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Air Canada Foundation Golf Tournament raises over a $1,000,000 in Support of Children’s Charities Across Canada

This year’s Air Canada Foundation golf tournament raised a record of over $1,000,000 in support of organizations focused on health and wellbeing of children in Canada.  Now in its third year, the tournament was held Monday, August 11th, at the Saint Raphaël Golf Club, Québec. The event featured 73 teams totaling 292 golfers from across North America. It included a full day of golf followed by dinner and silent and live auctions of items donated by tournament partners.

Aimia was the presenting sponsor of this year’s event which was supported by more than 115 Canadian and international corporations and organizations.
“With the unwavering support of Air Canada’s friends, partners and employees, the Foundation’s signature fundraising event has exceeded its million dollar target in just three years,” said Priscille LeBlanc, Air Canada’s Vice President, Corporate Communications and Chair of the Air Canada Foundation. “The funds raised will increase the Foundation’s ability to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children across Canada through financial and travel assistance to children’s hospitals, charitable organizations and causes focused on helping children in need. On behalf of all the people whose lives are touched by the Air Canada Foundation, I extend a heartfelt thank you to our loyal sponsors, participants and volunteers for their on-going enthusiasm and generosity.”

Air Canada Foundations Third Annual Charity Golf Event

The Air Canada Foundation is proud to host its third annual charity golf tournament on August 11, 2014. We would like to say thank you to all of our partners, sponsors and donors. We are thrilled to raise money to help connect sick children to the medical care they need, grant children’s wishes and alleviate child poverty.


Cash Donations

Funds are donated to programs or projects submitted by eligible registered charitable organizations which meet the Air Canada Foundation selection criteria. Some of the recipients of the 2013 fund donations were:

  • Breakfast Clubs of Canada to support five existing school breakfast programs in aboriginal communities and finance the cost of equipment and training for four new programs in four different provinces and territories:
    • Annapolis Valley First Nation, Cambridge, Nova Scotia
    • Aronhiatekha/Rotowennakehte School, Kanehsatake, Quebec
    • Duke of Malborough School, Churchill Manitoba
    • Omiishosh Memorial School, Pauingassi, Manitoba
    • Mildred Hall School, Yellowknife, NorthWest Territories
  • 14 Canadian pediatric hospitals, members of the Children's Miracle Network to assist with their most urgent funding needs.
  • Dreams Take Flight Canada, a charitable organization founded and driven by Air Canada employees and retirees who enable thousands of children with physically, mentally or socially challenged backgrounds from across Canada to experience an all-expense paid day at Disney.
  • Shriners Hospital Canada, as part of a five-year commitment to the Young Patient Lounge area of Montreal’s new hospital.
  • Canadian Red Cross’s emergency aid for the Philippines.
  • Pathways to Education’s “The Pathways Air Canada Foundation Scholarship Fund,” which is a three-year commitment towards the creation of a scholarship fund called to help youth from low-income communities graduate from high school and successfully transition into post-secondary education and training.
  • Beyond Borders ECPAT’s program to free children from sexual abuse and exploitation.

In-Kind Support

In 2013 the Air Canada Foundation managed over $3.5M in in-kind support donated by Air Canada including:

  • Aircraft for eight Dreams Take Flight trips to Disney.
  • Support to over 300 charitable organizations with the gift of travel for hundreds of fundraising events.
  • A partnership with the RCMP Child Recovery Program to ensure the safe return of several missing children. 
  • The Air Canada Foundation Hospital Transportation Program which donated over 10 million Aeroplan Miles to pediatric hospitals across Canada enabling children to access medical care not available in their own communities.
  • A Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP) for employees which awarded support to 106 charitable organizations in which Air Canada employees volunteer in their own community, including:
    • A Loving Spoonful Meals Society – British Columbia
    • Autism Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary – Alberta
    • Winnipeg Harvest Inc. – Manitoba
    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of Canada (ALS) – Ontario
    • Fondation du Centre des Femmes de Montréal – Montréal
    • Fondation du Syndrome d'Angelman – Québec
    • Charlotte County Cancer Society Inc. – New Brunswick
    • Society for Women Healing From Addictions and Abuse – Nova Scotia
    • Glenn's Helping Hand Foundation Inc. – Newfoundland

Humanitarian aid

Following natural disasters the Air Canada Foundation provides humanitarian aid to those communities across the globe that need it most:

  • The Air Canada Foundation donated $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in support of relief efforts in the Philippines following typhoon Haiyan.
  • The Foundation also provided complimentary travel to the Canadian Medical Assistance Team to determine the extent of the devastation, the infrastructure repair requirements, and the health needs of the typhoon victims before setting up their inflatable field hospital and deploying their volunteer medical staff.
  • Air Canada Cargo transported 30 pallets of essential medicine, enough for 240 000 treatments, from Toronto and Montreal to Frankfurt, in an effort to provide emergency medical relief to victims in the Philippines.


Spencers Diary at the Sochi Paralympic Games

On March 2, 13-year-old Spencer Lambert boarded a plane for Russia, to cheer on Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi. When the sledge-hockey player found out he had been chosen as a para-sports ambassador by the Air Canada Foundation, The Canada Paralympic Committee and the Shriners Hospital for Children, he couldn’t believe it. “I thought they were joking,” he said. Here are some of Spencer’s photos from his time overseas.

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Before take off, Spencer got a chance to visit the cockpit. Joined by his father Richard Lambert, the Air Canada Foundation’s Micheline Villeneuve and Susan Grant, a member of our sales team, Spencer stopped in Moscow where he spent two days before heading to host city Sochi.

Spencer plays several sports including tennis, basketball and rugby. But like many young Canadians hockey, or in his case sledge hockey, is his favourite. Even before finding out that he would get to meet several of the athletes on Team Canada, he simply couldn’t wait to watch the games!

Spencer plays several sports including tennis, basketball and rugby. But like many young Canadians hockey, or in his case sledge hockey, is his favourite. Even before finding out that he would get to meet several of the athletes on Team Canada, he simply couldn’t wait to watch the games!

Spencer quickly got in to the Olympic spirit, trading pins with athletes and spectators from around the world. Through his collection, he got to meet several members of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Team Canada, who were all impressed with the enthusiastic athlete. “He’s was truly the star of the week,” Micheline reveals. Here he is with Sport Canada’s Trice Cameron, Dr. Robert Steadward, founder of the International Paralympic Committee, Greg Westlake, and Billy Bridges of the Canadian sledge hockey team, and Canadian swimmer and Paralympic gold medallist Stéphanie Dixon.

Spencer quickly got in to the Olympic spirit, trading pins with athletes and spectators from around the world. Through his collection, he got to meet several members of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Team Canada, who were all impressed with the enthusiastic athlete. “He’s was truly the star of the week,” Micheline reveals. Here he is with Sport Canada’s Trice Cameron, Dr. Robert Steadward, founder of the International Paralympic Committee, Greg Westlake, and Billy Bridges of the Canadian sledge hockey team, and Canadian swimmer and Paralympic gold medallist Stéphanie Dixon.

The gang left Sochi on March 11, stopping in Frankfurt before catching an Air Canada flight home. While he is full of memories, one thing Spencer will never forget following is Paralympic adventures is the idea that “anything is possible when you dream and work hard.”

The gang left Sochi on March 11, stopping in Frankfurt before catching an Air Canada flight home. While he is full of memories, one thing Spencer will never forget following is Paralympic adventures is the idea that “anything is possible when you dream and work hard.”

The Air Canada Foundation would like to thank travel management company API for making this trip possible, as well as the Montreal Airport Marriott and the Radisson Royal Hotel in Moscow for their generosity. A special mention also goes out to the Canadian Paralympic committee, our pilots, crew and all our staff for their warm welcome. To learn more about the Air Canada Foundation, please visit aircanada.com/foundation.


The Air Canada Foundation launches new in-flight videos Fighting Child Sexual Exploitation in the Digital Age

In recent years, the Air Canada Foundation has worked very closely with a Canadian award-winning non-profit organization called Beyond Borders ECPAT which mission is to protect children from sex trafficking, sex tourism and pornography. The organization’s President, Rosalind Prober, won many awards for her work to protect children and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2010.

“The Air Canada Foundation is very proud of its close collaboration with Beyond Borders ECPAT. This February, we launched three powerful new public service announcements on our in-flight entertainment system denouncing child sex tourism and exploitation, a message we are pleased to share with all of our customers,” said Micheline Villeneuve, Air Canada Foundation Manager. “Our mission to promote the health and well-being of children aligns perfectly with Beyond Borders’ commitment to protect children from abuse. We are proud to have been the first airline in Canada and the second in North America to have aired on-board announcements raising public awareness about these crimes, and we are very pleased now to partner with Beyond Borders on a powerful new series of videos.”