The CIDO Maple Leaf has a proud and exciting history. From its inception, it has been an inspiration to our Founder and Chairman, Shawky Fahel, and a strong symbol of the terrific achievements that can result from objectives to address world poverty through our own humanitarian efforts.
The original maple leaf pin was the brainchild of Mike Cassidy, a cancer survivor, and his friend Steve Moores. Mike and Steve are members of the Kitchener-Waterloo Woodworking and Craft Centre. The Centre is a tenant of the JG Group and was located in our building at 173 Roger Street in Waterloo, Ontario. We have now moved them to our new location at 134 Sydney Street in Kitchener.
Mike and Steve designed the maple leaf pin to honour Canadian veterans. The concept was dear to Shawky's heart as his late father-in-law, Earl Grummett, was a proud veteran who participated in the Juno Beach landing in June 1944.