Muscular Dystrophy Canada Receives Canada Post Community Foundation Grant

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September 25th, 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toronto, Ontario

 

Muscular Dystrophy Canada receives Canada Post Community Foundation support

 
Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC) has received a $50k grant from the Canada Post Community Foundation for an important nationwide project that will impact thousands of people dealing with a neuromuscular disorder.

Muscular Dystrophy Canada conducted a lengthy consultation process with more than 2500 key stakeholders (people living with neuromuscular disorders, families, educators, caregivers, clinicians, etc.) to identify gaps in service delivery and support and determine areas where MDC could make meaningful investments to enhance the quality of life for those affected by neuromuscular disorders.

In response, MDC has developed an innovative system navigation program to deliver a large impact to our community. The program relies on partnerships and technology to ensure that all clients have access. It is our priority to serve Canadians across the country, this program allows us to provide high-quality service in rural and hard to serve areas in the same way that it is delivered in major cities across Canada. With MDC’s HUB model, we are able to leverage partnerships and resources to assist clients in accessing the right resources. It is working directly, in partnership, with people affected by neuromuscular disorders to assist in accessing supports, to access the right service or support at the right time.

“Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s system navigation program is a non-medical service that helps individuals and their families to connect and access the right resources, while addressing gaps and promoting optimal quality of life and inclusion for people affected by neuromuscular disorders” says Stacey Lintern, Chief Operating Officer at MDC.

“The system navigation program empowers individuals and their families to achieve their unique and specific goals based on their own preferences.  Our clients have informed us that their neuromuscular disorders do not define who they are, our clients have goals and aspirations, but may need help along the way – MDC is honoured to provide this type of support and we are truly grateful to Canada Post and all or donors who make our work possible”

MDC is a not-for-profit organization committed to finding a cure for neuromuscular disorders through well funded research. MDC’s dedicated volunteers and staff across the country raise funds to enhance the lives of those affected by over 160 different kinds of neuromuscular disorders by continually working to provide ongoing support and resources.

“Our Foundation works to deliver a brighter future for Canadian children and youth,” says Deepak Chopra, President and CEO, Canada Post and Foundation chairman. “Thanks to our customers and employees who said “yes” when we asked for help, more than 100 organizations across Canada are receiving critical funding to help children in their community.” 

Muscular Dystrophy Canada is thankful to receive the support of Canada Post in expanding this vital program to all Canadians. We are proud to have supporters that value the inclusion of all, no matter where they may live across the country.

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About Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s mission is to enhance the lives of those affected with neuromuscular disorders by continually working to provide ongoing support and resources while relentlessly searching for a cure through well-funded research. To learn more about Muscular Dystrophy Canada, please visit www.muscle.ca or call our toll-free number at 1-866-MUSCLE-8 (1-866-687-2538). 

About the Canada Post Community Foundation

The Canada Post Community Foundation for Children’s vision is to help ensure every child in Canada is happy, healthy and part of a community that supports and cares for them. Its mission is to have a positive effect in the lives of children in the communities Canada Post serves by supporting registered charities, school programs or local initiatives that benefit children. It has granted more than $6 million to over 500 community organizations across Canada. To learn more about the Foundation, visit canadapost.ca/community. 

Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Jesse Sharratt at Muscular Dystrophy Canada by phone at 437-998-8845 or by e-mail at jesse.sharratt@muscle.ca

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