At Sentry, we recognize the importance of investing in the communities in which we work and do business. Our focus is on investing in children and youth by helping to provide access to sport, recreation and learning, especially for those living in high-risk communities. We are committed to investing in their future and believe strongly that children and youth deserve the opportunity to do great things.
The Spider’s Web Children and Youth Empowerment Centre was founded by Spider Jones, Canadian journalist, author, and former professional boxer, to provide a safe environment for at-risk youth in Toronto’s Black Creek community, one of the city’s most diverse and underserved neighbourhoods.
After previously providing funding to completely renovate and modernize the facility and provide nutrition and additional after-school programs for the children, in 2017 Sentry renewed our support by providing an additional $150,000 donation to cover the Centre’s operational and programming costs for the year.
The Centre provides important after school support to local young people and offers them mentoring in math, literacy, drama, public speaking, music and boxing. It also empowers participants to be active and healthy, show community spirit, make friends and develop lasting leadership skills.
“Because of the generosity and compassion of Sentry Investments, which has invested in our children and youth, their dreams can truly become reality.” said Jones.“ Sentry is in the fight with us to keep kids engaged and off the streets through access to a safe environment that provides the basic life skills to children and youth at risk.”
Sentry Investments and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) are donating $65,000 to support the youth of Toronto’s St. James Town, one of the youngest, most diverse and most in-need areas in Canada.
The financial assistance will help Community Matters, a local charity group whose goal is to provide sustainable active-living programming to children and youth in the neighbourhood. Specifically, the funds will expand the reach of its neighbourhood after-school program and broaden key elements such as its “Learn to Swim” classes.
With more than 30,000 people and 67 cultures represented in its small community, St. James Town has a large number of children that will now have a greater opportunity to benefit from the Community Matters program.
BOOST Child & Youth Advocacy Centre is a community-based agency committed to eliminating abuse and violence in the lives of children, youth and their families. Sentry has contributed resources in support of this critical organization, which works tirelessly to improve the lives of the hundreds of children, youth, parents and caregivers who walk through its doors each year looking for help.
We understand the key to success is to invest with the long term firmly in mind. That’s why we’re proud to partner with MLSE Foundation (the charitable arm of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment) to invest in sustainable programs at the new sports facilities in Regent Park – a priority neighbourhood in downtown Toronto. This initiative is Sentry’s flagship community program, and also establishes Sentry as an official partner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Air Canada Centre and MLSE.
As announced in November 2015, Sean Driscoll, Sentry Investments, has taken on the role of co-chair for the Regent Park Granting Consortium. The Consortium, which is managed by MLSE, will support a $1 million grant program focused on recreational sports programming in Regent Park. Funding of up to $250,000 per year, over four years, will be provided by Sentry, 3TO6 Team and Kelly Silverstein Memorial Fund.
“As Sentry Investments continues its rapid growth, we recognize we have an increased responsibility to give back to the communities where we live and work,” Sean said. “The Regent Park initiative provides an excellent cornerstone for further community investment in neighbourhoods where it’s needed most.”
The Regent Park initiative supports wider revitalization efforts underway in Regent Park by Toronto Community Housing, the City of Toronto, residents and neighbours, and private development partners. This project has already created more than 700 jobs for Regent Park residents, and is expected to benefit 2,600 children and youth.
The Regent Park Athletic Grounds is now complete. It is 2.8 acres (1.1 hectare) in size with facilities including a refurbished hockey rink, new basketball court, new soccer and cricket pitch, and a running track.
“Our commitment to Regent Park is not just to be involved in the infrastructure and capital build but to be present the day of the ribbon-cutting ceremony and 365 days of the year,” said Michael Bartlett, Executive Director, MLSE Foundation. “We believe we’ve found a perfect partner in Sentry Investments – to be engaged in the community, to be a leading funder toward programming efforts and to have a measurable impact on the lives of kids.”
By investing in sports programs, Sentry is helping to develop critical life skills, pride, motivation and a sense of belonging for Canadian children and youth. We invite you to visit our site regularly for updates.