GM Canada and its dealers just announced that it was donating CA$313,000 (US$230,978 at current exchange rates, 12/13/22) to the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation (DCAF) to help families in need in this holiday season.
The Durham Children’s Aid Foundation raises funds to support programs for children and youth in vulnerable family situations, including the annual Holiday Hope Program, Post-Secondary Bursaries, Mentoring for Success, and Positive Transitions for Youth and Camps for Kids. The DCAF has helped more than 4,000 children and youth in the local community.
The donation included money raised in a contest held to determine which GM Canada dealer would have the honor of purchasing the first 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 built for the Canadian market. A total of 106 GM Canada dealers participated, raising $253,000 for the DCAF, with Lakewood Chevrolet in Edmonton, Alberta taking the win. Lakewood Chevrolet will purchase a 2023 Corvette Z06 Convertible 3LZ in Torch Red.
Additionally, the $313,000 total included a $20,000 donation from GM Oshawa Assembly raised through the Plant City Grant Program, as well as over $40,000 in gifts donated by GM Canada employees. The gifts will be distributed to hundreds of families through the DCAF Holiday Hope Program.
The donations continue the legacy Sharon Clark and the Sharon’s Kids program at the GM Oshawa plant. In 1968, Sharon Clark started the Sharon’s Kids program as an annual fundraising effort for GM Canada employees. Since 2018, GM Canada and employees have raised over $1 million for the Sharon’s Kids program. Sharon Clark passed away in 2020 after battling cancer.
“I’m so proud to see the generosity of our dealers and employees who came together to support this program that began over 50 years ago in Oshawa,” said GM Canada president and managing director Marissa West. “I want to thank everyone for helping to continue Sharon’s legacy by making the holidays brighter for kids and families in Durham Region.”