“When Mary-Jo was fundraising for the London Marathon, we were thrilled she included our son Kolbi, who at the time was battling a brain tumour, in her fundraising efforts. She even visited and took care of him at the hospital when we were required to be offsite. We’re even more thrilled today our little monkey is cancer free.”
Warning: Mary-Jo is one of those people who will encourage you to sign a petition, read an important article, or contribute to helping find solutions to societal areas in need of a bit of TLC.
To that end, over the last decade she has been committed to donating 5% of every project’s billings to worthy endeavours, including — but certainly not limited to — the Canadian Women’s Federation, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the BC Cancer Agency, the Movember Campaign, Paws for Hope Animal Society, Save our Skin Foundation, CARE Canada Foundation, Union Gospel Mission, and Helping Families in Need Society.
In the last ten years alone, she has spearheaded initiatives that have garnered over $100,000 in contributions to a variety of local, national, and global causes. This includes her 2006 “Pale is the new tanned” awareness swim from Alcatraz Prison to the shores of the San Francisco Bay which generated over $8,000 for the Canadian Melanoma Society and her 2014 running of the London Marathon which generated $17,000 for both Children with Cancer (UK) and Kolbi’s Cause. She is the founder of Will’s Harem, the all-women running group who ran the Halifax Marathon events in support of the William Dennis Chair in Pediatric Epilepsy Research. She is host of the annual Wine & Fleas collection drive, which has contributed thousands of pounds of supplies for animal rescue organizations North America-wide, and she is founder of TheFleasKnees tees, a line of tees dedicated to celebrating responsible pet guardianship.
In 2015, Mary-Jo was thrilled to announce the launch of The Mary-Jo Dionne Productions Fund. Working in tandem with the good people of Vancity Community Foundation, Mary-Jo will donate 5% of all billing to grant-based initiatives which support local children living in poverty and local children fighting critical illness.
In 2017, Mary-Jo was named a Vancouver “Difference Maker” by The Georgia Straight newspaper for her philanthropic contributions.
All told, when you work with Mary-Jo, you can be assured that — above and beyond the scope of the project — you are contributing to something meaningful.