We Care Program

 We Care Program

Raising Funds & Awareness


360 Kids

(Youth Homelessness & Kids-at-Risk)

” We would like to thank UMS for allowing us to once again inspire their students with our science outreach and raise funds for 360 Kids that support homeless youth and kids-at-risk in York Region.”

Aidan AIrd

Raising Funds & Awareness


Cohn’s and Colitis Canada

‘ Today our amazing team were at St. Justin Martyr inspiring students with our Prehistoric Fossil & Exotic Insect Collection, along with helping raise funds and awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. Our team along with hat day raised over $2000 to help support research in an effort to help find cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improve the lives of people that suffer.”

Aidan Aird

Collecting Food for Local Food Bank 

” We would like to thank all the kids that are part of the AstroNuts Kids Space Club for donating food to our food drive to help restock food supplies for the local Food Bank.”

Aidan Aird

Developing Innovation Raises Funds 


UMSC High 5 Special Needs Program

UMSC High5 Special Needs Fundraiser Cheq Presentation

” It was once again great to have had the opportunity to raise awareness and more money for UMSC’s High5 Special Needs Program through Developing Innovations STEM Educational Outreach Program. I can’t thank our volunteer team of students enough for dedicating their free time to help raise these funds that will go towards supporting the special needs kids that participate in this amazing UMSC program.”

Aidan Aird

Developing Innovation Raises Funds 


Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation

Markham Stouffville Hospital Cheq Presentation


“Developing Innovations is once again very happy to have collaborated with Dairy Queen of Milliken Mills and Unionville Montessori Private School in helping to raise funds and awareness for another very worthwhile cause, our amazing state-of-the-art Markham Stouffville Hospital.”

Aidan Aird

Developing Innovation Raises Funds 


UMSC’s High 5 Special Needs Program 

UMSC Special Needs Program

“We were thrilled to have raised $300 to help support  one of our favourite programs, UMSC High 5 Program that works with special needs kids. My sister and I, along with a number of other Developing Innovation team members are honoured to have been a part of this amazing program for the last couple of years. We are always anxious to see the kids and are very happy we were able to raise funds for this great cause. This would not have been possible without Brian at Comic World. Comic World is a new comic book store in Markham at the corner of McCowan Rd, & Hwy#7, that has a great selection of comics, old and new, and is owned by Brian, an amazing person with a big heart. “

Aidan Aird

Developing Innovations Proudly Supports 

“Raising The Roof”

Toque Awareness & Fundraising Program

360 Kids Toques 1

“We are very happy to say that we are starting to get a collection of great toques from the Raising the Roof Program that helps support people that are experiencing homelessness. We bought a number of hats last year and gave them away to people we thought could use a nice warm hat. This year we have been extremely busy with so many events, so we focused what time we had on bring more awareness to the program through the use of social media. Next year we will be back to devoting more effort and time in buying, selling and giving away more of these amazing toques in order to help tackle the complex problem of homelessness.”

Aidan Aird

Developing Innovations Educational Outreach Program

Raising Funds and Bringing Awareness to St. Francis Table

St. Francis Table

St. Francis Table Fundraiser Cheque Presentation

 “We are very happy to have raise money for St. Francis Table which is a restaurant for the poor run by the Capuchin Friars on Queen Street West in Toronto. It serves an average of 250 meals a day to individuals and families that can’t afford a healthy meal.”

Aidan Aird

SBA’s The Orator

“Developing Innovations is an organization founded by St. Brother Andre student, Aidan Aird.  Recently he and his sister, Keeley Aird, held a fundraiser for St. Francis Table and provided the proceeds to teacher Daniel Mammarella who travels to St. Francis regularly with student volunteers.  Congratulations to Aidan and Keeley for thinking of ways to live out their Catholic faith as servants to the poor.”

Mr. Pivato SBA Principal

Developing Innovations Educational Outreach Program

Raising Funds and Bringing Awareness to Youth Homelessness In York Region

360 Kids Cheque UMS Outreach Event

Developing Innovations #STEM Educational Outreach at

Astronuts Space Camp-Mission #61, Nov. 29th, 2015

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“Mission 61 yesterday was outstanding ! One of the amazing “space educators” was Aidan Aird who really engaged the AstroNuts kids imaginations with his presentation called “Spinoffs from space”…Aidan was also very generous and in the Christmas spirit with a donation of 17 beautiful “Life” magazine hardcover books on astronaut hero Neil Armstrong. Each book had a special dedication to each AstroNut kid…they were thrilled!”

Ray Bielecki – Founder of Astronut Kids Space Camp


Developing Innovations Proudly Supports


 The Learning Disabilities Association of York Region (LDAYR) promotes increased awareness of a respect for persons with learning disabilities and ADHD among the community at large, professional groups and relevant educational, social, recreational, medical, legal and employment sectors. By providing support, guidance, education, resource materials and opportunities for sharing of information and concern, the LDAYR assists persons with learning disabilities and their families to meet their evolving needs throughout their lifetime. The Association plays a leadership role in actively advocating for greater research in the field of Learning Disabilities and for legislative initiatives that will benefit the learning disabled.

“Recently I had the privilege to win the Eduzine Global ACE Young Achiever Award 2015 for my work in inspiring, promoting and celebrating young students in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The best thing about winning this award was that I got to pick a charity that would receive support and funding from Eduzine Global over the next year. I chose the Learning Disabilities Association of York Region because of all the great things they are doing to help youth in York Region that have learning disabilities.”

Aidan Aird

Lego Robotics Seminar & Workshop Fundraiser

360 Kids Robotics Fundraiser


UMSC High 5 Special Needs Program

High 5 Special Needs


Developing Innovations

Supporting 360 Kids Annual Gala

360 Kids Cheque Gala

” We were so happy to have had the opportunity to help 360 Kids raise funds at their annual gala, by donating a free science birthday party certificate (value $300) for the silent auction. The funds raised will go to helping the over 300 homeless youth that try to survive an thrive in York Region.”

Aidan Aird


Developing Innovations Educational Outreach Program

Raising Funds and Bringing Awareness to Youth Homelessness In York Region

360 Kids Fundraiser A & M

“I am proud to announce that on June 22nd & 23rd the amazing Developing Innovation Educational Outreach Team were able to raise over $500 and bring awareness to help homeless youth in York Region, while inspiring and teaching over 1000 elementary students about the wonderful world of science. Thanks to UMS, the teachers and the students plus their parents for their support.”

Aidan Aird

Proudly Supporting 360ºkids 

360ºkids is an organization that’s vision is to create a community where every kid matters, and feels safe, supported and loved, which is totally in line with Developing Innovations values and beliefs. On March 26th you can sponsor Aidan Aird’s “night of homelessness” to help end youth homelessness in York Region by clicking here: http://360kids.akaraisin.com/pledge/Participant/Home.aspx?seid=10110&mid=9&pid=2079419

Outreach Milliken Mills CC 1 360 Kids

Supporting 360 Kids at STEM Outreach at Milliken Mills Community Centre


 “I was stunned to learn that there were over 300+ homeless youth living on the streets right in York Region. The biggest shock was that there is a good possibility that one of my classmates or a number of my peers at my school are homeless or are in a 360ºkids program. That is when I realized that it was time to help bring awareness and support to this worthwhile cause. I have managed to bring some awareness to 360ºkids and the wonderful things they are doing, but now its time for me to help them raise some funds that will help support 360ºkids initiative. 


On March 26th, 2015; I will be spending the entire night out on the streets as many of these unfortunate homeless youth do, each and every day. I know spending one night sleeping out in the streets will never give me the whole experience these youth go through, but what I hope to accomplish is to bring more awareness and financial support to help solve this problem. I also hope this valuable experience will at least give me a better understanding of the challenges that these homeless youth face and the thought process needed to help solve or improve this terrible situation.”

Aidan Aird

Developing Innovations

Helps Bring Awareness & Support To 


At YRSTF Fundraiser

YRSTF Indigo Fundraising 1

 “I was very happy to help support YRSTF fundraising event on March 3rd, at Indigo Books in Richmond Hill and bring awareness to the importance of science fairs. I’m glad I got a chance to meet and talk to a number of the kids that were involved in their school science fair and were going to participate in the regional fair that was coming up at the end of the month.”

Aidan Aird

Developing Innovations’ Holiday Toy & Food Drive

This years Holiday Toy & Food Drive, runs from December 1st to December 21st. We are collecting new and unwrapped toys plus non-perishable foods. The toys & food will be given to a number of caring groups for distribution to the families and children in need. Caring groups such as: The Markham Salvation Army; The Children’s Centre at Markham Stouffville Hospital; Sandgate Women’s Shelter of York Region; Markham Food Bank; CP24 Chum Christmas Wish


Dropping off our first batch of toys & food at Markham Fire Station #98 collected from our latest workshop “The Wonderful World of Robots”. Markham Fire and Emergency Services – 28th Annual Toy Drive for the Salvation Army and Markham Stouffville Hospital Children’s Centre

Food & Toy Donations Collected at The November 30th

Developing Innovations “The Wonderful World of Robots” Workshop
The Markham Salvation Army

Last year the toys and food that were brought to The Salvation Army assisted over 231 families and over 403 children in the Markham area.  This adds up to approx.  5,000 toys, hats, mitts and stocking stuffers. Developing Innovations has and will be a supporter of The Salvation Army.

The Children’s Centre at Markham Stouffville Hospital

Children arriving at Markham Stouffville Hospital receive the best medical treatment and support. However a child in the hospital can be a very stressful time for the patient and their families. You can help ease their stress with the donation of a toy.  Coming to the hospital can be an extremely stressful and frightening time for children and their families and it makes a huge difference to be able to provide children with toys and activities during their hospital stay. Not only do these items serve as a wonderful distraction to help take children’s minds off being in the hospital, they also help to normalize the hospital environment so they are able to feel more comfortable and relaxed. The hospital environment can be tough on toys as they need to be cleaned after every use, so replacements are constantly needed. Developing Innovations Team of dedicated volunteers are very happy to help buy and collect toys in order to make a child stay at the hospital as stress-free as possible.

Holiday Reception & Food Drive

Markham Food Bank Michael Chan

Dropping off food for the Markham Food Bank at MPP Michael Chan and MP John McCallum’s Holiday Reception and Food Drive

Markham Food Bank

The food bank has been assisting the community since 1984. Their mission is to provide emergency food items to Markham residents in need. Food is one of the basic needs of life and therefore it has been a top priority when it comes to supporting for our organization and will continue to be in the future.

RBC Toy Drive #2

Dropping off toys donated for tutoring kids in science and math to RBC’s Toy Drive.

CP24 Chum Christmas Wish

The CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish program has become one of the largest distributors of toys to children in need in the Greater Toronto Area. The program also provides financial assistance to hundreds of agencies, ensuring that hundreds of thousands of children across the GTA enjoy a holiday experience. In 2013, with the help of The Royal Bank of Canada, as well as the generous donations from our loyal viewers and listeners, the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish in conjunction with Toronto Social Services assisted approximately 300,000 people in need through toy and financial support.

The CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish was established in 1966 as CHUM’s Kid’s Crusade Foundation for the purpose of assisting children’s charities and children in need. In 1973, the name was changed to the CHUM Charitable Foundation in order to reflect the expansion of the foundation’s work, which included providing financial assistance to adults in need. In 2008, the program became known as the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish and continues the longstanding tradition of helping to give a kid a Christmas.

Sandgate Women’s Shelter of York Region

Sandgate is dedicated to providing all persons who identify as women and their children shelter, support and information so they can take steps towards ending abuse in their lives. We have supported this group in the past and will do our best to support them in the future.

Toy Drive KIA Motors Collection Centre 2

The Markham Economist & Sun Santa Fund

“Sometimes a small thing you do can mean everything in another person’s life.”

For the past 10 years the Markham Economist & Sun Santa Fund has helped over 180 families enjoy the Christmas season through generous donations. In 2013, they helped 30 families with children enjoy and celebrated the joy of the Christmas Season. We will be helping this year by dropping off new unwrapped toys to Longman’s Markham Kia Dealership to help support this worthy cause.

Developing Innovations’ STEM Book Drive

Donated Books

Book donations collected at our latest “The Wonderful World of Insects” Workshop.

Book Donations Collected at The December 7th

Developing Innovations “The Wonderful World of Insects” Workshop
Developing Innovations’ STEM Book Drive

Developing Innovations will be collecting new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related books at some of their workshops. The books will be donated to a local charity as gifts for children in need or placed in a library or school that requires STEM related books in order to help inspire young minds.

STEM Book Donation UMS 2

Donating STEM related books to UMS library to help inspire and engage more students in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math).

STEM Book Distribution 2

Donating a few science books to Marander Montessori library to help inspire some young minds.




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