Jeremy Hall - Para Rowing
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Paralympic Facts by Alison Levinge
I Am Not What Happened to Me - Cindy Ouellet
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n September the Tokyo Games will come to an end marking the 11th summer and winter Games that CAN Fund has been providing financial support to our athletes so they can wear the maple leaf on the world stage. Jane Roos, CAN Fund Founder and I have been married for almost 20 years and together we have been through the many ups and downs of running the Fund. We actually got married in a hospital in Ottawa where Jane’s father was not doing well. It was an amazing day made possible with complete strangers coming together to help us pull off a wedding in only 6 days. What I learned through that process was that people genuinely want to help, they just need to know how and they will come to support in any way they can. So many Canadians have donated to impact thousands of athletes over the years. CAN Fund is pretty simple. Donate, receive a tax receipt and find out the athlete you have supported. We receive no government funding and to date, have raised over $40 million dollars, all from proud Canadians and Canadian companies wanting to help our very best athletes succeed. Without you we would not be able to impact so many lives! So a huge thank you to all of our amazing donors. I represented Canada in beach volleyball at the 2000 Games in Sydney Australia. I tried 3 times to qualify for the Olympics and made it once. I know firsthand just how hard it is to qualify, not to mention winning a medal. CAN Fund isn’t about just making the Games, it is about giving people an opportunity and that is what I love the most! With CAN Fund we back dreams and
believers on their quest to represent Canada. Many CAN Fund recipients do not qualify for the Olympics but their journey is no less remarkable. For those that fall short of their goal, my message is to hold your heads high. We love your “No Matter What” attitude. The world needs more of you. One of the most rewarding things at CAN Fund is seeing the support come full circle. I want to acknowledge our CAN Fund alumni who have been paying it forward. Nothing is better than seeing our past recipients donate back to CAN Fund to impact the next group of athletes on their journey. CAN Fund is the athletes charity and when we work together great things happen. We are at a tipping point and l am so excited to see what lies ahead. I would also like to thank our team that works behind the scenes to pull off what we do. Meagan, Ali, and our entire side gig team that have helped push the Fund forward. We are truly lucky to have you in our corner. I hope that you enjoy watching the rest of the Paralympic Games. Our Paralympians are some of the most inspiring and committed athletes you will ever meet and their performances and stories will fascinate you.
Bring on 2022...here we come! Conrad Leinemann CAN Fund - COO 2000 Olympian Beach Volleyball
PARALYMPIC Facts by Alison Levine - Boccia, 2-time Paralympian 2016 & 2020, Multiple CAN Fund Recipient
We are Paralympians, not Olympians, and should be referred to as such.
It is the Paralympics, not the para-olympics. The “para” stands for parallel, meaning alongside, not para as in paraplegic. You can’t just decide to go to the Paralympics, you must qualify and only the best in the world get to go. The qualifying standards are just as high as the Olympics. While some athletes may not appear to have a disability, remember that everyone competing does and has been thoroughly evaluated and classified to impairment categories based on type and degree of disability to ensure fairness. Last, and most importantly, we
Paralympians are human. We
have ups and downs like anyone else. We will falter, we will fail, we will rise, and we will succeed. We
are representing our country on the largest international stage and with that comes added pressure. Success is not always about the number or colour of medals, it is about the process and the accomplishments made to get us to this point. I invite you all to tune in for some of the most incredible shows of athleticism, determination, and sheer grit you’ll ever see. The stories will captivate you and the sports will astound you.
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Congratulations to all of the CAN Fund #150Women recipients competing for Canada We at Nicola Wealth are incredibly proud of how far you’ve come and share your commitment to delivering superior performance We are honoured to be your CAN Fund #150Women Premier Partner
We are currently funding winter athletes as they train and compete to qualify to represent Canada at the Games this February 4-20th, 2022.
Boccia Alison Levine Iulian Ciobanu Marco Dispaltro Para Athletics Austin Smeenk Charlotte Bolton Greg Stewart Guillaume Ouellet Janz Stein Liam Stanley Marissa Papaconstantinou Nathaniel Riech Pamela LeJean Renee Foessel Para Canoe/Kayak Mathiue St-Pierre Para Cycling Alexander Hyndman Charles Moreau
Katarina Roxon - Para Swimming
Meet the para athletes our CAN Fund donors have impacted on their journey to compete for Canada.
Joey Desjardins Kate O’Brien Keely Shaw Marie Ève-Croteau Michael Sametz Para Equestrian Winona Hartvikson Para Rowing Andrew Todd Bayleigh Hooper Jeremy Hall Jessye Brockway Kyle Fredrickson Laura Court Victoria Nolan Para Swimming Abigail Tripp Alexander Elliot Angela Marina Katarina Roxon Morgan Bird
Nicholas Bennett Nicolas Guy Turbide Sabrina Duchesne Shelby Newkirk Para Triathlon James Cook Jessica Tuomela Jon Dunkerley Kamylle Frenette Stefan Daniel Sitting Volleyball Anne Fergusson Danielle Ellis Heidi Peters Jennifer Oakes Payden Olsen Wheelchair Basketball (Men’s) Blaise Mutware Colin Higgins David Eng Nikola Goncin
Wheelchair Basketball (Women’s) Arinn Young Cindy Ouellet Danielle DuPlessis Élodie Tessier Erica Gavel Kady Dandeneau Maude Jacques Melanie Hawtin Puisand Lai Rosalie Lalonde Sandrine Bérubé Tamara Steeves Tara Llanes Wheelchair Rugby Byron Green Trevor Hirschfield Wheelchair Tennis Robert Shaw
NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS, JUST SHOW UP AND DO THE WORK. IF THEY PRAISE YOU, SHOW UP AND DO THE WORK. IF THEY CRITICIZE YOU, SHOW UP AND DO THE WORK. IF NO ONE EVEN NOTICES YOU, JUST SHOW UP AND DO THE WORK. JUST KEEP SHOWING UP, DOING THE WORK, AND LEADING THE WAY.
FIELD UP WITH OPTIMISM. HAVE FAITH. POWER UP WITH LOVE.
Marissa Papaconstantinou - Para Athletics
LEAD WITH PASSION.
MAINTAIN HOPE. BE STUBBORN. FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT. REFUSE TO GIVE UP. IGNORE THE CRITICS. BELIEVE IN THE IMPOSSIBLE. SHOW UP. DO THE WORK. YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID. TRUE GRIT LEADS TO TRUE SUCCESS.
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Anne Fergusson - Si “Being a CAN Fund recipient means family. It is truly amazing to feel so much support from the donors, staff, and fellow CAN Fund athletes and know that there are so many people backing you, your goals, and your dreams!”
Andrew Todd - Para Rowing
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Rosalie Lalonde, Wheelchair Basketball CAN Fund Recipients left to right: Andrew Todd - Para Rowing, Anne Fergusson - Sitting Volleyball, Trevor Hirschfield Wheelchair Rugby, Jessica Tuomela - Para Triathlon, Mathieu St. Pierre - Para Canoe, Liam Stanley - Para Athletics, Katarina Roxon - Para Swimming, Blaise Mutware Wheelchair Basketball, Greg Stewart - Para Athletics, Marco Dispaltro - Boccia, Rosalie Lalonde - Wheelchair Basketball
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I AM NOT WHAT HAPPENED TO ME BUT I AM WHO I CHOOSE TO BE! Cindy Ouellet - Wheelchair Basketball & Para Nordic Skiing, 5-time Paraympian, Multiple CAN Fund Recipient “People expect me to be this strong female role model, PhD candidate, cancer survivor, Team Canada captain, but the reality is right now these past few months have been a lot for all of us. Resilience is in my DNA, I do not hide that I struggle with depression and anxiety but I share my story to help others and create new conversations.”
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Since 5 years old Cindy was an avid competitive alpine skier with dreams of being an Olympian. At the age of 12, she was diagnosed with ewing sarcoma (bone cancer) which in her own words, “killed” her Olympic dream. A harrowing diagnosis that gave her a 1-3% chance of survival, put her through 28 chemotherapy treatments over a span of 2 years, and required surgery to remove her tumor that saved her life, but also put her in a wheelchair. For 1.5 years of her cancer treatments, she was limited to her bed, which led Cindy to some dark days of depression intensified by the bullying she faced at such a young age as she adapted to her new reality and went back to school. Defined by her resilience and “Carpe Diem” (seize the day) motto that she lives and plays by, Cindy has persevered through many mental and physical setbacks in her life including most recently, struggling with the isolation of the pandemic. Cindy has always shown great strength and vulnerability by not shying away from her struggles with the hope of reaching other people who are facing difficult times.
Today she is a 5-time Paralympian and is one of the few athletes in the world to compete at both the Summer and Winter Games. She has represented Canada at the Summer Games in Wheelchair Basketball in Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016, and Tokyo 2020 and competed in Para Nordic Skiing at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang. She has earned 2 masters degrees and recently completed her PhD in biomedical engineering. She is an accomplished conservatory piano player who plays daily and in 2020, her life story was depicted in a comic book series, “The Adventures of Cindy” addressing topics of bullying and depression aimed at connecting with both adolescents and adults. Now as captain of the Canadian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, Cindy and her teammates, who are the reigning 2019 Pan American Games gold medalists, head to the Games ranked 5th in the world where they will be vying for the podium in Tokyo. CAN Fund has supported all 11 players on the team.
Cindy is also an accomplished musician; she plays the piano, guitar, drums, and the ukulele. Cindy competed in Para Nordic Skiing at the 2018 Paralympics in PyeongChang.
Charles Moreau - Para Cycling
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2020 OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS - Rowing Women’s 8+
“I am incredibly grateful to be a CAN Fund recipient. It is so amazing to know that Canadians from all across the country are looking out for me and are invested in my success. In addition, I am honoured and humbled to be joining a roster of all-star Canadian athletes who have also received this funding.”
Liam Stanley, 2020 Paralympian, 2016 Paralympic Silver Medalist, CAN Fund Recipient
“Being a CAN Fund #150Women recipient reminds me that I’m never in this alone. High-performance sport can be a lonely place at times, and knowing women from across this incredible country of ours believe in me and believe in a dream that a 10-year-old kid was crazy enough to chase gives me the inspiration needed to get through the hard days.”
Keely Shaw - Para Cycling, 2020 Paralympic Bronze Medalist, CAN Fund #150Women Recipient
Summer Paralympians Workout Playlist Anne Fergusson, Sitting Volleyball - Truth Hurts by Lizzo Bayleigh Hooper, Para Rowing - Sweet Lovin by Sigala Cindy Ouellet, Wheelchair Basketball - Lean on Me by Bill Withers Danielle Ellis, Sitting Volleyball - Remember the Name by Fort Minor Jeremy Hall, Para Rowing - Make a Life, not a Living by Brett Kissel Jessye Brockway, Para Rowing - Lease on Life by Andy Grammer Katarina Roxon, Para Swimming - The Phoenix by Lindsey Stirling Keely Shaw, Para Cycling - You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid by The Offspring Kyle Fredrickson, Para Rowing - Finale by Madeon featuring Nicholas Petricca Marissa Papaconstantinou, Para Athletics - Know Yourself by Drake Nate Riech, Para Athletics - You Should Probably Leave by Chris Stapleton Nicholas Bennett, Para Swimming - Power by Kanye West Shelby Newkirk, Para Swimming - Roots by the Reklaws
Trevor Hirschfield Wheelchair Rugby “The hard training days are usually the days you don’t feel like training. My motivation is knowing that these are the days that are the most important to your success.”
Angela Marina - Para Swimming “I smile and think of the things I love. I always have something to look forward to. I know that the pain is temporary.”
Kamylle Frenette - Para Triathlon “On hard training days, I try to surround myself with people who lift me up. Whether that’s a training partner for the session or just for the warmup, having people around me always gives me energy. However, whenever it’s not possible to have people around me physically, I just think about all the people who support me, like CAN Fund, to give me that extra boost.”
Danielle Ellis - Sitting Volleyball “Staying motivated on tough training days is hard! I’m always thinking about my teammates and what pushing through means to them - if I can get one more rep, that means I can be that much better for them and give us that much more of a chance to get that medal in Tokyo. And on days that are really hard, where I’m so exhausted I can barely think straight after long night shifts and lack of sleep, it comes down to dedication and routine - I just do it knowing I get to sleep and recover after!”
Blaise Mutware - Wheelchair Basketball “My biggest motivation is time, or lack thereof. I feel as if the amount of time spent relaxing or not trying to attain my goal, is an advantage to an opponent, peer or others to either catch up or gain advantages over me in life. I am an African kid that came from nothing and I work extra hard to make sure I can attain my goals.”
Guillaume Ouellet Para Athletics Victoria Nolan - Para Rowing “As a woman living with vision loss there are a lot of things that I simply can’t do. I can’t see my kids anymore, I can’t even see my face in the mirror. I can’t grab a bike and go for a ride or run around my neighbourhood. But I can row.”
“I look at my dream and ask myself this question: How bad do I want this? And I am off to my workout!”
Maple Leaf Home Paintings The Maple Leaf unites us all and reminds us that as Canadians we have won the lottery. It is a privilege to call this great nation our home. To date, over nine hundred Maple Leaf Home Paintings have been sold and shipped worldwide. They are all one of a kind custom made. People often purchase multiple paintings to set up as a display on walls in their home, cottage and/or office. Artist: Jane Roos @JaneRoosGallery Size: 8x8 Medium: Acrylic on canvas, with gloss finish Price: $250
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“I remember being glued to the TV watching the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Seeing all the historic moments from those Games made me realize that representing Canada at the biggest stage was something I wanted more than anything.”
Stefan Daniel - Para Triathlon
“It is a privilege and honour that I have been representing Team Canada since 2017 and the support from CAN Fund gave me the motivation to continue what I like to do. My favourite part is to have the opportunity to wear my white and red jersey to international games and to have this emotion of being part of something bigger than a game of 40 minutes.”
Elodie Tessier - Wheelchair Basketball
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“Once I discovered the Paralympic Games, I knew that was what I wanted to do. The thought of the maple leaf on my swim cap was what pushed me to challenge my limits as a kid. The first time I put on the maple leaf as an official member of the national team was unforgettable. I felt the pride of the red and white, but most importantly, the strength that comes from Canadians coming together to celebrate the beauty of sport.”
Abi Tripp - Para Swimming
“Seeing my teammates putting the maple leaf on their rowing blades is something I will remember forever. It reminds me of all the work we have put in for this one moment.”
Laura Court - Para Rowing
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“Representing Canada is a privilege. Knowing I compete for my country and for everyone who supports me is an absolute honour.”
Joey Desjardins, Para Cycling, 2020 Paralympian, CAN Fund Recipient
MY PARALYMPI story NATE RIECH - PARA ATHLETICS
My Paralympian Story: My life took a dramatic turn the Summer of 2005 by a golf ball, which resulted in immediate paralysis as well as internal ble similar to having a stroke – I had to relearn how to do most things with m functions, like walking. I was told by many people, including my doctor, to because it wasn’t attainable. Proving people wrong and proving myself ri (and I never back down from a challenge). This challenge started my love stress reliever, passion, and craft that I’ve spent hundreds of hours on. I jo 2018, running the 800m and 1500m at the Berlin Grand Prix. I compete in includes athletes with coordination impairments. The injuries and disabili classification are CP (Cerebral Palsy) and TBI (traumatic Brain Injury). The classification depending on the extent of your disability. Tokyo will be my
SHELBY NEWKIRK - PARA SWIMMING
On the pursuit of awesomeness, excellence is the bare minimum.
My Paralympian Story: Growing up, I tried pretty much every sport o I was 13, I was diagnosed with a neurological progressive movement dystonia. I lost a lot of my mobility and a lot of my independence qu able to participate in the sports I loved. When I discovered para swim and independence that my disability had taken from me. My dystonia as well as my torso, neck and face. I currently compete in the S6, SB5 butterfly and backstroke events; breaststroke events; and individual m As my disability is progressive, we often have to re-evaluate how I do altogether, and it can definitely be frustrating. At times, I feel like I’m I have found a love for the water and for the sport. That passion reall push past the hard times and to really challenge myself to be as com
5 after being struck in the head eeding in my brain. My injury is my non-dominant hand and basic o forget about competitive sports ight became my instant motivation e for running, which has been my oined the international scene in n the T-38 Classification, which ities which typically make up this ere are different classes within this y debut Para Games!
other than swimming. When disorder called generalized ite quickly, and I was no longer mming, I found that freedom a affects all four of my limbs 5 and SM6 classes in freestyle, medley events respectively. o my strokes or change things m constantly starting over, but ly gives me the motivation to mpetitive as I can be.
KEELY SHAW - PARA CYCLING
DANIELLE ELLIS - SITTING VOLLEYBALL
My Paralympian Story: Befor competing at the Games. Wh left me with reduced function in my left leg and approximat “spastic”, which means the le couple of different sports aft my first road race in 2017. Fo the women’s C4 classification see on the road). The numbe disability and the higher num
My Paralympian Story: I was of 1991. I had my right foot am amputation. My parents are b challenging, enrolling me in g playing soccer and volleyball squad in 2008, at its inceptio classification system for sittin limbs. These impairments can range of motion, hypertonic, Paralympian and Tokyo will b where adaptive volleyball has and around the world!
MY PARALYMPIAN story
re my accident, I was a high-level hockey player with dreams of one day hen I was 15, I fell off my horse and broke a blood vessel in my brain. The injury n and feeling on the left side of my body. I have approximately 70% function ately 60% function in my right arm. As a result of the injury, I’m considered eft side of my body sometimes moves in an uncontrolled manner. I tried a ter my accident, but moved more seriously into para cycling in 2016, entering or the first time since I’d been hurt, I started to feel like an athlete again. I am in n for Para Cycling. The “C” represents a 2-wheeled bicycle (a typical bike you’d ers in the C class go from 1 to 5. The lower numbers indicate a greater degree of mbers a lower degree of disability. Tokyo will be my first Paralympics.
s diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma at the age of 2 months in December mputated in January of 1992 and continued with chemotherapy after my both athletes and therefore, instilled in me the belief that no sport was too gymnastics, baseball, soccer, and volleyball, to name a few! I continued l until the end of high school, and joined the Canadian Sitting Volleyball on! My classification is an easy one as I am a below-knee amputee. The ng volleyball is based on physical impairments to the upper or lower n include: amputation, impaired muscle power, athetosis, impaired passive limb deficiency, ataxia, or leg limb length difference. I’m proud to be a be my second consecutive Para Games! I am so grateful I grew up in a time s become available. Here’s to hoping it only continues to grow in Canada
Twenty Things you didn’t know a The bed frames are made of cardboard and the mattresses are made of recycled plastic!
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Athletes in the Village trade pins of their country’s different symbols, logos & colours. The dining hall is open 24/7 with roughly 700 food options. There is a casual dining hall that serves a small selection of delicious authentic Japanese food. Some athletes participate in virtual visits with local Japanese schools.
Flags and banners are used to decorate the residence buildings to show where each country’s delegation is housed.
There are many vending machines around the entire Village that provide free cold beverages! The Japanese citizens are so welcoming – Japan is known for great hospitality.
People can travel around the Village through a network of underground walkways. In every athlete apartment, Team Canada members have a live television feed of all the events.
about the Games & Tokyo
By Olympic Gold Medalist Women’s 8 Rowers; Susanne Grainger & Christine Roper
Team Canada let’s athletes use “sun-brellas” to help protect against sun and heat and they are AWESOME.
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The medals are made using a mix of recycled electronic devices donated by Japanese citizens.
The walls of the residence rooms in the Village are all unfinished drywall. The buildings will be turned into apartments for the citizens of Japan after the Games.
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Many will toss a penny into the fountain by the rings for good luck! At the security checkpoints, athletes and staff must verify their identity by having their face scanned along with their accreditation. There is a Remembrance Tree - A special place where people can tie messages to olive branches to honour the memory of deceased loved ones. Athletes are gifted fans and origami golden cranes from Japanese citizens for good luck.
Athletes complete COVID tests by spitting into collection tubes every morning.
You can get your nails done and your hair cut in the Village!
The shuttles within the Village are all self-driving!
We know how essential CAN Fund is to every athlete’s journey and we are invested in CAN Fund’s mission of supporting as many athletes as possible to ensure they can afford what they need to be world class. It takes great courage, hard work and dedication to train day in and day out behind the scenes, often in anonymity. This is what we are investing in – Canadian athletes’ resiliency, unwavering passion, and never-give-up mentality.
Aurelie Rivard - Para Swimming
SINCE 2010, THE SPROTT FOUNDATION HAS BEEN BACKING CAN FUND BECAUSE OF OUR SHARED BELIEF IN GIVING PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED AND TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL.
Remembering the FABULOUS Priscila Uppal September 5th, 2021 marks the third year since the passing of Priscila Uppal one of our most beloved members of the CAN Fund family. An incredibly gifted writer and passionate supporter of our athletes, she embodied a true Canadian sports lover! We miss Priscila dearly, her infectious energy, magnificent smile and zest for life that radiated every time she was with us. Priscila was a devoted member of the CAN Fund Board and CAN Fund Athlete Selection Committee giving countless hours of her time to support Canadian athletes. One of her greatest contributions was her poetic brilliance. A professor at York University, writer, novelist, playwright and poet, her list of works and accomplishments is extensive. She was our CAN Fund poet-in-residence during the Vancouver and London Games writing a poem each day to celebrate the performances and sports of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes. London “Time Out” magazine dubbed her “Canada’s coolest poet” an accolade she undoubtedly lived up to! Her entire collection as CAN Fund poet-inresidence can be found in her published books “Winter Sport: Poems” and “Summer Sport: Poems.” On September 5th as the Tokyo Games come to a close we fondly remember Priscila and her genuine spirit. Forever grateful for her impact, we share one of our favourite poems Priscila wrote during the 2012 Para Games.
Bumper Cars: A Wheelchair Rugby Poem Strapped into your metal armour, you barely contain yourself eager for the surge of electricity bass belting to rev engines. Technically, one could opt for a safer ridestick to the edges and manoeuver contentedly about like driving school instructors in empty parking lots. But where’s the fun in that? The whole point is acceleration and contact: a crash course in chasing down opponents and companions alike, jamming down on brakes, then scraping by the worst of the traffic jam, initiating rush hour. Your license revoked many times: too many points violations, you’ve got their number as well as your own. And you don’t mind at all if witnesses clock radar speeds and submit their statements to stunned authorities.
SIDE GIG Athletes
During the pandemic we had the amazing opportunity to welcome these athletes to the CAN Fund team, working part-time while also balancing their training commitments. We are grateful for their incredible work ethic and dedication to helping share the impact of CAN Fund with Canadians.
Rowing - Women’s 8, 2-time Olympian & 2020 Olympic Gold Medalist, Multiple CAN Fund #150 Women recipient, CAN Fund #150Women Partnerships & Marketing Guru
Rowing - Women’s 8, 2-time Olympian & 2020 Olympic Gold Medalist, Multiple CAN Fund #150Women recipient, CAN Fund Communications Rockstar
Athletics, CAN Fund Solutionist
Taekwondo, CAN Fund Research Ninja
Sport Climbing, CAN Fund Social Mediaholic
Claudia Holzner Artistic Swimming, 2020 Olympian, Multiple CAN Fund #150Women recipient, CAN Fund #150Women Marketing & Social Goddess
Swimming, 2-time Olympian, Multiple CAN Fund #150Women recipient, CAN Fund Engagement Pro
Softball, 2020 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Multiple CAN Fund #150Women recipient, CAN Fund Athlete in Residency
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Women coast to coast are donating $150 or more to support female athletes.
Adopt An Athlete Program Exclusive to CAN Fund, be part of an athlete’s journey. Price: $10,000 (receive tax receipt)
Can I designate my United Way contribution to CAN Fund? Yes, you can
How much does each CAN Fund recipient receive? $6000 per application.
designate your donation to “See You In Canadian Athletes Now Fund” (CAN Fund) by indicating your choice on your pledge card.
Many athletes are multiple CAN Fund recipients in their careers. Athletes use this direct funding to afford what they need to represent Canada on the world stage. CAN Fund support means athletes can afford equipment, coaching, nutrition, physiotherapy, travel to training camps and competitions and pay team fees.
I live in British Columbia, can my donation be allocated to an athlete from here? Yes, donors often will share special preferences with us, and we use our best efforts to make your request happen.
Does CAN Fund receive Government Funding? No, CAN Fund does not receive funding from the Government. Our funding comes from corporate Canada, individual Canadians, Foundations, United Way, monthly donors, Donation of Securities and through our programs including: Adopt An Athlete, #150Women, Pre-Game Meal and Maple Leaf “Home” Paintings.
How can I do my own fundraiser for CAN Fund? You can use our CAN Fund fundraising page to customize your event from what you are doing to the amount you would like to raise. https://canadianathletesnow.ca/fundraise/
How can I promote CAN Fund? Use CAN Fund Facebook frames and let your friends know you are supporting athletes. Refer friends to donate to CAN Fund or the women in your life to become CAN Fund #150Women. Share the love, tell your contacts with each donation they find out the name of the athlete they are supporting and receive a tax receipt Volunteer – coast to coast we appreciate your time.
Besides donating, what other ways can I support athletes? Donate food cards, we love giving these out to our athletes during Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Give gas cards to help an athlete get to and from their training. Purchase an airline ticket for an athlete so they can get to their next competition or training camp. You can also consider donating auction items for our CAN Fund Online Holiday Auction.
Nicolas Guy Turbide, Para Swimming, 2020 Paralympic Silver Medalist, 2016 Paralympic Bronze Medalist, Multiple CAN Fund Recipient
“My dream to reach the Paralympics started at the London 2012 Swimming Trials. A few of my local club teammates qualified for both the Olympics and Paralympics that year, and seeing them compete at the world’s biggest sporting event helped me set my goal to reach the Games one day. I always felt uncomfortable in the pool as a kid, but my desire to compete was always stronger than my fear. Over the years, that uncomfortable environment slowly turned into a place where anything was possible.”
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Your soul shouts “humanitarian” from the rooftops. Make your visions play out by taking the necessary steps to make your dreams come true. Let fear go and go forward with confidence as you take on this next step in your journey. Your focused energy will allow your visions to come to fruition as you plan ways to help Canadian athletes succeed on the world stage. Whether you are planning a fundraising event, encouraging the people in your circle to make an impact or donating to the cause - joy and gratitude will come your way! January 20 - February 18
The coming weeks could find you eager to be at the center of the action and showcase your leadership qualities and other talents. Dare to think outside the box this month as summer comes to a close. Why not host an outdoor fundraising event for CAN Fund before the official end of Summer, giving you the opportunity to celebrate our para athletes while helping support the winter athletes training to qualify for Beijing.
July 23 - August 22
The new moon in Leo could coincide with a promising interview or the start of a new job that allows you to use more of your talents. Consider sending out your resume and seeing what response you get.
As August comes to a close Aries, you’ll be at a creative peak with the sun and chatt Mercury in Leo encouraging you to get out the art and c materials. You are passionat and fully engaged in life.
This month you will find an opportunity to make changes and perhaps find something new in your routine. One way to expand your charitable options is to become a CAN Fund Patrons of Sport Monthly Donor where you can choose to donate the amount of your choice, monthly in support of Canadian athletes.
Need some inspiration to jump start your creative an passionate side? Support Canadian athletes by purchasing a Maple Leaf Home Painting as seen on page 23 for yourself or as a gift for someone you love. Paintings are one of a kind custom made by CAN Fund Founder, Jane Roos.
February 19 - March 20
The sun entered your sign on the twenty-second and will remain here for four weeks, empowering and encouraging you to focus on those things that are closest to your heart. Like our Canadian athletes! Pulling at your heartstrings this month will be your generosity scale, which will hit its peak with the opportunity to spread joy and impact through donating an item. A CAN Fund online auction taking place during the 2021 holiday season gives you the perfect place to offer your item for an exceptional and patriotic cause.
August 23 - September 22
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As a Libra you are the epitome of beauty, balance and harmony. Your ambitious nature inspires you to challenge a corpora partner in your career circle to match donations given to CAN Fund during the Fa months, from September to December. This bold act wi center you in the harmonic state you desire.
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The full moon in Aquarius on August 22 could have put you in the spotlight, so be sure to act with intention in everything you do. You might feel moved to speak out on an issue or support a cause that is very important to you, and in doing so could help others who are impacted.
Positive developments look very likely this month, Gemini, with the emphasis on your sector of talk and thought. There is much you can accomplish by connecting with others on your wavelength about a charity. Your love of women supporting women will shine through this month.
Take matters into your own hands by stepping up for a charity you are passionate about. Create your own CAN Fund fundraising page to support our winter athletes training for the Beijing Games and get to work, spreading WHY you support CAN Fund to the people in your corner.
Join CAN Fund #150Women and gain access to a private linkedIn page where you can connect with other women on passionate subjects while supporting female athletes who compete for Canada. Or purchase a CAN Fund #150Women membership to give to an incredible woman in your life.
Inquire about hosting a BE EPIC Class in the Fall months through CAN Fund #150Women to share your small business tips or entrepreneurial hacks with women across the country. firstname.lastname@example.org
April 20 - May 20
May 21 - June 20
June 21 - July 22
Make full use of the cycles of the moon to kick-start anything new. It might be the next phase in a career or business plan or a chance to step out on a new path. Your actions could be noticed by others, which is great for accountability. Take the leap of faith that you have always needed to start an entrepreneurial venture by sharing your small business with the people around you.
This month you will be in the mood for discussions that can help set ideas in motion. Logical Mercury’s move into Virgo and your career zone is great for planning, organizing, and getting others on board with key projects. Take a stab at reaching out to the charity that is the leader in direct funding to Canadian athletes to learn how you can get involved.
This month, your ambitious and determined nature will help you gain clarity on what you want leading into the Fall months of 2021. This can highlight avenues for growth and expansion. You might be eager to look at possibilities that can bring out the best in you.
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There is also a lot of activity in your communication sector, which increased when brainy Mercury moved in on the eleventh, followed by the sun on the twenty-second. This is the time to reach out and make new connections as well as promote your work. A lot of opportunities could come to you via social media, a blog or website if you have one.
October 23 - November 21
Volunteering your time and energy to help spread the word about CAN Fund, will bring you much needed joy and purpose heading into the Fall. November 22 - December 21
Take your intentions to the next level by hosting a CAN Fund Pre-Game Meal with an athlete guest that inspires you next month. You will share the table with friends and family, while virtually listening to the journey of an Olympic or Paralympic athlete, making for an evening of inspiration for all to remember. December 22 - January 19
winter CAN Fund does our best work when our athletes are out of the spotlight and no one is watching or cheering or even aware of their journey to be the best in the world.
are female applicants and are male applic & represent 19 sports.
245 winter athletes have applied to CAN Fund for direct funding.
Jill Saulnier, Hockey, 2018 Olympic Silver Medalist, Multiple CAN Fund Recipient “CAN Fund is a huge part of the foundation of who I am as an athlete. Life is all about extra inches, and being supported by CAN Fund gives me that extra inch to help me be the best I can be so that I can make Canada proud every time I pull that jersey over my head.”
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Paul Poirier, Figure Skating, 2-time Olympian, Multiple CAN Fund Recipient “I first received a CAN Fund in 2009 leading up to the Vancouver Games. As a new member of the national team the support was invaluable in ensuring all my training needs were met leading into my first Games, and that support has not waned in the last 12 years, be it financial or emotional. The work of a few people to support hundreds and hundreds of athletes each Games and making sure they have all they need to be prepared and compete at their best I think is just really incredible. It pushes the boundaries of what we think individuals can achieve and also the way we think about supporting our athletes.”
winter applicants who applied to CAN Fund are in debt & have a negative income
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