The mission of the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity (JACC) is to improve the quality of life for seriously ill children and their families… “when love is not enough.”
Jennifer Ashleigh Clements died of an inherited, degenerative, muscular disease. She was just 6 months old. Tragically, just two years later, her younger sister Danica died of the same illness.
Our charity was founded by their grandfather, Norman Clements, in 1990, to help the many seriously ill children in Ontario like Jennifer and Danica.
Since our work began, JACC has helped thousands of seriously ill children and their families with funding for hospital and household costs, specialized care, medical treatments and therapies.
About Norman Clements
Norm Clements created his first sporting goods company in 1968, calling it National Gym Clothing Limited. Originally working from the trunk of his car, the company evolved into 18 National Sports retail stores operating across southern Ontario. In January 2005, National Sports was sold to Forzani Group Ltd.
Norm enjoys helping others. Helping others “when love is not enough” is what he set out to do in 1990 after suffering the loss of his infant granddaughter. He is no stranger to aiding those in need and comes by this trait as a member of a family filled with giving from the heart. His brothers and sister have served as missionaries in Africa and South America and his kindness to others ranges from assisting street children in Bolivia, sponsoring drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, to his local annual Christmas dinner for the community. He is a fine example of what one person’s generosity can do to effect change in the world.
Canadian Charitable Organization 13942 3875 RR0001