ADP® Small Business Grant Contest Announces Fourth Winner for 2014
Grant will help increase outreach efforts and spread awareness about ALS in Western Canada
Toronto, April 9, 2014 – ADP Canada Co., a leading global provider of human capital management solutions, today announced the ALS Society of BC is the fourth winner of ADP Canada’s 2014 Small Business Grant Contest and is the first 2014 winner from British Columbia. The ALS Society of BC provides direct support to patients suffering from ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), their families, and caregivers to ensure quality of life for those living with ALS. The ADP contest offers entrepreneurs the chance to win a $10,000 cash prize.
The ALS Society of BC faces lack of education and funding to spread awareness about ALS, a debilitating disease that causes nerve cells to die and leave voluntary muscles paralyzed. Every day, two to three Canadians die of the disease.i Executive Director Wendy Toyer indicates that one of the biggest challenges is informing ALS patients, particularly in rural communities, of the Society’s services. Many patients are not aware that the Society can provide necessary equipment free of charge that assists with maintaining quality of life. Patients can spend their life savings to purchase this equipment. Wendy emphasized the more awareness the Society can create about ALS, the better, so patients can seek the Society’s services in the early stages of their disease. Together they can help slow or stop the progression of the disease.
In addition to education, the Society struggles with raising the necessary funds to support and expand their services for patients, their families, and caregivers. Currently, the ALS Society of BC provides support to their clients by seven paid staff members and 475 trained volunteers. However, because they have a limited number of staff, they rely on their valued volunteers to spread awareness about ALS in the BC and Yukon communities. The Society plans to put the grant money towards increasing their outreach and public awareness programs, particularly for ALS Awareness Month in June.
“Thanks to the ADP Small Business Grant, we will be able to participate in a month-long, local radio series devoted to raising awareness about ALS through on-air and online ads, videos, and on-air interviews with researchers and members of the ALS BC community,” said Wendy. “The grant will help us achieve our goal of generating event participation and promoting our services by informing and educating the public that we need their help and support – and most importantly to communicate that we exist to continually serve the ALS community in BC.”
“It is inspiring and encouraging that the grant money will help raise awareness about ALS and the great work this group does in the community,” said Greg Secord, President, ADP Canada, Employer Services Division. “We are proud that the grant will make a long-term difference for families living with ALS.”
Through its relationships with more than 425,000 small businesses across North America, ADP has unique insights into the challenges that confront entrepreneurs every day. ADP’s trusted small business solutions help reduce costs and compliance risks associated with complex rules and regulations, so owners can focus on growing their businesses.
The ADP Small Business Grant Contest is open to all Canadian business owners with 1-49 employees, and entries were received until March 31, 2014.
Entrepreneurs shared their business story and described what they would do with $10,000. They invited their customers, employees, friends and family to show their support by voting for their submission online.
The final voting period in the contest closes on April 30, 2014.
To find out more about the ADP Small Business Grant Contest, including previous winners, visit adp.ca/grant.
To read The ALS Society of BC winning entry, please click here.
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