A Message from our Executive Director

We work every day to make the impossible, possible, but right now we feel that we have to prioritise the health of our community above all else. To ensure the safety of our staff the Help Fill A Dream team are currently working remotely as much as possible, with just one staff member at the office to ensure we continue to provide family support that continues to be needed. We will process family support requests to the best of our ability – please be patient as response times may be slower than usual as we observe social distancing protocols.

We are working with Dream families to schedule trips when it is safe and appropriate to do so. All Dream trips will happen, but only when the time is right.

It’s easy to feel powerless when faced with a situation that is out of our control, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you that just as you have always helped us support local families, you can also support the local businesses who have been loyal and generous supporters of Help Fill A Dream. They will need us at this time.

We do not currently have any public events planned – we will review each and every event as the time gets closer.

Our best wishes to you all –

Craig Smith
Help Fill A Dream

Help Fill a Dream

Putting a smile on the face of child is a magical feeling. When a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening condition a family’s focus becomes their child, their medical appointments and treatment; there’s no time for anything else. Since 1986 Help Fill a Dream Foundation has been supporting those families from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands whose lives have suddenly changed due to their child’s diagnosis with a medical condition or severe health challenge.

Support comes in all sorts of ways. When families are in survival mode the Bear Essentials program provides a lifeline. We try to pick up the practical and financial worry, allowing parents to focus on the most important thing: the health of their child.

After treatment is finished it is time for the child who has been through so much to have a Dream fulfilled. These Dreams are powerful things for children with life-threatening conditions such as Type 1 diabetes, childhood cancers or cystic fibrosis.

In the past year Help Fill A Dream has raised over three quarters of a million dollars, and over 300 families were supported. With donor support we can continue to make the impossible, possible. Never underestimate the power of dreams, or the role you could play in helping fill them.


Since 1986, Help Fill a Dream has made more than 2,200 dreams come true. But there’s always more to do. And you can help.  Click here to help fill a child’s dream.

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“The bed allows Shea to feel secure and safe while providing us with the opportunity to shower, eat or even take a short nap with piece of mind, and the new bedding is something new and all her own; she’ll be very happy to sleep in it tonight. Thank you so much for giving our family this closure”

Shea’s Grandmother

“Thank you so much for making this possible. We feel so blessed that we had this incredible opportunity. We would not have been able to make this a reality without you and your supporters! Thank you for giving Tyler a chance to see life in a much more positive light.”

Tyler’s Mom

“Without the support of this great charity, we would struggle every month getting to and from surgeries for our amazing 3 year old who suffers from a rare virus.”

Charlee’s Mom

“Thank you Help Fill A Dream. You have made an enormous positive effect on my daughter’s physical and emotional well-being.”

Scarlett’s Mom

“You are all heroes! Thank you for keeping hope alive in all that you do.”

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