About Canada Cares

Welcome to the Canada Cares website and thank you for your interest in learning more about us. Canada Cares is a program of Canadian Abilities Foundation.



Canada Cares’ mandate is to say “thank you,” and to elevate the role of family and professional caregivers while establishing multi-disciplinary, multi-sector partnerships that focus on recognition, participation, awareness, accessibility and diverse community engagement.

We encourage families, workplaces, governments, industry and other stakeholders to support caregivers for young children, teens, adults and seniors to recognize the importance of caregiving to both the quality of life and the economic and societal well being of our nation.



Canada Cares is a charitable organization whose vision is to create a sense of community for family and professional caregivers by increasing awareness, providing encouragement and showing appreciation. We are governed by a Board of Directors, a Patrons Council and a Campaign Council.


Board Members

Raymond D. Cohen

Board of Directors
Chairperson Emeritus
Patrick Watson, OC
Writer, Broadcaster and Television Producer

David Visschedyk, LL.B
AMR Barristers and Solicitors

Karen Lai, BRMT, MA
Accessibility & Inclusion Consultant

Stephen Trumper
Instructor, Ryerson University School of
Journalism; Independent Writer / Editor; and Chair,
CAF Editorial Committee

Barbara Kaufman
HR Communications Consultant

Luke Anderson
Founder, StopGap Foundation

Executive Director & Managing Editor
Caroline Tapp-McDougall

Jeffrey S. Climans
Director, Major Capital
Infrastructure Coordination Office, City of Toronto

Cameron Graham, PhD
Professor of Accounting, Schulich School of Business

Anthony Milonas
Chief Operating Officer, CBI Health Group

Keith Edwards
Senior Vice-President, Training and Development,
SCM Insurance Services

Andrew Boddington
Executive Vice President, Policy Concepts Inc.


Patrons Council

Honorary Patron
The Honourable David C. Onley

Paul Bronfman
Chairman and CEO, William F White International

Ron Kelusky
President and CEO, Public Services Health and Safety Association

Dr. Allan Slomovic
Research Director, University Health Network
Cornea and Anterior Segment Disease Service,
Toronto Western Hospital

Brian Pel
Partner, McCarthy Tetrault

Joel Dembe
Canadian Paralympian

Linda Duxbury
Professor, Sprott School of Business

Dezsö J. Horváth
Dean, Schulich School of Business, York University

Rich Donovan
CEO, Fifth Quadrant Analytics

Archie Allison
Director, Access and Awareness at Variety Village

Dr. Dan Andreae
Chair, Canadian Abilities Foundation Patrons Council

Dr. Eric Jackman
Chair, Jackman Foundation,
President, Invicta Investments Founding Chair,
Psychology Foundation of Canada

Stephanie Dixon
Canadian Paralympian and Chef de Mission,
2015 Parapan Am Games

Dr. Nora Cullen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at West Park
Healthcare Centre, Professor University of Toronto

Bob Wong
Former MPP, Partner, Leon Frazer and Associates

Michel Papillon
President and COO, Sunrise Medical

Albina Guarnieri
Former MP, Mississauga East-Cooksville

Vonna Bitove
Executive Director of the Bitove Foundation

Larry Chambers
Scientific Advisor to the Alzheimer Society of Canada




Campaign Council

Andrew Boddington
Executive Vice President, Policy Concepts Inc.

Hartley Lefton
Partner, Dentons Canada LLP

Anne Siu
Senior Policy Analyst, Consumer Services Operation Division,
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS)

Christina Sefcik
Licensing Officer, Bereavement Authority of Ontario

Claire Steep
Editorial Intern, BCS Group

Jennifer Kelusky
Senior Analyst, Finance Data Governance and Strategy Services,
TD Bank

Rebekah Churchyard
Project Manager, N2N 2.0, The Neighbourhood Group

Zachary Schwartz
President, ZSC Inc. (Insurance & Asset Management Consulting)

You can contact us at 416-421-7944 or by email at info@canadacares.org.


Why was Canada Cares founded?

Caroline and Don, Canada CaresAfter caring for her mother, Margaret, who was stroke disabled, Caroline recognized the difficulty of life as a caregiver.

“My father Ralph lived with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and a number of years after he died, my mother, Margaret, had a massive stroke which left her unable to walk or talk. During this time, one of our daughters was also diagnosed with epilepsy. Not only did I need to provide care and attention but I also relied on advice and support from an army of caring health professionals along the way.

As thousands of us have learned, family caregiving can bring out the best in us but it’s also extremely challenging. It pushes us to our limits, drains our energy and often brings us to our knees. It affects our families, our jobs, our finances and our health. And often, the health professionals who touch our lives during these difficult times go unmentioned as they give of themselves time and again, day after day.

I founded Canada Cares, to say thank you and to shine the light on all those people who go the extra mile and really do care.”