The John Paul II Family Centre is the ideal space for families to flourish!

Filled with natural wildlife, connected via wooded trails, and capped with clear skies, the Centre leaves those who attend or visit feeling refreshed, revitalised and recentered. Immersed in nature, one can’t help but feel closer to God.

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Capital Campaign Goal


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The goal of Space to Grow is to purchase the John Paul II Family Centre in 5 years and establish a fund to cover improvements over the next 5 years.

With the purchase complete in 5 years, FFI can continue to improve and manage the Centre while maintaining affordable rental/program rates for years to come.

Use of the Funds

  • Purchase $1,000,000
  • Legal/Taxes $50,000
  • Improvements $200,000
  • Total $1,250,000

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Outdoor Giving Tree

Platinum ($50,000)
Gold ($20,000)
Silver ($10,000)
Bronze ($5,000)

Virtue Naming Rights

Virtues: justice, fortitude, prudence, temperance, courage, patience, kindness, cheerfulness, generosity, gentleness.

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John Paul II Family Centre

6679 Woodworth Road Port Burwell, ON N0J 1T0

Embedded in the still silence of rural Southwestern Ontario, near the spectacular beaches of Lake Erie and adventurous canoe routes of the Otter Creek.

Main Hall

Cabin Complex

Mini Hall

Outdoor Activities

The John Paul II Family Centre is available to rent for group or family events. Click here to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Gifts can be made in a variety of ways: cash, cheque, electronic fund transfer (EFT), and credit card. Gifts can be made as a one-time total amount, or a commitment can be made over 5 years. Contact Sarah at to set up your campaign gift!

$1,000,000 purchase price of the John Paul II Family Centre plus $50,000 legal/tax cost, and a final $200,000 capital fund to cover improvements at the Centre for the next 5 years.

Family Foundations Institute (FFI), a registered charity governed by a Board of Directors will own the Centre and be responsible for all costs associated with the operation and maintenance. FFI has successfully operated the John Paul II Family Centre for the past 3 years through a long-term lease arrangement.

FFI believes their camping programs are an essential service to families. Youth camps provide a natural space for young people to grow in faith, character and friendship while family camps provide a joy-filled and positive vacation environment of like-minded families. In addition to these camping programs, FFI also believes retreats in a natural setting provide participants with the opportunity for beneficial growth in spiritual and mental wellness.

Ownership ensures that the priceless experience and high quality of camping programs and other events remains consistent, affordable, and reliable for families in the long term.

Anticipated maintenance jobs have been included in this capital campaign.

No, we do not foresee another capital campaign in the next 5 years.

Yes, and depending on the amount of your taxable income you may be eligible for a return of up to 46% of the gift amount.