Welcome to MapleWishes

What inspired MapleWishes?

We often ask ourselves how we got so "lucky".  Born to caring parents in a first world country, we are fortunate to enjoy  good health and education, are safe, and exposed to opportunity.  

What did we do to get so lucky?  Nothing. We have circumstance and a pleothora of choices made well before our very existences to thank for our opportune beginnings.

But as lucky kids, even privileged, we feel that it is our responsibility to live our lives in a way that makes us worthy of the luck and opportunity bestowed so good-fortuningly upon us.  To this end, we started "MapleWishes" with the intention of giving back to our community and inspiring others to do the same. We believe that we are all ultimately responsible for our communities and the people with whom we share them - and that working together towards a common goal will reap benefits far greater than working alone.

Why is MapleWishes important to us?

MapleWishes was originally conceived as a project to take us through our middle and high school years. Our chosen projects are ones we believe we will always be interested in as each of them hold a personal connection for us.  

With time and  higher education, we hope to effect change on a larger scale.  To be solved, problems such as homelessness, refugee displacement, unustainable environmental practices and the pursuit of disease cures require more than just politics, money and technology - they require the collaboration of indivduals working together with a genuine sense of community and an unfeigned resolve to truly better the world if for no other reason than to better the circumstances of those with whom we share this planet.


Our grandfather was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2009. What started as a simple tremor in his hand has evolved to make even the simplest of everyday tasks a huge challenge for him.

In 2015, we started crafting butterfly tokens to raise awareness for Parkinson’s Disease.  The butterflies are symbols of hope, inspired by Muhammad Ali’s quote,  "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."                       

In June 2020, we were planning to hike to the top of Kilimanjaro in honour of our grandfather and in support of the Parkinson Research Consortium at the Ottawa Hospital - a team of clinicians and researchers  dedicated to the quest for a cure for Parkinson's Disease.  Although Covid-19 disrupted our plans, it did not prevent us from raising a symbolic $1 for each foot of ascension of Kilimanjaro - ultimately, $38,680 !!!  

This is a cause that is very near and dear to our hearts, so we thank you for helping us reach our goal.

Rowan & Avery


"Inspiring one another to leave positive and enduring footsteps in our wakes..."