The C. Dennis Flynn Foundation recently made its annual distributions to coincide with the holiday season and the late former Etobicoke mayor’s Dec. 17th birthday.
Established during Flynn’s life, the foundation launched in 1984 to raise funds annually in support of families in crisis in Etobicoke. To date, it has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help women’s and youth shelters bridge the core funding gap left after receipt of government grants.
This year, the foundation donated $10,000 to six agencies: Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter ($2,000), Women’s Habitat shelter ($2,000), Youth Without Shelter ($2,000), Covenant House ($2,000), Daily Bread Food Bank ($1,000) and Dorothy Ley Hospice ($1,000).
The majority of funds is raised through the foundation’s annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon held at The Old Mill Inn and Spa in Etobicoke. Flynn died in 2003.
“As you can appreciate, it is very difficult to continue the foundation without the guidance and direction of my father; however, our family is determined to make every effort to continue the good works of the foundation in the coming years,” foundation president Mary Flynn-Guglietti said in a statement.
“We are certain that my father’s memory will live on in the good deeds of the foundation and the worthy organizations it supports.”
Flynn worked for more than 30 years in the Etobicoke community as a councillor for Kingsway-Humber, Metro Toronto Council chair, Etobicoke mayor from 1972 to 1984, and sat on the boards of organizations including St. Joseph’s Health Centre. In 2001, Flynn was awarded the Order of Ontario for his distinguished record of public service. At age 17, Flynn joined the Toronto Scottish Regiment.
He trained with the machine gun regiment in his first year of service, but eventually joined the parachute corps. Years ago, Flynn had said he reflected daily on the name of a man he never knew in the only interview he ever gave on his war experiences.
Then a 21-year-old paratrooper in Germany on March 24, 1945, Flynn stopped a fellow Canadian soldier from shooting a medic. Moments later, the medic attended to him when a German mortar hit him in his right leg. Flynn credited the man with saving his life.