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Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft condition, and every day, Canadian SMILE Ambassadors are volunteering their time to raise awareness and funds to help us deliver new smiles and ongoing care to children around the world. 


What are SMILE Ambassadors you might ask? They are passionate, caring, and dedicated individuals who believe in our mission. They generously give their time, talent, and energy to rally their communities, to raise funds and awareness to change lives around the globe. 


Join us in celebrating these, and all our incredible SMILE Ambassadors, during this National Volunteer Week.  

Dr. Clyde Hillier with Mark Holmes, President of the Rotary Club of St. Thomas



Putting his expertise into action as a former Rotarian, SMILE Ambassador,
Clyde Hillier, Retired Doctor of Dental Surgery, is raising funds and awareness to support the children we serve. 

Sharing the work we do with Rotary Clubs in southwestern Ontario, Clyde is inspiring Rotary members to become partners in creating more happy smiles.  





Group of 12 women with Operation Smile Canada employee as well as a dog. They are holding up blankets they've made for patients after surgery.
St. James United Church Craft Group – Peterborough, Ontario

The St. James United Church Craft Group in Peterborough, Ontario, have been fortunate to receive yarn donations from local community members. They spend hours knitting and crocheting items that they donate to local and global organizations – including Operation Smile. What a blessing these made-with-love blankets will be to the children receiving them.  


Woman and teenage boy standing on either side of a skeleton they use in their display called Skeletons of Vivian Line
Skeletons of Vivian Line co-founders, Melissa McKerlie and her son Justin


For more than 10 years, Skeletons of Vivian Line have been making their community smile and laugh by sharing their rib-tickling antics in Stratford, Ontario.  

Co-founded by Melissa McKerlie and her son Justin, they have been using their creativity to bring their community together, to raise funds and awareness for us. They have raised over $130,000, and counting, since 2018! 






Man and woman, smiling at the camera.
Michael Williams-Stark, Operation Smile Canada’s Community Engagement Specialist, with SMILE Ambassador, Bel Hume.


Bel Hume
and her friends at Williams Lake Operation Smile Club
make & sell jams and jellies to members of their community. They have raised over $18,000 for life-changing surgeries that create more smiles all over the world. Bel Hume and friends show the importance of coming together as a community to help provide a future of opportunities and smiles for children born with a cleft condition. 



Table with jams and jellies
Williams Lake Operation Smile Club sells jams and jellies to members of their community.

Every moment matters. Every SMILE Ambassador matters. 

To all of our incredibly talented Canadian volunteers – from our program volunteers to our student and community ambassadors, we appreciate every moment you give to help children born with cleft conditions thrive. You make it possible for our organization to continue providing life-changing surgery and complete care to children and families around the world. Thank you! 

Donors and Volunteers made this story possible. Thank you.