Published on June 26, 2020

I want to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to Tim Mulligan, Jacob Heisey, Will Vyse, Nolan Aziz, Georges Kirijian and Cailan Robinson on their incredible initiative to raise funds for COVID-19 relief by taking on a 60-day canoe trip across Ontario.

Starting June 24th this fundraiser, Canoe4Covid, will have these exceptional young men travelling over 2,000 kilometres from Wabakimi Provincial Park, Thunder Bay to our Nation’s capital, Ottawa. As former camp counsellors at Algonquin Park, their comradery and experience speaks volumes about their character and personal drive to assist Food Banks Canada.

Their goal is to raise $60,000 and with the help of community support and sponsors, they have managed to raise a substantial amount prior to their scheduled departure.

As their member of provincial parliament, I am overwhelmed with pride and joy to not only have the opportunity to represent them, but to celebrate in their efforts to bring relief to our families and communities at large. They represent among the highest caliber among us and have demonstrated that they know how to recognize and seize an opportunity that promotes a cause we can all support.

Given the significant impacts of COVID-19 and what it has done to some of our businesses and families, Ontarians know that if we all work together, we can accomplish anything. This group of friends are the embodiment of the Ontario spirit and I have full confidence that they will continue to surprise us all with their great works!

Yesterday, Toronto CBC had interviewed these young men and their families. To view the interview, please click here. To view their website, please click here

I want to not only wish them all the best and to stay safe during this adventure, but to congratulate them on their acceptance to post-secondary and the semesters ahead.

I look forward to reconnecting with all of you again upon your safe return.

Your very moved and proud MPP.

Christine Hogarth, MPP