March of Dimes Canada's 65th Anniversary

March of Dimes Canada's 65th Anniversary 1951-2016

1951 - 2016

January is March of Dimes Canada Month and the kick-off to MODC's 65th Anniversary. Help us celebrate and share your MODC stories on social media using the hashtag #MODC65.

For 65 years, March of Dimes Canada has operated in Canada, first to end the scourge of polio, and then to provide advocacy, information and community-based rehabilitation and independent living programs for those with disabilities. In the 50s, we were providing clinics, devices and support to individuals who had experienced polio or an “orthopaedic disability”. In the 60s, we helped organize civil rights advocacy initiatives with people with disabilities. Through the 70s we developed many programs at the grassroots level and by the 80s we expanded our service offerings, trained leaders from the “consumer movement,” and transformed into a regionally organized, but still provincial organization. In 2001, we linked with other former polio organizations across Canada to celebrate our 50th anniversary, and by 2004, we had incorporated a national charity subsidiary offering programs outside of Ontario.

In 2013 Ontario March of Dimes became a national organization and officially changed its name to March of Dimes Canada.

To celebrate many aspects of our 65 year history, and our future as the lead community-based rehabilitation organization, strong advocate and innovative service provider for people with physical disabilities, we encourage everyone to create fundraising events to celebrate this milestone with us and to share your MODC stories on social media using the hashtag #MODC65.


Andria Spindel
President and CEO
March of Dimes Canada


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