Mike Strobel, Toronto Sun

Mike Strobel

Toronto Sun

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Past articles by Mike:

STROBEL: 'Wow, that's a lot of money!'

The Sun Christmas Fund for Variety Village didn’t stand a snowball’s chance this year, we said. Balderdash, you said and you were right. → Read More

STROBEL: No quit in Variety kids like Comeback Zach

"I broke my tailbone," Zach Rayment calls out, as he races down a hallway at Variety Village, late for a swim in the Sunshine Pool. → Read More

STROBEL: Sisterly love on full display at Variety Village

To an outsider, life as Sabrina Raffa’s big sister hardly seems a bowl of cherries. → Read More

HIS OWN BEST ADVOCATE: Variety kid on inclusion quest

The eight-year-old coming toward us in a Variety Village hallway, with a toothy grin and leg braces, doesn't look like a justice warrior. → Read More

In search of shield maidens ... and other wonders of the Viking world

BIRKA, Sweden — Tulip, my Norwegian forest cat, would feel at home here among the cherry trees whispering in a chill Nordic breeze. → Read More

THE PEACE-MAKER: Variety girl a beacon of calm

The moment Simone Purcell Randmaa was born, the delivery room fell silent. → Read More

THE WILL TO WIN: Variety teen embraces wheelchair sport

If you should chance upon Variety Village at 7 o'clock one morning, you might find Ibrahim Odza on a basketball court in the fieldhouse. → Read More

STROBEL: ERR CANADA! Volt hockey heroes overcome rocky start

"It was disheartening the way our kids, our athletes, were treated, almost like it was a disruption, not an accommodation. It goes to show how far we need to go to make accessibility a cultural imperative." → Read More

STROBEL: Swimming saved Ruby’s life

Swimming was Vicki Keith's life. → Read More

STROBEL: The joy of food

Fed up with her feeding tube, Wee Willa now enjoys everything from eggs Benedict to honey garlic chicken wings → Read More

STROBEL: Little miss sunshine connects to the world through music

When you meet Kathleen McHardy, silent sitting in her wheelchair, you can't help but wonder what's going on under that auburn ponytail. → Read More

STROBEL: Blade Runner -- Variety Village kid a world track star

Thousands have navigated the 200-metre indoor track at Variety Village over the years. → Read More

STROBEL: Zach’s giant leap

Zachary Rayment is walking for the first time in his life -- at 12 years old. → Read More

STROBEL: Happy ‘Disability Day’

If you can stop online Christmas shopping for a sec, I'd like to wish you a ... Happy International Day of Persons with Disabilities! → Read More

'Tis the season for Sun Christmas Fund

The Sun Christmas Fund for Variety Village is off in a flash. → Read More


Everyone wins in the Sun Christmas Fund, especially Variety Village kids and their families, but a few lucky folks leave with a little extra. The rest of you… → Read More

STROBEL: Village ties that bind

KAGAWONG, Ont. — Variety Village is a six-hour drive from this tiny port atop Lake Huron — but they are light years apart for my neighbour Tom Imrie and his… → Read More

PLAY FAIR! Village Volt hockey stars shut out

Life is unfair to kids with disabilities. The pandemic is no different. → Read More

STROBEL: Friendly arm-twister Mort Greenberg dies at 89

It’s like Santa Claus just died.Around noon Saturday, with 248 shopping days ’til Christmas, Mort Greenberg breathed his last at the old Toronto East General.He was a few hours past his 89th birthday.Regular readers know Mort as the Gordie Howe of Toronto sports charity. → Read More

Scrooge is Canadian?

Scrooge, eh? → Read More