Sandy Smeenk, Founder of the ILC Charitable Foundation (Improving the Life of Children) adopted chronic pain in children and youth as a permanent charitable focus after learning about the devastating challenges that Brooklyn Mills experienced, living with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). Recognizing the enormous gap in peer support programs for Canadian families that have children suffering with chronic pain diseases, in addition to the existing frustrations the medical profession face in the inability to treat pain, let alone provide a diagnosis, treatment and a care plan, made it an easy decision.
As past Human Resources professional in the defence manufacturing and engineering consulting industries, Sandy was responsible for government compliance and managing operating budgets of $1.5M. She has a well-developed business sense and ability to meet project deadlines. Sandy has a long history of philanthropy with past corporate giving projects for the CNIB and more recently with third party fundraising initiatives for Wellspring, Sunshine Dreams for Kids and the KSM Children’s Dream Center.
Sandy feels privileged to be working with a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board. With a well-defined national long-term strategic plan focused on promoting and highlighting what is done well in health care, while assisting to bridge the enormous gaps that exist for children and youth that suffer with chronic pain disease, through education and knowledge transfer partnerships, together we will improve the life of children.
Sandy lives in Oakville, Ontario with her husband, Tom and their three children Taylor, Olivia and Austin.