Lynwood Charlton Centre Grand Opening

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Lynwood Charlton Centre and the Smilezone Foundation opened three new Smilezone spaces in the day treatment program at the Upper Paradise site in Hamilton, Ontario. Generously donated by  Toronto Rock, Hamilton’s professional box lacrosse team. Smilezone transformed the gymnasium, art room and sensory room. Children will now be greeted with a lacrosse-themed gymnasium, and beautiful art-themed murals in the art room while soft and calming colours adorn the sensory room to provide a relaxing space for children.

“The Toronto Rock and Smilezone have made our spaces so warm and welcoming. These Smilezones could not come at a more perfect time, as we support children to improve their mental health and achieve wellness. We are so grateful to the Toronto Rock and the Smilezone Foundation for such an impactful gift,” said Michelle Hayes, Senior Director of Program Operations and System Planning. “Our staff are passionate about delivering high-quality mental health care and now the physical environment will provide the rich conditions that promote well-being”.

“We are extremely proud of our partnership with Smilezone Foundation,” said Toronto Rock Owner, President, and GM Jamie Dawick. “Working together on another Hamilton-based project is exciting for us.  Hamilton is our home, and we want to use our platform in any way we can to help make a positive impact in the community.  I want to thank our fans, players, and staff for supporting our annual fundraising efforts, making this Smilezone transformation possible!”


Smilezone Foundation is a registered charity based in Oakville, ON, committed to putting smiles on children’s and youths’ faces. Founded by Scott Bachly and Adam Graves in 2012, the Foundation’s mission is to make tough days a little brighter for children receiving treatment in hospitals and community health centres. We do this by renovating existing rooms into fun and engaging “Smilezones” that harness the uplifting power of a smile for the children, youth, and families accessing treatment and services. 


Lynwood Charlton Centre is a publicly funded charitable organization in the City of Hamilton. We provide a spectrum of innovative and evidence-informed, mental health services. These include residential, day treatment, and school, home, and community-based services for children, youth and their families. The Centre is funded and licensed by the Ministry for Children and Youth Services and accredited by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation.

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