Simple and Empowering
A Dollar A Day is a simple, affordable and empowering way to support front-line mental health and addictions programs. Everyone gives a little and together our voices become a strong, collective voice for change in how society views mental health and addictions.
We're all impacted by mental health and addictions challenges. We've either been there ourselves or we have a friend, family member or co-worker we care about who has. The principles of the A Dollar A Day Foundation are based on this reality and the realization that access to effective treatment programs is being constrained by financial resources.
Since we're all in this together, we've conceived a simple and empowering way for each of us to own a small piece of the solution. As equals, each giving A Dollar A Day to front line programs, we will change lives today and Be the Change we all want to see. Join us as we Share the Change for Mental Health and Addictions.
1 Equality among donors
- We ask everyone for A Dollar A Day - no more, no less - to establish a fundamental equity among donors. Your voice for social change is needed - your dollar will go far and will count the same as everyone else’s in sending a louder message.
2 Lean and Efficient
- The A Dollar A Day Foundation will be kept simple, lean, and efficient. No grand fundraising events or costly ad campaigns. More dollars to the front line! By looking to corporate partners to support a separate endowment to cover operating and administration costs, more and more of your dollar goes directly to the front lines. Our goal is simple. You give a dollar and every cent of it goes directly to help with Mental Health and Addictions. 100%.
3 Transparency through exemplary communications
- Through cost-effective online communications, we will Share the Change you are making possible and provide donors with a voice and a vehicle for Sharing the Change with others.
4 Regional Investment
- The goal is to fund programs where donors can see and hear about the impact; one in every region of the country and more as we grow.
5 No Duplication
We do not deliver programs or profess to be experts in mental health. With the help of organizations such the Canadian Mental Health Association, we identify needs and fund proven programs that are succeeding, but just need more financial resources.
6 Impact Today
Good people are suffering today and effective programs and program partners exist. Through partnerships with credible organizations your investment will hit the ground running.
A native of Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, Brendan Paddick holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland (Alumnus of the Year, 2013), and graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. He is the founder and former chief executive officer of Columbus Communications Inc. Prior to being sold to Liberty Global in 2016, Columbus provided digital video, broadband internet, IP voice, wholesale capacity and cloud-based corporate data solutions throughout 42 countries in the greater Caribbean, Central American and Andean region. Brendan was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2000, Ernst & Young’s Atlantic Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011, and was inducted into the Atlantic Business CEO Hall of Fame in 2015. Amongst his numerous public, private and not-for-profit affiliations, Brendan is a member of the board of directors of Liberty Global and Clearwater Seafoods, and is the chair of the board of Nalcor Energy.
Brendan is well known throughout Canada and beyond for his contributions to many worthy causes. His commitment to A Dollar A Day is grounded in personal experience. "My family has been directly affected by mental health and addictions. So many families are. Let's do all we can to make sure people get the help they need, when they need it.”
Hailing from Petty Harbour, NL, Alan Doyle is a musician, actor, producer, author, and is best-known as the lead singer for Great Big Sea. With three solo albums, Doyle has been touring the world with his own band for the last five years. In 2014, he released his best-selling memoir Where I Belong. His second book, A Newfoundlander in Canada, was released in October 2017 and become an instant best seller. He has appeared in television series including CBC’s Republic of Doyle, Murdoch Mysteries and This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and in major motion pictures including 2014’s Winter’s Tale and 2010’s Robin Hood. His upcoming “A Week at the Warehouse ” tour is sure to cement Alan Doyle’s reputation as one of Canada's most treasured musicians and storytellers. In recognition of his vast contributions to Canadian culture and charitable involvement, Alan was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2017.
Alan's involvement in A Dollar A Day stems from his belief that we can all work together for a better society. "Mental health issues affect all of us," he says. "So, we all need to take ownership of the problem and work together to find solutions."
Dr. Andrew Furey
Dr. Andrew Furey was born in St. John’s, NL. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Memorial University, President of the Newfoundland Orthopedic Association, Chief of Orthopedic Surgery for Eastern Health, and Director of Research for the Orthopedic Resident Training Program at the Memorial University School of Medicine. Dr. Furey is the co-founder and President of Team Broken Earth, a national organization originally conceived to deliver critical medical care in Port Au Prince, Haiti in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in 2010. His work in the region has taken him on over 30 volunteer trips since the event and he has travelled to expand Team Broken Earth’s footprint to include Bangladesh, Nicaragua and Guatemala. For his dedication to Team Broken Earth and many other community involvement initiatives, Andrew was awarded both the prestigious Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal Award and the Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year for Newfoundland and Labrador in 2017.
Andrew says, "I see a great deal of suffering in my work. And much of it is mental health and addiction related. That's why I believe in A Dollar A Day. We can make a difference."
Every national organizations needs regional champions. Energized like-minded people from across the country are helping us get the message out and listening to ensure we are responding to the needs of the region and to our donors. Unpaid volunteers who care and each give A Dollar A Day!
Our corporate partners understand that mental health and addictions impact their businesses. And they care about their employees.Their donations support a separate operational endowment fund ensuring that more of every dollar donated by individuals makes it to front line programs.