Meet Lilly Anna, a 7 year old blind girl who writes stories in Braille. Her dream was realized,, in 2016, when she boarded the Christmas Polar Express to Utica, New York, U.S.A.

To donate:

  • Electronically
  • By cheque payable to Parade of Nations, Send to : 1621 Joyce St, Cormwall on K6J 1Y8,

Info: 613-936-6873.

Lilly Anna


  • Parade of Nations was created in May 2007. Its sole purpose was to showcase an annual parade and festival to promote and celebrate the artistic culture and cultural heritage (history) of Akwesasne, Cornwall, and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SD&G), over 350 nations and groups.
  • In 2009, at the suggestion of the community at large, the Parade of Nations' Board of Directors resolved to hold fundraisers to help our community's special needs individuals by encouraging those artistically inclined. As required by the province of Ontario for charitable organization incorporation purposes, our name had to include the charity's recipients we would serve (developmentally challenged, i.e., individuals with special needs). Consequently, the organization became Parade Of Nations For The Developmentally Challenged.
  • On March 22nd, 2013, the organization became a registered Canadian charitable organization with Canada Revenue Agency.
  • The Parade of Nations for the Developmentally Challenged is a volunteer run organization. Now that it is a registered charity, we are proud to provide an income tax receipt for cash donations and gifts-in-kind above $10.00.

Our Main Fundraising Event - The Multicultural Festival

Our main fundraising event always has an art and multicultural theme; this will never change. Multiculturalism is fundamental to who we are as a community. We hope through this event to introduce the entire community to the beauty that is already among us: the art culture and heritage of all of the nations and peoples represented in our region.

We strive to provide our residents with an opportunity to discover the people who discovered Canada and our community over the years. In addition, by involving members from our collective cultural milieu, we can allow our special needs community members, as well as the rest of us, the opportunity to visit our world, and better understand the human experience without ever having to leave home. By engaging the community as a whole, it will enrich us all with a world and regional view of our collective cultural heritage, a global perspective on what it means to be a human being.

Parade Of Nations' Target Audience

The organization's target audience are people of all ages and backgrounds with cognitive, emotional, or physical impairment. This includes impairments related to abnormal sensory or motor development, which appear in infancy or childhood and involve failure or delay in progressing through the normal developmental stages of childhood; as well as individuals affected physically by a disease, accident, or by a disorder of the mind as a result of trauma.

In collaboration with other organizations, Parade of nations is concentrating its efforts on serving the developmentally challenged. We teach life skills, encourage those artistically inclined to develop their artistic ability and find ways to highlight their talent. Our objective is to help those people with special needs feel included, acknowledged, and respected in the community.


For its events and social activities, the organization is always looking for volunteers who are willing to share their various artistic backgrounds and administrative skills to benefit those with special needs in our community.

To Learn More

To learn more about the organization, or how you can help, or make a donation please visit our web site at www.paradeofnations.com, e-mail info@paradeofnations.com or call us at 613-936-6873.

Thank you in advance for your support.