Our History

Supporting BC students

Ellen and Russ Cmolik founded The Cmolik Foundation in 2008 to provide opportunities for youth who have experienced adversity in their lives. Rooted in a profound belief in the power of education to transform and empower, we support undergraduate and post-secondary training, mentorship, field trips and summer camps to support the healthy development of our youth.


Our Trajectory

Where we are today

With the help of our dedicated educators, mentors, sponsors and volunteers, we award up to twenty scholarships every year. Explore our timeline to learn more about the milestones that defined our trajectory and solidified our commitment to empowering youth to realize their potential.

Foundation formally established


Seven post-secondary scholarships awarded. Two extraordinary field trips for inner-city school Grade 5 students sponsored.

Eight scholarships awarded


We partner with Simon Fraser University to offer summer camp to Grade 5 students and complete a 10-year study on the program.

Seven scholarships awarded


We partner with the Surrey Firefighters to create a Wise Choices program for students.

Thirteen scholarships awarded


Grade 6 and 7 students added to the SFU summer camp program.

Eleven scholarships awarded


Supporting curriculum developed for the Expanding Horizons program.

Nine scholarships awarded


Students in elementary school attend presentation with Canadian astronaut, Commander Chris Hadfield.

Ten scholarships awarded


Ocean Park Foundation established.

Thirteen scholarships awarded


The SFU Cmolik Prize ($100,000) for the Best Enhancement in Public Education in British Columbia created.

Fourteen scholarships awarded


Tuition Passport Program begins for intermediate students attending SFU Summer Camp.

Seventeen scholarships awarded


BCIT Marine Centre field trip is added for Grade 7 students. Surrey Firefighter Training Centre added for Grade 6 students, along with babysitter and CPR Certification.