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The Ride For Dad (RFD) is a national not-for-profit corporation which raises money through donations, third party events and various fundraising initiatives events across Canada. It has been in existence since 2000 and has raised over $29 million through motorcycle, snowmobile, ATV, watercraft and other events across Canada.
“The mission of the Ride For Dad is to raise funds to save men’s lives by supporting prostate cancer research and raising public awareness of the disease.”
How the Ride for Dad Began:
The Ride for Dad was founded by two men, Garry Janz and Byron Smith.
While working on a Kingston Regional Cancer Centre production, Garry interviewed patients to create stories for the docudrama, one of them was a prostate cancer patient, Charlie Pester. Sadly, Charlie was losing his battle against the disease. During one of their first interviews Charlie has confided to Garry that: “If I had been tested earlier, I would not be going home to plan my funeral today.”
Over the months spent together, Garry and Charlie became friends and Garry was more determined to do something about changing attitudes towards prostate cancer. He came up with the idea of taking his new hobby, “motorcycling”, and turning it into an event for prostate cancer. To this day, Garry credits Charlie with being the impetus for the Ride and Charlie remains the spirit that keeps Garry going.
In 2000, Garry was introduced to Byron Smith and the Ride for Dad was born.
Byron Smith is the National Ride Captain and co-founder of the Ride for Dad. Byron, a retired Ottawa Police Officer, was the Chair of the Ottawa Police Association in 2000 when he met Garry Janz at a coffee shop. Byron was looking for a worthy charity to involve his members in and Garry had a story to tell. Both were avid motorcycle riders, so Garry’s vision of a Prostate Cancer Research and Awareness got wheels, the Motorcycle Ride for Dad was born. With his Police Association contacts, Byron was able to forge a strong bond between the Motorcycle Ride for Dad and police associations in communities right across the country.
With just over 80 motorcycle riders, the first ride raised $20,000. The Ride for Dad now includes motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs, and personal watercraft events and has donated more than $13 million towards prostate cancer research and awareness.
Job Title:Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Directors
Direct Reports: 5
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
The Ride for Dad (RFD) founders are proud of what they have accomplished utilizing their passion for the cause, love of riding, and ability to connect with communities across Canada to get their message to the masses. However, the founders feel that it’s time to take the next step and hire an Executive Director who can take RFD to the next level.
Reporting to the Ride for Dad Board of Directors and working with the Management Team, the Executive Director will manage and administer all aspects of the operation of the RFD. He/she will give strategic direction to all fundraising entities acting under agreement with the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation (PCFF) to ensure protection of brand equity and consistency of public messaging. The ED will provide creative and strategic leadership to staff in the national office. The primary responsibilities will include establishing goals, fund development, communications, fiscal management, organizational development and sustainability. This is a fulltime position located in Ottawa.
RFD has over 40 events annually running mainly between the months of May and August. The Executive Director will be present at these events hosted on weekends to be the primary speaker at the events communicating the importance of this exceptional organization.
Relationship with Committees
The successful candidate will have the following:
Education and Experience
Compensation will be based on qualifications and experience.