Congratulations to Anne Girard and Tracey Roberts and members of Canada Team 2-Accessibility for being Awarded Judge's Favorite and Best Canadian Team at Recent Windsor Detroit Hacking Health Event!Thursday, May 19, 2016
Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit breaks down barriers to healthcare innovation by bringing together IT and healthcare professionals across the US-Canada border to collaborate, dream up & design apps for patient-centric care. The first Windsor-Detroit Hacking Health was held at Tech Town Detroit – an innovation hub just five minutes from the border in May, 2015. Building on that success Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit II crossed the border into Windsor on May 13-15, 2016 at the Toldo Health Education Centre at the University of Windsor.
Tracey Roberts and Anne Girard from the John McGivney Children’s Centre, along with computer science experts and business and research analysts joined together (Canada Team 2-Accessibility) during the Windsor Detroit Hacking Health event to develop a unique, family friendly accessibility app.
Although several accessibility apps are available, the Hacking Health team felt that there were no widely available apps that comprehensively assess accessibility. The Accessibility Advisor application the team have developed incorporates a 30 point accessibility checklist that not only reviews the standard features (e.g. ramp, accessible washroom), but also considers qualities such as the availability of unisex/family washrooms, exterior and interior button access, the availability of information in Braille and quiet areas for people with sensory difficulties. A second unique component of the application is that users/families can list their specific accessibility needs. Searches by registered users will indicate the number of their specific accessibility needs that have been met in each location. It won the overall judge’s favourite category and best team from Canada! We are so very proud of the contributions and expertise of team members from JMCC - Anne and Tracey!
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Thank you to the Moramos Shrine Club of Windsor for their continued support!Thursday, May 19, 2016
On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, Club President, George Minto and fellow members of Moramos Shrine Club of Windsor visited the John McGivney Children’s Centre to further their charitable mission to help children, with another generous donation! In the fall of 2010, life became easier for the children and families of the Centre due to the extraordinary charity of the Moramos Shrine Club of Windsor. It was through their generosity that the John McGivney Children’s Centre became one of three children’s treatment centres that would benefit from the Mocha Shriners Paediatric Orthopaedic Telemedicine Service project. This allowed for enhancement of orthopaedic medical care for our children via telemedicine. It was appreciated by many families, by helping to reduce or eliminate the extensive travel to receive specialized medical care for their children outside of Windsor. They have continued to donate to the Centre and we are overwhelmed by their generosity! Thank you to the Moramos Shrine Club for their ongoing generous support of the children and families we serve!
Thank you to Windsor-Essex County Health UnitThursday, April 21, 2016
A big thank you to Windsor-Essex County Health Unit for our new River Stepping Stones which was part of a physical literacy kit provided to JMCC Child Care Program this week and sharing some great information about how to encourage healthy activities with our children. For further information please visit www.wehealthykids.ca
Generous Donation from the Knights of Columbus, River Canard Council 5642 Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Thank you to Mr. Rolly Beaulieu and Mr. Bill Paun, representing members of the Knights of Columbus River Canard Council 5642, who visited our Centre on January 29th to present a very generous donation in the amount of $2500 to the Centre! This donation was made possible through their fundraising efforts in support of community needs. The Centre’s speech therapy department was thrilled to be the recipient of these funds which will be used to purchase speciality sensory toys for our children. Rolly and Bill were happy to take some time to interact with our children and see some of the fun activities during the school's student of the month assembly. A huge thank you to the Knights of Columbus River Canard 5642 for their generous support of our Centre!
WEtech Alliance Spread Holiday Cheer!Friday, December 18, 2015
Our Giving Tree that has been decorated during the month of December with staff donations of warm hats, gloves and scarves, got a big boost this week from WEtech’s Santa’s helpers!
Yvonne Pilon, President and CEO, along with Deborah Livneh, Marco Fiori, John-Marc Vachon, and Michelle Teno-Wachter from WEtech Alliance, visited the Centre this week and brought along plenty of holiday cheer including a sack full of warm hats, gloves and scarves for our Giving Tree. They also took the time to join in some carolling with our preschool and school children and toured the Centre. We extend our sincere gratitude to this wonderful group for their generous donation and their ongoing support of the Centre. Giving Tree items will be donated to St. Paul's Anglican Church Clothing Cupboard in Essex.
A. P. Plasman Brings Holiday Cheer!Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Once again this year, the amazing staff at A. P. Plasman have made a very generous donation of items from our wish list, all of which will be used by, or directly benefit our children. They stopped by the Centre on December 16, 2015 to deliver their gifts, much to the delight of our children and staff! Our sincere gratitude to A. P. Plasman for their ongoing support to enrich the lives of the children we serve!
Thank you to Tim Hortons Canada for their Generous Donation!Wednesday, December 2, 2015
The John McGivney Children’s Centre and Maryvale Children’s Mental Health have received a combined $75,000 from the sale of $1 Tim Hortons Smile Cookies. That is a lot of cookies!
“Our Windsor-Essex guests and restaurant owners have once again shown their great generosity by raising an impressive $75,000 in support of John McGivney Children’s Centre and Maryvale Children’s Mental Health Centre,” said David Clanachan, president and chief operating officer of Tim Hortons Canada. “With every dollar our loyal guests contributed, we are able to directly impact both of these community organizations. And, without the incredible support of our restaurant owners, this very important fundraiser would not be possible.”
The John McGivney Children’s Centre is sincerely thankful to Tim Hortons Canada, the Windsor-Essex restaurant owners and all our community supporters for this generous donation!
JMCC Awarded the 2015 Gord Smith Healthy Workplace Award Monday, October 26, 2015
The John McGivney Children’s Centre was awarded the “Diamond” level Gord Smith Healthy Workplace Award on October 21st at the Caboto Club! The Centre, along with 29 other Windsor Essex workplaces received awards at this morning’s breakfast presentation. The Diamond award is the highest level achievable.
What is the Gord Smith Healthy Workplace Awards Program?
The Gord Smith Healthy Workplace Awards program formally recognizes local workplaces that provide comprehensive workplace wellness programming to their employees. The program is available to all workplaces in Windsor and Essex County, regardless of the company size or how established the workplace wellness program may be. Awarded recipients must demonstrate a strong commitment to improve health by promoting and supporting a comprehensive approach to wellness programming for employees, and ideally their families and retirees.
Essex Auto Dealers Association Charity Golf Tournament 2015Friday, October 2, 2015
The John McGivney Children's Centre sincerely appreciates the Essex Auto Dealers Association extremely generous donation of $10,000 to the Centre; the proceeds from their recent successful summer charity golf tournament. A wonderful time was had by all participants!
Harrow Fair 2015 - Another Successful Pie Auction!Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The horrendous weather of torrential rain and sweltering heat, proved to be no match against the crowd that gathered August 27, 2015 on the opening night of the Harrow Fair for the wildly popular Pie Auction. Despite the weather, talented auctioneers managed to increase bids with some not so subtle pressure and a lot of humour! When all was said and done, over $11,400 was raised from the successful bids for the delicious and award winning pies! Our heartfelt thanks to the Stannard family, the organizers of the pie auction, the auctioneers, the volunteers, the pie bakers and pie buyers. Like the uniqueness of each pie, so too is every child and family supported by the John McGivney Children’s Centre.