It is startling how many new and exciting things happen every year at March of Dimes Canada, and the year of 2014-15 was no exception. We surpassed the $100,000,000 operating budget mark, built new international relations, realigned several programs into a new Alternative Communications Department, won a major national contract for Vocational Rehabilitation that takes us into Manitoba for the first time, served several individuals from Nunavut through an expansion of Acquired Brain Injury Services, won the Voluntary Sector Annual Award for Transparency in Financial Reporting for best Annual Report (2013-14) amongst national NGOs, and inaugurated the most exciting partnership with an academic institution in our 64 year history.
Given all that we do, all whom we serve, all the events we produce and our sources of support, we want to recognize in this year’s Annual Report that we do it all by engaging with others. When we succeed, we meet our own goals and quality measures, but we don’t do it alone. Throughout this report, you will read about the impact of engagement, and about some of our many partners, affiliates, shared resources, and volunteers. We thank all who make it possible for March of Dimes Canada and our subsidiary non profit housing corporation, to be the best we can be.
There are many challenges ahead, as there have been in recent years, including doing more with constraints in government funding, developing and supporting new MODC Committees in more cities across Canada, securing national corporate partners, and meeting the increasing demands for many of our services, while working hard to generate the funds needed to subsidize all who need us.
The challenges will be met by our very committed and engaged Board of Directors, committee volunteers, local fundraising and event teams, senior management and our dedicated MODC staff who are “engaged” in so many ways every day in fulfilling our mission.
We welcome your comments, and your engagement. If you, the reader, wish an opportunity to be part of a dynamic, forward thinking, innovative, and expanding community organization, contact our regional manager in your area or head office of March of Dimes Canada. We’d love to hear from you.