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Donors & Supporters

Our Honorary Patrons

The Mothers Matter Centre is delighted to have The Right Honourable David Johnston, P.C., C.C., C.M.M, C.O.M., C.D; and Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, C.C., as Patrons of HIPPY Canada. Thank you for your continuous support!



HIPPY is funded through multiple funding streams, primarily from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), foundations, corporations, and individual donors.

Sponsoring agencies manage HIPPY programs and are affiliated with HIPPY Canada through formal operating agreements. The Mothers Matter Centre, the national office of HIPPY Canada, provides comprehensive training, technical assistance, and other support services from program inception and through the entire continuum of programming.

As a cost-effective approach, the HIPPY model removes cultural and social barriers to participation for newcomer, low-income, Indigenous and other Canadian parents wanting educational enrichment for their preschool children.


In addition to our Honorary Patrons, HIPPY Canada is endorsed by the following:


Hershell Ezrin, Founding CEO of CIJA (Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy and former Deputy Minister and Principal Secretary to Ontario Premier David Peterson)


The Honourable Myra Freeman, CM, ONS, MSM, Former Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Chair, Minister’s Panel on Education


Leonard George, primary leader and former chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation


David Jacobson, Vice-chair of BMO Financial Group and former U.S. Ambassador to Canada and Mrs. Julie Jacobson


Grand Chief Edward John (Akile Ch’oh), Hereditary Chief of Tl’azt’en Nation and North American Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues


Landon Pearson, former Senator and Chair of the Landon Pearson Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights

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