No one embodied the spirit and vision of Ontario March of Dimes more than WWII flying veteran, Wade Hampton. At age 31, on the same day the polio vaccine was announced, Hampton was diagnosed with the disease and taken to hospital. A born fighter, Hampton refused to be held back by the effects of polio and recovered to create an extraordinary career and a rich personal life.
Hampton would eventually become Chief Executive Officer of Operation Reliance Inc., a trail-blazing program that helped people with disabilities secure regular employment. Additionally, Hampton served on the March of Dimes Board of Directors from 1983 to 1985, guiding the organization as a volunteer and as president. In later years, he was made a Lifetime Member of the Board and the Executive Committee.
In the spirit of Hampton’s commitment and in cooperation with the Hampton family, March of Dimes established the Wade Hampton Memorial Fund. The income earned is used to provide bursaries to people with a disability.
Tax deductible contributions to the Wade Hampton Memorial Fund are welcomed.
Download the Wade Hampton Employment Training Bursary Nomination Form:
Wade Hampton Employment Training Bursary nomination form
Bourse de formation professionnelle Wade Hampton
The bursary is available to any Canadian with a physical disability whose plan for professional development incorporates at least one formal training course, and who requires financial assistance to achieve that goal.
The recipient gets $1,500 to be applied to any training or development program that furthers his or her employment opportunities or career goals.
Past Award Winners
2016 - Marlene Shay, Brockville, Ontario
2015 - Amanda Warren, Calgary, Alberta
2014 - Basil Boolis, Toronto, Ontario
2013 - William Checkley, Cobourg, Ontario
2012 - Emma Nuttall, Mississauga, Ontario
2011 - Rachele Dove, Fenwick, Ontario
2011 - Anthony Ramuscak, Hamilton, Ontario
2010 - Kristina Wiech, Bowmanville, Ontario
Awards Selection Committee
c/o Executive Assistant
March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Blvd.
Toronto, ON M4H 1A4