Launched in 2003 in memory of Jeannette Shannon, the Post-Polio Program Volunteer Award recognizes individuals whose involvement in the Post Polio Program best replicates Shannon’s extraordinary dedication and diverse contributions.
For more than two decades, Jeannette Shannon engrossed herself in the issues, both medical and social, affecting people experiencing post-polio syndrome. A polio survivor herself, she tirelessly advocated for the rights of people with disabilities and encouraged research and a wider understanding of their special needs.
Serving as Provincial Post-Polio Committee Chair for over 10 years, Shannon’s “can do attitude” was nothing short of inspiring, earning her the nickname “Mrs. March of Dimes.” Her contributions and leadership were recognized nationally in 2002 when she was named recipient of the “March of Dimes Canada Award.
Download this award’s nomination form in English / French.
Any post-polio chapter volunteer member who has:
- Contributed at least eight years of volunteer service to March of Dimes Canada.
- Demonstrated leadership at either the chapter, provincial, national, or international level.
- Been active in advocacy on behalf of people with post-polio syndrome or the late effects of poliomyelitis.
- Participated in peer counseling support to individuals or families advanced and promoted awareness of polio and post-polio issues to health and allied professionals, caregivers, or the public.
- Encouraged research into post-polio or related issues.
Past Award Winners
2011 - Pauline Montigny, North Bay, Ontario
2010 - Audrey King, Toronto, Ontario
For more information, please contact:
Awards Selection Committee
c/o Executive Assistant
March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Blvd.
Toronto, ON M4H 1A4