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 started in 1992, by Peter Oliver (Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants), a native South African, living in Toronto.

Peter felt a strong desire to give back to his local community, and together with a group of his friends, the Leacock Club was formed and began raising money for children’s charities across 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 a unique educational model called the Triangle of Hope, which partners an independent school in Toronto with a high-needs public school in Toronto and a high-needs school in South Africa (GAP). Over the years, this model has grown to encompass three separate Triangles. Learn more about our Triangle of Hope  model.