CHARITIES, ORGANIZATIONS & GIVING BACK – The Shannon Murree Group and Team Approach

It’s more than just money – it’s a commitment, mission statement and way of life. The Shannon Murree Group – is an innovative team dedicated to philanthropy and giving back to the community. With their unique approach, they have won numerous awards for their outstanding contributions to charitable causes. Their mission is to make a positive impact on the charities and organizations they serve and improve the lives of those in need. 

Through their philanthropy-first approach, they prioritize the needs of the community and work tirelessly to ensure that the charities they serve receive the support they need. The Shannon Murree Group – understands the importance of giving back, and they believe that by doing so, they can make a meaningful difference in the world.

A lot of times, this is so much more than money to raise one’s profile. Their approach is genuine and authentic in hopes of creating a better world in hope of the “ripple effect” and inspiring everyone of all walks of life to participate whether donating, volunteering or any capacity.

Join their efforts and help make a positive impact in your community.


Empowering Women & Girls – One Shoebox at a Time

The Shoebox Project for Women is a Registered Charity across Canada, US & the UK, with local Chapters, that continually strives to promote equity and inclusion through our gift drives. While our primary focus is working with local shelters, we also deliver gifts and other in-kind donations to any community service agency that serves women and girls, or how they identify, who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. This includes shelters serving families, individuals who identify as women, transgender or non-binary, seniors, youth, refugees, adults living with disabilities, pregnant and parenting youth, and more. We also work with immigrant, refugee & newcomer welcome programs, community health centers, indigenous friendship centers, food & clothing banks, supportive & transitional housing programs, homeless outreach services and drop-ins, employment support services, mental health and addiction services, and First Nations reserves.

The Shoebox Project for Women is an unaffiliated, non-religious charity that celebrates diversity, stands firmly against racism and challenges oppression in all its forms. We are mindful of the diverse and intersecting identities of the people who access our services, and use the term “women” in an inclusive manner.

Our mission is to uplift and empower women and girls, or how they identify, who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness through in-kind support, education, and community participation. Our vision is to foster equitable communities where all women and girls are seen, valued, and treated with dignity and compassion. Through our volunteer-led gift drives, we aim to build compassionate and connected communities by distributing daily essentials to shelters and community agencies. Additionally, we aim to build awareness and educate youth to challenge stigmas, fight discrimination, and promote equity.  More Info or Make a Donation



Hospice care for all of Simcoe County.

Hospice Simcoe is a vital organization that provides essential end-of-life care and support to individuals and their families in Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada. They offer compassionate care to individuals with life-limiting illnesses, helping them manage their symptoms and maintain their quality of life. Hospice Simcoe also provides emotional, spiritual, and practical support to the families of individuals receiving end-of-life care, helping them navigate this difficult time.

Shannon has personally witnessed the compassionate care provided by Hospice Simcoe and the team of volunteers, ever since the loss of her mother. She is grateful for the end-of-life care her mother received and the support her family received during and after her mother’s passing. Shannon particularly appreciates their aftercare program, which continues to support families even after their loved one has passed.

Hospice Simcoe also plays a critical role in educating the public about end-of-life care and advocating for the rights of individuals with life-limiting illnesses. By providing community-based care, Hospice Simcoe allows individuals to receive care in the comfort of their homes, surrounded by their loved ones and familiar surroundings. Overall, Hospice Simcoe is an essential resource for the Simcoe County community, providing compassionate care, education, and advocacy for those facing end-of-life issues. Click here for events & ways to donate

So that no one faces cancer aloneTM

The Simcoe Muskoka branch of Gilda’s Club is a crucial source of support for individuals impacted by cancer, including patients, survivors, and caregivers. Named after the late comedian and actress Gilda Radner, the organization has been offering emotional and social assistance since its establishment in 2003. Gilda’s Club is particularly noteworthy for its dedication to providing support to those affected by cancer, despite receiving no financial support from the government and relying solely on community donations to fund its various programs and courses. The club offers a safe and supportive environment for individuals to connect, share experiences, and find comfort in the company of others who understand what they’re going through. Caregivers play a critical role in cancer treatment and management, and Gilda’s Club recognizes this by providing support and resources to help caregivers navigate the challenges of caring for their loved ones. Shannon and her family, who have firsthand experience with the loss of her mother due to cancer, understand the importance of aftercare and the invaluable support that organizations like Gilda’s Club offer to patients, survivors, and caregivers. For ways to give or events, click here

At Hallmark Giving, we work tirelessly throughout the year to raise funds for these organizations. Shannon Murree and her team are actively involved as volunteers and donors, and Shannon also serves on the Hallmark Giving committee, playing a direct role in shaping events and their impact on the community.

Hallmark Giving was founded to drive positive change, both locally and globally. Over the years, Hallmark Giving has raised more than $2 million in support of worthy charities, with the knowledge that each dollar donated is making the world a better place to live. Hallmark Giving takes pride in supporting these organizations and their mission to enhance the lives of children, youth, and vulnerable communities. We invite you to join us in this vision so that, together, we can create meaningful transformation in the places we call home.

We are part of the Miracle Home Program to make a difference in the lives of children in our local children’s hospital and help change the future of Canada by improving the health of kids.

Last year, RE/MAX Canada supported the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), raising an incredible $3.4M to help 2.8 million sick and injured children across the country! It’s an honour to be part of CMN Miracle Home Program and the funds go directly to support the CMN cause.

The Shannon Murree Group and the team are proud to be part of RE/MAX Cares and actively participate in the Miracle Home Program, donating a portion of their commissions to support local children’s hospitals.

Together, we work to make a positive impact on the lives of children in our communities.

The Shannon Murree Group (SMG) is a strong advocate for equality, equity, and inclusion. Shannon works tirelessly to empower and mentor women in hockey, in addition to serving as a volunteer on the Jr. Sharks Management Committee. The SMG’s playbook is to grow women’s hockey, and they firmly believe that “Representation Matters,” particularly for shaping tomorrow’s leaders. This is why the SMG is proud to be the official sponsor of the Barrie Jr. Sharks (BJS) and committed to supporting the team for the upcoming season, and beyond. The BJS is an elite U22 level women’s hockey team that competes in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League. The program has been developed to meet the needs of elite-level players from Barrie and the surrounding northern and central Ontario region. Since the inaugural season in 2011, the program has been fortunate to have over 40 of its players move on to NCAA Div I and III and U SPORTS.

This partnership between the SMG and the BJS began as a result of their strong network and connections to the community. The SMG offers Mindset Coaching, and Shannon works effortlessly at the promotion of equality, equity, and inclusion. This partnership includes a financial commitment, philanthropic efforts supporting the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie, as well as the Shoebox Project for Women (Simcoe County and Grey Chapters). Both Murree and the BJS believe that this partnership is a way to build bridges and connect the community as a whole, who share the love of the sport while supporting initiatives for diversity and inclusion on and off the ice. Murree’s commitment and consistent demonstration of pursuing equality and leadership align with the core values and work ethic of the BJS players. “Our young women are working extremely hard to succeed in this sport at an elite level, and the Shannon Murree Group are reputable changemakers who believe in our mission,” said Jr. Sharks General Manager, Ted Dean. “We are looking forward to this partnership as we aim to continue to grow women’s hockey.” To learn more click here

Barrie Persian Association, the first and

only Persian community in Barrie and

surrounding area

ونیتی مخصوص فارسی زبانان در منطقه بری و حومه در خد


The Barrie Persian Association is a not-for-profit organization that aims to foster cross-cultural dialogue and understanding between the Persian community, including all Farsi language speakers, and other communities living in Canada, particularly in Barrie. The association was founded by Samira Rashidian-Zadeh, a member of the Shannon Murree Group and team, along with her husband and other family members who have personally experienced the challenges of immigrating from Iran.

One of the primary goals of the Barrie Persian Association is to help bridge the cultural divide between the Persian community and the broader Canadian society. This includes creating opportunities for people to learn about Persian culture, language, and traditions, as well as encouraging members of the Persian community to learn more about Canadian customs and values.

The founders of the association recognize that one of the biggest challenges faced by immigrants from Iran is learning English as a second language. As such, the association will provide language classes and other educational resources to help Persian speakers improve their English skills and better integrate into Canadian society.

However, the Barrie Persian Association also recognizes the importance of preserving and celebrating Persian culture and traditions. To this end, the association will organize cultural events and festivals, including celebrations of Persian New Year, music and dance performances, and traditional food tastings.

Overall, the Barrie Persian Association is committed to promoting cross-cultural dialogue and understanding between the Persian community and other communities in Canada. By fostering greater appreciation and understanding of different cultures, the association hopes to create a more harmonious and inclusive society for all Canadians.

To join the community or learn more go to Barrie Persian Association

The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie provides shelter and support services to abused women and children. With a crisis shelter and outreach services, the agency assists approximately 1,000 women and children each year. Their mission is to provide a safe refuge and emergency support services for abused women and their children, committed to ending the cycle of violence.

The agency is committed to equality, equity, and safety for all. They recognize the many oppressions and barriers women face and advocate for women’s rights locally and nationally. The team, led by Shannon Murree, is actively involved in supporting the agency’s efforts to challenge beliefs, attitudes, and systems that perpetuate gender inequity, sexism, and violence against women. Shannon has also personally shared her story and co-authored in the “Shelter Me” book, which sheds light on the impact of domestic violence on survivors and the importance of supporting shelters like this one. Additionally, she has participated in the “Shelter Me” documentary, which is now available for viewing.

It is important to note that intimate partner abuse is not gender neutral, and violence against women and children reflects the gender inequity that exists in our society. The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie is doing critical work in advocating for the rights and safety of women and children and providing support and refuge to those in need.

Furthermore, Shannon Murree and the team firmly support and align with the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie’s commitment to the elimination of systemic racism and oppression. Alongside the agency we collectively strive to create a diverse global community of inclusiveness, equality, and respect for everyone, challenging discrimination in all forms and viewing it as an opportunity to advise and educate.

To support or donate click here.