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Board of Directors

Muscular Dystrophy Canada is fortunate to benefit from the expertise of our Board of Directors. Board members come from across Canada and bring with them their skills and proficiencies as businesspeople, fundraisers and researchers, and their personal knowledge of neuromuscular disorders.

 

Michael Kaye

 

 

Chair of the Board of Directors

Member of the Board since: 2009

Profession: Assistant Deputy Fire Chief

Education Credentials: B.Sc

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “it is a tradition within the fire service, and together we can make a difference in people’s lives.”


Buzz Green

 

 

Past-Chair of the Board of Directors
Chair of the Executive Committee

Member of the Board since: 2011

Profession: Management Consultant/former Senior Executive

Education Credentials: B Comm – Queen’s University

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “I continue to be truly inspired by the remarkable courage and resilience of so many of the individuals and their families that I have met who are living with neuromuscular disorders and I wanted to do more to ensure they get all the support they need and to help raise awareness of this terrible disease.”


Dave Ferguson

 

 

Member of the Board since: 2009

Profession: Retired Civil Servant/Retired Volunteer Fire Chief

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “It is the fire service’s charity of choice and the more I meet folks who are affected by neuromuscular disorders, the more I want to help make a difference for them and to ‘make muscles move.’”


Debra Chiabai

 

 

Member of the Board since: 2010

Profession: Teacher, Senior Instructional Designer Online training

Education Credentials: Bachelor of Arts – Psychology and Geography, Carleton University; B.Ed. Nipissing

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “I have seen first-hand the help and hope it brings to families through peer support, funding for equipment, and research. I have had a life-long connection with the organization, in my youth through my father’s involvement as a firefighter and more recently since my son Alex was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2003.”


David Cluff

 

 

Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Member of the Board since: 2017

Profession: Retired

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “I have seen the difference Muscular Dystrophy Canada can make in the lives of the people it serves, in particular with one of my close friends and colleagues.”


Dr. Lawrence Korngut

 

 

Member of the Board since: 2012

Profession: Neurologist at the Calgary Neuromuscular Clinic. Director, Calgary ALS and Motor Neuron Disease Clinic. National Principal Investigator, Canadian Neuromuscular Disease Registry. Clinical Assistant Professor (Neurology), University of Calgary.

Education Credentials: Doctor of Medicine, Fellow of the Royal College of Canada (Neurology), Fellow of the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (Electromyography)

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “I am continually inspired by individuals and families affected by neuromuscular conditions in my clinic, as well as, in the community.”


Yazmine Laroche

 

 

Member of the Board since: 2008

Profession: Federal Deputy Minister, Government of Canada

Education Credentials: B.A.

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “I have a neuromuscular disorder and I want to make a difference.”


Donna Nixon

 

 

Member of the Board since: 2017

Profession: Partner, Market & Public Opinion Research

Education Credentials: B.A. Economics, MBA, CMRP

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “I strongly believe in giving back to our society and ensuring that everyone has a chance to participate, be as productive as possible and enjoy life to the fullest.  People with neuromuscular disorders face significant challenges every day.  It’s important that we do all we can to support them.  Together, we can do great things!”


Kara Reid

 

 

Member of the Board since: 2011

Profession: Occupational Therapist

Education Credentials: BscOT, OT(C), OTRegNB, C/NDT

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “children with neuromuscular disorders have always held a special place in my heart – first when I was a camp counselor at an Easter Seals camp in New Brunswick, and now through my 13 years as an Occupational Therapist at the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation. The positive impact of Muscular Dystrophy Canada is one which can be clearly seen through the support, education, research and funding provided to children, their families and teams of health care professionals. The feedback shared by families who have been involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada has motivated me to become a more active member of this organization, so that I too can work to better the quality of life for individuals with Neuromuscular Disorders across our country.”


Kelly Zacharias

 

 

Member of the Board since: 2007-2009, 2013

Profession: Fire Fighter

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “it is traditionally the Fire Fighters charity of choice since 1954. Having been involved as a volunteer for the past 27 years in various capacities within the organization I have seen great advancements in Research, Equipment, Advocacy and Services. These advancements have allowed those effected with a neuromuscular disorder to live fuller more independent lives and that’s what keeps me involved.”


Kerry Zado

 

 

Past Chair BC/Yukon Advisory Committee

Member of the Board since: 2015

Profession: Deputy Fire Chief (Rtd)

Education Credentials: advanced certificate in Human Resourses and Emergency Planning, Diploma in Business Admin and numerous Fire related certifications.

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “I became involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada in 1989 as a volunteer firefighter and have served as Chair of our department since 1991. I remain involved because I believe as a group, we can make a difference.”


Tony Rose

 

 

Chair of the National Fire Fighter Relations Committee

Member of the Board since: 2017

Profession: Fire Protection Officer

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “ I know I’m making a difference for people with Neuromuscular Disorders.”


David Crawford

 

 

Member of the Board since: 2017

Profession: Vice President and Assistant Secretary – Treasurer


Alfred Breton-Pare

 

 

Member of the Board since: 2017

I am involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because “It is the organization supporting families like mine, present since the DMD diagnosis of our son Eloi. Through the High-Rise Challenge, I want to actively support him. Being sponsored by firefighters, we are combining our efforts to raise awareness to our cause; and fundraising in order to finance research for a cure & services to Canadians living with a neuromuscular disorder. Being a member of the Board of Directors, I want to use my experience and knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry to the benefit of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. I hope to contribute in facilitating the awareness amongst clients of clinical studies being conducted in our country. By having full knowledge of potential new treatment options, MDC clients will be better equipped to take an informed decision regarding their desire to participate or not. Finally, I also want to play a role with MDC being a leader in advocating for an easy and universal access to potent and new treatments for neuromuscular disorders.”

 

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