Superhero For A Day: Capes for Kids

April 8, 2020

Vice President, Capital Markets Katie Etherington is a recent recipient of an Advisory Committee grant, one of our employee-directed programs at the Raymond James Canada Foundation.

Through her volunteering she created a connection with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, Ontario and has since developed a passion for supporting this cause.

“Before having my kids, I was involved in a few charities but none that I was overly passionate about. I would volunteer my hours, or take part in a gala, but I could not find one that really blew me away or gave me purpose. That was until I volunteered during the Raymond James Cares month at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in 2016.”

Since 2016, Katie has participated in a number of kid-focused events. She has toured the grounds and appreciates that the focus of Holland Bloorview is to allow kids to just be kids. On-site engineers help provide prosthetics for kids that need them, allowing them to participate in activities such as canoing.

One of the aspects that Katie enjoys is teaching her children about giving back.

“Initiatives like Lemonade for Possibility allow our family to be involved as a family and therefore teach our kids the importance of giving back to ones community at a very young age.”

The recent grant of $5000 was awarded for the hospital’s Cape for Kids event, where everyone, including Katie, gets to don a cape and be a superhero for a day.

Katie says, “I cannot thank the Raymond James Canada Foundation enough for introducing me to this amazing organization and for continuing to partner and support my fundraising initiatives through the grant application process. I feel so lucky to work for an organization that champions are employees to give back to their communities everyday.”

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