8th Annual Winch Group
Community Sports Equipment Drive
November 4, 2017 from 9am – 1pm
at Mainway Recreation Centre, Burlington

Do you have used sporting equipment taking up space in your garage? Have your kids outgrown their hockey gear, bicycles or other athletic items? *We are also looking for gently used lifejackets to help promote water safety in northern regions.

Donate your gently used sporting equipment to benefit youth in need in Northern Ontario First Nations settlements and help support your local CAS with our pop-up barbecue. Some children lack access to sport programs and equipment that can improve self-esteem and contribute to healthy lifestyles. Your donations can make a difference!

Equipment collected this year will be distributed to the North West and North East regions of Ontario.

This year, Nipissing First Nation (30 kms west of North Bay) will host the Winch Group Equipment Drive event along with Dokis First Nation (across Lake Nipissing on the French River).

Grassy Narrows First Nation, located 70 km north of Kenora will be receiving Equipment in the North West region.

We will be partnering and receiving support from the OPP, Treaty Three Police Service and the Anishinabek Police Service.


2016 donations went to the Wasauksing First Nation in Parry Sound, as well as Shawanaga First Nation, Henvey Inlet First Nation, and Magnetawan First Nation – all from the Parry Sound area. In addition, OPP Sergeant Marty Singleton of the North West Redwater Provincial Liaison Team, flew in remotely to Neskantaga First Nation to deliver some of the collected donations to that community.

Click the following links to view articles about our 2016 Equipment Drive:

November 2016 – SNAP Burlington
7th Annual Winch Group Community Sports Equipment Drive

Oct 31, 2016 – Parry Sound North Star
Parry Sound police, Winch Group hold sports equipment drive, Wasauksing

Oct 21 & 26, 2016 – The Hamilton Spectator & Flamborough Review
By Mac Christie

Waterdown students collecting sports gear for Northern First Nations communities – St. Thomas Catholic Elementary participating in Winch Group drive for third year


Thanks to the generosity of clients, friends, partners and community members, this annual event has collected and distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of sporting equipment over the past five years. The results have surpassed even our own expectations and have changed the lives of many young people in remote First Nation communities. 2015 donations went to Lansdowne House, Fort Albany, Kashechewan and Attawapiskat First Nations.

Click the following links to view articles about our 2015 Equipment Drive:

Nov 26, 2015 – Flamborough Review
By Mac Christie

Waterdown students help kids get in the game

Nov 24, 2015 – Burlington Post
By Tim Whitnell

Burlington sports equipment drive fills two trailers for First Nations kids


For our 5th annual drive, we collected over 100 bags of hockey equipment and other sporting goods to distribute to the remote First Nation communities of Anishinabek of Whitefish River, M’Chigeeng, Aundek Omni Kaning, Sheguiandah, Zhiibaahaasing and Sheshegwaning. We also raised over $1,500 in donations for The Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton at our “tailgate” BBQ and with the help of enthusiastic teenage volunteers!


Once again working with the O.P.P.’s Highway Safety Division and Aboriginal Policing Bureau, we found two northern communities to benefit from the Equipment Drive: Long Lake #58 and Ginoogaming First Nations. Ginoogaming is a small Anishnawbe (Ojibway) First Nation located in Northern Ontario on the northern shore of Long Lake near the town of Longlac. Long Lake #58 First Nation is situated nearby along Highway 11. Each winter the Long Lake #58 First Nation participates in the “Little NHL” tournament and community leaders on the reserve encourage young people to get involved. More kids had the opportunity to participate and grow their hockey skills that year thanks to donations of used hockey equipment collected at our event.


Three communities were selected for the 2012 Equipment Drive: Whitesands First Nations community near Thunder Bay and two Cree communities on the James Bay coast – Attawapiskat and Moosonee. These First Nations are accessible only by air, except during the winter months when a “winter road” is constructed across the ice.


With the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police and due to the isolation and high rates of youth suicide, we identified Osnaburgh and Pikangikum First Nations as the recipients of the annual equipment drive.


This year marked the launch of our Community Equipment Drive. The donations were directed to Aroland First Nation Settlement, 350 km northeast of Thunder Bay. This community was selected because of the high rate of youth suicide among at-risk youth. When we saw positive reactions by the children and their joy at being able to get outside and play hockey, we knew that this was a cause we would continue to support.