National Volunteer Week 2013: Thank you Volunteers!


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I volunteer!There are an unlimited number of ways to support Muscular Dystrophy Canada as a volunteer.  Office volunteers, event volunteers, chapter members, Board of Directors members, and fundraising volunteers are all in high demand.  Muscular Dystrophy Canada is a volunteer-driven organization and relies on dedicated, enthusiastic, diverse and dynamic people to help us meet our mission. Volunteers are respected members of Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s team and play a vital role in the delivery of our fundraising campaigns, programs and services.  Here are just a few stories of Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s wonderful volunteers!  Learn how to get involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Jessica Dell'Unto

Jessica Dell’Unto

Jessica Dell’Unto:

I started with Muscular Dystrophy Canada as a client in 2011 when I was diagnosed with Limb Girdle but I have recently become involved as a volunteer. I am a peer mentor at the Toronto Chapter meeting and am planning to get involved with as many Walk for Muscular Dystrophy events this summer as possible. Volunteering has given me so many opportunities to network, learn about the resources available through MDC, and above all else, give back to an organization that has supported me in so many ways.


Helen Cornett:

Helen Cornett with her Diamond Jubilee Medal

Helen Cornett with her Diamond Jubilee Medal

Helen Cornett has been an active volunteer with Muscular Dystrophy Canada for nearly 35 years. Her commitment and dedication to the organization has been truly astounding.  Helen has been an active executive member of the Windsor Chapter since its inception.

Through the Windsor Chapter, Helen also administers the annual Buck for Luck campaign where she diligently delivers kits throughout the Windsor and Essex region. She works hard year after year to recruit new establishments and ensure Muscular Dystrophy Canada is visible throughout the community.

Over the years, Helen has volunteered with the Windsor Chapter and Muscular Dystrophy Canada in as many roles as possible. She was a previous board member for the organization and has taken on nearly every Chapter Executive role. She is a very dedicated and committed volunteer who takes pride in her commitment to enhance the lives of those affected by neuromuscular disorders.

Françoise Béland (centre in white)

Françoise Béland (centre in white)

Françoise Béland:

Françoise Béland is an extremely active and dedicated volunteer for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. The time and commitment that she puts forth towards her activities with the organization is truly remarkable.

Françoise helped to create the Ottawa Chapter group with her husband in 1997 and has been a devoted and enthusiastic volunteer ever since. Françoise has been an active Chapter executive member for the past 15 years, taking on various roles including her current role as treasurer. She arranges Chapter meetings and the Ottawa Chapter support group and ensures all members are included. Françoise also prepares the meals for special meetings so that members have the opportunity to get together over a great meal.

Françoise and her family

Françoise and her family

Françoise is also the driving force behind all of the Ottawa Chapter fundraising activities, along with her husband J.P. and son Luc. Françoise recruits and organizes over 40 volunteers at the annual Ottawa Walk for Muscular Dystrophy, and coordinates to ensure the largest and highest fundraising annual Walk event in Ontario is a success year after year. Françoise also dedicates countless hours to the annual Buck for Luck and Christmas ornaments campaign. Because of her efforts, the Ottawa Chapter is consistently the highest fundraising Chapter across the country for both of these campaigns.

Thank you Jessica, Helen and Françoise, and all volunteers, for your commitment to Muscular Dystrophy Canada!

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