NCE3: High Park [2010 Champs]

NCE3 location


Ellis Ave. & Lakeshore Blvd., at 13k


Friends of High Park Zoo will have a DJ, live entertainment and refreshments. It's a great place for families and friends to celebrate a Toronto tradition and cheer the Scotiabank Waterfront runners on!

Cheer runners from:

9:25am to 11:20am

High Park Zoo: llamas

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Neighbourhood Champion: Chris Diceman, CFA

Chris Diceman

Chris Diceman models his running style for the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon after his favourite High Park Zoo animals — the emu and the wallaby.

Chris is running for the millions of people that have visited High Park Zoo over its 120 year history and the millions to come. Chris is running to support Friends of High Park Zoo who, after the City of Toronto cut the funding in 2012, is responsible to raise the funds to operate the Zoo each year.

While Chris models his physical running style to that of another two-legged animal, a High Park Zoo emu, his mental approach is inspired by a High Park Zoo wallaby who only knows how to move forward.

Chris — a seasoned capital markets professional — founded DiceMark including DiceMark Capital Advisors and DiceMark Capital Markets. A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chris is a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society Toronto and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Please put a pledge on Chris TODAY for Friends of High Park Zoo!


Neighbourhood Champion: Charles Jewell

Charles Jewell

Charles has been visiting High Park Zoo since he was "knee high to a grasshopper", as he puts it. Now a father of two, he loves taking his family for regular treks in the Park, feeding the Zoo's llamas and visiting all High Park Zoo's animals.

Keen to aid Friends of High Park Zoo's effort to keep the Zoo open to the community Charles is running the half-marathon, full throttle. The City's budget cuts two years ago caught Charles and family by surprise. Being a Champion for Friends of High Park Zoo lets Charles give back to the Park that figured so prominently in his youth.

Charles works as a Business Analyst Consultant for award-winning Microsoft business solutions provider Navantis and teaches a business analysis class at George Brown College in his spare time to keep a fresh perspective on what he does day to day.

Please put a pledge on Charles TODAY for Friends of High Park Zoo!


Neighbourhood Charity & Sponsoring Group:
"Friends of High Park Zoo Welcome You"

Friends of High Park Zoo on behalf of the neighbourhood of Swansea-Bloor West Village-High Park welcome runners from across Toronto, Canada and the world. When you reach our cheering station you will be at the Western most point on the route and we will be cheering you on like the party 'animals' that we are!

Friends of High Park Zoo invites everyone to celebrate the Zoo's 120th year with us by cheering runners at the Scotiabank Waterfront marathon. We're proud to participate — join us on race day!

Friends of High Park Zoo

Established in 1893 for deer, the Zoo's animal paddocks have always been a popular Toronto attraction. Today, 120 years later, the Zoo's nine paddocks are home to a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, wallabies, emus and sheep. The Zoo is open every day from 7:00 am to dusk. The Llama Pen is open weekends and statutory holidays allowing visitors to feed and pet the llamas from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm until the end of October.

Friends of High Park Zoo was formed in 2012 to raise the necessary funds to ensure that the Zoo remained open in the wake of City budget cuts. The Zoo costs only $228,000 for 2013, or 9 cents per Toronto resident to operate for an entire year. To date, the Friends of High Park Zoo have kept the Toronto tradition alive for families and the community. Sustainable funding is needed from individuals, corporations and local businesses to keep the Zoo going.

Friends of High Park Zoo is a registered not-for-profit corporation created expressly to generate support the for High Park Zoo. Funds raised by our Marathon Champions will be used in support of the Zoo.

Donations to support High Park Zoo can be made online:

About the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation —

Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation

Founded in 2002, the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is a charitable Public Foundation dedicated to enhancing Toronto's parks. The Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation promotes philanthropy, corporate support and community involvement to achieve a range of enhancements to the parks system that can no longer be achieved through City funding alone.

Visit us at and to learn more.


Make a donation and in recognition of your contribution, you or your company will be publicly recognized before, during, and after the event. Email or phone 416 795 7454 if you would like to become a sponsor.


NCE3 Sponsors

Emu Sponsors


Wallaby Sponsors PostNet


2013 Entertainment features:

DJ Woods DJ Woods FIT2DANCE Michelle Hillier

Cyndi Carleton

Cyndi Carleton

Cyndi Carleton is a Toronto-based singer, actor, and teacher. She has been working in professional theatre since the age of 17, but she got her very first start in the business much earlier than that. She appeared in a Johnson's and Johnson's Baby Powder commercial when she was only six months old! That's where it all began. When Cyndi was 5, she entered the public speaking contest in her small school in Capreol, Ontario. Her speech was about her dog Sasha, and she ended up getting a special award from her school. She couldn't compete any farther because there wasn't a category of students that young. But getting up in front of people got in her blood, and she still gets up on stage whenever she can.


The Withnells

Withnell Family

Meet The Withnells: Brian Withnell, Jaccee Dallyn and their daughters, Lauryn and Renče. Together, they make up a dynamic quartet whose repertoire includes their own arrangements of Coldplay, Marianas Trench, old R&B, and today's hits. Their performing credits include 'Work for the Cure', Sick Kids' Foundation, the Ratanak Foundation, Bayview Wildwood Resort, as well as school and community performances.

Jaccee's favourite credits include opening for David Foster, Colin James, Prairie Oyster, singing back-up for Rita MacNeil, as well as musical theatre roles including "Anne of Green Gables" opposite Shirley Douglas. She has been a soloist with the Edmonton Symphony on CTV and has been featured on CBC radio with the swing trio Alley Scatz and as a solo original artist. These past few years have been spent passing the torch to her daughters, accompanying the primary choir at Runnymede school and teaching vocal workshops.

Brian has a high-tech day job but his impersonations of Elton John and Billy Joel for the corporate world have taken him to Palm Springs, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Colorado Springs, Calgary, Montreal, Jasper and Banff. He and Jaccee also had a successful band for 25 years, performing everything from Top 40 to jazz, country, and concerts of original music. Brian accompanies the Glee choir at Runnymede school.

Renče, age 12, plays piano, guitar and viola. She's also a peer mediator at school, helping kids to resolve conflict. Lauryn, age 14, plays piano and violin and is in the Music Theatre program at ESA. They are both competitive dancers in jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, acro, and lyrical.



City Parking lot west of the Sunnyside Pavilion, enter off Lakeshore Boulevard, east of Ellis Avenue.

Cheering station location just east of Ellis, on Lakeshore Boulevard grassy median.

NCE3 is supported by Councillor Sarah Doucette, Ward 13

Ward 13 profile (City of Toronto)


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