2014-2015 Annual Report

Rebuilding Lives for 70 honourAble years!
Spinal Cord Injury Ontario


I am honoured...

A Message from the Chair & the CEO

Why We Are Needed

11 people each week

More than one a day - is the estimated number of people in Ontario who sustain a new spinal cord injury

2-3 years

The average time it takes to attain optimal independence following a spinal cord injury

33,000 people

Are currently living with a spinal cord injury in Ontario and a total of 86,000 are living in Canada

$2.67 Billion

The estimated annual economic cost of traumatic spinal cord injury in Canada

What We Do

We help people living with spinal cord injuries to find the resources they need and provide them with the tools to develop self-advocacy skills.
Peer Support
We connect people living with spinal cord injuries to fully-trained volunteers who can share their experience and knowledge. We can connect family members, too.
Public Policy
We provide disability-specific policy analysis that brings awareness and education to elected officials, and we support our membership through advocacy initiatives that aim to create a more inclusive province.
Knowledge Enterprise
We offer custom learning opportunities on disability awareness and understanding spinal cord injury for organizations, in-person and online. We engage researchers, policy makers, clinicians and consumers in knowledge translation, turning knowledge into action to benefit our community. We design curriculum for people with spinal cord injuries to support self-management and promote life-long learning.
SCI Solutions Alliance
People with spinal cord injuries, service providers, researchers and policy makers connect with our collaborative network of people and organizations in the SCI community. We address systemic barriers that affect community participation and optimum health. We find customized solutions and proven best practices to improve the lives of people with spinal cord injuries.
Regional Services
We encourage and support people living with spinal cord injuries to be as independent as possible. We provide practical help, service navigation, information, resources, education, and support in the adjustment to having a disability. We will meet people in the hospital, in rehab, in their home, or in the community. If you can’t come to us, we’ll go to you!
SCI Ontario Membership
Joining SCI Ontario’s community has many benefits, including participation in our membership events, access to up-to-date, relevant news about spinal cord injury, and connection to others. Membership is free to people with disabilities and their family members for the first year!
Attendant Services
We provide attendants to assist people with permanent physical disabilities to be independent at home, work and at post-secondary schools in the Toronto area, given the person can initiate and direct his/her own personal support service.
Employment Services
We help people with spinal cord injuries who are looking for work in the Toronto Area identify work-related goals and find satisfying employment. Our services also help employers find qualified candidates and evaluate their workplace accessibility and job accommodation requirements.
Our History
History of SCI Ontario
The History of SCI Ontario
John Counsell
John Counsell
Ken Langford
Ken Langford
Andrew Clarke
Andrew Clarke
Albin Jousse
Albin Jousse
Kirby Rowe
Kirby Rowe
Bill Adair
Bill Adair
2014 Clients
Clients served this year
93 percent
Of clients would recommend SCI Ontario
5048 info requests
Info Requests
7125 FYI on SCI
Subscribers to FYI on SCI
103,025 web visits
Visits to sciontario.org
863 facebook group members
Facebook group members
1,562 Twitter followers
Twitter followers
457 LinkedIn followers
LinkedIn followers
1,132 public policy
Public Policy Campaign participants
741 volunteers
Volunteers contributed 3,596 volunteer hours
232 group educational sessions
Group educational sessions
214,115 direct services hours
Direct service hours
102 paid job placements
Paid job placements
50 donors have donated for 20 years or more
Donors have donated for 20 years or more
3,478 number of donors
# of Donors
In support of clients through our Enhancing Independence Fund
83 years
Involvement of our Ski and Snowboard committee
$95,577 sci research
Raised for a post-doctoral fellowship in the field of spinal cord injury research
128 km
Wheeled collectively at the Provincial Wheelchair Relay Challenge
81,386 direct client engagements
Direct client engagements
13 major gift donors
Major Gift Donors Donated $176,758
3,599 people attended
People attended 222 Peer Events
5 planned gifts
Planned Gifts totalling $627,360
Assistive Devices

As per our recommendations to the Assistive Devices Program (ADP), cost of mobility devices have been reduced by 20% in the 2015 ADP mobility device pricing list.
Attendant Services

$5 million expansion in Attendant Services over the last year as part of a 3-year strategy which resulted in $18.8 million. Working with the Ontario Community Support Association, approximately 500 people received new services, reduced wait times in accessing Attendant Services and people who need more hours of service, receiving them.
Successful Advocacy

Successful advocacy with Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) led to wage enhancement stabilization program for Personal Support Workers in Attendant Services provincially.

Launched a TTC Accessibility Campaign during the Toronto Municipal Elections accelerating the accessible subway stations plan to 2025.
Online peer activists training

Developed online Peer Activists training curriculum.
Strategic planning exercise

Completed a 3-year Ontario SCI Solutions Alliance planning exercise with 70+ organizations to develop long-term SCI strategy for a request for government funding in 2017.
Launched public policy

to mobilize membership on advocacy issues. To date 1,132 people have participated in 4 online campaigns that affected 4 policies.
Jr. Board

Developed and launched our Junior Board to assist with fundraising, advocacy and awareness.
Revamped business planning process

Revamped our business planning process and tools to create a more streamlined and rigorous approach.
CARF International
Remain on track to be ready for Accreditation through CARF International by the target date of spring, 2017. New policies and plans developed this year include: Cultural Competency, Financial Transactions for Clients, Service Provision and Service Agreements, Quality Improvement for Client Services, Professional Development, Salary Administration, Job Description and Job Evaluation, Performance Appraisal, Leave of Absence (Unpaid), User of Vehicle of Business and Fragrance Free Workplace.
Created and published a new plain language guide "Preventing and Treating Pressure Sores: A guide for people with spinal cord injuries". The guide was launched through a videoconference and live webcast that was broadcasted to five sites across Ontario. The event included a "call to action" encouraging those interested to sign up to receive information on developing a strategy that addresses and resolves systemic barriers related to pressure sores in Ontario.
Pressure Sore Guide
Elearning modules

New eLearning modules developed include: Vehicle Modification, Adapted Sex Toys and Booking an Accessible Hotel Room. New webcasts include Research Showcase, Sex After SCI, Preventing and Treating Pressure Sores and Sports Nutrition.
Unique Elearning programs

Two new unique eLearning programs were developed for fee for service curricula: Understanding SCI for Personal Support Workers and Disability Awareness.
Mobile friendly features

Updated public website which included mobile friendly features.
Ski Snowboard day

12 people with spinal cord injuries tried sit skiing (adapted skiing) for the first time at this year's Ski and Snowboard Day.

Developed a staff Intranet to strengthen internal communications.
Wall of Honour
Rich Vanderwal Rick AbdiZeinab CPD Peterborough Barb Dafoe Debby Bothwell Dorn Roche Gayle & Gary Harley Nott Joanne Smith Kim Demberline Kim Donaldson Liz Winkelaar Madelyn Scanlan Marshall Hogan Mary Dufton Mike Mulligan Muniba Arshad Randy Romain Sally Thomas Shaun Westlake Shirley Clark Stephanie Bolton and Alec Denys

A Tribute to Bill Adair

From June 27 to July 19, 2014 SCI Ontario, with presenting partner Soulpepper Theatre and creative genius RARE Theatre Company, brought Borne to the stage. A play about the stories of people with spinal cord injuries told with raw truth, gave 22 audiences a different lens to view disability. Below are clips from the play that will be used to start a conversation. What would you do if you sustained a spinal cord injury? Do you use the accessible stall in a washroom? Would you date someone with a disability? The hope is that by starting a conversation, people can think about their own perceptions of disability and perhaps challenge their own beliefs — because in conversations, creativity, solutions and change are borne.


Treasurer's Report

It is my pleasure to report on Spinal Cord Injury Ontario’s financial results for the year ended March 31, 2015. These financial statements are the responsibility of management. The Finance and Audit Committee, along with the Board of Directors, approve the financial statements which have been audited by Grant Thornton. Summarized financial statements are included in the Annual Report and complete statements are available on our website.

Billy Klare, Treasurer
Chair, Finance and Audit Committee

Abridged Statement of Financial Position

As of March 31, 2015

Abridged Statement of Financial Activities

Year Ended March 31, 2015


How Funds Were Raised

How our funds were raised
Government Support 79%; Donations and other public support 20%;Other 1%
*As a percentage of total revenue of $10.367 million as per audited statement, plus $280,449 of direct fundraising costs disclosed in Note 7 of full audited statement; adjusted total gross $10.65 million

How Funds Were Spent

How our funds were spent
Programs and services 78%; Administration 13%; Resource Development (Direct and Indirect) 6%; Other 3%
*As a percentage of total expenditures of $10,358 million as per audited statement, plus $280,449 of direct fundraising costs disclosed in Note 7 of full audited statement; adjusted total expenses $10.64 million

Risk Discussion and Analysis


Click on each recipient's trophy for more info

Darrel Murphy Award - Attendant of the year
Ken Langford Lifetime Member Award
Jim and Sharon Vigmond Leaadership Award
John Counsell Award
Peer Activist Award
Corporate Tribute Award
Employer Tribute Award
Volunteer Tribute Award


Hamilton Health Care Professional of the year

Harriet Draaistra

Hamilton Peer Support Volunteer of the year

Gary Luker

Ottawa Peer Support Volunteer of the Year

Rick Lapierre

Ottawa Health Care Professional of the Year

Henry Ballogan

Toronto Health Care Professional of the Year

Tess Devji

Toronto Peer Support Volunteer of the year

Marilyn Stafford

London Peer Support Volunteers of the Year

Mark Ideson and Cyril Hartland

Kingston Peer Support Volunteer of the Year

MAndy VanGrunsven


The support we receive from donors, corporations and foundations helps people at their most difficult time in their life to rebuild their dreams and rekindle their spirit.
Thank you to each and every one of you.



Our Featured Supporter's Story:
Anthony Salvatore

You can purchase your copy of Anthony Salvatore and The Cause by calling
(416) 422-5644, Ext 212


Federated Health
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Government of Ontario
Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network


$75,000 - $100,000

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation

$25,000 - $49,999

Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers
Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP
Insurance Bureau of Canada
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Personal Injury Alliance

$10,000 - $24,999

Bruce Power
Goldcorp Inc.
Guy Carpenter & Company
In The End Inc.
Oatley, Vigmond Personal Injury Lawyers LLP
Provincial Building & Construction Trades Council of Ontario
Siskinds LLP
The Morris Law Group
Wynperle Law

$5,000 - $9,999

Aviva Canada Inc.
Canada Brokerlink Incorporated
Colangelo Greenhow Inc.
Coloplast Canada Corporation
Hard-Co Construction Ltd.
Lerners LLP Barristers & Solicitors - London
Swiss Reinsurance Company of Canada
The John & Deborah Harris Family Foundation
Thomas Gold Pettingill LLP

$1,000 - $4,999

Affiliated Benefits Consultants Ltd.
AON Benfield Canada ULC
Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers
Baxter Structures
Black & McDonald Limited
Black, Sutherland LLP
Bruce Wilson Landscaping Ltd.
Building & Construction Trades Department AFL-CIO
Cade Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd.
Carstar Automotive Canada
Central Ontario Building Trades & Construction Trades Council
Con-Elco Ltd.
De Rose Personal Injury Lawyers
Dickinson Wright
Discount Car and Truck Rentals
Earth Boring Co. Ltd.
Foster, Townsend, Graham & Associates LLP Lawyers
Freedman & Associates Inc. Marketing Consultants
Robert Gallagher
Gazzola Paving Limited
George Weston Limited
J. Douglas & Ruth Grant
Greystone Managed Investments Inc.
PMA Brethour Realty Group Organization
Hamilton Construction Ltd.
Henderson Structured Settlements LP.
IBEW Construction Council of Ontario
International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers - Local 95
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 46
International Union of Elevator Constructors - Local 50
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793
Judith Hull & Associates
Laurel Steel
Legate & Associates LLP
Lerners LLP - Toronto
LiUNA! - Local 506
LiUNA! - Local 183
LiUNA! Ontario Provincial District Council
Manulife Financial
McKellar Structured Settlements Inc.
NEI Investments
Ontario Construction Secretariat
Ontario Iron Workers District Council
Ontario Pipe Trades Council
Operating Engineers Employer Bargaining Agency
Paul Davis Systems
Pentad Construction
Rich Rotstein, Chartered Accountants
Robert B. Somerville Co. Limited
Sheet Metal Workers International Union Local 285
Shekter Dychtenberg LLP
Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix
Singer, Kwinter Personal Injury Lawyers
Teamsters Construction Council of Ontario
The CG & B Group Inc.
The MBTW Group
The Michael Young Family Foundation
Thomson Rogers Lawyers
Torkin Manes LLP Barristers & Solicitors
Trans Power Utility Contractors Inc.
Travelers Canada
Triplecrete Limited
United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 46
United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Union
Western Mechanical
Westhall Corporation
Winmar Mississauga/Oakville
Yorkwood Homes

$500 - $999

Aftercare Cremation & Burial Services
Ambler & Co. Inc.
Atlas Dewatering Corporation
Beacon Utility Contractors Ltd.
Beckett Professional Corporation
Dependable Mechanical
Dufferin Aggregates (a division of Holcim (Canada) Inc.)
Golden Technologies of Canada
Invacare Canada LP
Ipex Inc.
Kettleby Contracting
Lancorp Construction Co. Ltd.
Network Reporting & Mediation
Royalcrest Paving
UCC Group Inc.


In Honour of

Bill Adair
Peter Athanasopoulos
Mariyan Boychev
Leandre Casselman
Roger & Marlene Clairmount

Barry Cooper
Vev Kline
Jim Milligan
Andrew Olivier
Ormrod Family

Gary Gunraj
Anthony Salvatore
Tammy Wells
Ian Wollach

In Memory of

Harold "Fudd" Clark
Mary Frances Coburn
Barrington Coke
Reginald Collins
William Kenneth Coupland
Joan Anne Demberline
Jim Devlin
Gaspare DiMaria
John Douglas Doherty
Randy Eveliegh
Newton Faulkner
Barb Forrestell
Katrina Ghahremani
Shirley Hindle
Jackie Hnatiuk
Morris Howell
Douglas Kayahara
Guy Lessard
Joseph Malone
Stuart Mayer
Perry Meunier
Leonard Miller
Dora Miron
Camilla Murphy
Edward Othmer
Sylvia Reavie
Jesse Redden
Helen Rudl
Lloyd Russell
Irwin Slopack
Jimmy Smith
Florence M. Soares
Dawn St. Marie
Wayne Stockley
Bruce Thomson
Ulysse Tremblay
The Father of Jason Young


Estate of Louise May Boyd
Estate of Stanley Delaney
Estate of Donald Geater
Estate of John Isbister
Estate of Lillian Gail Wright

$75,000 - 100,000

Federated Health Charities Corporation
Travelers Canada

$50,000 - 74,999

The Hopkins Family

$10,000 - 24,999

Economical Mutual Insurance Company
McLeish Orlando LLP
Oatley, Vigmond Personal Injury Lawyers LLP
Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
The Capital Hill Group Ottawa Inc.
Thomson Rogers Lawyers

$5,000 - 9,999

Stephan Argent
Lakeshore Rehabilitation Centre
Lehigh Hanson Materials Ltd.
Leslie Craig Brown Law Professional Corporation
Ontario Curling Association
Queen's University
Rotary Club of Ottawa - Charity Fund
Smith Falls Curling Club Inc.

$1,000 - $4,999

William K. Adair
Carolyn Archibald
Jackie Bloom
Dominic De Rose
Bernard Gluckstein
Barbara Goldring
Dianne M. Lesperance
Anthony J. Lisanti
Jeff Marshall
Jackie McCarten
Mary Ann McColl
Jerome Morse
Sandra Nymark
Sheila B. Stahl
Jeff Steckley
John Tobin
Russell Topp
Jack Warriner
Bank Of Nova Scotia
Barrhaven Lions Bingo in Trust
Beckett Professional Corporation
Carranza LLP
Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP
Foster, Townsend, Graham & Associates LLP Lawyers
Functionability Rehabilitation Services Inc.
Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers
Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP
Ivey Honors Business Admin Association In Trust
Judith Hull & Associates
Kerney Fire & Emergency Services Association
Key Gordon Communications
Leon's Furniture Limited - Toronto
Miss Canada Globe Productions
MV-1 Canada
North Waterloo Farmers Mutual Insurance Company
Rachel's Kids Development Fund
Rehab First Inc.
Rotary Club of Barrie-Kempenfelt
Royal Canadian Legion - Osgoode Branch Samuel, Son & Co. Limited
Singer Kwinter Personal Injury Lawyers
Steven Dionne Fundraising Organization
Strype Barristers LLP
Torkin Manes LLP
The Morris Law Group
United Way Toronto
Vigorate Digital Solutions Inc.
Wynperle Law

$500 - 999

Sherlynn Akitt
Peter Athanasopoulos
Sheila Casemore
Vincenta Cheng
Val Cleroux
Dr. Catharine Craven
Richard Crenian
Penny Dodge
Brad Duby
Louie Fioccola
Maurice Fryatt
Joseph Gagliano
Isabel Gil
Gary Gunraj
Dan Harvey
Pat J. Holway
Kenneth E. Howie
Spiro Karacorovski
Vahan Kololian
Rona Kosansky
David Lailey
Lynne Lawson
Nancy Lawson
George Leon
Ian MacEachern
Doris Mackenzie
Stacey L. Moore
Diane Morrell
Ella Margaret M. Potton
Bruce Sinclair
Brian H. Somer
Dr. Charles Tator
Russell Winkelaar
Aftercare Cremation & Burial Services
Army Navy & Air Force Veterans In Canada - Orillia
Army Navy & Air Force Veterans In Canada 383 - Toronto
Arnprior Council 2082 Charitable Welfare Trust
Barrie Taxi Ltd.
Bight Restaurant & Bar
Burn Tucker Lachaîne LLP
CHUM Charitable Foundation
Community Foundation Grey Bruce
Guild Electric Charitable Foundation
Innisfil Lions Club
Knights Of Columbus - Father A. Nolan Council 9865
Leon's - J. & B. Brown Furniture & Appliances Ltd. - Orillia
Manotick Kiwanis Bingo
Martin & Wright Insurance & Financial Services Inc.
McKellar Structured Settlements Inc.
Northern Ontario Curling Association
Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 480
Strategic Charitable Giving Foundation
The John David & Signy Eaton Foundation
Yorkstreet Dispute Resolution Group Inc.

Long-Time Donors

Consecutive Years

  • William K. Adair (21)
  • Dorothy L. Amos (29)
  • George Beaudry (29)
  • John D. Bernard (22)
  • Janet Berry (21)
  • Osworth B. Blake (26)
  • Ruth Bolt (20)
  • Harold Burnside (20)
  • Deanna A. Carbert (29)
  • Luanna Chernushenko (23)
  • Sylvia H. Cohen (21)
  • Ley Davison (20)
  • Dorothy Delisle (30)
  • John M. Dewitt (28)
  • Eleanor L. Ellins (32)
  • Robert Feldgaier (25)
  • Jindrich Fiala (23)
  • Doug G. Gilbert (27)
  • John W. Gonsalves (30)
  • Yvonne Green (20)
  • Daniel Haas (30)
  • Juergen Hoffmann (20)
  • Richard J. Horner (25)
  • Douglas Humphreys (22)
  • Robert M. Jackson (28)
  • Marcus N. James (21)
  • Richard Klosler (20)
  • Ingeborg Koenig (23)
  • Colin Lloyd (20)
  • Trevor M. Luke (21)
  • E. A. Marriage (21)
  • Dorothy McClelland (28)
  • Eric G. McIntyre (26)
  • Heather McKenzie (21)
  • Peter J. Monti (30)
  • June Murdoch (21)
  • E. Alex Newcombe (30)
  • Harley R. Nott (20)
  • Lloyd Pezze (25)
  • Mary Phillips (20)
  • Ella Margaret M. Potton (24)
  • Sally P. Powell (25)
  • Ruth Read (23)
  • Ebraihim Soni (31)
  • Diana N. Stott (23)
  • Ann D. Sutton (20)
  • Angeline Tannis (21)
  • Margaret Whyte (25)
  • Brian A. Wilding (23)
  • Jim Wood (24)

Monthly Donors

William K. Adair
Eileen Adams
Loriedelle Addun
Margaret Ainsworth
Michael Ashton
Peter Athanasopoulos
Beryl Babb
David Baldwin
Basil Bernier
Martha Binks
Jackie Bloom
Paul Britton
Douglas Buchanan
B. Mai Bui
Norine Bulmer
David Campbell
William Charney
Angela Clair
Shirley Clark
Sharol Cordner
Esther Cyrus
Sheila Daniel
Eileen F. Dockman
Joseph Dooley
Karen Evoy
Barbara Farrell
James M. Feeney
Jindrich Fiala
Kathleen M. Flint
Lynn Francis
Norm Freedman
Jenny Gilker
Bernard Gluckstein
Carol Graham
Jerome Hanley
Vera Harris
Heather Hollingshead
Susan Howatt
Kevin Hunter
Naomi Hunter
Doris Hutchence
Mary Margaret Koelln
Arie Kojokaro
Rick Lewcock
Laurent Loranger
Jim MacLachlan
Kathleen Martin-Ginis
Richard K. McCallum
Diana McCauley
Robert A. McGeachie
Bruce McIntosh
Sarah McKinnon
Marion McPhedran
Lynn A. Miñeque
Stacey L. Moore
Sally A. Mongraw
Diane Morrell
Robert C. Morris
Donna Mullings
Robert Murphy
Harley R. Nott
Mary A. O'Connell
Paul Peer
Mary Anne Powell
Sally P. Powell
Basmatee-Eunice Ragobeer
Sandhya Raja
Helen Ramsay
Liam Ready
Douglas Reid
Gary Reinblatt
Paul Rice
John Rizzo
Arlene Rudakoff
Madelyn Scanlan
Kathleen Schneider
Ronald Schokking
Judith E. Scolnik
Sidney Shear
Margaret W. Smith
Michelle Smith
Stephen D. Smylie
Donna Stewart
Diana N. Stott
Chiara Tassone
S. Phillip Tingley
Evelyn Towers
Lydia Vales
Whitney Woloshyn
Elizabeth Zarnowiecki
Barb M. Zufelt

Our Organization

Our Staff
The passion and dedication of our staff is exhibited on a daily basis and SCI Ontario's reputation is directly attributable to the high quality of its employees. We are better together, as relationships are at the centre of everything we do and this directly impacts our staff and clients, as well as SCI Ontario's successes in our communities. Each employee brings individual strengths to SCI Ontario, and when we combine those strengths, we believe we reach our full potential as an organization. Our staff embodies our mission and values of respect, excellence, accountability, leadership, inclusion and innovation.
This year, we employed close to 170 full-time and part-time staff who provide support to our clients through our community-based services and programs across the province of Ontario. Approximately 30% of our workforce have identified that they have disabilities themselves, thus providing increased knowledge and awareness of the people we serve. More than 35% of our staff have been with the organization ten years or more. In fact, 16 staff members have been with us for more than 20 years.
During the year, salary increases were awarded in the 1-3% range, accompanied by an annual performance appraisal, which was in addition to a one-time 3% base salary adjustment for all non-unionized staff. No finder’s fees were administered. Salaries for our unionized staff group remain governed by a collective agreement which was successfully re-negotiated in November 2014 based on a 3-year agreement in effect until November 2017. Executive compensation was reported according to the requirements of the Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act.
In February 2015, staff were given the opportunity to participate in our annual staff satisfaction survey, 91% surveyed say that SCI Ontario is a good place to work. This year’s survey identified increased ratings for several improvement areas including timely communications and access to training. This is encouraging as inspired staff are and will be more productive and engaged in our changing environments on our path of continuous improvement. We will endeavour to continue to improve on our internal communications and support access to training and professional development opportunities. On an overall basis, staff turnover was 12.7% for the year. Triumph in assisting people to build fantastic lives lies with our committed staff; it takes a highly trained team of caring and sensitive people to provide the level of knowledge, expertise, guidance and compassion we deliver every day. And it is an honour to do so.

Staff Recognition

The following is a list of staff reaching service milestones this year in 2015
10 years
  • Ron Rattie, Peer Support Co-ordinator, Hamilton
15 years
  • Peter Athanasopoulos, Manager, Public Policy and Government Relations
  • Maggie Didiano, Manager, Attendant Services
  • Charlie Warriner, Peer Support Co-ordinator, Toronto
  • Barb Ewan, Attendant
  • Merverly Williams, Attendant
20 years
  • Elma Ricketts, Attendant
  • Morene Robinson, Attendant
25 years
  • Steve Hastings, Attendant
  • Leonora Hancle, Attendant
  • Liliana Walker, Attendant

Our organizational structure

Organizational Chart

Board of Directors

Craig Brown
Craig Brown
Sandra Carpenter
Marco Ferrara
Bernard Gluckstein
Bernard Gluckstein
Tony Huxter
Tony Huxter
Tara Jeji
Tara Jeji
Billy Klare
Billy Klare
Vev Kline
Vev Kline
Mark Lamoureux
Mark Lamoureux
Mary Ann McColl
Mary Ann McColl
Bob Nigol
Bob Nigol
Tom Proszowski
Tom Proszowki
Dan Ross
Dan Ross
Cindy Scott
Cindy Scott
Peter Sproul
Peter Sproul
Shaun Westlake
Shaun Westlake

Board Committees

The directors participate in the following committees:

  • Governance and Nominating Committee
    The committee is responsible for board recruitment and education including orientation sessions, succession planning, reviewing and evaluating board committee performance, reviewing and evaluating board performance.
  • Client Services Quality Management Committee
    The Committee focuses on the quality of client services and client safety, including outcome measures/ benchmarks, or other means by which the overall performance of Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario programs and services can be measured.
  • Audit and Finance Committee
    The committee is responsible for overseeing the financial controls and financial management of Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario to ensure the protection of all assets and ensure responsible fiscal management.
  • Advocacy Committee
    The committee is responsible for advocating proactively and reactively for better conditions of life for people with spinal cordinjuries in Ontario.

How to get involved

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario is a great organization to support in so many ways...so get involved today!


Come out to an event! Register as a participant in the Wheelchair Relay Challenge and Stroll, in a curling bonspiel, or attend a gala evening to raise funds in support of SCI Ontario. Alternatively, join us at an information session or a Peer Connections and learn more about what SCI Ontario is doing in your community. Showing up for our events supports people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities. The truth is, we couldn't do what we do without your support! Check out the events section to find out what's on in your community.


For years we have had the pleasure of developing unique and meaningful relationships with our event and program sponsors. Sponsors play a vital role in enabling us to expand activities and reach more people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities. Sponsorships can be as involved as aiding an entire program or as relaxed as hosting an afternoon lunch and learn. If you think your company would like to further develop your relationship with us, please contact our Director of Resource Development at 416-422-5644 x 272.


Join us in social media:
Twitter: @SCI_Ontario
Facebook: sciontario.org
Instagram Instagram: sci_ontario

Share what you know with us! We also have a Buy and Sell where you can let people know about properties for rent, vehicles for sale and items that are needed. Visit our classifieds and get involved!


We rely on our volunteers. Volunteers help us with office assistance, running events, writing in our publications and showing us board-level leadership. Volunteers might choose a role with a very specific time frame or one that is ongoing. We are privileged to have such dedicated people who help us do what we do. Their enthusiasm is contagious and helps us re-focus our purpose. We are so thankful for all they do. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please visit our listing of local offices or email volunteering@sciontario.org for more details.


There are many meaningful and significant ways to support Spinal Cord Injury Ontario in its mission to support people with spinal cord injury to help them to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation. One of the most impactful ways is by hosting a Community Event. A Community Event allows you the opportunity to organize your own event in order to increase awareness and raise funds to support people with spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities. Your time and effort will directly benefit those living with a spinal cord injury and their families. It is an opportunity to truly make a difference! Find out more about our community events.


Personal Fundraising Pages are a great, easy way to raise funds to help people living with spinal cord injury in you community. Build your own personal online SCI Ontario Page and start fundraising today! You can set up Special Occasion pages to celebrate a birthday, wedding, anniversary or graduation. You can set up Sports and Challenges pages to acknowledge a sporting milestone or a mini event or challenge. You can set up Tribute and Memorial pages in honour or memory of somone. Or set up a Plan Your Event page for a bigger event and invite people to register for your event. Find out more about our Personal Fundraising Pages.


If you are interested in becoming a board member, please send a formal request to the Governance and Nominating Committee c/o 520 Sutherland Drive, Toronto, ON M4G 3V9. Please note: it is a good idea to check out the Board of Directors webpage before you make your decision and review the committees the board is involved in, so you can identify areas you would be interested in working. Please visit our Board of Directors page.