The tragic event that took place on April 23rd, 2018 will forever be remembered as the “Toronto Van Attack”. A man rented a van and deliberately targeted innocent people. 10 were killed, 16 seriously injured, and countless others affected by a hate crime. One of those victims was Anne Marie D’Amico whose life was violently and unexpectedly taken. She was an inspiring woman who led by example and influenced positive change through her unselfish acts of kindness. That day left a scar on the city and the hearts of the D’Amico family.

Inspired by her character and in remembrance of her spirit, the Anne Marie D’Amico Foundation was born. The Foundation was launched by the D’Amico family as a way to move forward with their daughter and sister. The goal is to promote positive change by working with the community and like-minded supporters to end violence against women.

When a woman is abused, when she is shut down, isolated, degraded or killed, we lose the life, vitality and all potential contribution that she could have made to her family, friends, and community. Violence against women leads to suffering. If some suffer, we all suffer.

In order for the Anne Marie D’Amico Foundation to thrive in its mission, it will continue to look to the future for solutions. The Turtle Project, its pinnacle event, will commemorate the Foundation’s efforts each year on December 3rd, Anne Marie’s birthday. The purpose of this event is to bring awareness to our cause and highlight the voices of those affected by this issue.

The Anne Marie D’Amico foundation, inspired by a woman who proved to us that we can make a difference, cannot work alone.

Join us in our mission.

Supporting in 2019

This year’s contributions will go towards the North York Women’s Shelter. For 33 years NYWS has been a place of healing, empowerment and refuge. NYWS has been able to help over 11,000 women and children heal from the trauma of abuse. They are in the midst of the HER campaign and needs to raise $3 million dollars to supplement various levels of government funding.

We choose the North York Women’s Shelter and the HER campaign for two reasons: First, Anne Marie’s aunt previously worked at the shelter and witnessed the repercussions of violence against women first hand. Second, we believe it will be a model going forward. A safe haven for women and girls who have suffered through violence.

We lost Anne Marie but we can save countless other women.

Board of Directors

Tony Comparelli


Nick D'Amico


Rocco D’Amico

Secretary / Treasurer

Frances D'Amico


Carmela D’Amico


Jonny Comparelli


Rocco Romualdi


David Sharpe