About Us

Help Fill A Dream provides hope, help and happiness for Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands’ children under the age of 19 with life-threatening conditions by fulfilling their Dreams, improving their Quality of Life and assisting their families with care and financial support.

Dreams come in all shapes and sizes. A child’s dream may be a trip to Disneyland or to meet their favourite celebrity or sports figure; while for their parents, the Dream may simply be to spend time with their child as they undergo medical treatment or to make life more comfortable when they come home.

Hospital social workers and other health care professionals often connect us to children and families in need but we also accept requests from the general public who know of a child or family personally. A medical letter outlining the child’s needs should accompany the request.

For the families of children with life-threatening conditions, every day is a struggle. For our dedicated volunteers and supporters, every day is an opportunity to help make the impossible, possible.

Help Fill A Dream replaces frustration and despair with hope, through the gift of Dreams.

Our History

Rick Thomas, Founder

Love can be found in many places; in the heart of a child, in the strength of a parent, or in the dogged determination of a total stranger. In 1986, Victoria transit driver, Rick Thomas, met a seven year old bus passenger suffering from a terminal illness. More than anything, she wanted to visit her grandmother in Nova Scotia. Rick was so determined to find funds to grant this young girl’s dream that he set out to make it happen. This first dream sparked the idea for something even bigger, and the Help Fill a Dream Foundation was formed within the year.

As a Victoria-based charitable organization, Help Fill A Dream’s mandate is to direct all monies raised to support Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands children and their families. Through the generosity of our donors, corporate sponsors and community partners, Help Fill A Dream has been able to make over 2,100 Dreams come true.