A champion for dystonia research and support.
As a mother Mary was always actively involved in her children’s school, serving as President of the Board of the Montessori School, and an active fundraiser and organizer for all their activities. She was also a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society and a very active member of the IODE, helping that organization raise funds through their Tour of Homes in order to support numerous non-profit organizations in our region. Through her work as a Dale Carnegie instructor she helped many women conquer their fear of public speaking, helping them become leaders within the community.
When Mary was challenged with the physical effects of dystonia she met with a small group of others affected by this condition and became the support group leader for Sudbury and area. She also organizes the annual Freedom to Move and Wheel for Dystonia 5km walk. When she took over organizing this event 11 years ago it was raising a modest $6000 each year. Under her direction it has grown, raising $16,000 last year. Mary has received acknowledgement from Dystonia Canada for her small group’s ability to raise more money than larger groups in big cities. A mother and grandmother who leads by example, Mary demonstrates every day that challenges can become opportunities!
This post is also available in: French