Meet Dulce

This BMO superhero wears her cape to work!

Dulce and Emma in their capes.

Meet Dulce, one of the many superheroes over at BMO, Capes for Kids’ presenting sponsor.

Dulce is a long-time champion of Capes for Kids, from organizing community fundraisers and events, to motivating her BMO branch team members to earn and wear their capes.

Dulce’s daughter Emma has been a client of Holland Bloorview since she was 2 years old. Now 7 ½, Emma has been supported by so a variety of tools and resources to help her with her development and independence. Her personal favourite is using her eye gazer to communicate!

Dulce feels so lucky to live and see her little superhero achieve her goals everyday. As she and Emma gear up for another great year of fundraising, Dulce reflects on why Capes for Kids is such a great way for folks and companies to get involved with Holland Bloorview.

What makes Capes for Kids unique?

The Cape is an amazing conversation starter! But I talk about the campaign every time I have a chance.

It’s one of the most beautiful and caring campaigns ever. I know, and I can see everyday the impact that this campaign has in the lives of kids with disabilities, and that is priceless.

When the campaign starts, people around me already know that “it’s that time of the year!” There are so many things that we take for granted in life. Bringing that awareness to the work makes people more human and connected.

Why should companies get involved? How can they motivate their employees?

Visibility and impact… It’s not just about money – it’s about the possibilities that we can create with it!

They best way to get involved is by connecting with your team, asking for support. Then organize fun activities that focus on collaboration and teamwork. Or, if you’re in a customer facing role, be open and show customers that you care.

Engaging with philanthropy in the workplace, helps build a more inclusive society and leads to a greater connection with the communities where we live and work. I have been fortunate to work in a place that lives that everyday.

Do you have any tips on how to start conversations about disability, accessibility and inclusion?

Don’t be shy and don’t be afraid… Disability is not a bad word. We all have different ways to walk, talk, act, and people with disabilities are using different tools to achieve that.

 What’s one thing you wish more people knew about the kid superheroes at Holland Bloorview?

These kids are heroes since the day they were born! Help them build and create a world of possibilities now and for the future. And thank you for joining forces with us!