International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day 2016

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff Team at Muscular Dystrophy Canada, we would like to extend our appreciation to you, as a volunteer, for your contributions to improve the quality of life of those affected by neuromuscular disorders. Because of your fundraising efforts, in the last year, our direct investment of $1,055,000.00 helped 497 Canadians to purchase 659 medically prescribed assistive devices with a retail value of $3,612,000.00; respiratory care Seed Grants were awarded in the amount of $191,067 for 4 new respiratory research projects and more than $700,000 was contributed to the E-Rare research program in collaboration with CIHR’s Institute of Genetics. Through our network of 28 Chapters and Community Networks, more than 1,902 people attended 127 networking events, more than 515 people attended 16 Educational Forums, more than 3,711 points of contact were made with clients and 220 requests for financial assistance were granted through Community Services Funds. Furthermore, because of you, our dedicated team of staff members was able to participate in 32 collaborative partnerships to influence positive change, respond to over 10,000 phone calls and emails to support people affected by neuromuscular disorders and their caregivers and deliver 79 presentations on a variety of topics. What more can we say besides THANK YOU!!!

International Volunteer Day is celebrated on December 05, 2016. It is an international observance designated by the United Nations since 1985. It offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions.

Whether it be sitting on a rooftop, pulling a fire truck or filling a boot as a Fire Fighter, helping out with administration in one of our community offices, or delivering support or networking opportunities to families as a Chapter or Community Network member, your role as a volunteer with Muscular Dystrophy Canada is invaluable.

Once again, thank you for everything that you do to help make muscles move!

Buzz Green – Chair of the Board of Directors
Jeff Sparks – National Director, Volunteer Engagement and Organizational Development

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