Our Organization

Our Organization

History

  • 1992: Trails Youth Initiatives became a registered charity
  • 1992: (July): 46 youth enrolled in the programme
  • 1992 to 1998: Trails operated out of Kettleby for year-round programme
  • 1997: Trails begins its partnership with the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority
  • 1998: Rotary Club of Toronto Eglinton helps to complete the building of the main lodge
  • 2000: Initiated our 5th year Leader In Training (LIT) programme
  • 2000: Establishment of the Danielle Dion and Wendy Anderson Bursaries to provide financial assistance to Graduates attending post-secondary education
  • 2001: 14 of 20 Trails graduates received the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award
  • 2001: Designated as a Privately Inspected School by the Ministry of Education
  • 2003: Established relationship with five schools in Toronto District School Board to recruit participants
  • 2007, 2008, 2010: Recipient of the Toskan Casales Youth Philanthropy Award
  • 2010: Founder, Jim Hayhurst Sr. and Jack Cockwell, Group Chairman at Brookfield Asset Management Inc. form the Trails Board of Governors
  • 2010: Created a mentoring programme with our alumni to work with 5th year Leaders In Training
  • 2010: Became a member with the Ontario Camping Association 
  • 2013: Integrated Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning as part of our core programme 
  • 2013: Developed the outdoor education Outreach programmes in partnership with York Region District Schoolboard
  • 2015: Implemented the mentoring programme for all Year 4 graduates
  • 2017: Doubled enrolment, recruiting an additional 20 (total 40) year 1 participants. Built an addition to the lodge and the Hilltop cabin; developed the Alumni Association