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Message from the CEO

Message to our Community

June 11, 2019

“Today, society’s understanding of disability is improving as we recognize “disability” as what occurs when a person’s functional needs are not addressed in his or her physical and social environment. By not considering disability a personal deficit or shortcoming, and instead thinking of it as a social responsibility in which all people can be supported to live independent and full lives, it becomes easier to recognize and address challenges that all people–including those with disabilities–experience.” (World Health Organization)

Following the excitement of celebrating our 40th anniversary last year, JMCC embarked upon yet another year of growth, transformation and opportunity as we continued our journey to meet the evolving needs of our community. This past year we witnessed our provincial organization of children’s treatment centres transform their identity from that of an association of services to a vision for the children and youth we support, as they rebranded from the Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services to Empowered Kids Ontario. This critically important theme of empowerment is echoed throughout the work that JMCC accomplished as well at both the governance and front line service levels. This year’s report presents an opportunity to reflect on these achievements and to share our accomplishments with our clients, families and community.
This past year, the Board of Directors took the opportunity to review their progress to date on achieving the keys priorities as outlined in JMCC’s 2017-2022 Strategic Plan: family-centred care, growing a community culture, engaging in the service transformation agenda and becoming an innovation hub of learning and practice. With solid progress noted across each of the 4 key priorities, they renewed their commitment to continuing to lead the organization forward in these key areas. Their ongoing commitment provided clear direction regarding the role that the organization would play going forward in engaging our children/youth and families, community, donors, funders and service partners along with leaders in childhood disability research and evidence based practice.
We were pleased to announce significant donor gifts this past year, gifts that have supported the important services provided by the Centre while expanding the range of opportunities available for children and youth to build their not only their physical and communication skills but their confidence and social skills as well. We continue to be inspired by the strength and resilience of the over 3,000 children and youth that we serve annually. They along with their parents, siblings and caregivers continue to motivate us daily to go above and beyond to ensure that every child can reach their full potential. We are committed to building upon our contributions to date to recognize and address the challenges that children and youth with disabilities encounter and to ensuring that all citizens view the Windsor/Essex region as a welcoming and inclusive community.  A most worthy goal that will continue to challenge and inspire us in the years to come.


Elaine Whitmore, 
Chief Executive Officer
John McGivney Children's Centre

Elizabeth Haugh,
Board President
John McGivney Children's Centre

Elaine Whitmore
Elaine Whitmore, Chief Executive Officer
Elizabeth Haugh
Elizabeth Haugh, Board President