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Together we can move one step closer to eliminating violence

Ernestine’s is very proud of the partnerships that have been formed over the years and the many friendships too.  In order to provide the life saving programs and services for women and children Ernestine’s needs the support of corporate, community and foundation partners.  By working hand in hand there can be more resources making a direct impact in the lives of every women and every child affected by violence and abuse.  Ernestine’s is proud of the partners we have within the corporate, foundation and community sectors. Together with our partners we can provide more resources to our clients and come one step closer to eliminating violence.


Highlighted Community Partners:


The United Way of Toronto & York Region

The United Way of Toronto & York Region has a long history of assisting our communiy by finanically contributing to community agenices, programs and shelters. As a Member Angency, Ernestine’s is a proud supporter of the United Way and participate yearly in the United Way Campaign and Days of Caring. For years we have held our own fundraising workplace events which have included ‘Lunch and Learns’ and inner office raffles. All proceeds of money raised goes towards our fundraising target.

For more information on the United Way Toronto & York Region please visit their website at


Ext. Marketing Inc.

Ext. Marketing Inc. was founded by Jillian Bannister and Richard Heft in 2010 to help financial services firms achieve their content marketing and portfolio commentary objectives – on time and on budget. Our clients include many of the world’s largest banks and insurers, mutual fund companies, private equity firms, hedge funds and credit unions.

Jillian Bannister sits on Ernestine’s Board, and Ext. Marketing Inc. has been an important partner and supporter of Ernestine’s since our founding in 2010. “One of the key principles that we’ve held since our company’s founding in 2010 has been to do our small part in helping the more vulnerable members of our community.  And there is no cause more important to us than supporting women and children who are escaping a violent environment and in need of the safety and comfort that Ernestine’s provides.” Jillian Bannister & Richard Heft – Co-Founders, Ext. Marketing Inc.

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The Basketeers

It’s hard to believe one small idea in the year 2000 to support women leaving the shelter system, would turn into the success it is today: eight Basketeers chapters in Ontario and over 3500 volunteers, supporting 39 shelters. The continued success of the Basketeers is due entirely to all the people who generously either adopt a basket or contribute to one. Ernestine’s has received over 100 baskets for the women we serve since partnering with the GTA Basketeers in 2009.

I couldn’t believe how beautiful the basket was and how much thought went into the gifts. It was filled with things I really needed to start fresh in my new place. It made me feel good that a stranger could be so kind.” Ernestine’s client 2010

Go to the Basketeers website if you are interested in participating this year. Start early so your basket will be ready by the November deadline.

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Albion Islington Square BIA

This BIA worked diligently to organize a number of wonderful activities for their annual awareness campaign.  For each of the community events, Albion Islington Square BIA has generously donated space at events for Ernestine’s to promote and build awareness on issues of violence against women and resources available.


Canadian Women’s Foundation

Ernestine’s relationship with Canadian Women’s Foundation began in 2006, when for the first time staff, clients and volunteers of Ernestine’s participated in what was then know as Shelter from the Storm, Canadian Women’s Foundation national campaign dedicated to ending violence against women. This campaign raises money to support more than 400 shelters for abused women and their children across Canada. Ernestine’s is one of these shelters.

Ernestine’s is a fine example of what a shelter should be. It is well designed and very thoughtfully laid out.”   Cindy, Canadian Women’s Foundation Staff

Special thanks to the support from Canadian Women’s Foundation through their Campaign for Hope and their national partner Winners/HomeSense (TJX Canada).  We are very thankful to have the support from an organization like the Canadian Women’s Foundation who shares our vision of a world to without violence and empowering young women.

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Woodbine Entertainment Group

Woodbine Entertainment Group is one of only two not-for-profit corporations that are members of Imagine Canada, a national program that promotes public and corporate giving, volunteerism and support to the community.

Ernestine’s is proud of our relationship with WEG and their generous donation of time and talent to our cause. They assist many charitable organizations and community programs with financial donations, sponsorships and in-kind contributions.

“We are proud of the contribution we make to Ernestine’s, whether it is by providing volunteers for an event, highlighting the organization at Community Day or sponsoring the Ernestine Affair, we believe in helping the women and children living at Ernestine’s to have a better, safer life.”   Wendy, WEG.

In addition to these partners Ernestine’s also partners with churches, schools, unions and other organizations to raise money for Ernestine’s and help raise awareness of violence against women.

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If you would like to partner with Ernestine’s please call Kathleen O’Gorman,
416-743-1733 x 2010 or for more information.

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