The 53rd IAFF Convention


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Fire Fighters from New Brunswick stop by the MDA / MDC booth

Fire Fighters from New Brunswick
stop by the MDA / MDC booth

It was during the 1954 IAFF Convention in Miami, Florida, that Resolution No. 53 Re: Muscular Dystrophy was submitted by the IAFF Executive Board.  It was at that same convention where the following was adopted unanimously by the IAFF Convention:

“Resolved, that the delegates assembled in this convention of the International Association of Fire Fighters sponsor the 1954 campaign of the Muscular Dystrophy Association; and be it further resolved, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to all locals and that all officers and members be urged to cooperate in every way to make this campaign a success.”

On August 15th – 19th, 2016, the 53rd IAFF Convention took place in Las Vegas, Nevada and Muscular Dystrophy Canada was honoured to be present.  Fire Fighters were encouraged to stop by the MDA/MDC booth so staff could thank them for their partnership and support, and thank them for changing the lives of those affected by neuromuscular disorders.



A highlight for the Fire Fighters was when the MDA 2016 National Goodwill Ambassador, Joe Akmakjian spoke to the Fire Fighters.  Joe is the first adult to take on this role and he told the Fire Fighters, “these aren’t just children’s diseases anymore and Jerry’s kids are growing up and you have all worked hard to make that happen”.

Last year IAFF Canada raised $1.4 million for Muscular Dystrophy Canada and those affected.  107 Locals showed their support by organizing  Fill the Boot events, Rooftop Campouts and Ladder Sits, sporting events as well as other fundraising initiatives.

We want to thank IAFF Canada, its staff and all of its members for their past and present support, and we know we can count on you in the future.

Joe’s speech –


Joe and Pam

Joe and Pam


Pamela Musgrave is the Director of Revenue in Ontario and Nunavut for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. 















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