About

Mission and Vision

Just for Kids Foundation raises funds to purchase high-priority medical equipment, and to support initiatives, that improve the quality of care for patients of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Hospitals rely on foundations such as ours to help close the gap between basic government funding and much needed medical equipment and programs.

Impact

To date, JFK has purchased over $11.5 million of high-priority medical equipment for the MCH.

Helped over 1,500 healthcare professionals improve patient care.

Touched almost every department at the hospital.

With the medical equipment that JFK purchases, doctors are able to perform procedures using the latest technological advancements. This, in turn, attracts world-class medical professionals to Montreal and the MCH.

Established the JFK Sibling Park, a free childcare centre for siblings of children in acute care.

2020 Campaign

This year, our focus remains on essential projects that could greatly benefit from your support.

JFK is committed to improving mental health resources at the Children’s. For the next three years we will be providing a Social Worker specializing in Mental Health for the Emergency Room. The social worker will play a critical role in responding to and treating vulnerable patients and act as a facilitator between the medical team and the child’s family.

 

JFK will be purchasing a Difficult Airway Cart, a vital life-saving piece of equipment. In an emergency, staff have only minutes to install a breathing tube before their patient risks brain damage due to lack of oxygen. If a child has a difficult airway, standard intubation techniques will not suffice, and specialized tools are required.

 

The JFK Sibling Park at the Children’s provides siblings of patients in acute care a safe haven. With professional childcare workers by their side, siblings can play freely, enjoy arts and crafts and make new friends. This fully subsidized Park helps alleviate the financial stress of extra childcare costs and is often credited with keeping families together during their most difficult moments.

Please support Just for Kids Foundation and make a difference in the lives of countless children.

History

Just for Kids Foundation was founded over 30 years ago (in 1987) by concerned parents who saw the need to provide funding for updated medical equipment to best diagnose and treat patients at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. This dedicated group of volunteers began to create innovative ways to raise funds so the Children’s would remain a state-of-the-art institution within our community.

With imagination, dedication and big hearts, these volunteers created Montreal-based fundraising events. Both large and small, these events have cultivated a very special group of volunteers who continuously challenge themselves to inspire, engage and give back. Not only has JFK Foundation created a local community among its members, but it also has impacted the community at large by helping children and their families throughout Montreal, as well as touching the lives of so many event participants, guests and corporate sponsors.

Leadership

Board of Directors

FOUNDING PRESIDENT
Harriet Greenstone

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Rochelle Lerner Silverman

PAST PRESIDENTS
Jill Aberman
Lisa Adelstein Steinberg
Sandra D’Alesio Lanno
Marla Fersten Oringer
Myra Frishman
Franceen Goffman
Rochelle Lerner Silverman
Lynda Lubin
Jill Morganstein Kimmel
Donna Seidman Salzman

PRESIDENT
Mara Greenstone Agulnik

VICE PRESIDENT
Jason Ansel

TREASURER
Lyne Breton

CORPORATE SECRETARY
Marissa Frishman

BOARD MEMBERS
Lisa Adelstein Steinberg
Robert Bloom
Rebecca Chriqui
Norma D’Alesio
Laurence Destrempes
Heather Kugler
Daniel Marcus
Tommy Petrogiannis
Seeta Ramdass
Jill Selick

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Lorie Blumer

AMBASSADORS
Emerson Turnier
Emily Grostern
Arie Pesner
Robin Petrogiannis