Thunder Bay

Hosted by Lutheran Community Care Centre

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Registration opens June 20, 2020! The Grand Parade is a super-fun, family-friendly fundraising walk that celebrates and supports aging Canadians and their families across Canada. Join us on Saturday, September 19, 2020!

About Lutheran Community Care Centre

Lutheran Community Care Centre

The Lutheran Community Care Centre is a registered charity that provides social, developmental and spiritual services to people in the northern region of Ontario.

For over 40 years, the Care Centre has had a special focus on seniors. Our community-based Social Services for individuals and families in the Thunder Bay area offers advocacy, coordination of health care, budgeting support, supports with tasks of daily living and encouragement for greater involvement in the community.

We work to diminish of isolation of those that live alone and help seniors stay in their community-based residences. When it is time, we help seniors transition to supportive housing settings. Families too, find the transition difficult so we provide emotional support as well as information to them.

For those who do move into supportive housing, our Pastoral Care Program provides spiritual comfort and guidance to residents in eight different nursing and retirement homes. Devotional opportunities are brought to them. Individuals experiencing Alzheimer’s disease find enjoyment when familiar hymns are sung during the devotional services we coordinate each month with the help of local clergy and our volunteers. At the bedside of others, even those that cannot speak, their eyes sparkle, they watch intently and they smile when they hear music.

About 20% of the people that come to Street Reach Ministries are seniors. They are among the people who are on the fringe of society, and often dealing with precarious housing, poverty, addiction, mental illness or traumatic events in their lives. Our resource centre on Simpson Street has become their place of refuge and acceptance. Our Street Chaplain is there for encouragement and prayer and follows people as they spend time in prison, hospital or treatment clinics.

The Lutheran Community Care Centre is greatly involved with adults with a developmental disability. These individuals can range from 18 to well into their senior years. We are designated as the access point for adult developmental services for the northern region of Ontario. This service is known as Developmental Service Ontario and confirms eligibility as well as assesses the support needs of individuals.

For adults with developmental disabilities we also administer a direct funding program called “Passport” for northern Ontario. Individuals decide how to best use their funds to increase their community involvement, their level of independence and allow their natural caregivers to have a respite break.

Our case managers help adults with a developmental disability live independently in Thunder Bay and communities along the north shore of Lake Superior. The case managers support people through life’s challenges, introduce them to new opportunities so they can reach their full potential, and help them learn new skills so they can achieve their dreams and goals.

The Grand Parade celebrates the Lutheran Community Care Centre’s long history of caring for and meeting the diverse needs of seniors in our community. We have many partnerships with other service providers to enable a holistic approach to serving seniors as the individuals that they are. Our aim with this special fundraising event is to make sure we can continue to respond to the growing needs of our seniors for years to come.

Event Day Details

Save the date - Event Day is September 19, 2020!


We're working on finalizing our Start location - check back soon!


Here's the schedule:

  • 9:00 am - Registration opens
  • 10:00 am - Opening Ceremonies
  • 10:15 am - Walk begins
  • 11:00 am - Registration closes
  • 11:00 am - Refreshments served
  • 12:00 pm - Route closes

Yummy Food on Event Day

  • After the walk, refreshments will be served to all walkers and volunteers.


  • All walkers and volunteers must check-in upon arrival.
  • Participants 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
  • Pets are not permitted - except for approved and trained service animals.

Registration Type:

  • Children 0-10: Free
  • Youth 11-17: Fundraise a minimum of $75
  • Adults 18+: Fundraise a minimum of $150

Have questions? Visit our FAQ section!

Route Details

Route Options: 2.5km, 5km

  • Route marshalls, rest stop attendants, and sweep vehicle drivers will be available for support along the route.
  • All participants 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

What to Bring

  • Cheques made out to The Grand Parade and cash donations
  • A completed Pledge Form or My Results Form if you're bringing in cash or cheques
  • You're 17 yrs and under, or
  • You didn’t sign up online before event day
  • Good walking shoes
  • Your own water bottle

Keep an eye on the expected weather. Your safety is paramount.

If there are weather warnings, we'll celebrate indoors.

Got questions about The Grand Parade?
info@thegrandparade.org | 1.877.743.3413