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In Memory of Dr. Sydney Gershon


Dr. Sydney GershonMarch of Dimes Canada shares the loss of Dr. Sydney Gershon with his beloved family.  Dr. Gershon passed away on April 30, 2018. 

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Dr. Gershon was an outstanding volunteer for over 40 years, providing his time and expertise as a rheumatologist to March of Dimes Canada's Northern Medical Clinics program​.  Dr. Gershon generously donated his fees and he was recognized as a Pioneer of the Jonas Salk Circle of Friends, which celebrates extraordinary philanthropy.  Dr. Gershon's generosity helped make make it possible for March of Dimes Canada to provide medical clinics several times a year in northern Ontario.  

Dr. Gershon's family have requested that in-memoriam donations be directed to March of Dimes Canada.  Please click here if you would like to make a donation.

Tributes have been coming to us and the following are from his fellow colleagues in the Northern Medical Clinics program:

Dr. Sydney Gershon"Sad news indeed. Syd was wonderful to work with over my 10 year tenure. Memorable flights over the years with him. Sadly missed."                        
- Dr. Markku Nousiainen 

"So sad and shocking. I’ll miss his humorous stories. He was such a gentle soul."

-  Dr. Frank Mastrogiacomo

"Sincerely very sad news. I knew him from the first clinics we did together. He will be missed."

- Dr. Joel Finkelstein

"I really liked Syd. He was a nice man and a good Doc."

- Dr. Mike Ford

"Very sad to hear. Super nice man, and I'm glad I knew him."

 - Dr. Dale Dantzer

"It was a pleasure getting to know him over the past 5 years. He will be missed."

- Dr. Jihad Abouali

"Dr. Gershon was such a caring, giving and gentle soul. He would try to help all patients that crossed his path, even if the issue at hand did not fall into his area of expertise. His patients loved him. He had a positive can-do attitude and a great sense of humour. We will truly miss him."

- Annie Janson, Nothern Medical Clinics Supervisor

If you would like to make a donation to honour Dr. Gershon, please click here:​

Dr. Maxwell and Elizabeth Yan CE Fund

Elizabeth (Betty) Yan
April 17, 1923 – January 1, 2014

March of Dimes Canada lost a dear friend January 1, 2014. Betty Yan was the aunt of March of Dimes Canada past President and CEO, Andria Spindel, and was also a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. 

Betty Yan April 2013

Betty was instrumental in bringing Conductive Education®(CE) to Canada. It was while on a trip to Budapest, Hungary that Betty first saw the program, and was amazed at the achievements of the participants; even those with profound physical disabilities were making remarkable improvements. When she returned to Canada, she suggested that Andria introduce the program to March of Dimes. CE was initially offered to adults, and since the program’s first session in 1999, it has expanded to serving children with permanent programs in Toronto, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia, and sessional programs in Montreal, Quebec, Calgary, Alberta and Detroit, Michigan in the United States.

Thanks to Betty’s passion, hundreds of people living with neuro-motor disabilities have become more mobile, independent and self-confident. Betty was a devoted March of Dimes supporter, and donations can be made in her honour to the Dr. Maxwell and Elizabeth (Betty) Yan CE Fund. She will be greatly missed, but has left a wonderful legacy to her family, friends and everyone at March of Dimes Canada.

Click here to make a memorial donation to the Dr. Maxwell and Elizabeth Yan CE Fund.

Tribute to Jan Roadhouse

Jan RoadhouseIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jan Roadhouse – a long time advocate for individuals living with Aphasia and friend of March of Dimes Canada. She died Monday May 12, 2014 after a battle with cancer. She was 51.

Born in Lethbridge, Alta., Ms. Roadhouse was a long time speech pathologist who worked at several facilities in southwestern Ontario including Norfolk General, St. Joseph's and Brantford General hospitals before moving to the Adult Recreation Therapy Centre. It was after completing her master of speech pathology degree in 1999 that she became passionate about helping those with aphasia.

“Jan will always be remembered as not only the key impetus for our aphasia program but for her advocacy on behalf of those living with the condition,” said Lori Santilli, executive director of the Adult Recreation Therapy Centre. “She had an idea for enhancing life adventures for those challenge with living behind the veil of aphasia and their caregivers by providing them with a camp-type experience. “She did her research, made contacts, expanded her circle of partners and turned that dream into a reality.”

Jan worked closely with March of Dimes Canada on making Aphasia Camp the wonderful success that it was. She brought the idea of camp to March of Dimes Canada and had always been very dedicated to creating programs for individuals with Aphasia. Jan truly made her dreams a reality and will be sorely missed by all that knew her. ​

If you would like to make a donation to honour Jan Roadhouse, please click here:​

Gregory Gittings Better Living Fund

Gregory Edward Gittings
May 14, 1964 – January 27, 2013

The Gittings family has inaugurated a fund to pay tribute to Greg and his passion for independent living and supportive housing for people with disabilities. Greg was beloved by his large family, and will be greatly missed by his parents, siblings, and extended family.

Greg and his family - his parents, Ted and Joyce, and three sisters and brother, have been actively involved with March of Dimes for over thirty years. Although Greg had cerebral palsy, he did not let his disability stop him from living independently and enjoying life to the fullest. He will be dearly missed by March of Dimes’ staff and consumers.


 Gregory Gittings with Her Royal Highness 2007

Greg enjoying High Tea with Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal at the 2007 Ability & Beyond Dinner.

Greg was a founding tenant of Ontario March of Dimes Non Profit Housing Corporation’s (NPHC) Jean & Howard Caine Apartment Building in Oakville, Ontario. The building is mixed-use, and was designed to integrate people living with disabilities into the community. Greg was a fixture in downtown Oakville, and was well-known and loved by local residents and merchants. The great success of the Jean and Howard Caine Apartments, led in part by Greg and his parents, has been the model for future buildings developed by NPHC.

Greg was an active participant in March of Dimes’ Recreation and Integration program, regularly attending the Summer Holiday Program at Geneva Park, taking trips through the Accessible Travel Program and enjoying a variety of outings throughout the Greater Toronto Area. He was a devoted hockey player for 28 years with the Canadian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association. Greg participated in 1976 at the official opening of the Toronto CN Tower. In 2007, Greg attended our High Tea with Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, (Princess Anne) as part of our Ability & Beyond Dinner.

Click here to make a memorial donation to the Gregory Gittings Better Living Fund at March of Dimes Canada’s Jean and Howard Caine Apartments.

Tribute to Jean Caine

March of Dimes Canada's Non-Profit Housing Corporation is saddened by the passing of a dear friend, Jean Caine, who passed away on January 8th, 2014 at her home in Oakville. She was 90 years old.

The Jean and Howard Caine Apartment Building was the first established by March of Dimes’ Non-Profit Housing Corporation, which was created in 1992 to develop and promote affordable supportive housing for people with physical disabilities. The 59-unit building has 24 specially designed support care units to allow more than 40 people with physical needs to live safely and independently in their own homes.

It was with the generous support of governments of all levels, federal, provincial and municipal that this apartment building was constructed, and it remains a model for all of March of Dimes’ Non-Profit Housing Corporation endeavours.

This building was named to honour Jean and Howard Caine, who along with their daughter Pamela, a polio survivor, were devoted disability advocates who dedicated their lives to promoting the need for accessible and affordable living spaces that adults with disabilities could call their own. Pamela was an inaugural member of the first Non-Profit Housing Corporation Board.

If you would like to make a donation to honour Ms. Caine, please click here:​


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