It was during her first few months as a retired Toronto school principal that Dawn quickly realized how much she missed the school community, the kids most of all. She first thought the idea of Room For A Child
would be an interesting hobby, meshing her love of children with her desire to create positive learning environments, but as the word spread, the idea morphed into a Not-For-Profit organization supported by 40+ volunteers.
Over the past 5 years, Dawn has redesigned the bedrooms of over 100 children in the Toronto, York and Durham areas. She finds the families in need through a network of principals, school social workers and settlement workers. All of the items for the renovation are donated and 100 percent of the labour comes from volunteers, spearheaded by Dawn and her husband. She has one donated storage unit in Uxbridge, Ontario and partnerships with local suppliers to top up some of the decor items and decorating needs she might have.
She finds joy in knowing that the children she helps are sleeping better because success in school is linked to a good nights rest.