Missing Children Society of Canada

Missing Children Society of Canada

October 27, 2009 15:00 ET

Founder of Missing Children Society Marks 25 Years of Service

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 27, 2009) - To say that Rhonda Morgan is a visionary would be an understatement. Driven by a sense of destiny to help families through their darkest hours, Rhonda created the Missing Children Society of Canada with the aim of doing more when all others have moved on. Last week, the diminutive but determined single mom was honoured for her service of 25 years in the search for missing children.

Her journey began back in 1984. Rhonda had just gone through a divorce and was working in the printing industry, when she happened to watch a television program that changed her life. The program on abducted children struck a chord with Rhonda, and set her on a course toward her calling.

"I can still see these mothers crying from the bottom of their hearts and just not believing that somebody would actually take a little kid and harm them. It was just so unbelievable to me," Rhonda recalled of that fateful evening.

After seeing the program, Rhonda became a passionate volunteer with a local nonprofit organization. Her fervor to support the cause eventually got her fired from her paying job, as more and more time was spent on her volunteer efforts. Jobless, and eventually homeless, Rhonda's commitment never faltered. After nearly two years, Rhonda felt that there was more that she could be doing to locate missing children. In 1986, Rhonda created the Missing Children Society of Canada.

Rhonda, who became a trained investigator, assembled a team of staff including retired police officers to keep the search active when everyone else has slowed down. Since that time, the organization has assisted law enforcement in over 6,000 cases and has closed over 1,630 cases. But with an average of 60,000 reported cases of missing children in Canada every year, Rhonda's drive to continue the search remains as strong as ever.

"These cases gnaw at me every day, and it can feel like you're hitting a brick wall," said Rhonda, "But if you hammer at that wall long enough and hard enough, eventually you break through. This is what I was meant to do. I absolutely believe that."

To set up an interview with MCSC to discuss Rhonda's inspiring career, please call Marilyne Aalhus.

Contact Information

  • Missing Children Society of Canada
    Marilyne Aalhus
    (403) 291-0705 or Toll Free: 1-800-661-6160
    Cell: (403) 862-5357
    (403) 291-9728 (FAX)
    maalhus@mcsc.ca
    www.mcsc.ca