DASCH Inc. is pleased to announce that it is among 10 finalists in the Industrial Alliance (iA) Financial Group Canada-Wide Philanthropic Contest. DASCH Inc. has the chance to win a donation of up to $125,000 to fund the development of Multi-Sensory Rooms (MSRs) for people with intellectual disabilities and autism. Until November 30, 2018, the public is invited to go to ia.ca/contest-ia-donations and vote for the two submissions they find the most inspiring from among the ten finalist submissions. Step into a DASCH MSR to learn about its many benefits.

“We are very excited that iA Financial Group chose DASCH’s submission,” said Karen Fonseth, Chief Executive Officer of DASCH, “this donation will allow us to fund the creation of 10 Multi-Sensory Rooms (MSRs) throughout Winnipeg that will have a direct positive impact on the mental health of the youth and adults we support living with intellectual disabilities and autism.“ Fonseth continued, “MSRs are specially designed rooms equipped with devices and furniture that help improve mood, decrease anxiety and fear, decrease disruptive behaviours by comforting and calming, and provide a sense of security and safety. As the only charity in Manitoba in the top ten, we ask all Manitobans to cast their vote for DASCH to help change the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.”

A donation of $125,000 will be made to the charity that receives the most votes, the second and third place charities will each receive a donation of $50,000 and the remaining seven charities will each receive $10,000. Contest results will be announced on December 11th. Contest details are available at ia.ca/contest-ia-donations.