History of KCCL


The Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma, originally known as the Kiwanis Club of West Toronto, earned its name for saving the abandoned Casa Loma in 1937 and turning it into one of the premier heritage tourist attractions in the City of Toronto. For 74 years, the Club cared for Casa Loma and used a portion of its management fees to fund an extensive program of community services. In 2013, Liberty Entertainment Group gained operation of this estate and established a very supportive working relationship with the Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma.

Our service projects are guided by the Kiwanis International motto, “Serving the children of the world”.

Since the Club’s chartering on July 26, 1921, the membership has changed. However, what remains constant is the respect, fellowship, and generous spirit of our members.

The Objects of Kiwanis

Every member was inducted with the Objects of Kiwanis as the guiding principles of our organization and as a framework to fulfill our obligations as a Kiwanian. This is the foundation of how to be a successful member.

  • To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life.
  • To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
  • To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.
  • To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
  • To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities.
  • To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and good will.

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Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma
Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma5 months ago
The Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma (KCCL) is celebrating 100 years of Service & Volunteerism in Toronto.

KCCL is partnering with the Indigenous Spirit Fund (ISF), the philanthropic arm of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST), to raise awareness and funds to build a brighter future for Indigenous children, youth and their families.

Please join us at the iconic Casa Loma for an evening of festivities that will feature:
- Access to a guided tour of the Casa Loma
- A floating dinner with drinks
- Featured Speakers (Kenn Richard, Founder of NCFST & Director of the ISF, other Indigenous speakers & dignitaries)
- Launch of our Book, "A Century of Service" by W. John Maize
- Traditional Indigenous drumming ceremony
- Silent auction with all proceeds going to support the ISF
- Photo booth
- Performances by winners of the 2022 Kiwanis Music Festival
- Live entertainment & dancing with the Fraser Melvin Band.

Please go to the link below to get on the priority list for tickets. We look forward to seeing you there!


Francesco Coccimiglio
President, KCCL

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Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma
Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma6 months ago
Toronto, Ontario
Happy Monday!

Hope this letter from a KCCL Award recipient at the 2020 Kiwanis Music Festival brings joy to your day.

Congratulations, Grace! We are so excited to hear about your musical career. We hope you continue to pursue your passion in music.

Keep reading for the full letter.

Dear Mr. Drew,

My name is Grace Lau. Thank you very much for giving me the Kiwanis Club of Casa
Loma Award at the 2020 Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival. I am very honoured.

This is the fifth year I have participated in this festival. I played in three solo Grade 10 violin pieces. I like participating in this festival because it gives me good performance opportunities and I got valuable comments from the adjudicators.

I study the violin at the RCM Taylor Academy. This program is very fun. Besides private lessons, I also play a chamber ensemble, orchestra, and attend masterclasses. There is also musicianship, music theory and music history to learn. This past summer, I went to Ottawa for two weeks to attend the Young Artist Program at the National Arts Centre. It is headed by the word renowned violinist Pinchas Zukerman.

I also attended another program in Indiana for four weeks to attend the Summer String Academy run by the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University. I learned so much from the masterclasses, concerts, chamber coachings and rehearsals at these music programs. I am thankful to my Academy violin teacher Ms. Kelly Parkins-Lindstrom for recommending and preparing me to audition for these great programs.

Outside of music, I enjoy baking, reading, and running.

Thank you for giving me this award. I will put these funds to good use towards my music studies.

Grace Lau

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Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma
Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma7 months ago
Continuing to share thank you mails from the KCCL Award recipients at the Kiwanis Music Festival 2020. 🎶

Full letter below:

Dear Mr David Drew:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generousity in funding the Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma Award.

I play a non-western stringed instrument called the Erhu and I have completed my level 8 exam. I am currently preparing for my level 9 exam. I am also a grade 11 student with many hobbies including music.

Other than playing for exams and The Toronto Kiwanis Festival, I also perform as a volunteer at Kennedy Lodge and Heritage retirement home. I find enjoyment in sharing my music with others and bringing them joy.

Receiving this scholarship motivates me to move forward and to be persistant with my music. I look forward to participating in next year's Kiwanis Festival.

Angelina Hernandez Liu

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