Brooke Forbes Legacy Fund

Brooke Forbes
Brooke Forbes

The Brooke Forbes Legacy Fund was set up to honour Brooke Forbes and to carry on her commitment to equity, providing opportunities for young people and powerful storytelling on the radio. Brooke believed in the power of radio to change lives. Brooke worked for more than two decades as a Radio Producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and she sought to educate and entertain listeners about the need for social change. Read more about Brooke's Story (PDF).


The purpose of the Brooke Forbes Legacy Fund is to teach radio production skills to minority youth.

It was inspired by the Radio Camps that Brooke Forbes ran at CBC Radio in Toronto in the 1990's. For six years, Brooke invited selected high school students from across the City to the CBC to learn how to tell their stories on the Radio. Her goal was to turn them on to the possibility of radio as a career and to let them know that their experiences and their stories were worth telling.

Brooke loved being with the kids at Radio Camp. She loved their stories. She was excited by their talent, energy and unpredictability. She loved the idea that, by giving them exposure to the world of broadcast media, they maybe -- just maybe -- would believe their voices would someday be heard. -Lynda Shorten, Radio Producer

One of the students who attended the camp was Aisha Wickham. She went on to become the Canadian talent development manager with FLOW 93.5 radio in Toronto. She says the Radio Camp played a big role in her decision to pursue a career in Radio.

Every year, the Fund supports a project run by a charitable organization that introduces minority youth to the joy of making radio. The projects have included internships at CBC Radio and at a Punjabi radio station, and an after-school radio program for High School students.


Since 2007, the Fund has been supporting charitable organizations who give minority youth the skills they need to experience the magic of making radio.  If you are a charitable organization, learn more about how to apply(PDF). To apply please compete the application form (Word) . Review the projects that we have supported (PDF).

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