WHO WE ARE
Our foundation is not only in the business of raising funds successfully – ours is a philanthropic movement and a powerful partnership with generous and committed donors. Together, our mission is to ensure that people of all ages with physical impairments receive the best rehabilitation possible to maximize their quality of life while helping them realize their full potential.
Our Centre’s clients have one or more physical impairments – they are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, have a motor impairment or a communication disorder.
We believe that anything is possible. We are driven to help Miriam, who was born with various neuro-motor impairments, ride an adapted bike for the first time or to ensure that Nick can safely navigate public transportation after losing his sight. We are passionate about ensuring that people of all ages, including seniors like Iris, master their new ability to hear after a cochlear implant.
We are inspired every day! We see what is really important in life and what is possible with courage and perseverance. Children like Liam who could not communicate verbally learned to talk and is now a vibrant child. It matters to us that Cedric, who was born with cerebral palsy, can attend our inimitable adapted summer camp and experience the same joy that all kids can have.
Stories like these move us to act!
We are not only dedicated to supporting the more than 4,000 people who depend on the MAB-Mackay each year – we are equally there for the family members who care for the people they love on a daily basis.
Our Centre’s clients and their families work with us to tell their stories and by sharing their triumphs and their challenges we maintain committed relationships with long-standing donors and inspire new people to join our philanthropic movement.
Many of us are fortunate enough to never need physical rehabilitation services. Unfortunately, that is not the case for a large number of people in our community who live with physical impairments. While the government health network takes care of most needs of individuals with physical impairments, sadly, it does not cover all of their needs. Our foundation fills in some of these gaps and facilitates innovation in this field at a faster pace than the government can achieve on its own. Together with our loyal donors, we have been able to lead in this area and improve the lives of people of all ages. If you would like to know more about the services we make possible, I would encourage you to reach out to our foundation so that we can help you better understand the scope of work and to determine if this is an area in which you would like to direct your own philanthropic initiative.
Board of Directors
Emily Beckerleg Ritchie
Executive Director514.488.0043 ext. 1400
Director of Community Outreach
and Special Events
Knowledge Associate514.488.0043 ext. 1402
Philanthropy Associate514.488.0043 ext. 1406
Director of e-Presence514.488.0043 ext. 1405
Sean Zikman, MBA
Director of Philanthropy514.488.0043 ext. 1410
The MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre was formed in December 2006 from the coming together of two historic and respected institutions in our city, the Montreal Association for the Blind and the Mackay Rehabilitation Centre.
The Mackay Centre opened its doors to deaf children in 1869 and for physically impaired children since 1916. The Montreal Association for the Blind was founded in 1908 by Philip E. Layton as a social club, a Braille lending library and a sheltered workshop.
With more than 240 years of shared history, the Centre’s mission is to maximize its clients’ autonomy and community participation in order to improve their quality of life.
More than 5,000 clients benefit from the variety of specialized services offered at the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre each year, including:
- children with motor impairments, both gross and fine;
- children with speech and language delays or auditory processing disorders;
- blind and vision impaired of all ages;
- deaf and hearing impaired of all ages.
The MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre (MMRC) is one of four partner members, together with the six original founding member institutions of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation (CRIR) of Greater Montreal. (http://www.crir.ca/) Dr. Walter Wittich is the Research Coordinator and site representative for the CRIR. The Foundation is proud to support Walter and his team in their ground-breaking research and shares their understanding that on-going research is crucial in our constant quest to improve the lives of our clients.