Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ March of Dimes News Board ~ December 16, 2013

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January is March of Dimes month. Opportunities for independence


March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities


Creating a society inclusive of people with physical disabilities.

Company Overview

March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization that provides support services to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada.
Text ‘DIMES’ to 45678 to donate $5



March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities. Our goal is to enhance the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities every day through a wide range of programs and services across the country.

Since 1951, March of Dimes has been on the forefront of the disability movement in Canada. Every year, we provide programs and services to over 50,000 children and adults with disabilities.

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Pennies to Dimes



As the Canadian Royal Mint has recently decided to discontinue production of the penny – what better way to make good use of existing pennies than to donate them to March of Dimes? Make your pennies turn into dollars to support programs and services that change people’s lives.

It’s as easy as 1¢, 2¢, 3¢

Simply roll your pennies and take them to your local TD Bank and deposit into the March of Dimes Account # 5212586, Transit # 14402, Bank # 004. Please use the reference code: 910596.

Get others caught up in the excitement and fulfillment of helping people by collecting and rolling pennies with you – your co-workers, your Club/Association members, your neighbours, and your family.

It’s a great project to include children! Have them raid their piggy banks, get their friends and classmates involved. They can collect and roll pennies to help other kids, like Lily. This is a fun way to teach children sharing, responsibility, and getting involved with charitable acts for others.

Your pennies can have a major impact. They can change the lives by supporting programs and services that maximize the independence, personal empowerment and community participation of people with disabilities. For example:

5,000 pennies = $50 that helps a stroke survivor participate in a peer support group

12,000 pennies = $120 that helps a child’s participation in 1 week of the Conductive Education Program where they are taught skills and techniques to help them overcome the challenges of their disabilities

24,000 pennies = $240 that helps fund 1 week of the youth leadership program which is dedicated to increasing independence and self-confidence in young people aged 19-24

36,000 pennies = $360 that helps with the cost of a manual wheelchair achieved through the Assistive Devices Program which helps people buy, repair and maintain equipment such as wheelchairs

Your simple act of kindness means that someone, perhaps even a family member, friend or neighbour can have a better life. A few small pennies are worth that.

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Sylvia McGrath ~ AKA Writingmama, a freelance writer from King City, Ontario has worked in the business field for about forty years obtaining business management experience and business writing skills. She also spent several years in social work for Children’s Services. Now retired is living her childhood dream of being a writer. A few years ago Sylvia decided to take a course in freelance writing, which she really enjoyed as it was the key to follow her dreams. Since completing the course, she has worked as a professional writer, a published poet and co-authored a book with Two Maximum Life Coaches about living with chronic illness; this is titled After The Diagnosis: The Journey Beyond.” She also co-authored an E-Book of Resources for the parents of children with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges titled “The Treasure Chest of Resources,” part-one has already been sent to the Canadian National Library Archives. Sylvia has also written several articles on chronic illness for the following online sites. • • • Besides working as a freelance writer, Sylvia still finds time for two other passions of hers; to volunteer as a literacy tutor for her local Learning Centre, and assist in facilitating of workshops on disability awareness. Her main mission for the future is to write a series of books for young adults and children who have learning challenges and suffer chronic illness. At present she is also the co-owner and columnist for “Professor Owl’s Newsletter” which is published on-line monthly for children.

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