It is with great sadness that we share with our readers the passing of a dear friend and WATV member, Liesje Lancia.

In addition to being a long standing and gracious supporter, Liesje, was instrumental in the formation and growth of our Charity as we know it today.

Diligent and conscientious in her work ethic as a committee member, Liesje’s energetic personality not only spirited and left a mark on our Charity, but on the many community groups she supported in the North Simcoe region. We could always count on her for the creation of the mountain of event tickets, posters and pamphlets she provided through Standlith Designs as recently as last month.

As a true Villager, we are fortunate to have known her.  Liesje, as a community minded individual was truly remarkable, and will be greatly missed.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, our Villager families and myself we would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Liesje and hope they may find comfort knowing that her commitment to community carries forward in our Villagers. 

Dr. Matyas Hervieux
President, We Are The Villagers

Who We Are

We Are The Villagers has made it our mission to help families and their children participate in extracurricular activities of interest to them. Whether sports, music, art or other special interests, we sponsor children in need so that they may take part in these activities without being restricted by registration fees and equipment costs.

Our Inspiration

It has been said that to raise a child, it takes a village. We believe that we all have a responsibility towards the children of our community to nurture and inspire them in their pursuits, fostering an environment where the coming generation can be confident, happy and fulfilled. It is our desire to help families find the means to assist their children pursue their interests, meet and interact with other children and increase joy in their daily lives.

How Does This Help?

All too often, economic struggles can constrain a family’s ability to provide their children with opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. Sports, arts and organizations such as Scouting and Girl Guides often have fees associated with them, as well as equipment costs which can be daunting for low income families, or large families with multiple children. We Are The Villagers sponsors families, paying registration fees and covering equipment costs so that any child can have the chance to do the thing they love to do.