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Annual Report
2012 - 2013

Special Thanks Title Page 

Pennzoil Logo 
Justin Hines and band performing at Rock for Dimes Toronto 2012 Rock for Dimes Calgary 2012
Rock for Dimes Halifax 2012
Throughout 2013, Pennzoil® partnered with March of Dimes Canada, and donated $65,000, $15,000 of which will be used to retrofit a vehicle for people living with a disability.

“We were so excited to welcome Pennzoil to the March of Dimes family,” says Mary Lynne Stewart, Director of Fund Development and Communications for March of Dimes Canada.
Pennzoil is the presenting sponsor for all Rock for Dimes fundraisers in 2013 to celebrate the ​​collective passion Pennzoil and so many others have for the love of cars and the freedom that people derive from their automobiles.​

“Freedom is a sentiment closely associated with the ability to drive an automobile. Yet, this freedom can be taken away if one has disabilities and cannot drive a standard automobile. Pennzoil supports organizations like March of Dimes Canada, which are dedicated to helping people with disabilities regain mobility and freedom,” says Bree Sandlin, Pennzoil Global Brand Manager.

Rock for Dimes, presented by Pennzoil, is a battle of the bands held in cities across Canada. Amateur ​musicians compete in this friendly fundraiser for the title of their city’s best corporate or amateur band. Bands showcase their talents in front of a roster of Canadian music industry professionals.

What began as an event in Toronto, Ontario, has expanded to become March of Dimes’ flagship ​national fundraiser and is now held in communities coast to coast. Since its inception, Rock for Dimes has raised over $1 million to support March of Dimes’ programs and services.
March of Dimes gratefully acknowledges Pennzoil’s support.


TD Bank Logo 

Andria Spindel, CEO (centre), and volunteers at a TD Fundraiser eventTD Bank Group Support Helps Youths with Disabilities Transition into Adulthood.

TD Bank Group has been a consistent supporter of March of Dimes Canada, and will shortly surpass a $1 million milestone in giving. March of Dimes Canada is very pleased to announce that TD is now the proud sponsor of the newly developed Learning Independence for Future Empowerment (L.I.F.E.) program.

In addition to TD’s financial support, TD offers real life lessons on financial literacy through the program, Money Matters. Delivered by TD volunteers, this program teaches adult learners in the L.I.F.E. program the basic elements of financial literacy and the education savings programs. 

March of Dimes gratefully acknowledges TD’s contributions to help Canadians with disabilities become more empowered and independent. 
TD Volunteer 



Nico of the Conductive Education class
Thanks to the generous support of THREE TO BE, March of Dimes Canada is able to better help children living with neurological disabilities thrive.

Through proceeds from its annual Stems of Hope fundraiser, Academy of Conductive Education (ACE) received over $50,000 to help expand the program. This funding allowed the Conductors to implement specialized communication devices including an iPad, Smartboard, adapted switches, trackballs (similar to a computer mouse), wireless augmentative communication devices, computers, and essential safety and toileting equipment. These devices enable the Conductors to help participants improve mobility, speech and language skills in a safe, fun, learning environment. In addition, funding from THREE TO BE provided the opportunity to hire an Administrative and Marketing Assistant, who manages the program from the back-end. This freed the Conductors to concentrate exclusively on service delivery.

March of Dimes gratefully acknowledges the support of THREE TO BE. 

Lilly, a CE participantConductive Education Class     

Hand holding plant towards the sky


​March of Dimes is so grateful to the following:

  • The Estate of Peter Collins for a bequest to fund programs in Thunder Bay.
  • The Estate of John Haas for a bequest to provide funds for the Assistive Devices program.
  • The Estate of Dr. Ed Yielding to support Peers Fostering Hope through the Dr. Ed and Bobby Yielding Fund for Stroke Recovery.

​​Thank You!


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