Donate to Dovercourt

Make a donation in honour of former Dovercourt staff, Jonas Mitchell

jonas mitchell and camper nicola


This is our great friend and former staff Jonas Mitchell. Jonas was a very enthusiastic, fun, caring and compassionate leader in our camp program for several years, and was an inspiration for a generation of campers, many of whom went on to become staff themselves, including Nicola, the little girl he is holding in this picture. Jonas was tragically killed as he was riding his bike to work in Toronto by a driver who ran a red light. If you were a friend, camper or co-worker of Jonas, his parents has asked us to start a fund in his memory that will help children who need help to manage the cost of camps. You can donate online on our campaign page on Canada Helps or in person at Dovercourt. And please, take care and watch out for bicyclists.

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Donate when you register

Make a donation to "MAKE ROOM FOR EVERYONE AT DOVERCOURT" when you register.

When selecting a course or camp, add an extra:

  • $20 donate to building expansion
  • $50 donate to building expansion
  • $100 donate to building expansion

Simply check the checkbox for your donation and the amount will be added to your cart. A tax receipt will be issued for your donation.

If you prefer to donate a different amount, please visit our campaign page on Canada Helps

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Phase 2 of Dovercourt's expansion, Hobin Architects

March 2017: Big news! We have decided that we will go forward with our final phase of expansion this summer. We are currently negotiating an agreement with the City that will allow us to do the project management, so we promise you that we will run a thoughtful project sensitive to the needs of our neighbours and of course, our clients.

Our primary purpose was to add one more large activity room, that we will fill with all ages and abilities! As you can see from the elevation above, the proposed addition is in the south east corner between the pool and Dovercourt avenue, and we are working with one of the best architectural firms in the country, Hobin Architects.

While we are off to a good start, we are launching a drive for fundraising.

There are multiple ways to make your donation:

  • Customer Service representatives can receive your donation in person at either desk or by phone
  • you can use the Donate button at the top of our website to visit our Canada Helps Donate page
  • when you register, you will be able to make a donation when you register online, as you add courses to your shopping cart

Every contribution is very welcome and we will give you a charitable donation receipt for any above $20 …and of course, a hug. :-)


Why Building Expansion?

As a social enterprise and registered charity (Registered Charity No. 11944 4263 RR0001), Dovercourt finds itself in a challenging position. Delivering social value to our community is paramount. As a not-for-profit organization, we direct all of our revenue to programming and operations. 

Capital expenditures are not easily achieved, and this is why we are asking for your support in our Building Expansion Campaign. With your kindness and generosity, we can create an additional 3000 feet of multi-functional space that will ultimately mean more programming for more people, of all ages.


To make an online donation:

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To make a donation in person:

Please complete the pledge form that can be found at the Pool Desk on the first floor at Dovercourt Recreation Centre at 411 Dovercourt Ave.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities

Please contact Executive Director, John Rapp at 613-798-8950 ext. 224

Not quite ready to make a donation but would like to learn more? 

No problem. Take a look at our Campaign Brochure below. 


Dovercourt’s inclusion and accessibility programs


As a registered charity, Dovercourt is committed to make sure that all of its programs and services are accessible to everyone in our community. While we rely mostly on our success as a social enterprise to support our charitable programs, donations are very welcome.

We help insure that all ages and abilities can access our programs through the following initiatives:

  • Financial assistance: If affordability is a problem, complete our simple financial assistance form and DRA will provide a subsidy of up to 75% of the program cost to qualified applicants. 
  • Targeted programs: Sometimes the best way to reach people with challenges is to offer a program to suit their needs, this includes rehabilitation fitness programs, free disabled swims, our WAVE and ALIVE programs for adults in the autism spectrum, subsidized programs for youth and seniors and more. 
  • Accessibility and inclusion: We work with parents and individuals to include people with disabilities in all of our programs. Sometimes that requires assistance with transportation, one on one supervision, a special device, or training for staff. 

Dovercourt’s Community events and resource sharing


Dovercourt works with a number of community partners and sponsors to provide resources and events that help our community. These include our annual Garage Sale with Westboro Community Association, The McKellar Fall Harvest Fair with the McKellar Park Community Association, our rinks’ winter carnivals, and our wading pool’s special events. As well, Dovercourt has two cargo vans and a variety of special event equipment such as sound systems, a bouncy house, and great young staff that we deploy to neighbourhood street parties and big events such as Westboro Fuse and WESTFEST. All of these are free events, so your donation can help support these community-building events.  

Financial donations to Dovercourt can be made to Dovercourt at either of our Customer Service desks.