For Immediate Release –On April 8, March of Dimes Canada celebrated the fifth annual OpportuniTEA with Kate Linder and Friends in Calgary.

Hosted by Kate Linder, who plays Esther Valentine on The Young and the Restless, the fundraiser combines the elegance of a high tea with the heart-wrenching drama of a daytime soap. All proceeds go towards March of Dimes Canada’s innovative Conductive Education Program in Calgary.

Conductive Education (CE) combines theory and rehabilitation for kids and adults with neuro-motor disorders like cerebral palsy, Parkinsons disease, and multiple sclerosis. The goal is to help participants improve physical independence in their daily lives, focusing on building from single steps to more complex tasks, and using problem solving techniques along with group reinforcement. 

This year’s OpportuniTEA featured Linder and Y&R co-stars Christian LeBlanc, Abhi Sinha, Judith Chapman, David Lago and was emceed by Global Calgary news anchor Linda Olsen. There was a Q+A session, a silent and live auction, and it was all topped off by an autograph signing. 

Altogether, Calgary’s fifth annual OpportuniTEA raised $38,000 for Conductive Education. 

This year’s tea was generously sponsored by: Alaska Airlines, Global Calgary, Calgary Sun, Calgary Herald, 770 CHQR, Westin Calgary, PSAV, Ambassador Limousines, and Cinderwood Photography.

For more information about March of Dimes Canada’s OpportuniTEA with Kate Linder and Friends, please visit 

For more information about March of Dimes Canada’s Conductive Education program, please visit

Tina Siegel, PR and Media Coordinator, March of Dimes Canada
Phone: 416.425.3463 ext. 7258
Cell: 416-606-0541

March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization providing support services to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada. Our goal is to enhance the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities every day through a wide range of programs and services across Canada.  For more information, please visit or call 1-800-263-3463.   ​

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