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Neil Squire Society: Award-winning not-for-profit celebrates 30 years

The Neil Squire Society is a Canadian not-for-profit organisation that helps people with significant physical disabilities achieve greater independence through the development, adaptation, and use of innovative services and technology for the home and workplace.

Neil Squire Society celebrates today 30 years of service. Go see the infographic on what has happened in those 3 decades, not the least of which is 30,000 people helped. You can also see the historical timeline and the fascinating photos of how technology was put to good use.

It’s fantastic to be able to focus on celebrations, as I am convinced that the news today would have been all about shortages of funding, had it not been for the extraordinary efforts of Rob Attwell, my business partner and myBestHelper co-founder COO.

Rob has been served for years on the Board of the Neil Squire Society, first as a member then as Chair of the Board. Along with many able volunteers and team members at the Neil Squire Society, the funding cuts over the last few years were dealt with and more resources were deployed to help so many Canadians whose quality of life truly depends on the work Neil Squire Society does.

I have seen him first hand spend hours of his time, demonstrate resourcefulness, creativity and sheer will power to keep the organisation on the right track in today’s difficult funding climate. Jim Collins of “Good to Great” fame describes the key success factor of organisations that show sustained superlative success is the presence of “a Level 5 leader, a paradoxical and rare blend of genuine personal humility and intense professional will”.

Rob is definitely a level 5 leader, usually happy to do the heavy lifting behind the scenes – and although he might not like me writing about his contribution to the success of Neil Squire Society – someone just HAS to publicly recognize his hard work and incredible abilities. At myBestHelper, we all know how lucky we are to have someone of his capabilities – and are thrilled to support and encourage his commitment to community causes he is passionate about.

Incidentally the Neil Squire Society annual report has on its cover page that they use “technology, knowledge and passion” to accomplish their mission – and technology, knowledge and passion are also core to how we approach our company too.

Rob Attwell is seeing standing far right at the City of Vancouver ceremony recognizing Neil Squire CEO Gary Bearg - with Mayor Gregor Robertson

Rob Attwell standing far right – here in 2012 at the City of Vancouver ceremony recognizing Neil Squire Society with the city’s Access and Inclusion Award (Gary Birch, Executive Director of the Neil Squire Society is in front holding the plaque with Mayor Gregor Robertson)

On behalf of us all, we are so proud of your accomplishments, Rob – and of course, live long and prosper to Neil Squire Society!

Alexandra T. Greenhill, CEO cofounder myBestHelper

PS. Of course, ongoing funding and success totally depends on people like us – so donate, contribute, advocate and vote in support of worthy causes like this one!

Why We Love Science World – and you should too!

At myBestHelper, we’re big fans of Science World – it’s a magical place where children not only learn about science, but get to interact with it as well. And what else makes science world so great for families?
“Science World has a unique benefit with their passes that allows my nanny to be listed on             the card… at no extra cost to us.”

Learn our story here at myBestHelper and how science has inspired our CEO, Alexandra Greenhill.

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Science World is a great place for kids to explore and become well-rounded

Donor Profile: Dr Alexandra Greenhill with myBestHelper

Tell us a little about yourself. What did you study?

I studied medicine in university and became a family physician, but I was interested in coding as early as high school.

I am an elected school board trustee for the public Francophone school board of BC and value not only the importance of French in the school curriculum, but science as well.

Our family has a Science World membership and we appreciate the value of the pass—knowing that you can integrate your visit into your daily life is a great thing. When you just come for the day, you feel as though you have to maximize your time. When you have a membership you can stop by on the way to the park or for a couple hours in the evening. It’s an opportunity for my kids to be constantly exposed to science. It becomes a habit.

Why do you feel that informal science learning is important?

Science is part of our everyday lives. Exposing your kids to science helps them become well rounded. When kids visit Science World, they’re able to touch the exhibits and associate learning with fun.
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