Working both locally, in Toronto, and globally in South Africa, the Leacock Foundation provides needs-based, educational programming enhanced by technology, to high-needs communities in Toronto and in South Africa. Through a unique partnership model called the “Triangle of Hope”, we work with and connect these communities to provide enriched opportunities for young people, so that they can unlock their potential and create a more positive future.

what we do

Our Mission

The Leacock Foundation enables and supports youth to develop skills, competencies, and confidence through:

  • Educational Enrichment
  • Leadership Initiatives
  • Connections and Partnerships

Our Vision

Inspire youth in Canada and South Africa, to overcome barriers, unlock their potential, and contribute to their communities.

Our History

The Leacock Foundation was founded in 1992, by Peter Oliver, of Oliver and Bonacini Restaurants, a native South African living in Toronto.

With the success of his business ventures, Peter felt a desire to give back to his local community, and together with a group of friends, the Leacock Club was formed and began raising money for children’s charities based in Toronto.

After meeting Nelson Mandela in Toronto, Peter was challenged to take notice of the need in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, the country’s poorest province. Recognizing education as a route out of poverty, and determined to help, Peter was introduced to a promising school in the Eastern Cape, the Get Ahead Project (GAP) School.

In 2002, the Leacock Foundation created its unique educational model called the Triangle of Hope, and cross-community partnerships for the benefit of youth began. Each triangle partnership works together to combine ideas and resources in a shared effort to provide enriched educational and leadership opportunities for the betterment and well-being of their youth. Over the years, this model has grown to encompass three separate Triangles and engages thousands of youth, teachers, and volunteers locally and globally.