MaryAnn Gordon is a single mother of two daughters, ages seven and ten. She is also a former high school teacher. She currently works full time as a Customer Relations Manager at a small company. MaryAnn has a passion for community engagement, has volunteered with many non-profit organizations. Her oldest daughter was diagnosed with sickle cell disease (SCD) at seven months old. MaryAnn chose to become involved with SCAGO so that she could become better educated and informed on how to support her daughter’s health and as a way to give back to her community. She also wanted her daughter to be able to meet and connect with other children her age with SCD to gain support and build her self-confidence. She has volunteered primarily at the “Meet the Parents” sessions at the Sick Kids Hospital and participates regularly in the Peers and Parents Group. She has also given speeches from a parent’s perspective both at Toronto City Hall and Queen’s Park.
She believes her active involvement with SCAGO has provided her with a wonderful opportunity to meet other dedicated volunteers and parents. MaryAnn enjoys the warm inviting atmosphere of SCAGO’s support group sessions as it gives her a way to share openly and authentically her experiences and knowledge as a parent of a child with SCD. MaryAnn believes strongly that it is through spreading awareness about SCAGO and its mandate and supportive services, that volunteers are making a positive difference in the lives of Sickle Cell patients and their families. She is proud to be associated with an organization that is actively advocating for a quality universal health standard of care for all sickle cell patients in Canada.