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SWIM
We are a non-profit
organization offering hope,
support, and guidance to
single mothers, helping
them to achieve a safe and
secure future for themselves
and their families.
In 2001...
Ann-Marie Ricketts, a single mother, was
living on welfare and afraid of becoming
homeless. After being injured in an accident,
she had been forced to quit all three of the
jobs she was working to support her family.
During a sleepless night of channel flipping,
she came across a TV program featuring
Canada’s multi-billionaire, Michael Lee-Chin.
He became an inspiration to Ann-Marie and
prompted her to realize that a crisis can
either equal danger or an opportunity.
Ann-Marie was determined to turn her
own crisis into an opportunity, but wasn’t
sure where to start.
As she sought resources to help her own
family, she realized there were no
organizations specifically focused on the
needs of single mothers.
She also realized that, with a little
support, all single mothers are capable of
achieving financial independence and
family stability.
By 2002, Ann-Marie had founded
S.W.I.M.
Our Programs
Let’s Talk About It
At the Let’s Talk About It Sessions, we create a comfortable,
confidential environment where single moms can share
their stories, learn from one another, and develop new
strategies for dealing with life’s ups and downs.
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SWIM

  • 2. We are a non-profit organization offering hope, support, and guidance to single mothers, helping them to achieve a safe and secure future for themselves and their families.
  • 3. In 2001... Ann-Marie Ricketts, a single mother, was living on welfare and afraid of becoming homeless. After being injured in an accident, she had been forced to quit all three of the jobs she was working to support her family. During a sleepless night of channel flipping, she came across a TV program featuring Canada’s multi-billionaire, Michael Lee-Chin. He became an inspiration to Ann-Marie and prompted her to realize that a crisis can either equal danger or an opportunity.
  • 4. Ann-Marie was determined to turn her own crisis into an opportunity, but wasn’t sure where to start. As she sought resources to help her own family, she realized there were no organizations specifically focused on the needs of single mothers. She also realized that, with a little support, all single mothers are capable of achieving financial independence and family stability. By 2002, Ann-Marie had founded S.W.I.M.
  • 6. Let’s Talk About It At the Let’s Talk About It Sessions, we create a comfortable, confidential environment where single moms can share their stories, learn from one another, and develop new strategies for dealing with life’s ups and downs.
  • 7. Life Coaching The aim of the Life Skills/Life Coaching Program is to provide clients with motivating and fulfilling experiences that will allow them to reach their life goals. Our Life Coaches will support you to take control of your life, and will teach you to deal with challenges in stride.
  • 8. Special Thanks Shoppers Drug Mart Tree of Life Campaign –Supporter of our Life Skills/Life Coaching Program
  • 9. Golden Connection Pal Program The Golden Connection Pal Program promotes supportive and healthy relationships in the London community. Your pal will be someone who has experienced the ups and downs of life and will be able to lend you advice and a sympathetic ear.
  • 10. Childcare Exchange Our Childcare Exchange program provides single mothers with a chance to attend meetings, meet with your mentor , go to necessary appointments, run errands, or do whatever else is needed to succeed! Free childcare is provided by other single moms and qualified volunteers. We’ll provide healthy snacks and fun activities to make sure the kids are nourished and entertained!
  • 11. Special Thanks CAS –Supporter of our Childcare Exchange Program
  • 12. One World Art A weekly program for students who are beginning their artistic journey and want to improve their skills. Over the course of 4 months, students will learn colour theory, drawing techniques and art history, and will create some portfolio-ready art pieces. Just take a look at what some of the kids did this year! Sign up now for our program beginning September 2017.
  • 14. Chakra Training This is a 7-week spiritual wellness program exploring each of the 7 chakras. You will learn meditation techniques (with and without stones), the benefits of using a pendulum, vision board exercises, healing and charging techniques, and more! Taught by Sabrina Marghella, owner of Graceful Petals, on Saturday from 2:30-4:00pm at the S.W.I.M. Office
  • 15. Mommy & Me Yoga Moms with infants aged 2 years and under can join us for yoga classes taught by certified yoga instructor, Leslie Wendland. The classes provide an opportunity for you to regain strength and flexibility, and to bond with your baby and other new moms. Classes open to any mom are on Tuesday mornings from 10-11am at the S.W.I.M. office.
  • 16. Mommy & Me Yoga
  • 17. Community Support Agent Program This up-and-coming program will connect mothers to trained volunteers who can provide ongoing emotional support, care coordination, and accompaniment to stressful meetings and appointments.
  • 18. SMART Scholarship For the fourth year, S.W.I.M. has joined together with Strong Mothers Achieving Remarkable Triumphs (S.M.A.R.T.) in order to present deserving single mothers with post-secondary scholarships.
  • 24. Paul Hubert Paul is a third-term Councilor for Ward 8 (Oakridge). He has served on the Board of Directors of the London Convention Centre, Tourism London, Old East BIA, and Audit Committee as well as other standing committees. Paul is the Executive Director of Pathways Skill & Placement Centre, an organization dedicated to assisting Londoners in returning to meaningful employment.
  • 25. Saidat Saidat is a motivational speaker, singer and entertainer who inspires and empowers individuals with her selfless commitment to help build a better community. In the past eight years, Saidat has been to over 800 schools and community events. On a weekly basis she speaks to over 1,000 students with her dynamic assemblies and full-day presentations.
  • 26. Chad Price Chad is an award-winning musician who has been featured in multiple TV productions, including TSN’s national television broadcast of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and television series Degrassi. He has played an endless amount of live shows throughout Canada and the U.S. and has shared the stage with the likes of some of Canada’s hottest acts such as Walk Off the Earth and Lights.
  • 27. Fraser Frase Fraser is a comedy magician who has entertained audiences across Canada and the US with his unique and interactive mind-reading and illusions. He is a certified stage hypnotist who has been a professional entertainer for over 15 years and was trained privately by one of Canada's top corporate hypnotists.
  • 28. S. Don Perion S. Don Perion is a rapper who brings his diverse sounds to the Hip Hop scene with a new flair, style and flow. Owner of his independent record label, Black Dreams Entertainment, S Don Perion has been busy touring and performing some of his classic hits and new bangers to highly receptive audiences. His popularity is bolstered by the fact that his records have been getting spins all over North America on both Canadian and American radio stations and TV shows.
  • 29. Christine Paterson Although Christine has a career in finance, she began playing music at 12 years old. Christine has studied classical guitar from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and then quickly adapted to learning how to play on her own. She is on the committee for the Jack Richardson London Music Awards, a yearly award ceremony that celebrates local music.
  • 31. Samba Troupe The Samba Troupe is a small but growing diverse group of London’s own samba percussionists. The group was formed in 2014 by Naomi Nadea, a native from the Caribbean Island Saint Lucia. Their mission is to bring the community, both local and diverse, together by sharing their love of foreign cultural music and dance.
  • 32. Kierra Shepard Keira is a grade 11 student at H.B Beal Secondary School and loves all aspects of the performing arts. She has been singing for as long as she can remember, and has always loved being on stage. Keira has also taken part in The Grand Theatre's High School Project and is looking forward to being in Beal's production of Mary Poppins. Keira would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support.
  • 33. Ben Heffernan Ben is a young solo performer/singer- songwriter from London, Ontario. Ben has been performing around Southwestern Ontario for the past two years at various venues and festivals. He uses live looping to enhance his performances with layers of instrumentation. Some of his influences include John Mayer, U2, and Ed Sheeran.
  • 34. Stephanie Wojtowicz Stephanie, also known as WoJo, is a 21-year old student at Western University. She has been singing professionally since she was 12 years old. Singing and music are her biggest passions, and wouldn’t know what to do without them in her life. Her biggest musical inspirations are Annie Lennox and Amy Winehouse. Wojo recently released her album titled “Love Testifies.”
  • 35. Paige Martineau Paige Martineau is a grade 9 student at Catholic Central High School right here in London. Paige is a member of the choir and orchestra programs.
  • 36. Eric Robertson Eric grew up partially in London, partially in the Lakeside of Grand Bend. Exposed to many different genres and artists throughout childhood, he learned to play the guitar and has been writing and playing music since his early teens, though he has not often been seen performing these works in a professional capacity. Eric never attended college but instead spent several years working and living in Montreal, writing and playing the occasional open mic.
  • 37. Kadeem Jenkins "My name is Deemus. I was born here in London, ON. I’m a twenty year old who wants to study the art of music, I love to drum, play piano and write spoken word. I’ve been writing since the end of 2012, so roughly about four years. I started writing out of Saunders Secondary School and now attend Fanshawe College for General Arts. My goal is to transfer to Humber Lakeshore College in Toronto ON, to study Jazz piano and further my love for the arts. I want to take advantage of whatever opportunities come my way regarding music, writing & preforming and stay connected to that community as well."
  • 38. Stephanie Holdbrook Stephanie is a performing artist from London, Ontario. Born and raised in Minnesota, she performed as a child at charity banquets. She draws her inspiration from a variety of artists including: Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, and Elton John. “I just want to entertain, I feel like I’m being my truest authentic self when I sing,” she says. “This is a huge opportunity, and I’m thankful for the chance to share my passion, while supporting a great cause.”
  • 39. Walker Bertasson "StopWatch", was born Walker L.C. Bertasson in London, Ontario and raised in Toronto. He developed a passion for music at the young age of 7, becoming heavily interested and devoted in acoustic guitar as well as playing the piano. Upon returning to London (Ontario), he began working with and learning music-based computer software's to create a sound in the dub-step and electronic genres, respectively. However, 'StopWatch' truly found his artistry in the Rap/Hip- Hop genre by experimenting with a combination of fast-paced vocals and socially conscience lyrics. He makes music with purpose and hopes to use it to reach out to others to give them a voice.
  • 43. Special Thanks RESA - Sponsor of our 2015 Christmas Party
  • 44. Board Members Ann-Marie Ricketts - Executive Director Janet McCrea - Chair Nicole Tatum - Vice Chair Kathy Rumleski - Treasurer Harmonique Wilson - Board Member
  • 45. Our Team Sarah Taylor Program Coordinator Nelson Rondon Strategic Planner Benjamin So Information Technology Yao Li Information Technology Nick Stefanowicz Human Resources Nandini Thogarapalli Art Program Kelly Wray CCE Volunteer Deborah Bauman Admin
  • 46. Our Team Corrine Santa CSAP Volunteer Magdi Bahar Bookkeeper Bryanna Lucyk Grant Writer Cathy Molitor CCE Volunteer Lisa Peng CCE Volunteer Sahar Sati Fundraising Tamika Hooper Fundraising Kathy Bulmer Fundraising Elyssa Jackson Fundraising