Fire Fighter Testimonials: Ontario

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I began my involvement with Muscular Dystrophy Canada when I was hired with Puslinch Fire Rescue Services in 1986. After a few years of assisting with fundraising, I was asked to take over as the Muscular Dystrophy Canada Chairperson for the department. I expanded our one event into several throughout the year, including a successful Fill the Boot campaign. I became a Regional Advisor in 2001 for the regions of Brant, Waterloo and Wellington- Dufferin.

After years of hearing people affected by muscular dystrophy speak about their lives, I am committed to this cause and believe Fire Fighters will continue their support until a cure is found.

John Uptegrove
Puslinch Fire Rescue
Muscular Dystrophy Canada Advisor – Brant, Waterloo & Wellington-Dufferin

I became involved with Muscular Dystrophy nearly 25 years ago.

It all began when I was invited to attend a regional conference in London where I was introduced to a young man affected with a neuromuscular disorder. The spirit he displayed and the goals he had set for his life, all while maneuvering around the room in a wheelchair inspired me to commit to raise funds for this charity.

Over the years I have met and become good friends with so many people within the organization and so continue to be inspired regularly by those affected.

Danielle Campo and Owen McGonigal are 2 of these people who I call my “special friends”. Both of these individuals who are affected have spoke several times in Middlesex County and are the inspiration behind the Middlesex County’s fundraising success.

I have been and remain committed to continue to fight and find a cure for Muscular Dystrophy.

Fire Fighters have been raising funds for Muscular Dystrophy Canada since 1954 and will continue this until the day arrives when we can say, we helped find a cure.

Launie Fletcher
Ontario Advisor Chairman
Advisor Middlesex and Perth Counties

Fire Fighters are involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because that’s what we do.

I’ve been affiliated with Muscular Dystrophy since 1977. Shortly after being hired by the St. Thomas Fire Department, the Chair of the day got me involved with the fundraising efforts. I continued to work for Muscular Dystrophy Canada for several years, then stepped up to the plate and took on the role of Chair. I organized campaigns including Fill the Boot and Buck for Luck. In 2001, I was honored having been selected to represent Canadian Fire Fighters at the Annual Muscular Dystrophy Jerry Lewis Telethon in Los Angeles. We were awed to be in the presence of so many people dedicated to the cause of Muscular Dystrophy.

My wish is to be able to make a positive difference in the lives of people with neuromuscular disorders.

John Boe
St. Thomas Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 447 (retired)
Muscular Dystrophy Advisor – Oxford, Elgin, Essex

Having 35 years experience as a Fire Fighter for North Glengarry Fire Department — Maxville Station, I signed up to become a Fire Fighter Advisor for Muscular Dystrophy Canada almost 10 years ago. I felt this new challenge would be not only exciting but also fulfilling.

I would like nothing more than to get 100% participation from the departments in my area.

Ubald Cardinal
North Glengarry Fire Department – Maxville Station
Muscular Dystrophy Advisor – Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry

Since 1990, I have been involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada. After doing my first Fill the Boot and having met many Canadians affected by neuromuscular disorders I am committed to fighting until a cure is found. Being the past Chair of the National Fire Fighters Relations Committee for Muscular Dystrophy Canada I know first hand how Fire Fighters support is impacting the lives of those affected. I am proud should now read I am proud to be a part of the Muscular Dystrophy Canada Family.

Greg Knight
London Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 142
Past Chair of the National Fire Fighters Relations Committee

I initially began volunteering with Muscular Dystrophy Canada because it is the Fire Fighter’s charity of choice. I continue to volunteer because volunteering is such a powerful force for change. Meeting families affected by neuromuscular disorders, I am reminded how fortunate I am having been blessed with a healthy family. The Awareness we create and the funds raised assist to improve the lives of families affected.

Trevor McVey
Espanola Volunteer Fire Fighter
Espanola, Manitoulin Island, Muscular Dystrophy Canada Advisor Sudbury District

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