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Rock for Dimes eNewsletter  
Let's Take a Moment to Blow our own Horn!
Well, here we are in 2015 and our 5th Issue – Happy New Year to everyone! You may have put away your New Year’s Eve noise makers, but we still have ours out as we take this opportunity to blow our own horn…

The Rock for Dimes corporate battle of the bands has become March of Dimes Canada's flagship national fundraiser and is now held in communities coast to coast. Since its inception, Rock for Dimes has raised over $1,200,000 to support our Stroke Recovery Canada® and Conductive Education® programs. Thanks to everyone who has been a part of this wonderful success!

As you will see in this issue, there is no slowing down. We have two thrilling awards to tell you about, a focus on a rockin’ volunteer, as well as the triumphant results from across the country, and info on upcoming Rock for Dimes events. So turn up the volume and take a read…

Adam Cieply: From Band Member to Board Member

Adam CieplyAdam Cieply is a lawyer out of Montreal working for Stikeman Elliott. His introduction to March of Dimes came as a member of the band The WriteOffs that competed in the Rock for Dimes event four years ago. Adam was so taken with the organization that he steadily became more involved and today is a member of the National Board of Directors and the Quebec MODC Volunteer Committee.

Adam also has another personal connection to the organization - his grandmother, who had a stroke seven years ago, is part of our Montreal Stroke Club Chapter. He tells us, “The Club provides an uplifting and welcoming atmosphere to stroke survivors and offers its participants the opportunity to regain a sense of normalcy and belonging on the long road of stroke recovery.”
Adam raised more than $24,000 for the Rock for Dimes Montreal event this year and once again was in a participating band The WriteOffs … with his biggest fan, his grandmother, in the audience.
We are so grateful to have such a committed event member and dedicated Board member. Thank you Adam, there’s no doubt, you rock!

And the Winner is...
Rock for Dimes Edmonton

Date: September 21, 2014
Winner: Bad Communicators
Top Fundraiser: Bad Communicators
Host: Local actor and comedian Sheldon Elter
Judges: Brennan McFaul, Patrick Henri and Cam Hewson  
Special GuestsBret ‘Hitman” Hart and Honourable Naresh Bhardwaj 
Funds raised: Over $8,000

The Edmonton event was a huge success. All proceeds benefit programs and services for children and adults with disabilities, including funding for local peer support groups and Aphasia Camp programming. 

Bad Communicators
Bad Commuicators 
Rock for Dimes Edmonton 2014 winners and Top Fundraiser
Rock for Dimes
Sherkston Shores

Date: September 26, 2014
Winner: Sir Michael  Prince (solo artist) and Phuzz (band)
Top Fundraiser: Phuzz​
Host: Jamie Rankin, GIANT FM On-Air Personality
Judges: Jamie Rankin, Mark Stephenson and Mark Swayze
Funds raised: $3,000

All proceeds from Rock for Dimes Sherkston Shores will go towards March of Dimes Canada’s Campers Helping Campers annual fundraiser that takes place from May-October and supports participants in MODC’s Outdoor Recreation Programs.

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Twisted Pretty band at
Rock for Dimes Sherkston Shore 2014
Rock for Dimes Halifax

Date: November 14, 2014
Winner: Terminal Road, comprised of members of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice
Top Fundraiser: Red C from
McGinnes Coopers with a special note of thanks to David Graves and Lynn Wagner
Host: Tom Bedell, Q104 On-Air Personality
Judges: John Mullane from InFlight Safety, Anna Plaskett from Heartsparks Music Therapy, and Tom Bedell
Funds raised: $30,000

Funds raised will benefit
Conductive Education® Nova Scotia Program.

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Terminal Road
Rock for Dimes Halifax 2014 winners
Rock for Dimes
Sault Ste. Marie

Date: November 14, 2014
Showcase Event
Top Fundraiser: Redundant
Host: Lou Turco
Funds raised: $1,000

Funds raised will benefit the programs of March of Dimes Canada and United Way Sault Ste. Marie and District.

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Redundant band playing at 
Rock for Dimes Sault Ste. Marie 2014
Rock for Dimes Montreal

Date: November 21, 2014
Winner: Nobody's Business
Top Fundraiser: The WriteOffs
Host: Rick Keene
Funds raised: Over $40,000 - $15,000 will directly support the Montreal Stroke Club.

Funds raised will benefit March of Dimes Canada Conductive Education® and Peer Support Programs.
Nobody's Business
Rock for Dimes Montreal 2014 winners
All proceeds from the Rock for Dimes events benefit March of Dimes Canada’s programs for children and adults with disabilities.
And the Award Goes to...
To help people with physical disabilities regain their ability to travel independently, March of Dimes Canada, through the Istvan and Barbara Haas Assistive Devices and Vehicle Retrofit Fund, presented two awards this November - one at the Rock for Dimes event in Halifax, and one in Montreal. 
Funding comes from the estate of the late John Haas, who designated that funds be allocated to the acquisition of assistive devices, or vehicle retrofits for people whose needs are both physical and financial, and that the fund would be in memory of his late parents who were Holocaust survivors.

It’s Halifax and it’s Time to “Retrofit your Ride”

MODC Haas Initiative Vehicle Retrofit Halifax presentation

On the night of November 14th, in front of a jubilant crowd at the Cunard Centre in Halifax, Kimberley Lovett’s life changed as she was announced as the grateful recipient of the Retrofit award for $15,000.

As the result of a rare spinal cord infection contracted in 2012, Kimberley, a 40 year-old mother of three, now needs a wheelchair for all mobility. Her community doesn’t have accessible public transportation for people with disabilities, so Kim has been relying on her parents for all her vehicle needs. The funding will allow Kim to obtain a fully accessible van.
“There are no words to properly express my gratitude,” says Kim. “Not having access to transportation has been the biggest obstacle to me getting my independence back, being able to work, take my children places, and go to my medical appointments. It’s like a window has been opened for me and I have hope again. I will never, ever forget this.”

It’s Montreal and it’s Electrifying

 MODC Haas Initiative Vehicle Retrofit Montreal The date is November 21, 2014; the place is the Theatre Corona in Montreal; the atmosphere is charged; the winner of the Istvan and Barbara Haas Assistive Devices Award for $10,000 is… André Bougie!
André lives with spina bifida and uses a manual wheelchair. Declining health and strength have made it harder for him to pursue the sport he so loves. He will use the funding towards the purchase of an electric wheelchair to play modified soccer. The funding will help him grow this sport across Canada, giving him the opportunity to continue to inspire youths with disabilities to have the most fulfilling life possible.
“We couldn’t be more excited about staging Rock for Dimes again in Montreal,” says Mary Lynne Stewart, National Director of Fund Development and Communications for March of Dimes Canada. “Being able to fund Mr. Bougie and know that he will pay this forward to kids with disabilities across the country makes this event even more special.”



Focus on: Adam Cieply
And the Winner is...
And the Awards Goes to...
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Rock for Dimes Wants You! 

You could be the next band to star in Rock for Dimes!


March of Dimes Canada is looking for new bands for Rock for Dimes Calgary on February 7, Rock for Dimes Vancouver on February 26, Rock for Dimes Saskatoon on March 7, and Rock for Dimes Winnipeg on March 28.

Contact us for more information:
Mary Lynne Stewart
National Director, Fund Development & Communications
1-800-263-3463 ext.7340


More Rock For Dimes Events!

But Wait, it’s Not Over: And the beat goes on…

RFD Calgary
February 7, 2015
RFD Vancouver
February 26, 2015
RFD Winnipeg
March 6, 2015

RFD Saskatoon
March 7, 2015
RFD London
March 20, 2015
RFD Sarnia
March 28, 2015

If you live in any of these areas, mark your calendar now to make sure you reserve the date for an evening of fun you won’t soon forget. Keep an eye out for further information on these electrifying events in upcoming Rock for Dimes enewsletters. 

Get details at www.rockfordimes.ca

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