Our Values

What we believe:

  • Young people deserve the opportunity to develop themselves to their full potential.

  • The rights of young people must be stood up for whenever they are challenged.

  • Young people deserve an environment that nurtures positive values and self-esteem.

  • External and internal influences which ingrain self-doubt in young people must be identified and countered.

Our Inspiration

What motivates us:

  • The memory of Kaitlyn Bates, who always stood up for those in need and always let her actions be governed by her own convictions.

  • Young people, who have the courage and ability to heal, adapt, and grow in the face of adversity.

  • The generosity and spirit of our community  in supporting and enabling groups and individuals in need.

Our Directors

Who we are:

  • Doug Bates: President

  • Andrew Hall: Treasurer

  • York Bell-Smith: Director

  • Robin Ferguson: Secretary

  • Gillian Smith-Clark: Director


Current & Past projects.



Inspire Magazine 

The Tablet Program: This annual program provides tablets for children with special needs in Northumberland County. The Kaitlyn Bates Initiative purchases tablets pre-loaded with applications to help children with things such as communication and literacy

Past Sponsorships: Since it's inception KBI has contributed to many individuals and groups and will continue to do so.  For example, in 2016 KBI supported travel costs for Cobourg wrestler Jayden Sparks, 16, to get to Calgary to compete with Team Ontario at the national cadet wrestling championships.

Partner Organizations:  We work with, support and partner with many local organizations,  including: The Northumberland United Way, Northumberland YMCA, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Northumberland and many more.  

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