Health Charities Coalition of Canada, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada

February 25, 2010 16:17 ET

M&M Meat Shops Founder singled out for helping health charities

Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2010) - Mac Voisin - founder of M&M Meat Shops and the single greatest supporter of inflammatory bowel disease research in Canada - has been awarded the 2010 Award of Distinction by the Health Charities Coalition of Canada (HCCC).

"Each year, HCCC singles out a high profile person whom the Coalition feels has made a remarkable contribution to the charitable health sector," said Deirdre Freiheit, HCCC Executive Director. "In selecting Mr. Voisin for this well-deserved recognition, our Selection Committee considered criteria such as volunteerism, scope of influence, geographic scope of service, community outreach and the advancement of the charitable health sector."

"Mr. Voisin was chosen for his considerable contributions to the charitable health sector through his work with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC), where he has made a tremendous difference by supporting cure-directed research into a disease that directly affects over 200,000 Canadians," said HCCC Chair Max Beck.

"IBD was a previously 'orphaned' disease in the sense that little research funding occurred in this area in Canada prior to Mac's involvement with CCFC," noted Dr. Kevin Glasgow, CEO of the CCFC.

Through Mr. Voisin's support, and by extension the support of more than 465 M&M Meat Shops franchisees from coast-to-coast in Canada, CCFC has become Canada's leading funder in IBD research and one of the top IBD research funders in the world. Over the past 21 years, Mr. Voisin and his M&M Meat Shops associates have raised an astounding $18.3 million towards finding a cure for inflammatory bowel disease. This represents approximately one quarter of all IBD research funded by the CCFC over the past two decades.

"We at the CCFC have long known that Mac Voisin is among Canada's most generous and effective philanthropists, and we are thrilled that he has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to health research funding in Canada", says Jan Martin, CCFC's National President.

"The impact of his contribution to CCFC has been enormous, as has been his unrelenting energy and passion for raising funds and awareness for IBD."

Previous winners of the HCCC Award of Distinction include Canadian Cancer Society CEO Dr. Barbara Whylie, and Dr. Alan Bernstein, Executive Director of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise and former President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Facts about Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are the two most common forms of IBD. Patients suffer from symptoms including abdominal pain, cramping, fatigue and diarrhea. Most people are diagnosed by the age of 30, and many will experience periods of remission and flare-ups, often requiring long-term medication, hospitalization or surgery.

Afflicting more than 200,000 Canadians, IBD is more common than Multiple Sclerosis or HIV and about as common as Epilepsy or Type 1 Diabetes. The average per-person cost in Canada is more than $9,000 per year and there are no known causes or cures.

Facts about CCFC

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit, medical research foundation dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The Foundation is committed to educating IBD patients, their families, health professionals and the general public about the diseases.

Since its founding, CCFC has invested more than $61 million in a diverse portfolio of research projects, making the foundation a world leader in non-governmental funding of IBD research.
Canadian researchers funded by CCFC are conducting cutting edge research and are sustaining the hope for a cure worldwide.

For more information about CCFC, please visit

Facts about the Health Charities Coalition of Canada

The Health Charities Coalition of Canada (HCCC) represents national health charities of all sizes and is a collective authoritative voice in public policy and health research issues that affect the lives of Canadians. HCCC advocates to the federal government and its agencies with a united voice on public policy issues related to the charitable health sector. Member organizations bring together a wealth of knowledge, expertise, experience and resources, all of which improve the health of Canadians and strengthen Canada's health system.

For more information about HCCC, visit
/For further information: Jacqueline Waldorf
Manager of Marketing and Communications, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada
Tel: (416) 920-5035 ext. 241, Mobile: (647) 882-4758

Deirdre Freiheit
Executive Director, Health Charities Coalition of Canada
Tel: (613) 232-7266, Mobile: (613) 794-5677

Contact Information

  • Jacqueline Waldorf, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada
    Primary Phone: 416-920-5035 ext. 241
    Toll-Free: 800-387-1479