March of Dimes honours McInnes Cooper team members
September 28, 2011
At its Annual General Meeting taking place September 23rd, 2011, March of Dimes will honour several individuals and corporations who are endeavouring to enhance the lives of people living with physical disabilities.
For their commitment as March of Dimes volunteers, Halifax lawyers Marc Belliveau, Bruce Marchand and David Graves were awarded the 2011 March of Dimes Reverend Roy Essex Award. The award, created in 1981 in honour of Reverend Roy Essex, a dedicated and long-time March of Dimes volunteer – is presented to a volunteer who has demonstrated a high degree of commitment and made an outstanding contribution to the goals of March of Dimes Canada.
As March of Dimes continues its growth and expansion nationally, Marc, David and Bruce have been the driving force behind a series of fundraisers in Halifax to help March of Dimes offer crucial programming for children and adults with disabilities in Nova Scotia.
Rock for Dimes Halifax is heading into its sixth year. This battle of the bands fundraiser is held in cities across Canada, and in Halifax, specifically supports Conductive Education® Nova Scotia. Conductive Education combines elements of education and rehabilitation to help people with neuro-motor disabilities improve mobility and gain self-confidence.
Over the last five years, the event has grown and is now March of Dimes’ most successful Rock for Dimes fundraiser in Canada. Since its inception, RFD Halifax has been helmed by a dedicated volunteer committee led by David Graves, Bruce Marchand and Marc Belliveau.
These three men work tirelessly to make sure the events runs smoothly and successfully. They recruit the bands, sell hundreds of tickets, secure sponsorship, both cash and in-kind and go above and beyond what can be expected from a volunteer.
“The work of Marc, Bruce and David has ensured that we are able to raise funds for Conductive Education in Halifax and keep the program running successfully. Their work ensures that March of Dimes is top of mind for hundreds of Rock for Dimes guests and volunteers and for that we are so grateful,” says Ruth Kapelus, Media and Public Relations for March of Dimes Canada, and who nominated the men for the Award.
This year March of Dimes will be celebrating a milestone anniversary – its 60th year. The Annual General Meeting will be taking place on September 23rd at the York Reception Centre in Toronto.
For a complete list of awards and winners, please visit www.marchofdimes.ca.
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