Our Stories

Mary Pat Armstrong
February 21, 2018
Our Founding Director
It started with a phone call. In late 1978, Mary Pat Armstrong picked up the receiver to hear her daughter’s oncologist, Dr. Peter McClure, ask if she wanted to be part of trying to...
J.P., Marifa and Caleb MacMullen
February 21, 2018
Why we're going to RECESS
At the beginning of 2018, Marifa and John MacMullen sat down with their kids and asked them what special activities they would like to do together as a family this year. Their two boys, J.P. and...
Marko Lindhe playing hockey with two boys
January 24, 2018
Meaning for Marko
As a successful entrepreneur, Marko Lindhe often finds himself mired down in the pressures of the business world. That’s why the co-founder of Minutes Solutions Inc. so appreciates his...
Mitchell Vendrov beside the RMHC Toronto sign
June 12, 2017
A talented teen
Mitchell Vendrov is a busy guy. On top of his grade 12 studies, he plays piano, is on the debate team, serves on student council, volunteers at his local hospital and dabbles in poetry writing...
Michelle Palmer giving a woman a foot massage
May 17, 2017
Taking some "me" time
Families staying at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto can now treat themselves to a spa visit without ever leaving the House. Michelle Palmer, owner of Toronto’s Pause Beauty...
Meryl Acker and Nonie Wicken
April 19, 2017
More than a mentor
Until two months ago, Nonie Wicken and Meryl Acker were two strangers, loosely connected by their shared passion for helping families at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto. Today...
Maiko Taku
March 15, 2017
My Canadian happy place
Six years ago, I immigrated to Canada to work as a live-in caregiver. I grew up in Japan, and I don’t have any family or friends in Canada. Since I was a caregiver, I didn’t even have...
Nicole Cadger, Alexie, Tara and Jacob Gelinas
March 15, 2017
Time to celebrate
There’s gonna be a big birthday party in Capreol, Ont. – hopefully next week. That’s when the Gelinas family expects they’ll get the go-ahead from doctors to go home...
Toronto firefighters with Santa
December 12, 2016
The man who brings Santa
“The kids.” That’s what has motivated Paul Beames to keep coming back to RMHC Toronto on Christmas morning every year for the past 15 years. Paul, a 30-year veteran of Toronto...
John petting therapy dog Bogey
November 15, 2016
Everyone's best friend
One of the most difficult parts of being away from home is leaving behind a beloved pet. For almost seven years, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever named Bogey has helped fill that void for...
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