Words & Music: Leonard Cohen

In October 2018 we held a very successful fundraising event at the Tranzac Club to a sold out house! We raised over $10,000 to support African Grandmothers.

Dr. Mike Daley presented the life story of the Canadian songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen illustrated with several of Cohens best loved songs performed live. The words to the songs were posted on a large screen and the audience was able to sing along. Mike Daley is completely engaging and very knowledgeable.

The event included a silent auction and delicious light refreshments

Mike Daley will be back to present a different program accompanied by his wife, Jill on November 7th, 2019 at Lula Lounge. Stay tuned for more details.

Mike Daley and Leonard Cohen

Mike Daley and Leonard Cohen

Yoga Event June 2018

On Saturday June 9, 2018 Grandmothers Partnering with Africa held a Yoga for Africa event at the Banbury Community Centre in North York. About 60 Yoga enthusiasts gathered to participate in a Hatha Yoga class taught by local teacher Orli Ziv. Orli covered many of the basic yoga moves to cater to the generic nature of the participants. She completed the relaxing class with a meditation routine. After the event many of the participants joined GPWA members in a walk of solidarity to recognize the African grandmothers we support in our fundraising. The morning ended with an optional picnic in the park where friends enjoyed socializing on a beautiful day. A small marketplace coincided with the event. GPWA sold African curios and products and Gossip Accessories sold clothing and scarves.

A big thank you for the generous support made by donors to this event

GPWA raised about $2500 through tickets sales and on-line donations from supporters.


Enjoying the lovely walk after the Yoga Session.

Kids Fest and Concert April 2018

GPWA & Project Abraham get together to give Yazidi kids a fun afternoon

In early April 2018 the Chair of Grandmothers Partnering with Africa reached out to the Executive Director of Project Abraham and invited Yazidi immigrant children to attend the upcoming GMPA “Kids Fest & Concert” fundraising event.

It was held at the Lodzer Centre On Sunday April 22nd. “Dan the Music Man” entertained with music and dancing. Craft tables, games and face painting stations were set up around the room and the arrival of a group of mascots added another fun dimension delighting and entertaining the kids. All the activities made for an afternoon of fun & pleasure but it was especially gratifying to see the delighted faces of the Yazidi children who had experienced such trauma in their short lives.

Both voluntary groups are part of larger organizations and strive to help people suffering in different parts of the world or as refugees in Canada. The Kids Fest & Concert event played a small but satisfying role in these endeavours. Having the groups come together also raised an interest & a desire to find out more about each another’s initiatives.

As a result GPWA invited Debbie Rose, Executive Director Project Abraham/Mozuud to give a presentation at the GPWA meeting on Nov 29, 2018.

Mascots having fun - photo by Maddy Picard

Mascots having fun - photo by Maddy Picard

Dan the Music Man entertaining the Kids

Dan the Music Man entertaining the Kids

For more information on Project Abraham and the Yazidi People: click EDUCATION below

Project Abraham and the Yazidi Refugees

Holiday Market December 2017

A holiday market selling African made or African style products held at The Mayfair Parkway Athletic Club in Thornhill.


Jazz Concert - October 2017

Donna Roberts and Band


The venue was Lula Lounge, the music by Donne Roberts. Almost 200 guests joined us for dinner, silent auction and a very good time. All proceeds were donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Stride  2017

In June 2017, GPWA were front and centre in organizing the eighth annual Toronto Stride event...a national walk to raise funds for the Grandmothers in Africa who are caring for their orphaned grandchildren.  This year, Toronto was one of 28 teams across Canada that walked in solidarity for the cause.   The walk and picnic was held in Earl Bales Park on a lovely sunny Sunday morning.  Over the years, it has evolved into a family affair with clowns, a juggler and amazing mascots.  The full walk, along Bathurst St and then through  the woods on the escarpment high above the City, lasted about 45 minutes.  A shorter version was available for those who could not manage  such a long walk.  GPWA was represented on the organizing committee and several members came out on the day to volunteer or just participate in the walk.  Fundraising took place on line or in person on the day and we are pleased to say we raised $20,000.  Toronto Stride is grateful to The Stephen Lewis Foundation for its annual support of this event. 

Tea and Vintage Sale

In the spring of 2017, GPWA invited donors and other guests for a delightful Sunday afternoon of Tea and treats while browsing vintage jewellery, arts and crafts as well as a variety of African products including a range of finely woven scarves from Ethiopia.  We were very please to welcome members of other local Grandmother and Grandother Groups. All proceeds were donated to the Steven Lewis Foundation.    

Evening of Elegance

In the Fall of 2016, Grandmothers Partnering With Africa joined forces with two other Toronto Grandmother groups to hold an "Evening of Elegance"...a fashion show hosted by Marika Vag , owner of Lady Sophisticate on Avenue Road .  While the event was a successful fundraiser, well over 100 people, mostly women with a sprinkling of men had lots of fun.  Volunteers from each of the groups, Brookbanks For African Grannies, Togogos and Grandmothers Partnering With Africa swayed the audience with about three outfits each. Lovely clothes, many purchased afterwards with a significant donation to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.   The tables were African themed and the evening was topped off with home made refreshments, generously donated door prizes and "gifts".  A successful Market Place boosted the evening's revenue.  

GPWA "models" Susan and Evelyn.