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 disabilities 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 disability 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.

Chairman’s Message

David Stenason

Chairman of the
Board of Directors

Many of us are born into seemingly perfect circumstances in this life, but others are not so lucky. Our centre provides people of all ages the opportunity to lead happy and full lives that fulfill their true potential. Our Foundation makes the difference in going above and beyond the regular level of service provided by the government. Our work truly makes the difference in over 5,000 lives each year.


Theodora Brinckman

Executive Director

514.488.0043 ext. 1400

Véronique Courey

Director of Community Outreach
and Special Events

514.488.0043 ext. 1408

Isabelle Hartnell

Knowledge Associate

514.488.0043 ext. 1402

Jenny Jacob

Philanthropy Associate

514.488.0043 ext. 1406

Glenn Massad

Director of e-Presence

514.488.0043 ext. 1405

Sean Zikman, MBA

Director of Philanthropy

514.488.0043 ext. 1410

Board of Directors

David Stenason


Richard Bond


Kippy Wiegand


Michael Newton


Vivian Cyriacopoulos


Edward Berry

Nevine Fateen

Bob Filippelli

Bryan Fitzpatrick

Joseph Levy

Charlotte Libman

Neil Matheson

Giselle Murphy

Tony Ross

Sara Saber-Freedman

Alexander Steinhouse

Philip E. Layton

Founder of the Montreal
Association for the Blind


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 disabled 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. ( 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.