Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ March of Dimes News Board ~ February 17, 2014

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Rock for Dimes is a corporate battle of the bands held to benefit March of Dimes Canada’s programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. Amateur musicians compete in this friendly fundraiser for the title of their city’s best corporate band and showcase their talents in front of a roster of Canadian music industry professionals.

Since its inception, Rock for Dimes has raised close to $1,000,000
to support our Conductive Education®Stroke Recovery Canada®and Campers Helping Campers Outdoor Recreation programs, and has become March of Dimes’ flagship national fundraiser held in communities coast to coast.

Come out and support Rock for Dimes! Join the fun for a great cause. It’s an exciting way to rock out for charity in your community.

For more information go to www.RockForDimes.ca

Rock for Dimes is a corporate battle of the bands held to benefit March of Dimes Canada’s programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. Amateur musicians compete in this friendly fundraiser for the title of their city’s best corporate band and showcase their talents in front of a roster of Canadian music industry professionals. 

Since its inception, Rock for Dimes has raised close to $1,000,000
to support our Conductive Education®Stroke Recovery Canada®and Campers Helping Campers Outdoor Recreation programs, and has become March of Dimes’ flagship national fundraiser held in communities coast to coast.

Come out and support Rock for Dimes! Join the fun for a great cause. It’s an exciting way to rock out for charity in your community.

For more information go to www.RockForDimes.ca

 

Rock for Dimes Vancouver 2014

Eighth annual Rock for Dimes fundraiser to raise money for Vancouver families living with disabilities

Six bands will shake Red Room Ultra Bar on Saturday, to raise an estimated $20,000 for families living with disabilities. Freshwater Sharks, Standard of Hair, Still Living at Home, No Reply, The Ringtones and Lex Appeal will compete for bragging rights, at the same time showcasing their talents to music industry professionals.

On board as judges are Odds drummer Pat Steward, 54/40 lead guitarist Dave Genn, music producers Jeff Dawson, Mike Fraser, Randy Staub and retired NHL player Gary Nylund. Kieran Wilkie, from media sponsor 96.9 Jack FM will be the evening’s host.

All proceeds benefit March of Dimes Canada’s programs for children and adults with disabilities. This year the charity will be donating up to $15,000 to help a family or individual living with disabilities in British Columbia retrofit a vehicle to become accessible. The presentation will be given during Rock for Dimes.

Vehicle modifications allow people living with disabilities the freedom of mobility, access and community participation that so many of us take for granted – but they can be prohibitively expensive, and out of reach for those with limited or fixed incomes. The funding will be given to an individual or family who desperately needs a modified vehicle, but cannot afford it on their own.

“We are very excited to support a local individual or family living with a disability acquire a retrofit for their vehicle that will make their life a little easier,” says Mary Lynne Stewart, Director of Fund Development and Communications for March of Dimes Canada. “A similar grant was given at Rock for Dimes in Halifax in November, 2013 with great success, so we have tied our initiative to this fundraiser and hope to help families across Canada.”

Having a modified vehicle will make a life-changing impact on the selected recipient, removing or minimizing a life safety risk by providing transportation to receive necessary medical treatment. As well, the vehicle could help the recipient maintain or obtain full employment, have the chance to pursue their education and improve access to the community.

“Can Am Mobility is truly excited and honoured to be a sponsor of March of Dimes Canada’s retrofit vehicle​initiative in 2014. The retrofit will provide the lucky recipient with an enhanced freedom of living,” says Ed Stang, Certified Mobility Manager for Can Am Mobility, which will be providing the retrofit.

Sponsors include Gowlings, CIS, Singleton Urqhart Legal Counsel, Dollar Tree, Can Am Mobility and Temec Engineering.  Airgo Mobility is the national sponsor, Long & McQuade the backline sponsor and 96.9 Jack FM the media sponsor.

Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the RedRoom Ultra Bar, located at 398 Richards Street.  The event is open to the public. Tickets are $25 per person.

For more information or to order tickets please visit http://www.rockfordimes.ca/vancouver or call 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7380.

  Whodunit – Brockville Murder Mystery Night!

Murder Mystery Night being held in support of March of Dimes Canada’s programs and services for children and adults with disabilities

On Thursday, March 6, 2014, the Royal Canadian Legion will be transformed into an evening of mystery, intrigue and fun in support of Brockville residents living with disabilities. 

Tickets are only $39 and include dinner, the show and the chance to win door prizes. For every ticket bought at a Scotiabank location, the bank will give a matching donation of $39. Tickets can be purchased at the Scotiabank branches at 329 Stewart Boulevard and 7 King West. Sponsorship opportunities are still available​

“We’re very excited to host our first Murder Mystery Event in support of our local programming, says Theresa Brooks, Program Manager for March of Dimes Canada in Brockville, and the organizer of the event. “This will be a fun and lighthearted event that will make a big difference in the lives of the people we serve.”

In Brockville, March of Dimes Canada offers attendant services, employment services, financial support towards the purchase of assistive devices and home and vehicle modifications and more for people with disabilities.

The event will start at 6:00 p.m. with a social hour, and dinner and the show will run from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Brockville Branch located at 180 Park Street in Brockville.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 613-342-1935.

March of Dimes Canada’s dear friend ~ and Professor Owl’s Book Corner’s very first “Hero of the month”

Justin Hines appointed to the Order of Ontario

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Justin Hines performing at Rock for Dimes Toronto in May, 2013, at Club 279 at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Congratulations to Justin Hines on his very well-deserved appointment to the Order of Ontario.

Justin Hines has been a friend of March of Dimes for over eight years. Justin has thrived all his life, despite odds that would daunt someone with a less indomitable spirit. He has Larsen Syndrome, a joint dislocation condition that has him permanently using a wheelchair.

Justin has performed across the globe, throughout Europe, China, the Middle East, South Africa and North America. He performed at the Beijing Olympics supported by Sheila E, the Vancouver Olympics and the Pan Am Games in Mexico. He has released five studio albums, and his latest, ‘How We Fly’ was released in May, 2013 and is available in stores and online.

This past summer, Justin embarked on his ambitious Vehicle of Change tour, where he rode an RV across North America, raising money for a number of different charities, including March of Dimes Canada. More info about Justin, and the Vehicle of Change tour, can be found on his website at www.justinhines.com

 More information about the Order of Ontario and a full list of winners can be found at:

http://news.ontario.ca/mci/en/2014/01/new-appointees-to-the-order-of-ontario.html​​

For more information on the March of Dimes Canada please visit www.marchofdimes.ca

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