Reverend Bob Rumball knew that big dreams need a lot of hard work and dedication to become realities. After accepting the role of full-time pastor to the Evangelical Church of the Deaf, he asked the Deaf Community what they wanted, and they answered overwhelmingly that it was space of their own – a home where they could provide programs and services to their own community.
Determined to make this happen, Reverend Rumball embarked on a fundraising quest, drawing on not only the Deaf community, but on contacts from his former career as a professional football player for the Ottawa Roughriders and the Toronto Argonauts. In addition to people like Harold Ballard and Conn Smythe, Rev. Rumball asked his own friends and family, local businesses, and members of the community at large.
Rev. Rumball knew that to make dreams come true for the Deaf Community, he would need to pull together every friend, ally and supporter he could muster. He did so, successfully, managing to raise the funds needed to build our four organizations:
- The Bob Rumball Camp of the Deaf in Parry Sound - 1960.
- The Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf in Toronto - 1979.
- The Bob Rumball Associations for the Deaf in Milton – 1985
- The Bob Rumball Home for the Deaf in Barrie - 2007
In 1996, The Bob Rumball Foundation for the Deaf was incorporated. We continue this tradition of bringing friends together to make dreams into realities for the Deaf Community.
The Bob Rumball Foundation for the Deaf, like Reverend Rumball himself, values the support of each and every individual who believes in the same dream we do – better quality of life for Deaf people in Ontario.