Emergency Preparedness Tips with The Weather Network [11-15]

If you didn’t know by now, we’ve once again partnered with The Weather Network to help you prepare for unexpected, crazy weather. You just never know when it may sneak up on you! We created these Emergency Preparedness Tips with inspiration from redcross.ca/ready.

The following 5 tips (11-15) are:

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11. Know how your childcare provider will contact your family during an emergency.

 

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12. Make sure your childcare provider has up-to-date contact information for you, caregivers & designated people.

 

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13. Connect with a support network that understands your special health care needs. Write down the details.

 

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14. If you have small children, include baby bottles, formula & diapers in your emergency kit.

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15. Add a change of clothes for each family member & adjust according to the season.

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Emergency Preparedness Tips with The Weather Network [6-10]

March of Dimes Canada has once again partnered with The Weather Network to provide you with some useful Emergency Preparedness Tips to help you prepare for unpredictable weather this winter season. The tips were created with inspiration from redcross.ca/ready.

The next 5 tips are as follows:

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HL2280DW_1.jpg6. Have a list of provincial emergency management agencies printed and easy to locate.

 

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7. Have cash on hand during power outages. Credit card & Interac systems may not work.

 

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8. Have an adequate supply of fuel in your vehicle in case evacuation is needed in an emergency.

 

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9. Have a plan to connect with family members if you are not together.

 

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10. Identify which people in your neighborhood are vulnerable and may need help.

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Emergency Preparedness Tips with The Weather Network [1-5]

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Since 2016, March of Dimes Canada and The Weather Network has partnered together to help spread awareness of what you can do to prepare for unexpected weather during the unpredictable winter season. We worked on creating Emergency Preparedness Tips inspired by information available from redcross.ca/ready.

This year, we’re happy to provide these tips once again, and this time as blog entries so you can easily share and refer back to in the future. Please see the first 5 tips that we’re sharing for the period of Jan 1 – Jan 31. 

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1. Pay attention to alerts and be prepared to evacuate.

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2. Include medications, prescriptions, cash, and insurance papers in your evacuation kit.

3. Store your emergency go-kit in an accessible location near an exit.

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4. Prepare for your pet or service animal’s basic needs: food, water and other supplies.

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5. Have enough water and food on hand to last at least 72 hours.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Alan Campbell

Volunteer Spotlight: December 2018

We have come to the end of our 2018 year of Volunteer Spotlights! This is just a small glimpse on the many different type of volunteers we are lucky and happy to have contribute to March of Dimes Canada. Thank you to all of our volunteers for their constant dedication, hard work and for helping us do what we do in supporting and building towards a society more inclusive of people living with disabilities. Meet our last volunteer spotlight, Alan Campbell!

Volunteer Spotlight: Alan Campbell

December Volunteer Spotlight

Name: Alan Campbell

Nominated by: Denise Carpenter.

Volunteer Position: Treasurer for London Group of the #AfterStroke program

What is your favorite part about volunteering with MODC?

Advocating for stroke survivors

What’s your favorite season in Canada?

Spring.

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What’s a hidden talent that you have that the people at MODC may not know about?

Singing.

What is your favorite place that you have traveled?

Grand Cayman Islands

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If you could have any meal in the world, what would you choose?

Steak.

We asked Denise why she nominated this volunteer.

He is so inspirational and wants to help other stroke survivors navigate the system. He is a natural leader and is compassionate and hard working for his chapter and community.

How long have they been an MODC volunteer?

Almost 1 year.

Volunteer Spotlight: Alan Campbell. Favourite part of volunteering with MODC? Advocating for stroke survivors.

 

If you’d like to learn more about March of Dimes Canada’s volunteering opportunities, please visit this landing page from the website: http://bit.ly/MODCVol

Volunteer Spotlight: Rodrigo Silva

Volunteer Spotlight: October 2018

 

Volunteers are the bread and butter for March of Dimes Canada. As we near the end of the year, we’re excited to be sharing the last three volunteer spotlights to give thanks and recognition to the hard work, commitment and dedication they bring to our organization. Thank you!

Meet Rodrigo, our volunteer spotlight for October!

Volunteer Spotlight: Rodrigo Silva

October Volunteer Spotlight

Name: Rodrigo Silva

Nominated by: Jordan Merron

Volunteer Position: Next Steps Walker

What is your favorite part about volunteering with MODC?

Meeting and walking with new people.

What’s your favorite season in Canada and why?

Winter, it’s different from where I grew up. I like the snow and change in the season.

What’s a hidden talent that you have that the people at MODC may not know about?

I play bass guitar.

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What is your favorite place that you have traveled?

Yukon, I liked going dog-sledding.

If you could have any meal in the world, what would you choose?

Rice, beans and fries because it’s something my mom made for me growing up. She made it with so much love. It reminds me of home.

We asked Jordan why she nominated this volunteer?

He is energetic and loves to help the walkers!

How long have they been an MODC volunteer?

2 months

Volunteer Spotlight: Rodrigo Silva. Hidden Talent people may not know: I play bass guitar!

If you’d like to learn more about March of Dimes Canada’s volunteering opportunities, please visit this landing page from the website: http://bit.ly/MODCVol

Volunteer Spotlight: September 2018

There’s not enough words to describe how much we appreciate the commitment, time, and hard work that volunteers give. However, we’re happy to feature our incredible volunteers through these spotlights and share them with you. As always, volunteers will always be an important part of the service we give here at March of Dimes Canada.

Come meet Talar, our volunteer spotlight for September!

September Volunteer Spotlight

Name: Talar Kanzoghian

Nominated By: Sara Piotrowska

Position Description: Communication Program Volunteer / Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) Placement Student (Aphasia and Communication Disabilities Program)

Age: 25

How long have you been an MODC Volunteer? Just over 8 months

What is your favourite part about volunteering with MODC?  I love working and collaborating with the MODC team to help create a positive, supportive, and inclusive environment for all of our clients.

It’s so humbling to be a part of a team that strives to empower individuals with aphasia and other communication disabilities.

What’s your favourite season in Canada and why? What I really love about Canada is that it allows you to enjoy each and every season. Not all countries have four unique seasons…I think every season in Canada is beautiful in its own way. If I had to pick one, I would probably say autumn because of the exuberant colourful transformation of the leaves. I really do not enjoy the anticipation of the cold winters though!

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What’s a hidden talent that you have that the people at MODC may not know about? 

Growing up, I did rhythmic gymnastics. At one point, I trained about 15 hours a week and was so passionate about it. The hard training strengthened my self-discipline and will power, and I was able to transfer those skills I learned to other aspects of my life.

If you could have any meal in the world, what would you choose? I’m a pretty healthy eater. I like to include vegetables in all my meals paired with meat, fish, or pasta.

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A favorite place you have traveled to? Probably Varadero, Cuba because of their stunning beaches! I love their white soft sand and clear aqua blue waters. I also happen to love swimming as a sport so what better place to swim than in clear aqua blue waters.

Sara Piotrowska nominated Talar. We aksed why she nominated her as a Volunteer Spotlight for this month:

“Talar’s kindness, cheerful attitude, and keen interest in supporting clients with communication disabilities was evident from the beginning of her placement. She quickly developed strong, professional relationships with staff, volunteers, and clients. It was a pleasure to have Talar as part of our team, to watch her develop her clinical skills, and to experience the positive contributions she made to our clients and the program. She is obviously passionate about the career she’s chosen and will make a wonderful and caring SLP.”

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If you’d like to learn more about March of Dimes Canada’s volunteering opportunities, please visit this landing page from the website: http://bit.ly/MODCVol

After Stroke: Christopher’s Experience

"I am very thankful for those that support people like me, and our families, who are living with a stroke."

“I am very thankful for those that support people like me, and our families, who are living with a stroke,” says Christopher Munn.

Christopher Munn was on his Tuesday evening 10K run when he began to experience having a stroke. He suddenly saw flashes in his left eye and had a sharp headache. But when he went to the hospital, they told him it was probably a migraine. He’d never had a migraine before. Two days later, during an office meeting, he couldn’t move his right side.

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“Others noticed. I couldn’t talk. I tried but couldn’t get anyone to understand,” he remembers.

Chris was nothing if not active and healthy before his stroke. He regularly ran with the Owen Sound Running Club, spent time canoeing or skiing outdoors, attended book club meetings and renovated parts of his home.

But the stroke changed all that, greatly impairing his mobility, speech and lifestyle.

“The first night in the hospital after my stroke, I needed to go to the washroom,” he explains. “I wasn’t used to my leg and arm not working. I tried to get up and slid to the floor.”

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Christopher with a fish during a fishing activity at Aphasia Camp

March of Dimes Canada has helped him get back on his feet, offering support programs and subsidizing what his benefits do not cover.

It took seven weeks of rehab to be able to walk with a cane, and he needs ongoing physio three times a week to keep him mobile. He also joined the MODC Aphasia & Communications Disabilities Program (ACDP) for weekly speech therapy, and attends the After Stroke Support Group once a month to help integrate him back into a normal life.

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Chris and his wife during an adaptable bike ride at aphasia camp in St. George, 2016.

“[March of Dimes Canada] staff and volunteers are wonderful – so encouraging and supportive,” he says.

Today, Chris is adapting to a new life. “I miss jogging and hiking. I go for walks,” he explains. “I am trying to adjust to doing things differently.” It takes a great deal of effort, but he’s able to complete small tasks around the house, have conversations, and read books. He’s also taken up new hobbies, including art and dance, and is optimistic that with continued support, he’ll one day be able to bike again.

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Chris titles this “The Healing Power of Nature”

In Canada, over 400,000 people like Christopher have survived a stroke. We are helping families like Christopher’s by offering support, rehabilitation services, education and caregiver support through our nationwide After Stroke program. Visit the After Stroke website at afterstroke.marchofdimes.ca for more information and resources.

Volunteer Spotlight: Liam Tangney. Favourite season in Canada: Summer!

Volunteer Spotlight: August 2018

Volunteer Spotlight: Liam Tangney. Favourite season in Canada: Summer!

As we dive into the second part of 2018, we’re continuing to recognize and showcase our volunteers in these spotlights to show that volunteers are just like you! Volunteers will always be an important part of the service we give here at March of Dimes Canada. Thank you to all of our volunteers for your hard work, dedication and enthusiasm.

Meet Liam, our spotlight for August.

August Volunteer Spotlight

Name: Liam Tangney

Nominated By: Jordan Meron

Position Description: Fundraising Assistant

Age: 25

How long have you been an MODC Volunteer? 1 year

What is your favourite part about volunteering with MODC? 

The people that I volunteer with, and the fact that I get to give back to MODC for all the help they gave me in getting my job at Cineplex.

What’s your favourite season in Canada and why? Summer! I love the warm weather, and being able to be outside often.

What’s a hidden talent that you have that the people at MODC may not know about? I’m very good at analyzing sports games!

If you could have any meal in the world, what would you choose? I would choose chicken fingers and fries!

A favorite place you have traveled to? Buffalo, NY

Jordan Meron talks about why she nominated him as Volunteer Spotlight for this month:

“Liam has done great work for our fundraising team! He has a great personality. He treats everyone with respect and kindness, no matter what the situation is. Liam manages “thank you” calls amazingly, even when there are times it can be quite stressful. The commitment he has to his role is something that has not gone unnoticed! He works very hard every time that he comes in, and does a fantastic job with the tasks he is given. We really appreciate everything that he has done for us; we are so lucky to have volunteers like Liam!”

Volunteer Spotlight: Liam Tangney. Favourite season in Canada: Summer!

 

If you’d like to learn more about March of Dimes Canada’s volunteering opportunities, please visit this landing page from the website: http://bit.ly/MODCVol

Volunteer Spotlight: Alex Evans

Volunteer Spotlight: July 2018

Volunteer Spotlight: Alex EvansWe’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again, Volunteers are important to the success of the service we give here at March of Dimes Canada. We appreciate and acknowledge volunteers for all the amazing, incredible and hard work they do. Each month this year, we’ve been getting to know some of the things our volunteers like outside of volunteering.

Meet Alex! She’s our spotlight for July.

July Volunteer Spotlight

Name: Alex Evans

Nominated By: Maryam Iqbal

Position Description: Supportive Communication Facilitator

Age: 24 years old

How long have you been an MODC Volunteer? Almost 3 years

What is your favourite part about volunteering with MODC? 

It is so fulfilling to be able to see the difference you can make in someone’s life just by being present. My favourite part is watching individuals grow more confident in themselves. I love helping out with the Aphasia and Communication Peer Support Group because it brightens any bad day, and I know it’s the highlight for their day as well.

A book you would recommend?

I am currently reading the Alice Network and I would recommend it to anyone who likes strong female characters, mystery, and historical fiction.

What is your go-to dessert? Dark chocolate!

If you had a superpower, what would it be? I would like to be able to bend time – there are not enough hours in the day.

What is your favourite movie?  If I had to pick one of my all-time favourites, Clue (1985).

Maryam Iqbal nominated Alex. Erica has added why they chose to nominate this volunteer.

Alex, is truly committed to everything that she does. She really flourished and gained confidence throughout the time that she spent volunteering for the Aphasia Friendly Peer Support Group.”

She is very open to learning news things and is eager to take on new challenges.

Alex, is truly committed to everything that she does. She really flourished and gained confidence throughout the time that she spent volunteering for the Aphasia Friendly Peer Support Group.”

Volunteer Spotlight: Alex Evans. Go-to Dessert: Dark Chocolate!

"Adele has become very social and enjoys making friends."

Adele’s “Yes, I can do it!” attitude!

"Adele has become very social and enjoys making friends."

Words by Adele’s mother, Minna

My heart was filled with love—and worries! Realizing that my three-month-old daughter Adele was having difficulty holding her head up and barely making use of her right hand was truly frightening.

Today, thanks to March of Dimes Canada’s Conductive Education® Program, at age five, Adele is enjoying her first year in a regular Junior Kindergarten class in a public school. Working hard in this program has allowed Adele to develop the ability to navigate the playground safely, master uneven surfaces, run and jump. She has become strong and has even conquered going up and down the stairs. This is a tremendous milestone for a child with challenges like Adele’s.

My daughter was born and diagnosed in London, UK. The medical findings were complex, but the primary challenge Adele faces is called hemiparesis syndrome. As a baby she needed lots of support to learn to use her right hand and how to crawl. From her first step to walking independently, it took a full year. She works on balance issues to this day. What comes easily for most children takes a great deal of time and concentrated effort for Adele.

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Adele and mother, Minna

When our family was preparing to move to Canada I was concerned about finding proper resources for Adele. We asked the organization we were working with in the UK for guidance and were overjoyed to find out that March of Dimes Canada was there for us!

Adele has been thriving in the Conductive Education® Program. The comprehensive curriculum seems almost tailor made for each participant. My heart explodes with joy as Adele gains more and more independence through her lessons including self-care skills like taking off and putting on her own clothes.  Her academic achievements now include learning the alphabet, recognizing short syllables and words and even spelling her own name.

March of Dimes Canada is helping her gain confidence and bloom in so many ways.  Adele has become very social and enjoys making friends because learning is done in a safe and nurturing environment among her peers and friends. For Adele, the program does not feel like therapy or arduous work because the wonderful teachers make it so enjoyable for her. The conductors do such a wonderful job of working with all the children to ensure they reach their full potential.

Adele has become fearless in her “Yes, I can do it!” attitude.

Thank you for letting me share my story with you about Adele and if you have the opportunity, please support March of Dimes Canada.

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If you’d like to help other children like Adele receive the support and resources they need to reach their full potential, please visit: www.marchofdimes.ca/DoubleMyGift