Ability and Beyond Dinner

2017 Ability & Beyond Dinner

Ability and Beyond Dinner 2017 

​18th Annual March of Dimes Canada's

Ability & Beyond Dinner was a huge success!

 June 7, 2017 in Toronto

On June 7, 2017, renown actor RJ Mitte inspired the audience with his candid talk about his strategies for overcoming obstacles, including being bullied, and how he has set and achieved his lofty goals.  

Although RJ Mitte was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the young age of three, that has never deterred his drive to succeed in television and film. Mitte played Walt Jr., the son of  Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) on the Emmy-winning AMC drama Breaking Bad. Mitte reemerged in 2016 on the big screen in his first non-handicapped leading role in Dixieland, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Mitte serves as the official Ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy and Shriners Hospitals for Children and is the celebrity face for the #CutTheBull campaign in support of children with disabilities. Currently, he is working with PACER's National Center for Bullying Prevention on a nationwide campaign designed to educate those who see bullying, leveraging peer-to-peer support. 

The evening was once again hosted by the engaging Carolyn MacKenzie,  Anchor of The Morning Show, on Global, and the evening’s Chair was Scott Beckett, President, Edgewater Financial Group Inc. and his wife Kelly Beckett

Special thanks goes out to our committee members; Michael Cole, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Office, Bell Canada & MODC Board Member; Eric Lo, President, GenX Solutions; Dave Wilkins, Account Executive, Integrated Solutions, People Corporation; and Faisel Saeed, Senior Manager in Enterprise Analytics, BMO Financial Group & MODC Board Member. ​

All the funds raised from this event will support our Conductive Education® program, which helps children and adults with neurological motor disorders, such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, Acquired Brain Injury and Stroke survivors, to be more independent. 

For more information about the 18th Annual Ability & Beyond Dinner visit:
All proceeds benefitted March of Dimes Canada's 
Conductive Education® program

The 2017 ABILITY & BEYOND® Dinner was our eighteenth since inaugurating the event in 1999 as the Paul Martin Sr. Society Dinner. Mr. Martin was the Minister of Health and Welfare who introduced the polio vaccine in the mid 50’s in Canada. Over the last eighteen years, the Ability & Beyond® Dinner has raised over $3,000,000 benefiting our research fellowship and our many programs and services for people with disabilities. This event has an illustrious history, having hosted very special guests and speakers including Captain Mark Kelly - Astronaut, Amy Grant - American Music Icon, Alan Thicke - actor, Debbie Reynolds - Legendary Hollywood Star, Bob Woodruff - ABC News Anchor, David Plouffe - President Obama’s campaign manager, H.R.H. The Princess Royal (Princess Anne), the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, Senator Elizabeth Dole, former Ontario Premiers Hon. Mike Harris, Hon. Ernie Eves, Hon. David Peterson, disability advocate Kyle Maynard, Hollywood actor Leslie Neilsen, musician Liona Boyd, and best-selling author Aron Ralston.  

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors:




Global News 


Toronto Sun


faurecia - inspiring mobility


Joy Radio


Fairmont Royal York



VIA Rail Canada 

Big Green Egg

Holland America Line


Fox Harb'r Resort


Noble Estates Wine & Spirits


For more information contact:
Linda Yielding
Manager, Special Events
416-425-3463 ext.7290

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