Building Our Future


A Message from the Chair & the Chief Executive Officer

About Us


People with spinal cord injuries living the life they choose in a fully inclusive Ontario


We deliver and champion excellence in service, support and advocacy for people with spinal cord injuries.

"We share lived experience and are an ongoing, life-long resource. We are resourceful, connected and supportive"

Why We Are Needed
More than one person a day sustains a spinal cord injury in Ontario

More than one person a day sustains a spinal cord injury in Ontario

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.
2,039 Clients
clients served
1,520 clients
clients with SCI served
600 volunteers
4468 volunteer
volunteer hours
5 changes
changes to government policies/priorities
49,051 website visitors
website visitors
35 work years given by one of our committed staff
work years given by one of our committed staff
88% of staff have strong personal job satisfaction
% of staff have strong personal job satisfaction

of our workforce has a disability

the amount of years that 30% of our staff have been with us

views of our eLearning modules and webcasts

completed info requests in 30 minutes or less

new online educational products for our community

average # of participants in a learning session

new referrals in Regional Services and Peer Support

inquiries to our Employment Resource Centre

job preparation workshops

in-person meetings with new employers

people visited our tax clinic

sessions of one-on-one computer training taught by volunteers

cold calls to possible employers for clients

coaching sessions for our newly employed clients

Peer Connections

attendees at Peer Connections

attendees at Ottawa’s first-ever ski day

Peer Activists

stories shared about primary care and community supports

subscribers to FYI on SCI



monthly donors

new clients in Employment Services

staff members of a prominent Canadian bank were trained by us in disabilities awareness

consultations for the Canadian Access and Inclusion Project

CARF International announced that we have been accredited for a period of three years for our organizational governance and for the Attendant Services program. This is our first accreditation with CARF and we were awarded top level recognition. We proved our commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

We were accredited by Imagine Canada for excellence in non-profit accountability, transparency and governance. Only 209 of 80,000 charities are officially accredited. We have displayed governance and compliance in five key areas: Board and Governance, Finance Accountability and Transparency, Fundraising, Staff Management and Volunteer Involvement. This process has been a worthwhile endeavor to strengthen stakeholder confidence in our organization. As well, accreditation ensures that our staff, volunteers and donors can rely on best practices to follow while making a positive difference in the community.

Case ManagementA new, customized case management system, Efforts to Outcomes , delivers enhanced ease of use, improved process efficiency and compliance, as well as superior tools for reporting. We are expanding the use of this system to other areas of the organization such as volunteer management, incident management and archiving to ensure we optimize our return on investment.

Month EndWe improved the efficiency of our month-end processing, reducing the number of days required to close our financial statements from eight work days to five work days, allowing a more timely release of our financial statements to stakeholders.

We shared our knowledge and experience at multiple external events:
  • We presented a poster “Promising Practices for Engaging People with Spinal Cord Injuries in Knowledge Mobilization” at the Rick Hansen Institute Praxis Conference in Vancouver.
  • We shared lived experience with fourth year medical students at the University of Toronto in a workshop called “Increasing Accessibility – The Physician’s role in removing barriers and facilitating opportunities for individuals with disabilities”.
  • We presented a live webinar for the United Spinal Association, “Sex Toys and Sexual Adaptations.”
  • We collaborated with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to share lived experience regularly with the PARTY (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) program.
  • We presented at University of Toronto’s Navigating Disability in the Workplace event and the IDEA conference at Ryerson University.
  • We participated as a member of the accessibility advisory group for the Invictus Games taking place in September, 2017 in Toronto.
A few of the employers who hired our clients this year:
  • RBC
  • CBC
  • Elections Toronto
  • Ontario & Federal government
  • Canada's Wonderland
  • Canadian National Exhibition
  • H&R Block
  • TD Bank
  • Scotiabank
  • Ranstad
  • University of Toronto (UofT)
  • Rick Hansen Institute
  • Fiesta Farms

ODEN (Ontario Disability Employment Network) organized the first-ever in Ontario, Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) this past year. We were on the steering committee to coordinate this successful, cross-disability initiative to increase awareness of the benefits of hiring people with disabilities in Ontario. The Minister responsible for accessibility recognized DEAM in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

We rolled out the National Peer Support volunteer online training which gives standardization to the role of all Peer Support volunteers across the country.

We continue to build infrastructure that supports people with SCI as key influencers and decision makers in identifying, conducting, disseminating, and mobilizing SCI Research practice outcomes. We held a Primary Care Summit, presented at conferences and are a founding partner of the North American SCI Consortium.

We worked towards the following policy changes / research to practice:
  • Supported new vehicle for hire municipal policies
  • Reduced incidence of pressure sores in Ontario (practice change)
  • Participated in the development of the health standard and education standard for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
  • Expanded the direct funding program by another $5million
We continue to work towards system change focusing on
  • The re-use of Intermittent catheters
  • prevention and treatment of pressure sores
  • vendors improving access to mobility devices
  • the Patients First Act (pre-budget submissions, position paper, deputations, social media campaigns
  • a partnership with the Canadian Access and Inclusion Project to develop Federal Accessibility Legislation
  • accessible Parking standards
  • system change for Ontarians who require assistance with breathing
On Giving Tuesday 2016 (November 29) $18,701 was donated to provide people with spinal cord injuries in our community the equipment needed to live independently and enjoy a good quality of life.

Each year at our Ski and Snowboard Day we offer the opportunity for people with spinal cord injuries to try sit skiing. This past year, we had the most people we have ever had turn out, and 18 people gave sit-skiing a try!


Treasurer's Report

It is my pleasure to report on Spinal Cord Injury Ontario’s financial results for the year ended March 31, 2017.

The financial statements that follow indicate in detail where our revenue was derived from, how we employed our financial resources, and our overall financial position. These financial statements have been prepared by management, reviewed and approved by the Finance and Audit Committee and the Board of Directors, and 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, 2017

Abridged Statement of Financial Activities

Year Ended March 31, 2017


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 $10.3 million as per audited statement, plus $148,000 of direct fundraising costs disclosed in audited statement notes; adjusted total gross $10.448 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 $10.299 million as per audited statement, plus $148,000 of direct fundraising costs disclosed in audited statement notes; adjusted total expenses $10.447 million.

Risk Discussion and Analysis


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



Peer Support Volunteer of the Year

- David Baldwin

Health care Professional of the Year

- Kathi Colwell-Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program Manager


Peer Support Volunteer of the Year

- Evan Mundy

Health care Professional of the Year

- Holly McCausland PSW with Qualicare


Peer Support Volunteer of the Year

- Sharon Long

Health care Professional of the Year

- Michelle Hannah

Family Volunteer of the Year

- Bruce Spero


The following is a list of staff reaching service milestones in 2017:

35 years

Lynn Mineque
Manager, Special Events

30 years

Elizabeth Zarnowiecki
Regional Services Co-ordinator

20 years

Sonia Hinds

15 Years

  • Colveta Allen
  • Juliet Grant

10 Years

  • Leandre Casselman
    Development Co-ordinator
  • Angela Clair
    Regional Services Co-ordinator
  • Peggy Koelln
    Regional Services Co-ordinator
  • Gillian Lynne-Davies
    Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications
  • Linda Ma
    HR Generalist
  • Diane Morrell
    Regional Services Co-ordinator
    Sault Ste. Marie
  • Rob Murphy
    Regional Services Co-ordinator
  • Erin Tanaka

Community Supporters

The funding we receive from donors, corporations and foundations helps to build a strong and stable future. Thank you to each and every one of you.




Insurance Bureau of Canada/ Bureau d'assurance du Canada


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


$100,000 - $150,000

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation

$25,000 - $49,999

Insurance Bureau of Canada
Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP

$10,000 - $24,999

Bruce Power
Coloplast Canada Corporation
Goldcorp Inc.
In The End Inc.
Lerners Lawyers LLP - London
Provincial Building & Construction Trades Council of Ontario
The Morris Law Group
Wynperle Law

$5,000 - $9,999

Black, Sutherland LLP
Lerners Lawyers LLP - Toronto

$1,000 - $4,999

Baxter Structures
Bayshore HealthCare - Mississauga
Beck Taxi
Black & McDonald Limited
Bruce Wilson Landscaping Ltd.
Building & Construction Trades Department AFL-CIO CBTU SMCC
Burn Tucker Lachaîne LLP
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Central Ontario Building Trades Council - Toronto
De Rose Personal Injury Lawyers
Earth Boring Co. Ltd.
East Penn/Powerbattery
George Weston Limited
J. Douglas & Ruth Grant
Hamilton Construction Ltd.
Humberview Mobility
IBEW Construction Council of Ontario
Infrastructure Health and Safety Association
International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 50
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793
International Union of Painters & Allied Trades D.C. 46
Iron Workers District Council of Ontario
Kettleby Contracting
Koskie Minsky LLP
Lancorp Construction Co. Ltd.
LiUNA! - Local 506
LiUNA! Local 1081
LiUNA! Local 183
LiUNA! Ontario Provincial District Council
Manulife Financial
McKellar Structured Settlements Inc.
NEI Investments
Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers
Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP
Oatley Vigmond Personal Injury Lawyers LLP
Ontario Pipe Trades Council
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Pentad Construction Limited
Robert B. Somerville Co. Limited
Sheet Metal Workers International Union Local 285
Silver Cross Automotive - Toronto
Singer, Kwinter Personal Injury Lawyers
Strype Barristers LLP
Teamsters Construction Council of Ontario
The MBTW Group
The Michael Young Family Foundation
Trans Power Utility Contractors Inc.
Tribute Development Ltd.
Triplecrete Limited
U.A. Local 853 - Sprinkler & Fire Protection Trade Centre
Uber Canada Inc.
United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices
United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 46
Wallace Automotive
Western Mechanical
Yorkwood Homes

$500 - $999

Ambler & Co. Inc.
Armtec Limited
Azevedo & Nelson
Beckett Personal Injury Lawyers
Coco Paving Inc.
Dom-Meridian Construction
Dufferin Aggregates
EMCO Waterworks
Far Sight Investment Limited
Ferris + Associates Inc.
Invacare Canada LP
Investors Group Financial Services Inc.
Ipex Inc.
KI Mobility LLC
Larrek Investigations & Research
Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee
Network Reporting & Mediation
UCC Group Inc.
Velco Plumbers Ltd.

$250 - $499

2484708 Ontario Inc.
Davis Martindale - London
Deutschmann & Associates Professional Corporation
Dyer Brown LLP Law Firm
Foster, Townsend, Graham & Associates LLP - London
Marcus & Associates, Hoare Dalton
MCR Interiors
Novus Rehabilitation
Paul Peterson
Pursuit Health Management Inc.
Rehabilitation Management Inc.
Kate Ryley
Silver Cross Automotive - Waterloo
Siskinds LLP
Spencer Experts: Future Care Costs & Vocational Experts
TK Mac Support Services
Rehab Occupational Therapy Inc.
Windsor Firefighters Benefit Fund

Donations (Individuals and Organizations)

$75,000 - $100,000

Federated Health Charities Corporation

$25,000 - $49,999

Thomson Rogers Lawyers

$10,000 - $24,999

James Flanagan
Robert Jakobsen
Ontario Curling Association
Westminster College Foundation
Wright & Associates Rehabilitation

$5,000 - $9,999

Stephan Argent
Paul Colangelo
Ronda Creasor
Jack Warriner
Anna and Edward C. Churchill Foundation

Barrick Gold Corporation
Grey Bruce Paraplegic Association
Hard-Co Construction Ltd.
Leon's Furniture Limited - Toronto
McLeish Orlando LLP
PIA Law (McLeish Orlando, Oatley Vigmond & Thomson Rogers)
Smiths Falls Curling Club Inc.
The Agape Foundation of London
The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation
Toronto Insurance Women's Association
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.

$1,000 - $4,999

Joanne Beaton
Jackie Bloom
Christopher Collins
George Cooke
Ray Danniels
Dominic De Rose
Brad Duby
Leiki Edwards
Diana Herrington
Stuart Howe
Dianne Lesperance
Diane Morrell
Jerome Morse

Bob Nigol
Sandra Nymark
Jeffrey Ryley
Cindy Scott
Sharon Stafford
Max Swartz
Robert Woo
Army Navy & Air Force Veterans - Ontario
Brookfield Residential
Carranza LLP
Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers
Harry P. Ward Foundation

Henderson Structured Settlements LP.
Ivey Honors Business Admin Association In Trust
Lakeshore Rehabilitation Centre
Leslie Craig Brown Law Professional Corporation
McCarthy Tétrault
Oatley Vigmond Personal Injury Lawyers LLP
Rotary Club of Ottawa - Charity Fund
Samsung Electronics America
Savaria Vehicle Group - Ontario
Siskinds LLP
The Don & Shirley Green Family Charitable Foundation
Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association
United Way Toronto

$500 - $999

Lanny Abramson
Peter Athanasopoulos
Daryl Black
Paul Britton
Thomas Cartmel
Sheila Casemore
Paul Chin
Phil Cunningham
Elisa Hajducek
Robert Holmes
Claire Hopkins
Judith Hull
Vahan Kololian
Samantha Lewis-Torrance
Gillian Lynne-Davies

George and Leta McCleary
Mary Ann McColl
Charles Miller
Edgar Mills
Briain Morris
Ella Margaret Potton
Shirley Shaw
Russell Topp
Domenic Tudino
Richard Valade
Jeff Weir
Shaun Westlake
Russell Winkelaar
Elizabeth Woudsma
BMG Bullion Management Group

CHUM Charitable Foundation
Huron Motor Products
Innisfil Lions Club
Kinette Club of Cornwall
Kinsmen Club of Cornwall Incorporated
Lerners Lawyers LLP - London
Marny Breithaup Fund at the Strategic Charitable Giving Foundation
McKellar Structured Settlements
My Tribute Gift Foundation
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 480
Russell Reformed Presbyterian Church
Savaria - Quebec
The Tonglen Foundation
Universal Motion
Vehicle Entertainment
Wheelchair Motion Limited

$250 - 499

Eileen Adams
Robert Agouri
Lubna Aslam
Margaret Banner
Christopher Barnard
Kent Bassett-Spiers
Sybille Bergin
Martha Binstock
George Bloom
Michael Bombardier
Eric Bourne
Manjit Brar
Anthony Burns
Deborah Campbell
Tarun Chander
Danielle Chilton
Val Cleroux
Jack Comella
Krylov Lam & Company
David Cooke
Stephen Cranna
Laurel Dinsmore
Joanne Driscoll
Joseph Faber
Ralph Fenik
Marco Ferrara
Jonathan Fischtein
Jean Fisher
Michael Ford
Maurice Fryatt
Joseph Gagliano
Steve Gauthier
Dawn Gies
Jenny Gilker
Patrick Graham
William Graham
Marlene Hall
Timothy Hand
Jerome Hanley
Carl Hennum
Pat Holway

Sarah Howe
Michael Hunt
Doris Hutchence
Barb Ibbitson
Silencio Inc.
Scott Jeffery
Stephen Jess
Azeezah Kanji
Spiro Karacorovski
Richard Klosler
Scott Koch
Lucy Lee
Cathy Lysack
David Mackay
Hugh MacPhie
Jasmin Manga
Carlo Manzerra
Lisa Markle
Diana McCauley
P. A. McConville
Robert McGeachie
Tim McKee
Carmela Meffe
Lawrence Mendell
Theressa Mendoza
Brooke Miller
Lynn Mineque
Britt Mollerstedt
Stacey Moore
Marcia Mudford
Evan Mundy
Margaret Murphy
Ryan Murray
Harley Nott
Jack Nutt
Joyce O'Neill
Enn Oun
Robert Pearse
Paul Peer
Mary Phillips
Devinder Poonian

Brian Reid-Rutherford
Fernando Resende
D. Rice
Richard Riopelle
Barbara Ritchie
Reeta Roy
Matt Sagan
Madelyn Scanlan
Karen Schoen
Paul Slighte
Stephen D. Smylie
Steven Spear
Heather Spencer Grim
Robert Stapleford
Edith Stoner
Tara Storm
Tom Thomas
Peter Van Roon
Kathleen Vesely
Douglas Weber
Hugh Williams
Keller Williams
1489454 Ontario Inc. Mr. Rooter of Simcoe County
Abilities Rehabilitation Services
Army Navy & Air Force Veterans In Canada
Barrie Taxi Ltd.
Burn Tucker Lachaîne LLP
Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO)
Investors Group Financial Services Inc.
Northern Ontario Curling Association
Ontario Provincial Aerie FOE
Pembroke Petawawa Lions Club Inc.
Power Workers' Union - C.L.C.
Pursuit Health Management Inc.
Rob Roy's Pub
Rotary Club of Washago and Area
Rotary Club of West Ottawa
Spencer Experts: Future Care Costs & Vocational Experts
The Brettler/Mintz Foundation
The Health Network London Inc.
Washago Lions Club
Windsor Firefighters Benefit Fund

In Honour of

  • Bill Adair
  • George Cooke
  • David Cooke
  • Mike Corbett
  • Shaun Kevin Dougan
  • Hall Family
  • Pierre Héroux
  • Mike Mulligan
  • Agnes Randles
  • Cindy Scott & Roger Bryanton
  • Jack & Brenda Westlake
  • David Willsie
  • Mark Yakabuski

In Memory of

  • Barbara Boddy
  • John Harrison Bone
  • Ernie Bonsma
  • Claude Brassard
  • Fred Byne
  • Peony Ying-Wa Chu
  • Joseph Cole
  • Luigi Dazi
  • Susan Downey
  • Bobby Fillier
  • Larry Galbraith
  • Gordon Goodheart
  • Doug Graham
  • Thomas Grills
  • Gary Gunraj
  • Daniel Louis Hallman
  • Cindy Harding
  • Darlene Hellerman
  • John Hutton
  • Bill Kennedy
  • Peter Kennett
  • Guy Lessard
  • Tanner Lindstrom
  • Mark Lodge
  • Jocelyn Lovell
  • Bernie MacDonald
  • John Marcotullio
  • Peter Mazeikis
  • Marvyn McClean
  • Mac McLean
  • Wilmer Mclean
  • Debra Michel
  • James Milligan
  • Rose Moher
  • Susan Monahan
  • Horace Moore
  • David Owen
  • John Petriglia
  • Kathaleen Porter
  • Jesse Redden
  • Christine Rougoor
  • Kurt Saenger
  • Saul Sidney Shear
  • Robert Stanbury
  • John Stein
  • James Turnbull
  • Jan van Mil
  • Robert Walker
  • Victor Willi
  • Wendy Lee Wilson
  • Robert Young


  • Estate of John Isbister
  • Estate of Janet Hope Marusaik
  • Estate of Lillian Gail Wright

Long-Time Donors

Consecutive Years

  • William Adair (23)
  • Dorothy Amos (31)
  • George Beaudry (31)
  • John Bernard (24)
  • Osworth Blake (28)
  • Deanna Carbert (31)
  • Luanna Chernushenko (25)
  • Sylvia Cohen 23)
  • Ley Davison (22)
  • John Dewit 30)
  • Eleanor Ellins 34)
  • Robert Feldgaier 27)
  • Francis Fernandes 21)
  • Jean Fisher (21)
  • Doug Gilbert 29)
  • John Gonsalves 32)
  • Daniel Haas (32)
  • Juergen Hoffmann (22)
  • Richard Horner (27)
  • Douglas Humphreys (24)
  • Robert Jackson (30)
  • Marcus James (23)
  • Richard Klosler (22)
  • Ingeborg Koenig (25)
  • Pearl Logan (20)
  • Flora Longworth (21)
  • E. Marriage (23)
  • Dorothy McClelland (30)
  • Eric McIntyre (28)
  • Heather McKenzie (23)
  • Peter Monti (32)
  • A. June Murdoch (23)
  • E. Alex Newcombe (32)
  • Harley Nott (22)
  • Lloyd Pezze (27)
  • Mary Phillips (22)
  • Ella Margaret Potton (26)
  • Sally Powell (27)
  • Eleanor Proctor (21)
  • Ruth Read (25)
  • Lesley Simon (20)
  • Ann Sutton (22)
  • Angeline Tannis (23)
  • Charles Walker (20)
  • Margaret Whyte (27)
  • Brian Wilding (25)
  • Jim Wood (26)

Monthly Donors

Eileen Adams
Loriedelle Addun
Margaret Ainsworth
Amanda Allen
Michael Ashton
Peter Athanasopoulos
Beryl Babb
Jackie M. Bloom
Stephanie Bolton
Michael Bombardier
Paul W. Britton
Douglas Buchanan
B. Mai Bui
Norine Bulmer
David Campbell
Andrea Campbell
William Charney
Angela Clair
Val Cleroux
Sharol Cordner
Sheila Daniel
Joseph Dooley
Barbara Farrell
James M. Feeney
Kathleen M. Flint
Lynn Francis
Norm Freedman
Jenny Gilker
Carol Graham

Chantal Graveline
Jerome Hanley
Vera B. Harris
Sarah Hicks
Heather Hollingshead
Susan Howatt
Stuart Howe
Naomi Hunter
Kevin Hunter
Doris Hutchence
Sue A. Kline
Mary Margaret Koelln
Arie Kojokaro
Rick Lewcock
Darren Lillington
Jim MacLachlan
Kathleen A. Martin-Ginis
Kevin G. Matthews
Richard K. McCallum
Diana McCauley
Robert A. McGeachie
Bruce McIntosh
Sarah McKinnon
Marion McPhedran
Lynn A. Mineque
Sally A. Mongraw
Stacey L. Moore
Diane Morrell
Robert C. Morris

Donna Mullings
Robert Murphy
Harley R. Nott
Mary A. O'Connell
Elisabeth Oelmann
Paul Peer
Sally P. Powell
Mary Anne Powell
Basmatee-Eunice Ragobeer
Helen Ramsay
Liam Ready
Douglas Reid
Arleen Rudakoff
Madelyn Scanlan
Judith E. Scolnik
Sidney Shear
Margaret W. Smith
Stephen D. Smylie
Donna Stewart
Chiara Tassone
S. Phillip Tingley
Evelyn Towers
John F. Vos
Shaun A. Westlake
Whitney Woloshyn
Elizabeth Woudsma
Junjing Yuan
Elizabeth Zarnowiecki
Barb M. Zufelt

Our Organization


exceptional passion
The strength of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario comes from our team of 160 passionate and dedicated staff who persevere through tough times to help people live the life they choose. Front line staff and support staff work together to deliver life-changing programs and services across the province.
Our staff team relies on the 20% of us who have a self-identified disability because we are an organization that is of and for people with spinal cord injuries and we value the insight and understanding of lived experience. We also appreciate each other’s perspectives, and so this year we created a Cross Functional Team comprised of all departments to oversee operations in an effective and efficient manner.
Staff Satisfaction
To ensure we are meeting legislative and accreditation compliance in our staff training, we introduced a robust staff-oriented program this year, consisting of 15 mandatory training modules. We also updated and strengthened Human Resources and Health and Safety policies and procedures to meet CARF International accreditation requirements.
More than 30% of us have been with the organization for 10 years or more, with 16 staff members being with us for more than 20 years. This past year, we did see staff turnover at 18%, but 88% of staff who responded to the staff survey said that Spinal Cord injury Ontario is a good place to work, that we are proud of where we work, and that we have a strong, personal satisfaction.
Employee Excellence
In recognition of staff, two new awards were developed – the Employee Excellence Award and the Team Excellence Award. These awards honour those of us who have proven vital to the success of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and ultimately, to the community we serve. Salary increases were awarded in the 1-1.5% range, accompanied by an annual performance appraisal for all staff. Salaries for those of us who are unionized remain governed by a collective agreement, based on a 3-year agreement in effect until November, 2017. Our executive compensation was reported as per the Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act.
Spinal Cord Injury Ontario extends our gratitude to all staff for never giving up and for their honest optimism, resilience and determination while providing and championing lifelong support, service and advocacy for our members.

Our organizational structure

Organizational Chart
Board of Directors
Anita Kaiser
Anita Kaiser
Bob Nigol
Bob Nigol
Cindy Scott
Cindy Scott
Craig Brown
Craig Brown
Kent Bassett Spiers
Kent Bassett Spiers
Liam McGuinty
Liam McGuinty
Marco Ferrara
Marco Ferrara
Mark Abraham
Mark Abraham
Mark Lamoureux
Mark Lamoureux
Rob Buren
Rob Buren
Sarah Hicks
Sarah Hicks
Shaun Westlake
Shaun Westlake
Tom Proszowski
Tom Proszowki
Vev Kline
Vev Kline

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 Spinal Cord Injury Ontario programs and services can be measured.
  • Audit and Finance Committee
    The committee is responsible for overseeing the financial controls and financial management of Spinal Cord Injury 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.
  • Marketing and Fundraising Committee
    The committee provides oversight of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario’s marketing and fundraising strategies, ensuring the message and communications to members and donors are consistent with the brand and strategic direction of the organization, and that the annual fundraising goals are being achieved.

Young Professional's Board

The members of the 2016-2017 Young Professional's Board are:
  • Karen Vigmond
  • Jennifer Rochfort
  • Aaron Andrews
  • Michael Miaola
  • Kaitlyn Snyder
  • Jasmin Manga
  • Omar Ha-Redeye
  • Pascale Graveline-Pleau

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! Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! We also have a [Buy and Sell] on our website where you can let people know about properties for rent, vehicles for sale and items that are needed.

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 your 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 someone. 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.