Muscular Dystrophy Canada appoints new CEO

For immediate release, September 11, 2020 The Board of Muscular Dystrophy Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Stacey Lintern as Chief Executive Officer, effective September 9, 2020.

Stacey has been with Muscular Dystrophy Canada since 2012 and has been acting as the interim-CEO since mid-April, 2020. She has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector and has worked as a senior manager in large health organizations and in government, where she managed organizational development, strategic planning, stakeholder relations, partnerships, and mission delivery. During her time with MDC, Stacey has held a range of senior positions. Before taking on the role of CEO, she was the Chief Operating Officer.

Stacey has built an incredible reputation over the last 20+ years working in this field. She has worked with many non-profit boards, helping to build their capacity to thrive and increase their impact.

Stacey knows our clients, their families and the caregiver community. She has developed successful and enduring relationships with many of our key stakeholders and partners. We believe that Stacey’s leadership, skills, talent, her passion for MDC and for the work we all do will help drive the organization forward as we navigate our way through many of the challenges related to COVID-19 and beyond.

Through her visionary leadership and strong commitment to achieving organizational goals, Stacey maintains a focus on maximizing the potential of MDC’s clients, staff and our diverse group of stakeholders and supporters. In both words and actions, Stacey exhibits a clear dedication to building a culture of empowerment, respect, trust, accountability and innovation.

“I am extremely honoured to serve as MDC’s CEO. I am committed and excited to support the neuromuscular community, face the many challenges, lead and work with our dedicated staff, volunteers, donors, partners and many supporters to deliver our critical mission objectives. I know that people are counting on us to make a difference, and we can”.

Stacey started her career in the Nursing field and made the transition to the disability and health sectors with a focus on independent living, community integration and patients directing their care. Stacey is a graduate of York University Executive Leadership Program and the University of Toronto Post Graduate Executive Advanced Business Management Program. And, she looks forward to continuing her education as she enters into the Canadian Health Executive Program offer through the University of British Columbia.

The Board of MDC is committed to doing everything we can to continue to support our clients and their families through this time, and to advocate on their behalf. We are working closely with and fully support Stacey and the entire MDC team in their efforts to ensure the organization remains strong and viable.

For further information, please contact:

Stacey Lintern
Phone: 647-284-8706 or Email : stacey.lintern@muscle.ca

Thank you,
Donna Nixon,
Chair of the Board of Directors,
Muscular Dystrophy Canada

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Celebrate Muscular Dystrophy Month With Us

Eight years ago, I sat in a doctor’s office staring down at a brochure from Muscular Dystrophy Canada mindlessly reading the same line over and over again.


Alfred and his son, Eloi who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy need your support. Alfred’s passion for helping others led to him being named an honorary firefighter.

I was in shock. A doctor had just told me my 4-year-old son, Eloi, had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. When news like that comes, it’s like the world stops and the sky is falling on you.

All I could think about was that my son was going to stop walking and I would live to bury him and there was little I could do to intervene.

I didn’t know in that moment I would have supporters like you on my side, to help my family through this.

But then we reached out to Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC) and learned about the incredible support they are able to provide thanks to donors. In fact, we were so moved that we decided to take action by helping them raise much-needed funds for equipment, research and support for other famliles impacted.

September is Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month so I hope that you, too, will take action by making a gift today to help support the more than 50,000 Canadians impacted by neuromuscular disorders.


Families like Alfred’s, impacted by muscular dystrophy, need your support.

Because donors like you are having an incredible impact on the lives of individuals and families, like mine, who are living with a muscular dystrophy diagnosis.

For example, thanks to donors, we were able to adapt our home so Eloi can safely and freely get around. He has a scooter. He’s gone to summer camp. And, MDC was even able to visit his elementary school with their Muscle Facts program to help his classmates and teachers better understand his diagnosis and challenges. None of this would have been possible, without your support.

Sadly our story is not unique. Every year, more families have to figure out what a diagnosis of muscular dystrophy means for their son, daughter, brother, mother. You may even be one of those people, and you remember that moment as vividly as I do.

Mostly, I remember feeling helpless. The fear of the unknown can be so overwhelming. But joining the Muscular Dystrophy Canada family has been one of the most transformative experiences of my life. Not only has my family been gifted with new friendships and an invaluable support network – I’ve been able to help other families.

Donors, like you and me, can improve the lives of the thousands of Canadians living with a muscular dystrophy. That’s why I hope you will mark Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month with a generous gift.

I’ve seen first-hand how gifts from donors play a critical role in supporting individuals. And because of my job, managing clinical trials for a pharmaceutical company, I’ve seen how your gifts are moving promising research forward as well. Research can make the difference between an individual, like my son, walking or spending the rest of their lives in a wheelchair.

Right now, Eloi only needs a wheelchair for long distances. But we know the day may come when he will have to rely on it completely. And, he’ll require other supports to maintain his quality of life. This disorder is progressive. It can be slowed, but not stopped. That’s why ongoing donor support is critical.

By making a gift today, you will be providing hope to all Canadians, whether they have been living with a disorder or they are just getting a diagnosis. Please give generously.

From my family to yours,

Alfred Breton-Pare, Eloi’s Proud Papa

P.S. September is Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month. Please make a gift to MDC so together we can fund life-changing equipment, and invest in life-saving research.