Centre for Child Development & Foundation Annual Reports 2010 - 2011
Report from the Board Chair & CEO KidsAbility The KidsAbility story is being re-written in fundamental ways and a new story is evolving. Examples of this transformation during the past year included: 1. The completion of a year-long study to develop a KidsAbility Client Classification System to ensure we utilize our resources in the most effective manner to benefit clients and the subsequent approval of a new Life Needs Model of service delivery. 2. The nurturing of Firefly Therapy Services, a fee-based social enterprise as a means of expanding services to children in our communities and increasing our financial sustainability. KidsAbility Board of Directors Louise Leonard Chair Terry Wilson Vice-Chair Penny Smiley Secretary Gary Pooley Treasurer Arisa Alexanian Bruce Antonello Sarah Chadwick Steve Currie Wendy Duff Jan Hayward Bobbi Holte Douglas Jones Doug Letson Marilee Mark Dr. Janet Speight Ray Stultz Stephen Swatridge Lisa Talbot Paul Winnett
3. The leveraging of technology to improve the effectiveness of our organization and the quality and range of our client services. In addition to these transformational changes, we continued to nurture several important initiatives that support our Strategic Directions including: • Our partnerships with McMaster Medical School and University of Waterloo Pharmacy School are bringing new knowledge and resources to our client services including the addition of three part-time pediatric physician specialists; • Our KidsAbility/Scotiabank Centre of Excellence continues to re-position us as a recognized leader in applied research and best practices; and • Our Community Forums for Autism and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are helping to inform service providers and parents as well as build community capacity to be more knowledgeable about children with these complex diagnoses.
We also expanded the breadth of services that are financially supported by our Foundation to include such initiatives as a Client Bursary, Ontario Telemedicine Network, an electronic knowledge network, a part-time pediatrician and several therapy positions.
Our most significant benchmark of success is that we provided services to over 4,500 children last year. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our staff, volunteers, supporters and partners, we continue to improve the “life journey” of children with special needs.
Louise Leonard President & Board Chair
Stephen Swatridge Chief Executive Officer
You Make A Difference! Report from the Board Chair & Executive Director KidsAbility Foundation KidsAbility Foundation Board of Directors Douglas R. Letson (Chair) Ray Pedersen (Vice-Chair) Ron Weiler (Secretary) Bryan Stewart (Treasurer) Cindy Bridge Dan Girardi John Griggs David Graham Sue Hallman Wayne Kemick Louise Leonard Elaine Ormston Carol Petersen Al Raftis Elly Yach Honourary Members Bob Collins-Wright Clay Hall* John Lynch John Martin* Norm McKee Ray Millard Dick Pedlar* * deceased
The Foundation has experienced a very rewarding 2010/2011 year. Our generous supporters donated $419,000 in cash and pledges for KidsAbility’s new Kitchener site. This year’s Radiothon was also impressively supported and accounts for over $225,000 of the $1,269,347 our donors have entrusted to KidsAbility through its annual campaign. Dan Girardi has chaired this event for the past several years and deserves our heartfelt thanks for his impassioned leadership – thanks are also due to all of the staff, sponsors, families and volunteers who joined us for this significant day. And our good friends at CHYM 96.7, KIX 106, 570 News, and Rogers TV deserve a thunderous thank you for providing us with the opportunity to share our children’s achievements with the wider public – it is the voices of our families that reach into the hearts of local citizens, and it is these friends in the media who bring those voices to our donors. We are also grateful for the strong support of our various Waterloo/Wellington Rotary clubs who continue in the footsteps of those Rotarians who are the founders of today’s KidsAbility. KidsAbility is a collaborative adventure: working with the kids we serve and with their families to enhance the quality of their lives; working with one another at KidsAbility to enhance the effectiveness of the services we offer; and working with the members of our communities to raise the funds to provide those services in the most professional manner and to as many families as we possibly can. Thank you all for being an important component of the KidsAbility community.
Doug Letson Lisa Talbot Board Chair Executive Director
Outstanding Supporters 1
1. 2010-2011 Volunteer Service Award recipients Back row: Bea Jenkins, Gerry Hunter, Kate Findlay, Lynda Mosely-Williams, Ruby Bennett, Brenda Banham. Front Row: Noreen Hishon, Tanya Hendry, Alison Prentice, Sandra Vaughan, Joan Pagan, Marion Burtenshaw, Phil Thompson.
2. The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario with Her Honour, Mrs. Ruth Ann Onley, RtoL: Stephen Swatridge, Linda Rogers, Louise Leonard, and Justin Heimpel. 3. Rick and Michele Doktor of Tim Hortons with Logan Pfeffer, KidsAbility Ambassador and Dayna Giorgio.
4. Scotiabankâ€™s Glen Travers presents a cheque of $100,000 for KidsAbility Centre of Excellence to KW Ambassador Logan Pfeffer.
The Carol Shantz Bursary Written by Eric Paez-Parent, KidsAbility Alumni, & 2010 Recipient of the Carol Shantz Bursary My name is Eric Paez-Parent, and I am the recipient of the Carol Shantz Bursary for 2010, an award that is given to a KidsAbility Alumni who has decided to pursue an area of post secondary education and demonstrated strong personal achievement. Without Carol Shantz, a former principal and teacher at the KidsAbility School, this bursary could not have been awarded to me or any of the past recipients. On June 21st, I travelled to KidsAbility in Waterloo to their annual general meeting to meet Carol Shantz in person, accept the award, and talk about myself and share my gratitude for KidsAbility staff and members. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that I would be first to receive an additional $1,500 for each consecutive year of university following the first. Although money shouldn't define gratitude, this was a surprise I was very grateful for, and it helped to further demonstrate the generosity of the KidsAbility Foundation. The money I received from the Carol Shantz Bursary will no doubt help me next year and in the years to come during my studies at the University of Guelph. I decided to begin with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Genetics and Molecular Biology, a 4 year undergraduate honours degree. It used to be a great interest of mine to attempt to both build, and redesign different things to suit a specific task as a young child. Building upon this, I have always been interested in biology and the dynamics of animal populations as well as evolution, all relating to genetics. Building upon these already defined interests, I grew more interested in the implications of a degree in genetics, especially with the recent diversification in the field. Although my childhood has influenced my post secondary studies, I believe a certain aspect of it may also be attributed to KidsAbility. Through volunteering and KidsAbility services, I was able to observe to what incredible magnitude KidsAbility services were helping other children. As a result of how much the staff at KidsAbility could benefit children in need. Carol Shantz with 2010 Carol Shantz Bursary Award Recipient
The Carol Shantz Bursary Award is awarded each year to a current client or alumnus of KidsAbility with a life-long disability who is enrolled in post secondary. Established to honour, Carol, a former KidsAbility School Educator and Principal who retired in 2001, the award recognizes an individual who, through effort and perseverance, is seeking to cultivate their potential to its maximum by pursuing post secondary education.
“The reward of a child's smile cannot be matched by anything else”
Building a Brighter Future... Together! For many years, KidsAbility had been looking at options to expand our facilities and through the support of our generous donors, we are thrilled to be a part of Family and Children’s Services newly developed Family Centre in Kitchener. One of KidsAbility’s goals has always been to build strong community supports around our clients and families so they can better meet their potential in their home communities. Our new Kitchener Site allows us to complete this circle for many of our young clients by reaching out to them where they live, learn and play in a structure that provides a wide range of facilities and several other complementary services. This new and exciting chapter in our history would not have been possible without the generous support of our donors. Many thanks to everyone involved in this large undertaking--KidsAbility Board and Staff; our volunteer fundraisers; and donors. Together, we are building a brighter community and a brighter future for children and youth with special needs.
You make a difference! Ground Breaker Anonymous (2) City of Kitchener Jim and Sue Hallman Jim Harkins Barry and Shirley Humphrey Rick and Nancy Martin Walter and Florence Martin Kitchener Rangers SC Johnson Peter Sims Builder Gord and Jean Riedlinger
Shirley Weber Special Contributor Marina Barnstijn Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation Gerry and Joanne Hines Jim and Lee Kay Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation Ormston Family Fund Ray and Gwen Pedersen Rotary Club of Kitchener-Conestoga Eleanor and David Yach
Enhancing Service Delivery Thanks to the incredible generosity of you, our donors, KidsAbility was privileged to be able to celebrate several exciting advancements in specialized medical care for children with special needs in Waterloo Region this past year. In September, Dr. Karen Backway was recruited to the KidsAbility staff on a part-time basis. Dr. Backway’s specialty training in pediatrics and particular interest in children with a variety of special needs, further enriched KidsAbility’s high-trained therapists and medical team. As well, through our partnership with McMaster Medical School, Dr. William J. Mahoney and Dr. Olaf Kraus de Camargo established outreach clinics to children at KidsAbility’s sites in Waterloo and Cambridge. This has meant less time travelling to medical appointments in Hamilton and less time waiting to receive access to the knowledge and care from such highly-trained specialists. The addition of these specialized physician resources has been a huge benefit already to our community in terms of supporting the development of care for children with complex medical needs and complementing the skills of our talented local pediatricians. Your faithful support allows KidsAbility to continue to seek out new partnerships, recruit highly-trained specialists and support the growing needs of children with special needs. Thank you!
KidsAbility’s Medical Team: Dr. Olaf Kraus de Camargo and Dr. William Mahoney | Outreach Developmental Pediatricians from McMaster: Dr. Karen Backway | Pediatrician Dr. Teresa Carter | Developmental Pediatrician Dr. Kellie Leitch | Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Alex Kolbasnik | Family Physician Dr. Janet Speight | Medical Director, KidsAbility Dr. Olaf Kraus de Camargo
Dr. Karen Backway
Dr. William Mahoney
2010-2011 KidsAbility Foundation Board of Directors
Thank You! Through your generous support over 4,500 children and youth with special needs benefitted from life-changing therapy and support services at KidsAbility. You make a difference! We honour, you, our faithful Kids Canâ€™t Wait Annual donors who join us in a shared belief that every child deserves the opportunity to realize their full potential.
Gifts from Rotary Clubs Kitchener Cambridge Times Rotary Classic Run (Supported by the Rotary Clubs of Cambridge) Waterloo Kitchener-Westmount Kitchener-Conestoga Kitchener Grand-River Guelph Fergus-Elora
Individual Donors $10,000 - $19,999 Tom and Kathy Hallman Rick and Debbie Landry Rick and Nancy Martin $5,000 - $9,999 Marina Barnstijn
$50,000 $41,227 $38,923 $30,075 $30,000 $25,000 $9,000 $5,000
Dave Forwell Sue and Jim Hallman Steve Menich Willie and Diana Ritzmann Paul and Jacqueline Schmidt Barb and Jack Thomas Eleanor and David Yach $2,500 - $4,999 Betty Argue Ted and Mary Brough Brian and Diana Doody Linda and Rob Gallivan Dr. Blair Haley and Yvonne Haley David and Judy Horman Daniel Kappeler Jonathan and Judy Kaufman Mike and Melisa Sandrock Fred and Charlene Schiedel John Tamming and Manon DiFrancesco $1,000 - $2,499 Ameer and Shelley Abdulla Marjorie Acheson Bob and Judy Astley John and Anne Blasman Bob and Judi Blowes Bruce and Mary Boucher Cindy and James Bridge Marguerite Brooke* Laurie and Steven Clarke Bob and Lavonne Collins-Wright James Cranston Edward Cross
Steven and Sandy Currie Tammy Dahms Richard and Eleanor Denison Agnes Doyle Glen and Joan Dyrda Scott Elliott Mark Eamer and Nicole Weber Jack and Margaret Forbes Ralph and Phyllis Forbes Dayna and Nico Giorgio Dan and Stella Girardi Lamont and Laura Gittens David and Pat Graham Ken Griffin Keith Gummow and Dr. Loys Ligate Barry Hamilton Manfred and Ute Hilgers Werner Hohn Gerry and Margaret Hooper Dr. Doug Jones and Diane Jones Brianne Jourdin Jim and Lee Kay Wayne and Tammy Kemick Hartman and Brenda Krug Connie Kyryliuk Dr. Michael Lawrie and Louise Lawrie Dr. Desta Leavine Louise Leonard Doug and Donna Letson Martin and Charlotte Levene Youn Hee Ma Paul Marcogliese Marilee Mark
$1,000 - $2,499 continued Sharon and Ron Martin Steven and Susan McDowell Ian McPhee Marc and Anna Melick Heidi Moniz Diane and Bruce Monteith Neville and Jennifer Monteith Doreen and William Motz Tom and Liz Motz Bill and Laura Muirhead Nick Noonan Elaine and Charlie Ormston Allen and Lynn Orth Nancy Paul and Brian Fisher Ray and Gwen Pedersen Howard and Rosemary Pell Ingrid and Udo Petersen Gary and Karen Pooley Harvey and Sandra Reid Jean and Gordon Riedlinger Clive and Mary Joan Rigby Douglas and Joanne Ross Kimberley Schaefer Blair Schultz Ron and Susan Schwark Karen Scian Harold and Violet Seegmiller Laura Shoemaker and Thomas Hunter Harvey Sims Susan and Stewart Smith Paul and Marian Snyder Douglas and Bernice Steep Bryan and Joan Stewart Lisa and Jim Talbot Ellen Todd George and Jean Uhrig Duane Wadel and Karen Nordby-Wadel Michele and Rob Way Dr. Ron G. Weiler and Joan Weiler Dr. Ian Wilson and Terry Wilson Ted and Andrea Witzel Les and Elva Zehr * deceased
Corporate Donors $30,000 + Scotiabank Spaenaur Inc. Tim Hortons $20,000 - $29,999 A+ Computers Inc. $10,000 - $19,999 Electri-Tech Services Inc. FoxNet Manulife Financial $5,000 - $9,999 Adventure Guide Inc. AECON Industrial Best Western - St. Jacobs Country Inn CIBC Children's Foundation DA-Hard Holdings Economical Insurance Group Home Hardware Stores Limited Images in Colour Inc. TD Canada Trust Terry Howald Pools Inc. Great-West Life TwinCorp Inc.
Brock Solutions C to C Productions Canadian Tire Channer's Mens Apparel Concordia Consulting Conestoga Rovers & Associates Limited Dakon Construction Ltd. ELEAD Inc. Erb & Erb Insurance Brokers Ltd. Erb International Inc. Ernst & Young LLP Grandview Homes H.L. Staebler Co. Limited Headkuarters Hair Design Hood Packaging JIKS Industrial Kitchen Services Ltd. JJH Foods Inc. Juscon Corporation Kokopelli Merchandise Lackner McLennan Insurance Ltd. Loblaw Companies Limited
Lucidaco Consulting Inc. Manitoulin Transport Morty's Pub Motion Specialties Kitchener National Apple Distributors Ltd. o/a Goldsmith Orchard Pierce Family Vision PricewaterhouseCoopers Quarry Integrated Communications Inc. Rockport Holdings Ltd. Stantec Consulting Ltd. Steve Kidd - Employee Benefits Consulting Inc. Strassburger Supplies Limited Sun Life Financial Swanson's Home Hardware Building Centre The Bauer Kitchen Inc. Unitron Hearing Weber Supply Company Inc. WINMAR
$2,500 - $4,999 Brick & Co. Restoration Ltd. Grandi Company Limited Grobe Nursery Limited Gypsum Drywall (Southern) Ltd. Heath Foods Inc. Investors Group The Co-operators Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. Win-Leader Corp. $1,000 - $2,499 Aberdeen Homes Limited Academy Construction Ltd. Albrecht Reinforcing Inc. Aquahalt Inc. Arctic Packaging Arvanitis Health Facility Inc.
570 News CHYM 96.7 FM Cambridge Times KIX 106.7 FM Rogers TV and daytime Waterloo Chronicle Waterloo Region Record
Special Groups $30,000 + The Manfred and Penny Conrad Family Foundation Rotary Club of Waterloo Golf ‘Fore’ Kids $20,000 - $29,999 Bridgeway Foundation The Cowan Foundation $10,000 - $19,999 First Line Hockey School Wallenstein Feed Charitable Foundation
KRG Children’s Charitable Foundation KW Car & Truck Dealers Association Mother Teresa Catholic School Mount Forest Lions Club Optimist Club of Puslinch Optimist Club of Twin Cities Waterloo Region Optimist Club of Waterloo Region Probus Club of Kitchener-Waterloo Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary Galt Branch 121 Spinic Social Club The Charitable Gift Funds Canada Foundation The Raftis Family Fund United Way of Kitchener - Waterloo & Area University of St. Jerome’s College, Student’s Union Waterloo Region District School Board
$5,000 - $9,999 Ross & Doris Dixon Charitable Foundation Guelph Wish Fund For Children The Kavelman-Fonn Foundation Masonic Foundation of Ontario
Champagne Sponsor: Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa
$2,500 - $4,999 Electrical Contractor Association of Central Ontario Gore Mutual Insurance Company Foundation IT Hard Drive (Sunlife) Local Union 804 - BEW General Fund Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation Mersynergy Charitable Foundation RBC Foundation Sun Life Ladies Golf Tournament Tri-City Roller Girls Inc.
Tea Cup Sponsors: CTV Southwestern Ontario Swanson’s Home Hardware Building Centre Zehr Levesque Construction
$1,000 - $2,499 All Saints Anglican Church Bluevale Collegiate Institute Civitan Sports General Kinette Club of Preston
Décor Sponsor: Gmelin Flowers
Thank you to our Kitchener Site Donors $30,000 + Barry and Shirley Humphrey $20,000 - $29,999 Peter Sims Jim Harkins $10,000 - 19,999 Sue and Jim Hallman Jean and Gordon Riedlinger
$5,000 - $9,999 Marina Barnstijn Jim and Lee Kay Ray and Gwen Pedersen Eleanor and David Yach $2,500 - $4,999 Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation Gerry and Joanne Hines $1,000 - $2,499 Rotary Club of Kitchener-Conestoga
Thank you to our Endowment Donors $100,000 + Estate of Helen Idella Wahl $20,000 - $29,999 Marina Barnstijn Marks Supply Inc. David and Cathy Sutherland Tanem Developments Ltd. Eleanor and David Yach
Snowflake Sponsor: Albrecht Reinforcing Inc.
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Gerry and Donna Blake Cindy and James Bridge Edward B. Cross Steven and Sandy Currie Glen and Joan Dyrda Dave Forwell Linda and Rob Gallivan Sue and Jim Hallman Manfred and Ute Hilgers Gerry and Margaret Hooper Donna and Doug Letson Steven and Susan McDowell Diane and Bruce Monteith Bill and Laura Muirhead
Elaine and Charlie Ormston Ray and Gwen Pedersen Ingrid and Udo Petersen Pierce Family Vision Gary and Karen Pooley Harvey and Sandra Reid Jean and Gordon Riedlinger Mike and Melisa Sandrock Ron and Susan Schwark Karen Scian Laura Shoemaker and Thomas Hunter Bryan and Joan Stewart Ted and Andrea Witzel Eleanor and David Yach
Thank you to our Gift of Dreams Circle of Giving Donors who made a multi-year pledge of a minimum of $1,000 for three years.
Endowment Donors continued $10,000 - $19,999 Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation Alex and Trish Brown Estate of Hildegard Hamestuk MTD Products Limited Bryan and Joan Stewart $5,000 - $9,999 Michele and Rick Doktor Jim Harkins Jane G. Hill Terry Kearns Jean and Gordon Riedlinger Rotary Club of Waterloo Peter Etril & Marilyn Snyder Shirley Weber David J. Westfall Dr. Mary Anne Witzel William Young $2,500 - $4,999 Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation 50 Plus Team Bob and Judi Blowes Ernst & Young LLP Pat Herzog Wayne and Tammy Kemick Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation Florence Louise Marsland Fund $1,000 - $2,499 Brenner Mechanical Inc Barbara M. Bulmer Margaret Forwell Sue and Jim Hallman Estate of Clarence Francis Hehn Juscon Corporation Gary Levene and Deborah Eisenberg Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation Audrey and Gerald Moser Fund Dianne and Wayne Moser Nancy Paul and Brian Fisher Stanton Mechanical Ltd. Stephen Swatridge and Mary Flatt
Named Endowment Funds^
$1,000,000 Fred and Ruth Stork Family $259,721 Witzel Family $250,000 Economical Insurance Group* Barry & Shirley Humphrey & Family $147,000 $113,325 Katherine Gray $102,550 Walter and Florence Martin $100,000 Ralph and Phyllis Forbes $100,000 Peter & Heather Schwartz Family $100,000 MTD Products Limited $80,000 Susan and Jim Harkins $133,757 Ormston Family* $60,000 Nelson and Ruth Kraus Family $56,560 Rick and Alison Smerchinski $53,920 John & Mary Ann Martin Family $53,766 Peter and Betty Sims $50,160 Wayne and Tammy Kemick $50,000 Larry and Margaret Marsland $49,889 Ralph and Virginia Adams+ Corporation of the City of Kitchener $40,000 $40,000 Elly and David Yach Family $34,866 Marjorie and John Acheson $34,685 William H. Kaufman $34,209 Jane G. Hill $33,200 50 Plus Team $30,000 Gordon & Jean Riedlinger $50,000 Joan and Bryan Stewart* $29,230 Cindy and Jim Bridge Family $28,469 Marks Supply Inc. $25,475 John & Mary Lynch
City of Waterloo Harvey Sims Bob Warren David Sutherland and Family Florence Louise Marsland Jim and Sue Hallman Family Michele and Rick Doktor John A. Pollock Family Bill and Jane Young Family Jack and Shirley Weber Family Terry Kearns Family Curtis and Mary (Heath) McCone Bob and Judi Blowes Family David J. Westfall Peter Etril and Marilyn Snyder Bob and Ann Miller Family+ Robert and Margaret Forwell
$25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 $24,650 $22,100 $20,000 $20,000 $19,633 $11,550 $10,430 $10,000 $6,335 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $4,000
Donor Directed Funds Bill Herzog Endowment $242,685 Roy Brown Bursary - Rotary Club $92,975 of Kitchener - Grand-River Bursary Carol Shantz Bursary $38,661 Mary Anne Witzel $14,930 Staff Education Fund * Donations to the KidsAbility Foundation Endowment Fund at The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation. + Donations to the KidsAbility Foundation Endowment Fund at the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation.
Planned Gifts Planned giving is a thoughtful expression of continued dedication to improving the lives of children and youth at KidsAbility. We thank the following individuals who have left a Planned Gift to KidsAbility. John and Anne Blasman Wendy and Jamie Buder James Cranston Gordon and Shirley Ferguson Jonathan and Judy Kaufman Bill and Heather Spall Michel and Lucille Verhaeghe
Memorial Gifts The following individuals were remembered through gifts made to KidsAbility in their memory: John S. Acheson Kenneth Frank Adam Thelma Anstett L. George Banton Angela Grace Barrett Margaret Baskerville Karin Bergen Jim Bourne Augustus Bourne David Brittenden
^ All named fund donors have pledged a donation of $25,000 or more.
Memorial Gifts continued Marguerite Brooke Betty Browne Katherine Buchholtz Fred Budd Pat Bunsch Margaret Carlton Robert Carlton Doris Copland Marcella Coulas Kevin Coupal Jim Dahmer Jean Davidson LeeAnn Dennis Anmol Dhawan Connie Dietrich Brennan Jason-Lee Dittmer Joy Douglas Bruce Edwards Grant Eisenporth Stewart Epslen Ellen Maud Farndale Jan Frescura Noble Galloway Norine Galvin Richard Geisel Don Godden George Gorloff Axel Greenway Susan Gross Miles Hamilton Mary Harper Lawrence Hartt Helen Heidbuurt Thomas Heideman Herbert Hierlihy Pamela Hilton Herbert Hoffmann Beatrice Hughes Peter Hulme Nancy Hunter Don Inglis Jeanne Irvine Janet Lee Isley Marjorie James
Howard 'Howie' Jasper Shawn Johnson Ross Kehl John Patrick Kelly William 'Bill' Kieffer Albert Kohrs Paul Kuntz Bob Kuntz Mary E. Lauer Don MacAlpine Mary MacColl Hazel MacIntyre Gordon MacKay Emerson McMillan Stefan Majek Andrea Mantha Juan Massu Niebla Sarah McCall F. James McDonald David John McGraw Ken McLellan Leota Miller Isabel Mosser Egon Motz Peter Mussar Dr. Peter H. Nash Mavis Newton Bill O'Gorman Ian C. Ormston Brad Paradis Prachi Patel Doug Pearce David Pickett Jim Pletz John R. Poole Michael Promoli Millie Rider T. Roach
Rev. Fred J. Roberts Lorne Ross Jean Schmidt Josephine Schmitt Leonard Schnarr Aldene Simmons Helene Simpson Betty Sims Gordon "Bud" Starr Rose Steven
Dorothy Strassburger Doug Straus Robert Louis Strouth Judy Stuebing Elvira Thiessen Joan Mary Thomson Maria Tiede William Uffelman Grace Voelker
Shawn Voisin Mary Wakely Bob Warren Peter Warzecha Jack Weber Ward Weber Mary S. Witzel Andy Yantha Philip Zettel
2010-2011 KidsAbility Ambassadors Each year three young ambassadors are chosen to represent KidsAbility in their communities. Our ambassadors and their families generously give of their time to share their stories of hope at many events throughout the year. "We feel KidsAbility is aptly named, because through our experience, they have shown that it is about what our kids can do--not what they can’t. When the focus is put on our kids’ abilities, they are able to meet or even surpass expectations. KidsAbility has given us access to tools, services, knowledge and support to help Ryan be independent, all in one place”, says Ryan's parents, Christine and Dan Kokiw. Ryan, Lauren and Logan and their families continue to benefit from the knowledge, support and life-changing therapy at KidsAbility; tools that are equipping all of them for a bright future ahead! In photo: back row Elly Yach, Chair, Kids Can't Wait Campaign, first row left to right: Ryan Kokiw, Cambridge Ambassador, Logan Pfeffer, KitchenerWaterloo Ambassador and Lauren Davidson, Guelph-Wellington Ambassador.
6th Annual Kids Can’t Wait Radiothon In the early morning hours on Friday, May 6th, our team of parents, therapists, staff, volunteers and media partners began broadcasting stories of hope and the triumphs made possible through the therapy and support services at KidsAbility. These stories touched our generous community, stories that will not be soon forgotten. Many thanks to our media partners CHYM 96.7, KIX 106.7, 570 News and Rogers TV for broadcasting live from Conestoga Mall for the 6th Annual Kids Can’t Wait Radiothon. A special thanks to our Butterfly Sponsor Scotiabank, for making this event possible! Together, we raised over
Aberdeen Homes Arvanitis & Associates Dentistry by Design Brock Solutions Channers Menswear Erb and Erb Insurance Brokers Ltd. Erb & Good Family Funeral Home Ernst & Young H.L. Staebler Co. Ltd MHBC Planning Strassburger Windows & Doors Tech Town Dentistry Unitron Hearing Weber Supply
Matching Gift Donors:
Economical Insurance Group Electri-Tech Kenmore Homes Lackner McLennan Insurance Scotiabank Group MTE Terry Howald Pools
Tara Connors, George Michaels, CHYM 96.7 Jennifer Campbell & Bill Hart of KIX 106.7 with former KidsAbility Ambassador Josh Nelson
Gift In Kind Supporters: Conestoga Mall Mall Vendors: A&W New York Fries
Rob Wallace & Brad Swanson of Home Hardware present a cheque for $5,000 with Rogers TV’s daytime Host Susan Cook-Scheerer to KidsAbility Ambassador Lauren Davidson & Radiothon Committee Chair, Dan Girardi
Jodie Meyer & Lori Gibson of Scotiabank Group
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