In my community, I am...

A Message from the Chair
& the Chief Executive Officer

Why We Are Needed

1,928 people needed our services, this year alone

1,928 people needed our services, this year alone.

2-3 years

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

People with disabilities are the largest minority group in the country...and anyone can become a member at any time

People with disabilities are the largest minority group in the country...and anyone can become a member at any time.

$2.67 Billion

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

What We Do

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.
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!
Spinal Cord Injury Ontario Membership
Joining Spinal Cord Injury 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 everyone. We want to build our community!
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.
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 disabilities 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.
1,928 Clients
90 percent
87 percent info requests
7495 FYI on SCI
1,627 participants in Public Policy letter writing campaigns
1,053 Facebook group members
1,831 Twitter folllowers
841 Linkedin followers
571 valued volunteers
84 paid job placements
47 donors who have donated for 20 years or more
3,546 donors
74 monthly donors
$76,306 Enhancing Independence funds used to support our community
$90,160 dedicated to research
Major Gift Donors contributed $114,900
67 is the participant average per educational activity
1 new Chief Executive Officer
79 cars at vehicle modification barbeques
$53,665 raised through community events
$13,451.15 raised through LCBO coin boxes
5 changes to government priorities in favour of our community
add 93% Of staff are satisfied working for us

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."
- Henry Ford (1863-1947)

Achieve the greatest results for people with spinal cord injuries by:
Advancing service access
Advancing Service Access
  • Five new, online, educational products are now available to anyone in the province, or for that matter, around the world!
  • A fresh, standardized approach including best practices in client assessment and service is an integral part of our soon-to-be released Client Data Management System, which is cutting edge in the service sector.
  • A collaborative pilot project for skin flap surgery was initiated by us and brought together the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, St Michael’s Hospital, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, the Community Care Access Centre and the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto. The project team provide surgical and post-surgical care to five people with severe pressure sores. Providing service along the continuum of care was key to the success of the post-surgical phase. The individuals’ outcomes were excellent!
  • A creative Consumer Engagement strategy was developed to ensure that our community is included in research, and other areas of development, that affect all of us. We are seeking partners to collaborate. Nothing about us, without us!
  • A reduction in the incidence of pressure sores in Ontario rehabilitation hospitals because of our collaborative efforts with our provincial SCI Knowledge Mobilization Network partners.
  • A new business plan reporting system enables us to measure our progress towards our strategic plan.
  • We continue to meet or exceed our government contracts service delivery targets in Attendant Services, Employment Services, Regional Services and Peer Support.
Build recognition as:
The most reliable voice
The Most Reliable Voice
  • Support for community presentations includes a new inventory of branded materials and a regional marketing guide book.
  • Sharing information online continues to grow, as does our online presence, with a steady increase across all social media platforms throughout the year.
  • The Canadian government agreed to develop a Canadians with Disability Act thanks to input from our community.
  • More accessible vehicles-for-hire are now available in Sault Ste. Marie, Ottawa and Toronto due to our successful push for change.
  • Services are now available for youth with spinal cord injuries across Ontario due, in part, to our advisement to the Ontario government regarding gaps in service for youth.
  • As changes were made to the Catastrophic Accident Insurance, we made sure there were policy changes to clarify the definition of spinal cord injury and ultimately benefit people with new spinal cord injuries under the Auto Insurance Act.
Leading expert on living with spinal cord injury in Ontario
Leading Expert on Living with Spinal Cord Injury in Ontario
  • We presented on preventing and treating pressure sores at the International Spinal Cord Society conference and the American Spinal Injury Association conference.
  • Knowledge and expertise on sex and fertility after spinal cord injury was shared with staff members of a major acute hospital.
  • A searchable, online resource database was developed and is now used by staff and volunteers to improve information request quality and timeliness.
Unite people and communities to:
Share Knowledge
Share Knowledge
  • Newly developed Disability Awareness training was delivered to the staff of a major Canadian bank.

    Disability Awareness

  • The print run of Outspoken! magazine increased from 3,500 to 5,000 copies per issue, to maintain its position of the premier, provincial publication for people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities. Become a member and get a copy delivered to your home!
  • The re-vamped e-newsletter, The FYI on SCI, provides bi-monthly, informative articles and resources for its readership Sign up for the FYI on SCI.
Drive change relating to spinal cord injury
Drive Change Relating to Spinal Cord Injury
  • New, online Peer Activist Training provides our community members with an overview of the core skills of activism.

    Peer Activist Training

  • Our membership has provided recommendations, through a comprehensive survey and individual interviews, for improvements to the membership program. A new and exciting plan has been developed and will be deployed in the fall of 2016.
Maximize our effectiveness through:
Excellence in governance
Excellence in Governance
  • 45 policies have been created or updated this year alone, to prepare our organization for our accreditation survey in the new year. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International is guiding us to develop standards compliant with their requirements for excellence.
  • An original, organizational training plan is now ready to implement in the 2016/17 year.
  • Our incident management system is complete and it, too, will be implemented in the 2016/17 year.
  • To our clients
    • Our annual, Client Satisfaction Survey, determined that 81% of clients are satisfied with our services.
    • We developed a Client Bill of Rights (in English and in French) and updated our Client Orientation Handbook, a resource that outlines expectations for the services we provide.
      Spinal Cord Injury Ontario Client Orientation Handbook
  • To our volunteers
    • A Peer Support online volunteer training program was developed in collaboration with our Canadian spinal cord injury community, bringing standardization in volunteer service delivery across the country.
    • A new staff role has been created to coordinate volunteers, and new manuals as well as policies and procedures have been developed for guidance.
  • To our staff
    • Our annual, Staff Satisfaction Survey shows that 93% of our staff members are satisfied working at Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and 84% are satisfied with staff training and professional development.
    • Communication with staff is ongoing through monthly Town Hall meetings, department meetings, annual All Staff meetings and a private Intranet.
  • To our donors
    • The preparation work for the Imagine Canada accreditation is completed. This new designation, to be finalized in the Fall of 2016, will mark excellence in standards related to resource development and stewardship, making us openly accountable to our donors
    • Read our Donor Bill of Rights
  • To our members
    • We listened to our members and launched a redesign of our membership program to improve value for members. Complimentary membership is being extended as we continue to redesign the program.
    • Membership: Become a Member or Renew Your Membership
Accelerate our results for people living with spinal cord injury through:
Increasing and diversifying revenues
Increasing and Diversifying Revenues
  • Our Major Gift & Planned Giving Program is now established.
  • A significant sponsorship review was completed and we will implement the innovative and comprehensive plan in 2016-17.
  • Our committed, skiing community raised over $1 million in the past 20 years through the Ski and Snowboard Day event!
"The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better."
- Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Support Our Community

The following members of our community are people with spinal cord injuries or other physical disabilities who run their own businesses. Supporting each other makes a strong community! If you have your own business, and have a spinal cord injury or other physical disability, email us to be included on this resource list.
Able Bionics
Able Bionics
Fruitful Elements
Fruitful Elements
Iver Fashion Inc.
Iver Fashion Inc.
Moving Forward
Moving Forward
SCI Supply Inc
SCI Supply Inc.
Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson


Treasurer's Report

It is my pleasure to report on Spinal Cord Injury Ontario’s financial results for the year ended March 31, 2016.

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.

Mark Abraham

Mark Abraham,
Treasurer, Chair, Finance and Audit Committee

Abridged Statement of Financial Position

As of March 31, 2016

Abridged Statement of Financial Activities

Year Ended March 31, 2016


How Funds Were Raised

How our funds were raised
Government Support 79%; Donations and other public support 20%;Other 1%
* Percents expressed relative to total revenue as per audited statement ($10.598M) plus direct fundraising costs netted against total ($217K); adjusted total revenue $10.815M.

How Funds Were Spent

How our funds were spent
Programs and services 78%; Administration 13%; Resource Development (Direct and Indirect) 6%; Other 3%
* Percents expressed relative to total expenses as per audited statement ($10.597M) plus direct fundraising costs netted against total ($217K); adjusted total expense $10.814M.

Risk Discussion and Analysis


Click on each recipient's photo for more info on the award

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
Corporate Tribute Award 2
Employer Tribute Award
Volunteer Tribute Award



Peer Support Volunteer of the Year

- Ken Faber

Health care Professional of the Year

- Bryan Divers


Peer Support Volunteer of the Year

- Andrew Zwirko

Health care Professional of the Year

- Nancy Pouliot


Peer Support Volunteer of the Year

- Sharon Long

Health care Professional of the Year

- Michelle Hannah

Family Volunteer of the Year

- Bruce Spero


Peer Support Volunteers of the Year

  • Cyril Hartland
  • ark Ideson
  • Lee Thiebeault
  • Heather Glowacki

Health care Professional of the Year

- Donna Jarvisn


Peer Support Volunteer of the Year

- Rex Donald

Health care Professional of the Year

- Emily McDonald

Community Supporters

The funding we receive from donors, corporations and foundations helps make our community stronger. When people are at their most difficult time in their life, it is nice to know that others are willing to step up and offer support. A healthy community is one where all members are looked after. Thank you to each and every one of you.

"I am a huge believer in giving back and helping out in the community and the world. Think globally, act locally I suppose. I believe that the measure of a person's life is the affect they have on others."
- Steve Nash





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

Community Event Sponsors

London Volunteer Event Committee – Roll and Bowl
Ivey Business School – Fantasy Baseball Pool and Karaoke Evening
DMA Rehab – Rehab & Life Care Planning Symposium – Charity Partner
Dan Andress and Nick Ritchie – Homan Hogan Charity Open Cash Spiel
London Business Associates – summer Networking Night
LiUNA Local 506 & the General Contractor’s Section in Toronto – Nick Barbieri Bocce Tournament – Charity Partner
Toronto Insurance Women’s Association – Charity Golf Tournament
Heena Singh – Kitchener Roll and Bowl


$75,000 - $100,000

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation

$25,000 - $49,999

Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers
Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP
Insurance Bureau of Canada
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
Brandon Amond
Hall Family

Josh Forbes
Heather Gainforth
Shane Leonard
Alex McKinnon

Diane Pelton
Agnes Randell
Nancy Schoeberle

In Memory of

Chris Barnes
Peter Bernauer
Glenn Brown
Murray Balmer
George Burton
Azucena Cardona
Dale Chambers
Wayne Coulthard
Eldred Crawford
Dave Damant
Edgar De La Roca
Nicholas de Munnik
Stanley Delaney
Kim Demberline
Gini Donaldson
John Draser
Edith Elliott
Gary Evans
Una Fawns
Sharon Fleming
Gary Gunraj
David Hall
June Ann Hall
Larry Keane Jr.
Irene Kent
Rose Klosler
Daniel Leblanc
Guy Lessard
Joe Malone
John Marcotullio
Charles Stuart Maxwell
Diamantino Miguel
James Milligan
Velma Moreland
Janet Mustard
Shirley Naster
John Olsen
Kia Owraki-Rad
Danny Pigeau
Robert Purvis
Paul Sansone
Harry Senders
Linda Shakeshaft
Joe Smiley
Alan Smith
Frank Teepell
Linda Thompsett
Lyn Tilbury
Barbara Turnbull
Doug Walker
Catherine Wallace
Kyle Watson
Keith Wilson


Estate of Joan Elizabeth Crocker
Estate of Stanley Delaney
Estate of John Isbister
Estate of Derek Powell
Estate of Audrey Yvonne Smith
Estate of Jefferson Tucker

$50,000 - 74,999

Federated Health Charities Corporation
Ralota Technologies Corp.

$10,000 - 24,999

Stephan Argent
Jack Warriner
Bourassa Savaria Foundation
Community Foundation for Kingston & Area
Community Foundation of Ottawa
LiUNA! - Local 506
The Audette Foundation
The Capital Hill Group Ottawa Inc.
The Sifton Family Foundation
Thunder Bay Community Foundation

$5,000 - 9,999

John Kennedy
F.K. Morrow Foundation
Guy Carpenter & Company
Henderson Structured Settlements LP.
Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO)
J.P. Bickell Foundation
L. Craig Brown
Leon's Furniture Limited - Toronto
Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
TD Business Banking
Toronto Insurance Women's Association

$1,000 - $4,999

William K. Adair
Peter Athanasopoulos
Joanne Beaton
George & Jackie Bloom
George Cooke
Cathy Craven
Ray Danniels
Dominic De Rose
Betty Dermott
Bruce Drewett
James Flanagan
Al & Claire Hopkins
Paul Iacono
Dianne Lesperance
Anthony Lisanti
Jeff Marshall
Paul & Jackie McCarten
Peter McRae
Diane Morrell
Jerome Morse

Paul Mullins
Robert Nigol
Sandra Nymark
Diana Pliura
Aftercare Cremation & Burial Services
Army Navy & Air Force Veterans
Audrey S. Hellyer Charitable Foundation
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Cade Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd.
Carranza LLP
Discount Car and Truck Rentals
DMARehability Occupational Therapy Inc.
Foster, Townsend, Graham & Associates LLP Lawyers
Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers
Harry P. Ward Foundation
Hon. Order of the Blue Goose
Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP
Ivey Honors Business Admin Association In Trust
Kerney Fire & Emergency Services Association

Kinsmen Club of Cornwall Incorporated
Kiwanis Club Of Ottawa Inc.
Lakeshore Rehabilitation Centre
Lions Club Of Gloucester Inc.
North Waterloo Farmers Mutual Insurance Company
Oatley, Vigmond Personal Injury Lawyers LLP
Rehabilitation Planning Incorporation
Rehability Occupational Therapy Inc.
Rotary Club of Ottawa - Charity Fund
Royal Bank of Canada
Singer, Kwinter Personal Injury Lawyers
Steven Dionne Fundraising Organization
Strype Barristers LLP
Swing Your Sticks For Charity
The Jack and Barbara Hay Foundation
Torkin Manes LLP

$500 - 999

Sherlynn Akitt
Barbara Baptiste
Jan Barry
Jessica Bassett-Spiers
Daryl Black
Souad Boone
Peggy Brenneman
Paul Britton
Anthony Burns
Karen Dalton
Valerie Davis
Mary De Rose
Penny Dodge
Brad Duby
Jonathan Elliot
Karen Evans
Marco Ferrara
Maurice Fryatt
Michael Gillis
Bonnie Gould
Gary Gunraj
Stuart Howe
Spiro Karacorovski
Edward Kassel
Sandra Keeso-Hall
Sharon Kennedy
Rachel Lam

Dennis LeBlanc
George Leon
Janice Ley
Doris MacKenzie
Mary Ann McColl
Michael McKeown
Ed Morin
Tom Petsche
Ella Margaret Potton
Kevin Rempel
Sofia Ries Centeno
Scott Rutledge
Karen Seward
Paul Slighte
Lynda Staples
Charles Tator
Peter Van Roon
David Warren
Mark Weedon
Shaun Westlake
Barrie Taxi Ltd.
Beacon Utility Contractors Ltd.
Beckett Personal Injury Lawyers
The Brettler/Mintz Foundation
Chevaliers De Colomb-Twoonies
CHUM Charitable Foundation
Clarence Creek Lions Club
Club Link
Davis Martindale Accountants
Denbigh-Griffith Lions Club

Harrison Pensa LLP
Innisfil Lions Club
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793
Investment Planning Counsel Inc.
Ken & Cheryl Morrison Family Fund
Kinsmen Club of Prescott
Knights Of Columbus - Father A. Nolan Council 9865
Lakeshore Rehabilitation Centre
Manulife Financial Ltd.
Marny Breithaup Fund at the Strategic Charitable Giving Fdn.
McKellar Structured Settlements
Minto Foundation Inc.
Newfoundland & Labrador Curling Association
Northern Ontario Curling Association
Ottawa Lions
Palmer Rapids and Area Lions Club
Rotary Club of Leaside Charitable Foundation
The Morris Law Group
The Tonglen Foundation
VON Canada
Walters Forensic Engineering Inc.
Wynperle Law

$250 - 499

Eileen Adams
Loriedelle Addun
Margaret Banner
Chantal Benoit
Nimmi Bharatwal
Teena Bogner
June Bray
Sheila Casemore
Marv Chantler
Doris Coleman
Melanie Collins
Dennis Dalton
Sue Davey
Laurel Dinsmore
Olivia Drodge
Rosemary Dunsmore
Norma Elliott
Jean Fisher
Heather Flett
Joseph Gagliano
Heather Gainforth
Minerva Gillespie
Bernard Gluckstein
Mitra Hashemi Salehi
Tom Hayward
Sandy Heeralal-Judhan
Heather Hollingshead
Derek Hopkins
Susan Howatt
Crystal Hughes
Doris Hutchence
Barb Ibbitson
Barry Jebb
Beverley Jenkins
Mike Johnson
Gary Joubert
Guy-Vincent Jourdan

Helen Keeling
James Kerr
Vev Kline
Richard Klosler
Scott Koch
Joseph Lam
George A. Ledson
Thelma Lemieux
Veronika Lukacs
Gillian Lynne-Davies
Carlo Manzerra
Lisa Markle
Kathleen Martin-Ginis
Carol McCague
Richard McCallum
Diana McCauley
Christine McCool
Robert McGeachie
Sarah Mcleod
Colin Miller
Donna Miller
Edgar Mills
Lynn Mineque
Jila Mott
Evan Mundy
Harley Nott
Enn Oun
Lauren Paradis
Paul Peer
Fernando Resende
John Robinson
Madelyn Scanlan
Peter Schut
Cindy Scott
Sidney Shear
Jeffrey Singh

Lucinda Soini
Paul Stoyan
Andrew Suboch
Chiara Tassone
Bob Webber
Thomas Wilson
Ian Wollach
Amy Wong
Jim Wood
Nancy Xia
Audrey Yap
Andy Yiu
Barb Zufelt
Charles Zwicker
Assemblee Rev. Leo Sabourin
Bergel, Magence LLP Barristers & Solicitors
Centura Limited
IBL Structural Steel Limited
J. S. Cheng & Partners Inc.
Kanata Hazeldean Lions Club
Kinevox Clinical Consulting
Knights of Columbus Council 7851
Lincoln Electric Company Employees Chest
London Business Associates
Marcus & Associates, Hoare Dalton
My Tribute Gift Foundation
Neurotauma Centre Parkwood Institute
Siskinds LLP
Spencer Experts: Future Care Costs & Vocational Experts
TextBooks for Change
The Salvation Army
Windsor Professional Firefighters Benefit Fund
Zavitz Insurance 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
"A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm."
- Henrik Ibsen


exceptional passion
The exceptional passion and ingenuity of our 170 full-time and part-time staff community is remarkable and it is our staff members who make a difference in people’s lives every day. Each staff person, in his or her own way, makes a valued contribution to the extraordinary results we strive for in meeting our clients’ needs first and foremost, always. The staff has continued to build on our 70+-year legacy of positively impacting people’s lives in communities across the province. 25% of our staff have identified that they have a disability, thus offering value-added knowledge and awareness of the people we serve. More than 25% of our staff have been with Spinal Cord Injury Ontario ten years or more, with fourteen staff members being with us for more than twenty years!
This past year, our new Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Howe, joined us in October, 2015 replacing retiring Bill Adair, after 22 years of service. The staff engaged in change management training to help facilitate the move to new leadership. As well, a Leadership Philosophy was developed focusing on all staff being leaders in their own sphere of influence.
Staff Satisfaction
We are happy to report that from our Staff Satisfaction Survey, 93% of staff surveyed said that Spinal Cord Injury Ontario is a good place to work, that they are proud to work for our organization, and that they have a strong personal satisfaction with their job. Further gleanings from the survey include the need to focus on internal communication and provide greater access to training and professional development. Staff turnover was 13.6% for the year.
This past year, salary increases were awarded in the 1-1.5% range, accompanied by an annual performance appraisal, which was in addition to a one-time 1.5% base salary adjustment for all non-unionized staff. Salaries for our unionized staff group remain governed by a collective agreement, based on a three-year agreement in effect until November, 2017. Executive compensation was reported according to the requirements of the Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act.
We are thankful for caring staff members who infuse success and joy through assisting people to build fantastic lives in their own communities. What has been accomplished this past year, we have done together as a high-performance and engaged team. Thank you to all Spinal Cord Injury Ontario staff for the work you do each and every day!

Staff Recognition

The following is a list of staff reaching service milestones this year in 2016
10 years
  • Stephanie Bolton, Regional Client Services Co-ordinator (Peterborough)
  • Jenny Gilker, Employment Information Co-ordinator
  • Stacey Moore, Manager, Regional Client Services (Eastern/Northern)
  • Barb Zufelt, Senior Manager, Human Resources
15 years
  • Meredith Burley, Manager, Regional Client Services (Central/Western)
  • Yvonne Green, Regional Services Co-ordinator, Muskoka
20 years
  • Degrie Cawley, Attendant
25 years
  • Neil Tallim, Attendant

"Companies are communities. There's a spirit of working together. Communities are not a place where a few people allow themselves to be singled out as solely responsible for success."
- Henry Mintzberg

Our organizational structure

Organizational Chart

Board of Directors

Mark Abraham
Mark Abraham
Kent Bassett Spiers
Kent Bassett Spiers
Craig Brown
Craig Brown
Sandra Carpenter
Sandra Carpenter
Marco Ferrara
Marco Ferrara
Tony Huxter
Tony Huxter
Billy Klare
Billy Klare
Vev Kline
Vev Kline
Mark Lamoureux
Mark Lamoureux
Bob Nigol
Bob Nigol
Tom Proszowski
Tom Proszowki
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.

Junior Board Members

Thank you to all these individuals for helping us in our fundraising efforts throughout the year:

  • Aaron Andrews
  • Adam Campbell
  • Caroline Rudoph-Zbarsky
  • Jasmin Manga
  • Jennifer Rochefort- Co Chair
  • Kaitlyn Snyder
  • Karen Vigmond-Co Chair
  • Michael Maiola
  • Omar Ha-Redeye
  • Pascale Graveline-Pleau
  • Veronica Marson

How to get involved

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


Come out to an event! Register as a participant in the Wheelchair Challenge, at a golf tournament, or attend one of the many community events hosted by volunteers in support of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario. Alternatively, join us at an information session or a Peer Connections and learn more about what Spinal Cord Injury 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.

Share what you know with our community! 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.


Join us in social media:
Twitter: @SCI_Ontario
Instagram Instagram: sci_ontario


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 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 Spinal Cord Injury 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.

"Nobody's going to fix the world for us, but working together, making use of technological innovations and human communities alike, we might just be able to fix it ourselves."
- Jamais Cascio