60th Anniversary Celebrity Messages

Celebrating 60 Years: 1951 -2011

Ontario March of Dimes was founded in 1951 and celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2011. Over the years, Ontario March of Dimes expanded its programs to serve people of all disabilities, established 4 subsidiaries to meet the needs of the community, and continues to expand its services across the country under March of Dimes Canada. Click here to learn more about our history.

Many celebrity supporters have recorded their own personal video messages to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of March of Dimes.  Watch these video greetings from William Shatner, Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Bret Hart, and many more!

 

William Shatner
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William Shatner

Spokesperson for March of Dimes Canada
Since 2006, Canadian icon William Shatner has been the official spokesperson for March of Dimes Canada.  His video message reflects on what 60 years of service means to him, and to Canadians with disabilities.
Bret Hart
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Bret "The Hitman" Hart

Spokesperson for Stroke Recovery Canada®, a program of March of Dimes
Since 2007, Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart has been the spokesperson of the Stroke Recovery Canada® program.  A stroke survivor himself, Bret has been helping March of Dimes in its mission of helping people survive and thrive after a stroke.
The Right Honourable Paul Martin
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The Right Honourable Paul Martin

The Right Honourable Paul Martin is a long-time supporter of March of Dimes.
He is a polio survivor. The Paul Martin Sr. Society which honours donors was named in his father’s honour. Paul Martin Sr. was the Minister of Health and Welfare who pushed through the polio vaccination program against great odds.

Dalton McGuinty
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Hon. Dalton McGuinty

Ontario Premier
Honourable Dalton McGuinty discusses what March of Dimes has meant for Ontarians.
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Robert Woodruff

ABC News Anchor
Bob Woodruff congratulates March of Dimes for celebrating 60 years.
Eugene Levy
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Eugene Levy

Canadian funnyman Eugene Levy reflects on 60 years of March of Dimes in Canada.
Rick Mercer
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Rick Mercer

Comedian and philanthropist Rick Mercer reflects on the importance of March of Dimes to Canadians with disabilities
George Stroumboulopoulos
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George Stroumboulopoulos

George ‘Strombo’ Stroumboulopoulos reflects on March of Dimes’ 60th Anniversary
Liona Boyd
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Liona Boyd

Guest performer and speaker, March of Dimes annual fundraiser
Liona Boyd is known as the "First Lady of the Classical Guitar". She was diagnosed with task specific focal dystonia, also known as ‘musician’s dystonia’ from overplaying, which led to a disability in her playing hand.  She thought her career had come to a premature end.  She has since refocused her career and is now singing and playing guitar, albeit with a different technique.  She was the special guest speaker at the 2010 Ability & Beyond Dinner.
Kyle Maynard
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Kyle Maynard

Guest speaker, March of Dimes annual fundraiser
A congenital amputee, Kyle Maynard was born without arms and legs. Only 24 years old, he has already established himself as a champion wrestler recently taking on the MMA in the United States.  He was the special guest speaker at March of Dimes’ Ability & Beyond Gala in 2006.
Jusin Hines
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Justin Hines

Long time supporter of March of Dimes
Born with Larsen’s Syndrome, Justin has never let his disability get in the way of his dreams. He has released three successful albums with a fourth due to drop in the summer of 2011.  He has been supporting March of Dimes since 2008.
Tom Bedell
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Tom Bedell

Long time supporter of March of Dimes
Tom Bedell is an on-air personality with Q104 in Halifax. Q104 has been a proud media supporter of March of Dimes’ Rock for Dimes fundraiser in Halifax since 2007.
Anna Zee
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Anna Zee

On-Air Personality, Q104, Halifax
Anna Zee is a proud supporter of March of Dimes, and has been a judge at our Rock for Dimes Halifax event for many years.

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Arlene Dickinson

Dragon's Den Star
Arlene Dickinson congratulates March of Dimes on its 60th Anniversary.

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David Crombie

Former Mayor of Toronto and MP
David Crombie discusses March of Dimes' 60th Anniversary.

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Ron Ellis

Former Toronto Maples Leafs and Team Canada Great
Ron Ellis discusses his past relationship with March of Dimes.

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David Peterson

Former Premier of Ontario
David Peterson and a long-time friend of March of Dimes, comments on its 60th celebration.
Veronica Tennant
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Veronica Tennant

Honorary Patron
Veronica Tennant, C.C. reflects on what March of Dimes has mean to consumers over 60 years.
Anne Murray
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Anne Murray

Legendary Canadian songbird Anne Murray congratulates March of Dimes on their 60th Anniversary.
Alan Thicke
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Alan Thicke

Canadian  actor, songwriter, game  and talk show host, Alan Thicke, congratulates March of Dimes.
Breakfast Television
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Breakfast Television

Dina Pugliese and Kevin Frankish of Breakfast television, congratulates March of Dimes on their 60th Anniversary.
Arda Ocal
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Arda Ocal

The Score's Arda Ocalcongratulates March of Dimes on their 60th Anniversary.
Matt Dusk
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Matt Dusk

Matt Dusk, Canadian singer, songwriter, producer and fervent jazz-pop musicologist wishes March of Dimes a Happy 60th Birthday.

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