special projects around the property.

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In my 20 some years of attending The Haven programs I have come to trust the integrity of this foundation. Thus I believe my money is well spent for the betterment of society and the world. I am grateful!