On Saturday, November 5, 2016, Muscular Dystrophy Canada hosted its’ Bi-Annual Ontario Volunteer Leadership Conference at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport. This one-day educational and informative conference featured various speakers and presentations that were both motivating and inspiring.
Buzz Green, Chair of the Board, welcomed everyone and introduced CEO, Barbara Stead-Coyle, who presented an organizational overview and talked about the strategic plan for the next three years. Services staff highlighted how donor dollars are used to provide services to those affected by neuromuscular disorders and how we help to enhance the lives of those affected.
Those who attended were very excited to hear research updates from Dr. Robin Parks, Dr. Jodi Warman, Dr. Rashmi Kothary and Dr. Ronald Cohn and enjoyed learning about some of the recent research advancements. Throughout the conference, personal and emotional stories were shared by various volunteers, clients, Fire Fighters and partners. A highlight of the afternoon was when Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli asked 11 year old Kaleb to join him for a break dancing lesson.
The banquet opened with special guests being piped in by the Toronto Fire Pipes and Drums Band. Genuine and heartfelt speeches during the banquet were given by Alex Harold, Christina Massad and National Ambassador Danielle Campo-McLeod. Several of our dedicated volunteers and partners were also recognized with annual awards.
Thank you to all who attended and for making the day so memorable, and congratulations to our award winners.
Ontario Chapter of the Year Award
Ontario Dr. George Karpati Award
University of Ottawa Centre for Neuromuscular Disease
Ontario Fire Department of the Year
Sault Ste. Marie Professional Fire Fighters Association
Ontario Fire Fighter of the Year
Danielle Campo Extra Mile Award was presented to:
Middlesex Centre Fire Department – Coldstream Station
Russell Fire Department
The Espanola Fire Fighters
Whitby Fire and Emergency Services
Ottawa Fire Services – District #7 Fire Fighters