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The Victoria and Burnaby Walks for Muscular Dystrophy are Huge Successes!

IMG_3549 lighterWe did it! Muscular Dystrophy BC/Yukon just completed our first two Walk for Muscular Dystrophy events of the season- the Victoria Walk4MD and the Burnaby Safeway Walk4MD! They were was a big success, raising a combined total of over $70,000!

The Victoria Walk represented a major step for the BC team, it was the first Walk event organized by the team’s new Revenue Development Coordinator, Ethan Clow. It was also the first time the Victoria Walk took place at the University of Victoria. (more…)

#TBT Checking up on Dustin and the Firefighter Games!

DustinLast year we spoke with Dustin LePage from the Robson Volunteer Fire Department about their fundraising activities (read: Putting the ‘Fun’ in Fundraising). At that time, they were working towards putting on their first Firefighter Games, and now it’s almost time for the second edition! The Castlegar Source caught up with Dustin to learn all about the 2015 Games:

EXPLOSIVE EXCITEMENT ON TAP AT 2015 FIREFIGHTER GAMES IN PASS CREEK by Kyra Hoggan

The term ‘explosive’ is an exaggeration often used to get people excited about something, but make no mistake – it’s a 100-per-cent-accurate description of the Firefighter Games (see attached video, in which the 2014 opening ceremonies include blowing up a car and RV, and check out the resulting 100-plus-foot fireball).

Family fun was never cooler than this!

“It’s going to be even bigger and better this year, but the details are secret – we intend to really ‘wow’ the crowd,” said Dustin LePage, of the Robson Fire Department which hosts the games.

And that’s literally just the beginning – LePage says the two-day event, slated for Sept. 5 and 6 in the soccer fields in Pass Creek Park, is jam-packed with excitement and entertainment, in a wholesome environment the whole family can enjoy.

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A Week in the Life: The Western Region Services Team

Here's Ted putting some things together for EIA back in August.

Here’s Ted putting some things together for EIA back in August.

“What exactly are you doing this week?”

It’s a question that we hear often, which is good because there is so much to do! To rise to the challenge and provide a better answer than just ‘information and referral’ services, Nate Schwartz (our main man on Vancouver Island) and I decided we would capture what were up to over a one week period.  It was fun to look back on how we are serving persons living with neuromuscular disorders and it’s our pleasure to show you some examples of our interactive and diverse days!

We were ‘out’ there to make those community connections. 

We truly believe that the lives of the people we serve are constantly changing and so we try to make as many community connections as possible.  Just last week Nate got in touch with a local physiotherapy clinic that needed some insight on how to provide better services to people living with a disability.  For myself, I was also asked to meet with various startup businesses on how they can make their services more affordable for people living on limited income.  These types of meetings are exciting to us as you get to see how so many different organizations are making a genuine effort to better serve our clients.

We connected people to our resources and community networks. 

If we don’t have the answer to your question, then we will find someone who does! Nate had a great opportunity connect a youth now starting his university experience with local campus resources and contacts.  I had the opportunity to work with a few educational leaders on how to connect their field staff with available MDC materials to improve their practice.

Nate (centre) with volunteers Debbie and George

Nate (centre) with volunteers Debbie and George

We supported our fundraising partners as “John(ies) on the Spot”!

Raising funds for our organization is a tough job and we value that service tremendously.  Last weekend the BC Services team had the pleasure of supporting the BC fundraising team during the annual provincial Firefighter Advisor Leadership conference.  We got to engage the firefighters, mingle with families, move tables and chairs, collect tickets and even install a raised toilet seat! It’s all in the name of team work—“You call, We haul”

We were constantly working behind the scenes so that others can succeed.

A great deal of the work we do in the community is a combination of hard work and preparation.  Nate’s an amazing motivator, so his webinar prep work and client follow up needs to be carefully thought out and planned. You just never know when someone will decide to kick it into high gear, so Nate always has to spend some time preparing to catch that lightning in a bottle!  For me, I’m working continuously to make sure conditions are optimal for the services staff so that they can be their own lightning in bottle.  Day in and day out, they serve our clients with grace, dignity and style, and it’s important to me that we provide them with that opportunity to be at their best with what we have.

So there you have it! It is equal parts of community engagement, team work, networking, planning and a 100% rock n roll.  If you’re curious about what we’re up to, just strike up a conversation with us and if you need a toilet fixed, we just might be able to take care of that too.

Cheers

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Ted Emes, Director of Services-Western Canada. To learn more about the services Muscular Dystrophy Canada offers, click here.

Nate Schwartz, Bridges to the Future Coordinator. To learn more about this unique program, click here.

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