March of Dimes honours exemplary volunteer for his leadership
On June 27, Don King, one of March of Dimes’ most dedicated volunteers, was honoured at a retirement ceremony at March of Dimes’ Head Office in Toronto. Don has been with the organization for over 40 years.
Don came to March of Dimes in the early 1970s, when then-President Harry Kilgour recruited him to bring some financial and administrative expertise to the charity. Don’s first role was with the Finance Committee, and he quickly became a Board member, and then Board President.
“It was very important to me to be able to give back to the community,” says Don. “What appealed to me was that March of Dimes was very committed to being cost-effective and accountable, but at the same time, open to new ideas. Much of this has to do with President and CEO Andria Spindel, who I helped hire in 1981. Her dedication to expansion has allowed the organization to grow from a $5 million budget to close to $100 million – serving thousands of people with disabilities.”
Don has also been very involved in March of Dimes’ Non-Profit Housing Corporation (NPHC), serving as its first President for well over a decade. Don’s background in the real estate sector was helpful in providing guidance in the growth of this important part of the March of Dimes family. The Ontario March of Dimes Non-Profit Housing Corporation was established in 1992 to develop and promote affordable, accessible supportive housing for people with physical disabilities. The Ontario March of Dimes Non-Profit Housing Corporation works to ensure that all its projects and development partners meet the high quality and standards of March of Dimes' Independent Living Services.
Ontario March of Dimes Non-Profit Housing Corporation has five supportive housing projects in Ontario, enabling people living with complex physical disabilities to have their own home and maintain their independence and dignity. Don has been a crucial contributor to each project. NPHC is now looking for sites across Canada to offer service.
“We are going to greatly miss Don’s contributions and sound advice,” says Andria Spindel. “He wasn’t afraid to ask the tough questions, and we so valued his integrity, sincerity and guidance. It’s my hope that although he is retired, Don will remain connected to March of Dimes and still act as a special advisor.”
March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization providing support services to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada. For more information please visit the website at www.marchofdimes.ca
or call 1-800-263-3463. For more information about Ontario March of Dimes Non-Profit Housing Corporation, please visit www.marchofdimes.ca/nphc