Dreams Come True

Throughout our history, we’ve been inspired by people that we’ve been able to help live out their perfect dream.

Here are a few stories of Dreams Come True. Click on each title to be inspired.

 

Nhu & The Mountains
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Nhu’s dream was to go on a road trip with her husband Hoang and their two young daughters, Angelina 11 and Julia 8 years old, to create memories and experience parts of Canada that she’s never seen.
Nhu and her family spent two days at the River Cree Resort & Casino near the West Edmonton Mall. They spent time as a family enjoying the attractions at the mall, then drove to the Banff Caribou Lodge with a one night stay to sightsee and explore the Rocky Mountains.
Special thanks to West Edmonton Mall for donating VIP passes to the attractions and River Cree Casino Resort for donating hotel accommodations for a two night stay.
Don's Banff Adventure
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Don’s dream was to travel to the Banff National Park with his friend JoAnne. Don loves the mountains and spending time in nature has been an important part of his life, so this dream experience was very meaningful to him. Don and JoAnne spent two nights by the park and took a gondola tour, ending the dream with a special dinner.
Thank you to Irwin’s Mountain Inn for a discount on the rooms.
Gail & her Son's Graduation
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Gail’s dream was to travel to Winnipeg and attend her son’s graduation. Oneday Dreams made it possible.
Together with her son, niece, and niece’s daughter, Gail was able to celebrate with dinner and spend quality time visiting her son in Winnipeg. Gail told us what it meant to her, “Sharing this moment was the world to me. I was worried I wouldn’t make it – it was my most meaningful dream. It helped me know he will be okay. Amazing just how proud I am of my son.”
Thank you to our friends at Canad Inns Destination Centre Grand Forks for providing a complimentary hotel stay for Gail.
Sharon's Niagara Family Trip
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Sharon’s wish was to spend 2 nights in Niagara Falls, with her children, Jan, Charlie and Jimmy, and two grandchildren, four and 11 years old. Visit the Butterfly museum and the Falls and tour local attractions. Part of her wish to have a nice family dinner together at The KEG.
“This time away with my family would be so precious and it may be the last time we could all be together as a family and have a real mini-vacation”.
Sharon’s daughter expressed; Dinner at The KEG was fantastic. The meal and the service were amazing and most of all having had a reserved table by a window overlooking the falls was spectacular. It meant so much for our Mom to have spent a few days in Niagara Falls with her children and grandchildren and share an incredible family meal.
Eugene's Montreal Reunion
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Eugene’s dream was for his family to travel to Montreal and have a family reunion with their extended family, see some tourist sites, and have a family dinner party.
Oneday Dreams was able to fly Eugene and his family to Montreal complete with a downtown hotel stay, cake for the family party, and some gift cards for tourism attractions.
Eugene’s Mother, Arcel, sent us a thank that goes out to all of our volunteers, donors and partners. “Thank you for making this all possible for my family and most especially for Eugene. We had an amazing time with our family… To all staff, organizers and sponsors, you make a difference in people’s lives…Huge thank you to all from us.
Aquilino & The Raptors
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Aquilino is a huge fan of the Toronto Raptors. Him and his family would gather around and watch the Raptors games even when he was in the hospital. Aquilino’s dream was to receive an official Raptors jersey that he could wear when he watches the games. With the help of the MLSE and the Toronto Raptors we were able to not only give an official Raptors Jersey but a signed one from his favourite player Spicy P, Pascal Siakam. All of us at Oneday will join Aquilino in cheering on the Raptors this upcoming season.

Allison's Girls night at Shania Twain
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Allison’s Dream was to see the sold out Shania Twain in concert in Halifax with 6 of her closest girlfriends; Danielle, Wanda, Courtney, Nikki, Amanda and Emma. When we told her we had secured the tickets, she was elated: “I am screaming and crying!!! Thank you so much, this means the world to me.”
After the dream concert, she wrote to us the next day. “Amazing seats! I was not expecting that! It was the night I needed, thank all of you SO much”.
Erin's East Coast Adventure
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Erin’s dream was to take a vacation with her daughter Shayna to the maritimes. Erin told us what was most important to her when applying, “just being present & front & center in one another’s lives for a brief period of time, really having the opportunity to relax and enjoy the simple things, laugh & be silly!”.
Oneday provided a trip that was in Erin’s words, perfect….“Absolute wonderful trip, not one thing we could think of that we would change, absolute perfection…A very happy, grateful and at peace recipient”
Karen reunited with Parents
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Karen’s dream was to visit her elderly parents in British Columbia, but for the last four years, Covid and a diagnosis in 2019 had made it impossible. Hailing from Lethbridge, AB, Karen, 65, reached out to Oneday Dreams, expressing her heartfelt desire to travel to B.C. with her brother, who resides in Calgary.  Their long-awaited reunion finally came true, and for two wonderful days, they savored precious moments together, rekindling cherished family ties. A special thanks to @coasthotels for providing a pair of lovely rooms.

Debra on the Lake
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Debra’s dream was to have a Mother Daughters Getaway-Spa Weekend at Niagara on the Lake. Debra and her daughters stayed at the Prince of Wales Hotel at Niagara on the Lake. The package included full breakfast and three course dinner. They each indulged in spa treatments, with manicures, pedicures, hair and scalp treatment and foot reflexology. They ended the trip with a guided horse drawn carriage ride, exploring the rich history, majestic homes and peaceful scenery.

After their weekend, Debra’s Daughter told us, I am so incredibly thankful for the chance to spend a couple of days relaxing and spending time with my sister and my mom. Away from the trials and tribulations of everyday life. We’ve enjoyed amazing spa treatments, gourmet meals, beautiful scenery and walks in the sunshine’.

Penny & Mitch Marner
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Although she was born with a disability that left her entire right-hand side of her body smaller than her left, Penny achieved a 32-year career supporting and caring for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities. Her disability never inhibited her strong work ethic and desire to help. For three decades, she helped her students live their best lives, guiding them to independence and providing them with educational opportunities they may have never received elsewhere. But outside of work, Penny was a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Whenever the Leafs played in a televised game, Penny was their number one cheerleader. And like many sports fans, she had a favourite player: “The Magician” Mitch Marner. She absolutely adored him and when Marner was on the ice, doing his magic, the entire neighbourhood could hear Penny cheering him on. “That’s my boy! Go Leafs, Go!” Having her hockey hero pay tribute to her was like winning the Stanley Cup, her long-time friend Shelley told Oneday Dreams. “What a way for her to leave this world, as a recognized Toronto Maple Leafs champion,” Shelley said. So, when Marner sent Penny a video message, the tears flowed. The moment was captured on video by Penny’s brother-in-law. Her reaction, laying in a hospital bed, was one of complete satisfaction. Beaming, she simply said, “OH, MY GOD!” “(She) had us all in tears, she was so excited,” Shelley said. Oneday Dreams also presented Penny with an official Toronto Maple Leafs Mitch Marner jersey, which is what Penny wore when she was laid to rest. “Thanking you again (Oneday Dreams) for making Penny’s dream come true,” Shelley said. “We all feel she was waiting for that video prior to moving on to her next life.”

Frank's Magical Evening
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When Carroll delicately broached the subject of a Oneday Dream with her husband Frank, she wasn’t sure what his reaction would be. Frank, 60, had been given a terminal diagnosis by his doctor in September 2022 and Carroll wanted to give her husband a memory of a special night they could both cherish forever. Having quit her job to care for Frank “and make his life comfortable,” Carroll says finances were tight. “It took a few months to talk to him about your foundation,” she told Oneday Dreams. But by reaching out to Oneday Dreams, Carroll was able to give Frank an amazing local dream close to their St. Catharine’s, Ontario home. Indeed, Frank was receptive to Carroll’s inquiry. He wanted a room with a view to the wondrous Niagara Falls, to swim in the pool, and enjoy dinner and a show. It was a simple dream, but one that would allow them to spend a night free of worries.
“I am grateful for anything good that comes our way,” Carroll wrote in her application. Oneday Dreams was able to give the couple a beautiful day and evening at Sheridan Fallsview Hotel. They also enjoyed the Greg Frewin Magic Show and
Dinner, supplied by the Greg Frewin Theatre company.
“Frank and I just want to thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts,”
Carroll wrote following their night of dreams. “I will definitely spread the word out for people to donate to your foundation as it’s something that is so needed with terminally ill adults. This means the world to us. Much love to you and all the people who work with you. With great appreciation and gratitude to you, love Carroll.”

Dorothy's Dolly Movie Party
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Dorothy’s dream was to have dinner and a movie night with her family and friends. Being a longtime fan of Dolly Parton, Dorothy’s movie choice was 9 to 5. We supplied the movie, snacks, and a catered meal from The Michigan Diner. With the help of the great staff at Windsor Hospice the room was wonderfully decorated for movie night!
For a special touch, the Queen of Country herself sent a loving message to Dorothy and a personalized autographed picture. Dorothy and her family were elated by the surprise, and we were incredibly happy to make this dream come true for such a special individual.
Wayne & Judy's Wedding
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The vows “in sickness and in health” were very profound for Wayne, whose dream was to marry his beautiful fiancé Judy. On February 5th, 2023, Wayne and Judy were married in their home. They were surrounded by friends and family, and the event was livestreamed for those who could not attend. We were able to make this special dream come true with the help of some incredible vendors in the Windsor-Essex area. Cakeface Mobile Makeup&Hair Artistry provided hair and makeup services. Little House of Cupcakes, Armando’s, and Tim Horton’s supplied food, snacks, and beverages. The house was beautifully decorated with floral arrangements from Essex Flower Basket. Dynamic Sound DJ Service provided the music for the celebration. The day was captured by Ciera Kathleen Photography .

Stephanie's Oilers Party
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Stephanie’s love for her family is truly unending. Stephanie’s dream was a small viewing party for her and her family to watch her family’s favourite hockey team, the Edmonton Oilers, and a special video from her favourite player, Connor McDavid.

We decorated Stephanie’s entertainment room with Oilers-coloured decor and balloons, and provided charcuterie from Chow With Aaron. We also made sure the family was dressed appropriated with Oilers sweaters with a special Connor McDavid jersey for Stephanie. There’s nothing like a loving family rivalry over hockey teams, so we made sure to give Stephanie’s son a Montreal Canadiens jersey, too. To top the night off, Stephanie received a very special video from the one and only Connor McDavid himself. Connor thanked her and the boys for being fans while keeping them in his thoughts before the big game.

Tony at the Track
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Tony is a big fan of harness racing and wanted to spend an evening having dinner with his family while watching the races at Woodbine – Mohawk Park. Tony and his family had a wonderful dinner at the racetrack and were met with few surprises for the evening courtesy of the folks at Mohawk and the Ontario Harness Horse Association. A race in the race program was named in Tony’s honour and featured in all of the programs. Tony and his family also had their photo taken with the winning horse and jockey for Tony’s special race. Tony was also able to meet one of his favorite drivers, Jody Jamieson and chat about his passion for horse racing.

Betty's Comedy Club
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Betty was a joy to be around. She always had a beautiful smile on her face and was known for her big, giving heart. Betty’s dream was to have an intimate dinner with her family, catered by The Keg and topped off with some laughs! On Thanksgiving weekend, Betty and her family enjoyed complimentary appetizers and dinner from The Keg Steakhouse + Bar and a private set from four (hilarious) local comedians, Paul, Billy, Luke & Curtis from Brewing for Comedy.
Betty’s last Thanksgiving dinner with her family was ‘one to remember’ – filled with smiles and laughs.
A Trip to Niagara Falls
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Silvana dreamed of enjoying a special weekend away with her family. On Saturday, September 10th, Silvana, her son, and his girlfriend made their first stop at the Toronto Zoo where they enjoyed a sentimental trip that resembled the days when Silvana would take her son as a little boy. Silvana then travelled to Niagara Falls for her second stop, where she and her extended family stayed in beautiful suites at the Fallsview Resort and Casino overlooking the falls before enjoying a decadent meal at the Keg. Silvana’s family is the most important part of her life; they have been tremendous supporters throughout her cancer journey. It was our pleasure helping to create a weekend full of happiness and quality time with those who matter the most.

Part of this dream was made possible through the generous donations of dinner and hotel rooms provided by The Keg and Fallsview Casino Resort.

Nancy's Family Party
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Nancy dreamed of throwing a backyard party for her entire family. On August 20th, Nancy was the super host! Her backyard party was complete with an event tent, a catered meal, a cake and cupcakes, and a bouncy castle for the children. Nancy’s favourite colour is orange and she loves flowers, so of course we had to make sure to send some beautiful orange arrangements to help decorate. The entire day was captured by kat baranowski photography so the family can have lasting memories of the dream that came true.

Lindsay's Garden
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Lindsay is the mother to three beautiful children who are ages 1, 3, and 5 years old and married to Lucas, whom she met at her sister’s wedding. Lindsay dreamed of building a “memorial garden” in the backyard the farmhouse; complete with beautiful flowers and a play-set area that could be used as a special place for her children and family members to remember her, share stories and laughs, and feel her presence. Lindsay’s dream came true with generous donations from her local community, help from Annette and her team at All About Gardens who created the beautiful garden, and a play-set installed by Play Outdoors Canada. The finishing touch was a massive sand bed for the kids to play in, provided by Northfield Block & Gravel. We hope that Lucas and their children will always enjoy their place of peace to remember and be with their wonderful wife and mother.
Warren's Wedding
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Warren and his fiancé Amanda planned the perfect wedding for themselves, with their daughter Kylie as the beautiful flower girl. Warren’s dream was to purchase a lovely set of wedding bands for both him and his wife and a heart-shaped locket for Kylie so she could always carry a picture from the wedding day with her. On Friday, August 19th, Warren and Amanda were married at their home surrounded by friends and family. Sadly, Warren passed away a few hours after the ceremony. We hope that Amanda and the rest of their loved ones find comfort in their memories of the ceremony, and we hope Kylie finds strength in the locket she will always have around her neck.
We’re honoured and proud to have been able to fulfill Warren’s dream.
Mr. Johnny Sends His Love
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Antonella was a dedicated fan of Scottish-Canadian country music artist, Johnny Reid. Not only did she have fond memories of attending his concerts with family and friends, but now, in some of her most challenging days, his music provided her a sense of comfort and peace. Antonella dreamed of personally connecting with Mr. Reid, and her cousin Carm and her best friend Angela were on a mission to make that happen. With the support of Mr. Reid and his amazing team, Oneday Dreams was able to deliver a personal video message directly from Johnny himself. Surrounded by her closest loved ones, Antonella watched as Johnny sent her his love and well-wishes and even sang her a song. As Antonella’s cousin Carm eloquently stated, this was Antonella’s time to feel the love and warmth she had given to so many of her family members and friends. We’re honoured and proud to be able to fulfill this dream!

Entertaining The Whole Family
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Gail dreamed of having a family get together with all her children and grandchildren. To host them in her home with snacks and dinner from their favourite restaurant, watch movies, play video games and have family photos taken.
Oneday Dreams sent Gail a new flat screen TV and a new PS5 with games for her and her family to enjoy. We provided some snacks and a wonderful dinner was donated by Boston Pizza Wetaskiwin and the entire gathering was captured by Rob Hislop Photography to help preserve these special moments with her family.
Getting a Master’s Degree
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Luigi was an excellent student in the midst of completing his Master’s Degree when he learned about his terminal diagnosis. With the help of the University of Windsor, Luigi was able to have his own private graduation ceremony where he was presented his Master’s Degree and given a small celebration with family and loved ones before his passing. Luigi was able to live the moment he had always dreamed about with the ones closest to him.

Scott & The Maple Leafs
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Scott was a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, and made sure to share that passion with his family. His dream was to attend a live game at the Scotiabank Arena. The wonderful people at Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment made it happen! Scott and his family not only watched the game, but received a tour of the arena and met the team as well!

A Message from Marianas Trench
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Caroline was a huge Marianas Trench fan and told us that their music got her through the toughest times in her life.

The band answered our call and offered to do a livestream private acoustic session for Caroline from their studio.

Tragically, Caroline passed away the night before the concert. The band posted Caroline’s story on their Facebook and the love and support for Caroline’s loved ones flowed in from all around the world.

A Sneak Preview from Shania Twain
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Michael travelled all over to watch Shania Twain. His dream was to be able to listen to Shania’s upcoming album. Shania and her team made it happen and Michael was able to enjoy listening to “Now” weeks before its public release. He even got a personal message of support from the Queen of Country Pop herself!

Randy & Leafs Legends
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Randy was a life-long Toronto Maple Leafs fan who always wanted to see a game. Once again, the great people at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment pulled through and helped us make Randy’s dream come true. Randy and his family were able to travel to Niagara Falls, Ontario to catch the team’s pre-season training. He even got a surprise visit at his hotel from the Maple Leafs alumni players!

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