In January 2007, a single working mom started a fundraising campaign to buy her son a wheelchair accessible van. Transporting Geordi had become a challenge – he could not sit upright because of severe cerebral palsy, scoliosis and dislocated hips. For his comfort and safety, Geordi’s metre and a half long wheelchair had to be tilted and reclined at all times.
Thanks to the incredible support of the Ottawa community, by October more than $60,000 had been raised for Geordi’s van. Aware of other parents in similar situations, Geordi’s mom wanted to ‘pay it forward’.
She created One Boy One Van Foundation to address the unique transportation needs of kids with mobility issues.
Geordi passed away in 2012 at the age of 17. This foundation is his gift to the community.
Charitable Registration Number
BN 85716 1228 RR0001
Our Mission, Vision & Values
One Boy One Van Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for physically challenged children and their families in Eastern Ontario. The foundation provides funds that help purchase wheelchair accessible vans for children. One Boy One Van Foundation believes that by attending to the mobility needs of one, we can make a difference in the lives of many.
One Boy One Van Foundation will be a provincially recognized source of financial aid. The foundation will collaborate with, and be accountable to the families it assists, as well as to its community partners.
The Foundation's work with families, volunteers and the community will be governed by the following values:
Amanda George, Chair
Margaret Sampson, Vice-Chair
John Williams, Treasurer
Moyra McWilliam, Secretary
Marian Mindorff, Director
Lynn Stern, Director
Dr. Louis Lawton