Who We Are
To receive and maintain funds, and to apply all or part thereof for religious, charitable, or educational purposes of the Church of Christ, Scientist, its members and associated organizations, within the Province of Ontario.
Founder Charles "Charlie" R. Vint was born in Sarnia, Ontario, in 1887, the youngest of five children. In 1892, after his mother was widowed, the family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, w here she had the comfort and support of other family members. Money was tight. To help, young Charlie began his entrepreneurial life shining shoes; selling newspapers; and touring the neighbourhood with a box cameral, taking baby pictures, and printing, mounting and selling them to parents. He also learned to play the piano, so that he could accompany the new silent movies, when they came to town. At age sixteen, Charile began working for the Palmolive Company, as an office boy.
In 1911, Charlie met and married Laura Eggert. Laura was a lifelong Christian Scientist, and she began to interest her new husband in these teachings. Meanwhile, Charlie was rapidly moving up the corporate ladder. In 1913, he learned the company wanted to establish a Canadian factory in Windsor, Ontario. As the man in charge of the distribution and shipping department, he suggested Toronto would be a better location. Not only was the factory built in Toronto, but Charlie, being a Canadian citizen, was assigned to manage it. Still the boss forty-one years later; Mr. Vint retired as President and Managing Director of Colgate-Palmolive Limited. In Toronto, Charlie helped Laura raise their two daughters. He attended to the business of Colgate; sat on the Board of Directors of other corporations and organizations, such as the Association of Canadian Advertisers; co-founded the Bureau of Broadcast Management; was a member of the Masonic Order, and a member of the Kiwanis Club. Above all, Mr. Vint was a devoted Christian Scientist. The family were members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Toronto. This city, and life in general, had been good to Charlie. "I felt I should do something in return," he said. So, in gratitude for what Christian Science meant to him, in 1965 Mr. Vint created a non-profit, charitable, and private foundation call the C.R. Vint Foundation.
Board of Directors
Lynn Galloway | President
Ross Galloway | Vice President
Wayne Shaw | Secretary/Treasurer
Murray Galloway | Director
Hugh Parker | Director