The Optimist Year of 2016-2017 marks our 69th year of service to the youth of our community. We are a dedicated Club of 30 members who each take pride for the
work they do in our community. The rewards we receive through many of
our events are the smiles on the youngsters' faces and their
We all realize there is no better feeling than
being able to help others and hopefully make a positive difference in
their lives. We all have the same goal in common, to help our youth and
grow friendships within the Club through our activities.
Club supports and sponsors all of our programs through various
fundraising venues such as our famous BBQ weekends at Canadian Tire, our
50/50 draws at all Cornwall Colts home games, Bingo every second
Thursday night and many other efforts. We sponsor the Cornwall
Optimist Minor Ball Hockey League which has been in operation for over
thirty years as well as the Cornwall Optimist Minor Softball League for
the last 5 years. These leagues provide an opportunity for over 400 kids
to participate in a team sport and learn important life lessons. Family
day and our TriStar event always puts a smile on the children's faces.
also sponsor an Oratorical and Essay contest, which can lead to a
$1500 scholarship, and we provide Bursaries to the local High Schools.
first Optimist Toy Drive for 2015 was a huge success and we will
continue to provide over 1500 toys for the children of Cornwall for many
years to come.
It is with great pride that we offer our youth
all these programs, but it takes dedication and time to provide all
these programs. If you feel you have at least 24 hours in a year to
volunteer, then you too can benefit by becoming a member, just click on
the Opportunities page above.