Dreams Take Flight

Toronto

One's mind, once stretched, never regains its original dimensions.

Give a trip-of-a-lifetime. Give limitless possibilities.

There are incredible people in this world who devote their energy to giving children the gift of a lifetime.

Your contributions and generous spirit will live on in loving memory every day. Thank you.

In Memoriam of Calvin (Kent) Angus 1952 – 2021

It’s with great sadness that we say goodbye to another one of our co-founders for  Dreams Come True; Calvin Kent Angus, on April 24th, 2021. Kent was among several Air Canada employees in Toronto who helped bring the Dreams Come True initiative to fruition in 1989.  The first inaugural flight that saw 70 children flown on a DC-9 aircraft for a trip-of-a-lifetime to Walt Disney World, in Florida.   He began his professional career with Air Canada at  Toronto Pearson airport in the Commissary department; alongside many initial Dreams Come True volunteers/members.  Then, he transitioned to Customer Service as a supervisor responsible for the Rapid Air operation & Maple Leaf Lounges. From there Kent would move on to become a Customer Service Manager where he assisted with the all travel plan preparations for the Canadian National and International Hockey teams.  This was no small task; as Kent’s responsibilities included coordinating all …

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Welcome to Dreams Take Flight | Toronto!

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Last update September 16, 2022

We Love our Photographers!

We have been lucky to have & have had some terrific photographers over the years.  We are grateful to them for beautifully capturing all our magical moments!  These shutterbugs have portrayed more than words can say; on the faces of  the children, through their lenses.

Whether it be photographing Day of Flight, previous Galas or any other FUNdraiser event  we grateful in more ways than one.  Special thanks to Matt & Marie Photography for graciously taking the time let us share with others how our latest event last month; the Annual Golf Tournament went.

To view the complete collection of photos from that day you can access them by clicking on the Googles Photo link:

Dreams Take Flight Golf Tournament 2022

Using the password dtf and PIN 3331.  Highlights from the event will be in the Event Gallery section soon. Be sure to be on the look out for that album to be included.

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Last update May 9, 2022

SAVE THE DATE!

The 17th Annual Dreams Take Flight Golf

Tournament Event will be held at the Royal Ontario Golf Club again.  This year will mark our 32nd year for Toronto Dreams Take Flight.  We have missed all our friends who have come out to support us each year for this fun-filled event, and we are very much looking forward to seeing you all.  You can find more details; including registration for the Golf Tournament in our Events section.  Please monitor this page as more information will follow from now up until the days leading up to the event day.  In the meantime, you can click on the link below to enjoy viewing past photos from this popular event.

LINK FOR PHOTOS FROM OUR LAST GOLF TOURNAMENT

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Last update April 23rd, 2022

The Sweetest Cause

Once again a HUGE shout out goes to the airline community for coming out and supporting our Easter Candygram fundraiser of last Friday!  Dreams Take Flight volunteers members Dennis, Samantha & Erlinda were a part of putting this event together.  Thank you to everyone who came by that day; a total of $1,342.50 was raised!  Of which $527.00 from 50/50 ticket sales, $375.00 Candygram sales, & $340.50 combined sales of Dreams Take Flight Merch/Raffle ticket sales.

Congrats to ALL the winners of the day:

50/50 Draw Winner – Dana Schriver (Jazz Inflight)

Reebok Duffle Bag + Dreams Take Flight squeeze plane Winners – Rafeek (AC Station Attendant) & Ling Tan (AC CSA)

Zippered Hoodies + Dreams Take Flight ballcap – Gaylene Walker (AC CSA) & Deb Sinasac (AC CSA)

Laptop + Dreams Take Flight fanny packs – Rafeek (AC Station Attendant) & Scott Jackson (AC Station Attendant)

All the kind words, support & prayers with this endeavor was truly appreciated.  Thank you to everyone of you for all of that & who were able to come by last week!

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Last update March 06, 2021

IN LOVING MEMORY OF WALTER GRETZKY

Toronto Dreams Take Flight honors & remembers a long-time member of our own.  Canada’s beloved hockey dad; Walter Gretzky,  was not a stranger to our organization.  He was a warm familiar face at many of our events throughout the years and  worked alongside us to bring smiles to many little faces.   It was not uncommon to see him be one of the first people to show up at our events (well before the festivities were underway) to help set up & take the time to get to know us.  Walter was always generous with his thanks to our members/volunteers for the work they do  & was never without offering kind words of love and support.  Walter Gretzky’s radiant light filled the atmosphere everywhere he went  & will never be diminished; they remain in the moments captured with each photo of him with us and with every video of him serenading our kids and volunteers with his singing.

Our deepest sympathies to Walter’s family and friends,

The Dreams Take Flight Executive Team

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Last update July 30, 2020

Dear Dreams Take Flight members, volunteers, and flight participants,

At Dreams Take Flight Toronto, the safety & well-being of everyone that takes part in making our annual trip to Walt Disney World possible remains the utmost priority to us.  On March 16th, our Dreams Take flight executive board made the difficult, but responsible decision to postpone the flight originally scheduled to take place on May 6th, 2020.  At that time, we all had hopes to reschedule the flight for a later date of October 7th, 2020.  Unfortunately, ongoing COVID-19 developments in the world, including travel restrictions where the Canada-US borders remain closed, and restrictions of large gatherings continue.

It is with a heavy heart that we have made the difficult decision to which will require us to cancel our flight for 2020 and focus on making ‘Dreams Take Flight’ in May 2021.

Hoping that each of you remain safe & well.

Please continue to monitor our website dreamstakeflight.ca

Warm regards,

The Dreams Take Flight Executive Team

 

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Last update May 11, 2020

Dear Dreams Take Flight members, volunteers, and flight participants,
 
On a positive note, while life is nowhere near what we lived prior to March, with ourselves and families time now spent learning to adapt to the seemingly daily changes of restrictions, we can still expect hope on the horizon, a hope that we find a new normal we can work with.
 
Our team continues to monitor weekly if not daily updates from all Disney news sources. Presently, Shanghai Disneyland is open with many social distancing initiatives implemented.
Preparations are underway to open Disney Springs in Orlando, a themed retail, dining, and entertainment center, on May 20.
 
It’s unclear when Walt Disney World theme park will open. It will no doubt have limitations placed on capacity and operating hours. In addition to social distancing, Disney will likely require masks for both employees and guests.
 

Our number one priority is everyone’s health and wellbeing. Our Dreams Take Flight doctors are keeping up to date on health protocols and we feel confident we will be able to make the best decision by mid-summer.

Our departure is still planned for October 7, 2020, with the information session on Saturday, September 12.

At any time, if you have any questions, please contact Denise Egglestone via email, d.egglestone@dreamstakeflight.ca, or at 416-801-5037.

Please continue to monitor our website dreamstakeflight.ca

Warm regards,

The Dreams Take Flight Executive Team

 

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Last update March 16, 2020

Dear Dreams Take Flight Members, Volunteers, and Flight Participants,

Given the ever changing news and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 situation, along with the unprecedented measures being taken around us, the Dreams Take Flight executive board have taken the difficult but responsible position to postpone the departure of Dreams Take Flight May 2020’s flight to Walt Disney World.  Our top priority is everyone’s health and well being.

Our planned departure is now Wednesday, October 7, 2020 with the information session on Saturday, September 12.  Any changes to this will be communicated to you.  Alternatively, please continue to monitor our website dreamstakeflight.ca

We are still in the process of collecting passenger information as if the flight were still leaving in May.  If we have asked you for further information, please continue to work on it and forward it as soon as possible. 

At any time, if you have any questions, please contact Denise Egglestone via email, d.egglestone@dreamstakeflight.ca, or at 416-801-5037.

Warm regards,

The Dreams Take Flight Executive Team

 

All About Us

In 1989, four Toronto based Air Canada employees planned a trip-of-a-lifetime for 70 children
with different challenges to spend the day at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

By 1997, the Dreams Take Flight charity had expanded to eight cities across Canada.

To date, the organization has flown thousands of children to Walt Disney World in Florida and
Disneyland in California. The members of Dreams Take Flight are proud to say, “the
organization is 100% volunteer-driven”.

Each year, Air Canada and the Air Canada Foundation provide an aircraft for our use. Dedicated
volunteers from within and outside of the airline community work tirelessly year-round to make
each flight a success. All expenses for the children are paid, thanks to fundraising by our
volunteers, corporate and private donations, and charity golf tournaments.

Chapter volunteers work with various medical organizations, social agencies and school
districts, to select the children for the flight who might not otherwise have the opportunity.
2020 marks Toronto’s 32 nd year of making Dreams Take Flight magical memories for so many
children.

The generosity of individuals and organizations touches hearts and changes lives.  With your
support, we can give more Ontario children, who are experiencing difficult challenges in life,
this magical trip.  Every gift of kindness gives children joy, hope for their future, and begins to
open the idea of possibilities for them, where they once thought were none.

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”

~ Walt Disney

About Dreams Take Flight

Dreams Take Flight stretches children’s minds. As poet Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote, “One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”

In 1989, several Air Canada employees in Toronto planned a trip-of-a-lifetime. They flew 70 special needs children on a DC-9 aircraft to Walt Disney World in Florida.

By 1997, the Dreams Take Flight charity had expanded across Canada.

For a very long and exciting day, deserving children live an adventure in a world-renowned theme park in California or Florida. All expenses paid—thanks to sponsors and volunteers.

When they land back home, their minds are stretched to new dimensions. They see new possibilities.