The Ozad Institute is a
community resource dedicated to research, education and training in
neurodevelopmental disabilities. It was established through the generosity of
the Electrozad Foundation. The Institute
is located in, and is closely partnered with the Regional Children’s Centre
(RCC) of Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare. Collaborative relationships have also
been established with the John McGivney Children’s Centre, Maryvale Adolescent
and Family Services, the Teen Health Centre, and our two area school boards
(GECDSB & WECDSB).
In September 1989,
Dr. John Strang authored a written proposal for the establishment of a
research, education and training institute that would focus on children with
neurodevelopmental disabilities, and be named after Joseph Ozad. This proposal was strongly supported by Dr.
Martin Girash and Mr. Ron Foster in their respective Windsor Western Hospital
Centre adminstrative roles, and was accepted by officials of the Electrozad
Foundation. A grant of $250 thousand from the Electrozad Foundation led to
formation of the Ozad Institute in April 1990, and the creation of the Ozad
Institute Fund, which continues to be invested and monitored through the
Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation.
About one year later, a $175 thousand
follow-up grant was received from the Electrozad Foundation for the
establishment of Ozad Institute facilities. This money was used to build and
furnish Ozad Institute facilities in RCC’s George Albert Huot Building. The
Ozad Institute facilities were formally dedicated on March 29, 1996. The
Institute’s facilities include the: Ozad Testing Room, Ozad Observation Room,
Ozad Research Office, and Ozad Conference Room.
The testing, observation, and research rooms are regularly used for
clinical practice. The Ozad Conference room is used for meetings, teaching, and
training purposes by RCC and other HDGH
staff, as well as community service-oriented organizations.
majority of operating dollars are generated by interest earned on the Ozad
Fund. Since April 2000, additional operating funds have been realized through
the fund-raisinging efforts of staff and management at the Electrozad Supply
Company Limited, following a formally commitment by Mr. William C. Smith,
President, to sponsor of the Ozad Institute through annual charitable events.
In 2008-2009, the Electrozad Supply Company Ltd. London, Sarnia, and Windsor
offices provided special funding to support the establishment Carrigan Research
Assistantship, to commemorate the passing of Mr. Ron Carrigan, who was the
Electrozad Representative on the Ozad Advisory Committee. As of September 2014, fund-raising and
corporate donations from the Electrozad Supply Company Ltd. have totaled almost
$75 thousand. There have
also been ongoing donations from Electrozad employees and associates who have
chosen the Ozad Institute as their choice for a charitable donation.
Additional donations from other
individuals and as well as professional fees have also contributed to operating
dollars and the Ozad Fund. The Ozad Institute Fund market value was approximately $542 thousand on March 31, 2014. The Ozad Institute has a 2013/14 operating budget of $22,200 to cover all annual expenses including: Director’s salary, meetings, presentations, equipment, research support, and education/training costs.