In the 12 years that Marie has been the Executive Director of the Lo-Se-Ca Foundation, the organization has more than doubled in size and has become an employer of choice. Through innovative and inclusive leadership, the Foundation has matured into an advocacy group and service provider for people with disabilities and their families. During her time with the Foundation, Marie has worked to form and strengthen a management team and the success of that work is evident in the innovative programming at all levels of the organization.
With Marie’s leadership, the Foundation’s management team now coordinates a broad range of supports for people with disabilities in Edmonton and St. Albert, employing over 130 people. This team was responsible for obtaining a level of accreditation that only a few similar organizations in the Province have. Lo-Se-Ca has developed into more than a supportive employer of choice, it has become a leader in the field and community.
In December of 2012, the Lo-Se-Ca Foundation was the recipient of the inaugural Prime Ministers Award for Social Innovation in one of the 5 regions. The Lo-Se-Ca Foundation, with Marie’s leadership, has built a solid fiscal foundation from which to grow. Through local community economic development activities, planned giving, sound business decisions and investments, the Foundation although non-profit in structure, is able to sustain it’s own programming and growth. The Foundation operates a thrift store, run by volunteers and acts as a major recycling centre for St. Albert. The Foundation operates and funds it’s own transportation service and has instituted private rent control in all of the residences we operate from.
The Foundation created and operates a daycare called Little Lo-Se-Ca. This new enterprise provides employer funded child care for our staff and low cost care for the community. This site has also created employment opportunities for people with disabilities. In March of 2013, a group of 19 (staff, people with disabilities, family) traveled to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro in order to fundraise for a group (Brothers of Charity-Bangwe House) that supports children with disabilities. After the climb, the group volunteered at Bangwe house. The relationship, mentoring and partnership and unique learning continues.