Inspiring, empowering & transforming children's lives through healthy choices & lifelong learning!
Promoting healthy eating, active living, multiculturalism and family engagement!
Helping strengthen and build healthy, vibrant & inclusive schools & communities!
ActiveChefs is a Canadian Registered Charity predominantly supported by community-based dedicated volunteers, in-kind contributions, donations and one-off grants. We receive no on-going funding of any kind and need your help to continue offering our programs and services.
Volunteers who donate their time, energy and expertise are the foundation and the most valuable asset of our organization. There are numerous opportunities for volunteers at our programs, events or to support our activities. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming an ActiveChefs Volunteer!
As a charitable organization, ActiveChefs relies on contributions from individuals, businesses, corporations, foundations and other grants that provide an equal opportunity for everyone to participate and learn important life skills, especially those in most need. Your donation will enable us to continue offering free programs and resources and eliminate socio-economic barriers. You may direct your donation to support any of our existing programs, events, activities, or help us adopt new schools, neighborhood/communities and benefit more families.
To make a donation, click Donate button below or check out the Contact/Donate page. Tax receipts are issued for eligible donations and gifts to ActiveChefs and qualify for charitable tax credit in Canada.
Thank you for your generous support!
Our Locations - Schools & Communities Served
Abbey Lane Public School, Oakville
Pope John Paul II Catholic School, Oakville
St. Joseph Catholic School, Oakville
St. Luke Catholic School, Oakville
St. John Catholic School, Oakville
Holy Family Catholic School, Oakville
St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School, Burlington
Chris Hadfield Public School, Milton
St. Peter Catholic School, Milton
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School, Milton
Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, Milton
St. Joseph Catholic School, Acton
St. Brigid Catholic School, Georgetown
Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School, Georgetown
Joseph Gibbons Public School, Georgetown
St. Luke Catholic Elementary School, Mississauga
Rotherglen School, Mississauga
Lisgar Public School, Hamilton
Brisdale Public School, Brampton
St. Aidan Catholic Elementary School, Brampton
St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School, Oakville
The Church of the Incarnation, Oakville
Oakville Public Library
Bronte Seventh-day Adventist Church, Oakville
Conservation Halton Parks
Palermo United Church, Oakville
Sheridan Centre, Mississauga
Evangel Pentecostal Church, Oakville
Real Canadian Superstore
YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford
YMCA of Oakville
Saint-Philippe School, Aldershot/Burlington
Halton Regional Centre, Oakville
St. Albans Church, Acton
Applemead Co-op Homes, Burlington
St. James Catholic Elementary School, Oakville
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School, Burlington
Central Public School, Burlington
St. Bernadette Elementary School, Oakville
St. Michael Elementary School, Oakville
King's Road Public School, Burlington
St. Gabriel Catholic School, Burlington
St. Josephine Bakhita Catholic Elementary School, Brampton
George Kennedy Public School, Georgetown
Holy Rosary Elementary School, Milton
Sts. Martha & Mary Catholic School, Mississauga
Montclair Public School, Oakville
St. Gabriel Church, Burlington
St. Kevin Separate School, Brampton
St. Anthony of Padua School, Milton
River Oaks Public School, Oakville
Holy Rosary Elementary School, Burlington
St. Patrick Elementary School, Burlington
Oakwood Public School, Oakville
Sheridan Public School, Oakville
St. Joan of Arc Elementary School, Oakville
Lakeshore Public School, Burlington
St. Andrew Elementary School, Oakville
Paul A. Fisher Public School, Burlington
J.M. Denyes Public School, Milton
Mohawk Gardens Public School, Burlington
McKenzie-Smith Bennett Public School, Acton
McHugh Public School, Brampton
Ecole Forest Trail Public School, Oakville
St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School, Mississauga
St. Rose of Lima Separate School, Mississauga
St. Dominic Elementary School, Oakville
Royal Orchard Middle School, Brampton
Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School, Burlington
Oakridge Public School, Mississauga
Silverthorn Public School, Mississauga
Halton HealthCare Services, OTMH, Oakville
Garth Webb Secondary School, Oakville
REACH, HHS, New Oakville Hospital
Tiger Jeet Singh Public School, Milton
Ryerson Public School, Burlington
Guardian Angels Elementary School, Milton
Lancaster Public School, Mississauga
Falgarwood Public School, Oakville
St. John Catholic School, Oakville
Sherwood Mills Public School, Mississauga
Good Shepherd Catholic School, Brampton
Father Francis McSpiritt Catholic School, Brampton
Ethel Gardiner Public School, Georgetown
Tecumseh Public School, Burlington
Holy Family Catholic School, Oakville
Homestead Public School, Brampton
W.I. Dick Public School, Milton
Girl Guides of Canada, Oakville, Ontario
Captain R. Wilson Public School, Oakville
Craig Kielburger Secondary School, Milton
Tom Thomson Public School, Burlington
Real Canadian Superstore, Oakville
Real Canadian Superstore, Milton
Silver Creek Public School, Georgetown
Pilgrim Wood Public School, Oakville
St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic School, Mississauga
We are very grateful and proud of our partners and supporters who share our passion for the well-being of children. Thank you for supporting our initiatives and helping us empower so many young people. Please contact us if you'd like to Partner with us to help make our mission and programs possible!
Halton Catholic District School Board
Halton District School Board
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
Peel District School Board
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board
Town of Oakville
City of Burlington
Town of Milton
Town of Halton Hills
Halton Regional Police Service
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Be Food Safe
Food Safety, Government of Canada
Canada's Food Guide
Eat Right Ontario
Foodland Ontario Fruits & Vegetables: Availability Guide
Region of Peel
City of Mississauga
City of Brampton
Peel Regional Police
Canadian Paediatric Society
Dietitians of Canada
Ontario College of Teachers
Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association
Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health
Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Public Health Agency of Canada
Canadian Obesity Network
Community Development Halton / Volunteer Halton
David Suzuki Foundation
Halton Food Council
Children's Arts Tax Credit (CATC)
Ontario Children's Activity Tax Credit
Federal Children's Fitness Tax Credit
Your sponsorship is always welcome and will help us promote and sustain our programs in our community. We would be glad to designate your contributions to any of our new or existing programs, services or events that best suit your interests. To discuss sponsorship opportunties, please contact us.
"As any good chef will tell you the best recipes are made with only the finest ingredients. ActiveChefs provides their students with the finest ingredients
as well – an education based on healthy choices and lots of fun !!"
-- Cathy Duddeck, Town & Regional Councillor, Oakville
"It’s so rewarding to see kids engaged in learning about preparing and eating healthy food and having fun while doing it. The potential benefits of a program like this are huge." -- Alison Hilborn, Our Kids Network
"The children and families have had such a positive experience with
ActiveChefs and you are doing excellent and needed work.”
-- Brian Van Wyngaarden, Principal, HDSB
“Active Chefs was a huge success in Acton. The kids and families and community partners loved the program. We have other families interested in participating and hope to be able to bring the program back as soon as possible!” -- Rishia Burke, Community Development Halton
“Your programs have enhanced and furthered our learning and our commitment to build a culture of healthy minds and healthy bodies."
-- Karen Bonanno, Principal, HDSB
I can't thank you enough for bringing this program to my son's school and allowing him to participate. I believe it has been an invaluable experience! Thank you and all the best!” -- Lianne, Parent
“We have been a Healthy School since we opened six years ago. This program reinforces healthy eating and the use of fresh ingredients. It was a perfect fit. One highlight of our five week partnership with ActiveChefs was the opportunity to share the extra food prepared by the children with a Long Term Care facility two blocks from our school. It has given us the opportunity to touch others in our community and opened the door to the possibility of future endeavors. I would encourage all schools to try one of ActiveChefs programs in their school.”
-- Margaret Dennie, Vice Principal, HCDSB
“I think more programs like ActiveChefs are needed to help kids become more open to try new ideas and explore diversity.” -- Tammy, Parent
“It’s a nice program to help kids learn a valuable life skill.” -- Sandra, Parent
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for the
wonderful programs you are providing for the new generation.” -- Cristina
"This program gave my kids so much achievement that
they could actually cook for family." -- Helen, Parent
“This program is a really valuable one both for learning about food and for sharing between generations. It's a nice touch for the kids to be able to
share with the retirement residence. Thanks and keep it up.”
-- Kevin Flynn, MPP, Oakville, Ontario
Thank you again to the Halton Region for recognizing, supporting and approving funding for ActiveChefs for the third year in a row!
“If we want our children to reach their full potential, we need to give them the best possible start in life. That is why we will support community-based programs that promote healthy living. We want to make sure we put our young people on the path to lifelong health and success.”
-- Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
ActiveChefs was invited to participate in Ontario-wide launch announcement of the “Healthy Kids Community Challenge” - a new provincial initiative to help children be more active and healthy.
“An important part of our Action Plan is investing in health promotion. The Healthy Kids Community Challenge is an important initiative to promote healthy living amongst children and youth through friendly competition. It will ultimately inspire more people to lead healthier and more active lives.”
-- Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
SANTA visited ActiveChefs and our elves had a very merry time cooking-and-moving with the Big Man Himself. Santa also congratulated our new graduates and stayed for a free community meet-and-greet which was a real treat for everyone before Christmas!
It was a perfect ending to another wonderful year for our non-profit’s growing initiative.
“The Halton Region Community Investment Fund was established to support important initiatives such as the ActiveChefs program. This program contributes to the health of our community by teaching children and youth to prepare healthy foods and make healthy decisions about nutrition and active living. Healthy choices today leads to healthy choices in the future which help to keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family, and retire.” -- Gary Carr, Regional Chair, Halton
Connecting with Ontarians:
“ActiveChefs are a very deserving recipient of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant. This grant will assist ActiveChefs grow their program to serve more in our community and continue to raise awareness of the importance of making healthy living choices.”
-- Kevin Flynn, MPP Oakville
The Magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers features ActiveChefs: Connections and Resources in the profession and in the classroom!
Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) funding, we will be able to deliver free and accessible after-school programs for school-age children in Oakville and Burlington, benefiting high priority community neighborhoods. Funds from the grant will also help us continue building on our organizational capacity. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.
August is ActiveChefs’ birthday month! Help us celebrate by sharing your kids’ favorite healthy recipes and you could win a Cineplex Child Movie Ticket Package!
Like ActiveChefs on Facebook and Post on our facebook page or email us and we'll choose three random winners on 18th August 2012- ActiveChefs Birthday & 1st Anniversary.
Launch of 'Food Sense' - our new free program for children ages 5-12, in partnership with Loblaws / Real Canadian Superstore.
All about kids and their health!
More than 160 students took part in ActiveChefs lunch time multicultural cooking classes at Pope John Paul II Catholic School, Oakville. The program donated some of their creations to the West Oak Village Long Term Care/Seniors Residence.
ActiveChefs and YMCA of Oakville partner again to celebrate the importance of family and to highlight the many ways families can enjoy a happy, active and healthy lifestyle together.
Grade 2 and 3 students from Abbey Lane PS participate in ActiveChefs 'Food Around the World' sessions. This was made possible by the generous contribution of Samuel, Son and Co. Limited
Support Conservation Halton Foundation create a new wetland and grassland at the Glenorchy Conservation Area in Oakville
Apple Tasting activity at the annual Fall Festival - Over 200 tasters and the verdict is in....it is HoneyCrisp hands down!! The name of this apple says it all - Honeycrisp apples are honey sweet (with a touch of tart) and amazingly crisp, some say " It's like a party in your mouth." The royal gala was a close second followed by Cortland!
Conservation Halton's Fall into Nature festival celebrates the spectacular landscapes and colours of the Niagara Escarpment.
ActiveChefs Cooking and Moving Event at St. Luke Catholic School in Oakville. Parents were invited to make a fun recipe with the kids to take home to cook and enjoy with the family. The program is funded by Ministry of Education PRO Grant as part of School Parent Council Outside to Inside parent engagement.
Healthy Kids Day
A free community event celebrating the healthy growth and development of children, teens and families.
The students at Abbey Lane Public School were recently introduced to cooking during the ActiveChefs lunch-time program.
Living It Everyday!
Health and wellness event for HDSB staff and their families.
Local students learn to simmer, baste and sauté along with active play, thanks to a unique cooking and moving after-school program by ActiveChefs at St. Brigid, Georgetown.