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March 2016
This year, Hope Air is celebrating 30 years of Getting Canadians To Getting Better. It's been an amazing journey from the first Flight in 1986 - taking a little girl from New Brunswick to Toronto for cancer treatment - to Hope Air's incredible year in 2015, arranging 11,212 Flights for Clients like Arieal, who you'll read about below.  We are so proud of our continued growth, which allows us to reach more Clients every year - we couldn't do any of this without your continued support! To learn more about the highlights of 2015, please click here to read our Annual Report flip book (compatible with most devices) or here to read it via PDF.

Now Hope Air's 30th anniversary is in full swing - we kicked off our celebrations with a Volunteer tea and enjoyed a beautiful gala evening hosted by the Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest, where Hope Air was one of the main charity beneficiaries. We'll be celebrating our 30th anniversary all year with events across the country, raising money and awareness for our cause. At the heart of our celebrations is the conviction that more must be done - we must do all we can to make healthcare accessible for all Canadians. Every day, I hear from Hope Air Clients who are tremendously grateful for the assistance that we are able to provide thanks to your support. I would like to thank you for recognizing the importance of Hope Air's Mission and helping to make a difference for countless Canadians over these past 30 years. Here's to 30 more!


Six-year-old Keegan from Charlottetown travelled to Toronto to see a specialist for diagnosis of a mysterious urological issue.

Click here to read about how Keegan's appointment gave his family the answers they needed. 
Nine-year-old Arieal from Haileybury, ON, travels to Toronto for treatment of Williams syndrome.

Click here to read more about her journey to better health.
Throughout the year this new space will be dedicated to honouring and celebrating our 30th anniversary milestone. We know that our long history has allowed us to support thousands of Canadians in communities from coast-to-coast. And we know that our success in fulfilling our goal of Getting Canadians To Getting Better each year depends on the generosity of our past, present, and future Volunteers, Airline Partners, Donors, and Special Event Organizers. Our work together provides a lifeline for so many Canadians. Thank you for your dedication and commitment in helping ensure that every Canadian has equal access to our healthcare system regardless of where they live or how much money they have.

We start off our celebrations by thanking three donors for their important commitment to our work and for their generous 30th anniversary gifts:
                                                   

Columbia Basin Trust is committed to advancing the health and well-being of residents in the Columbia Basin. Their support over the last two years has allowed Hope Air to arrange almost 400 Flights for area residents.

                                            
For the past eight years, the Bedolfe Foundation has been a supporter of Hope Air's Community Outreach and Ambassador Program, helping Hope Air spread the word about our service in communities across the country.


                                            
The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation has supported Hope Air and its programming for two decades. Their support has impacted countless Canadians over the years and we are grateful for their dedication to our Mission.
Hope Air staff and Volunteers celebrated the launch of Hope Air’s 30th anniversary with an afternoon tea at the Hope Air office. Volunteers got to munch on scones, homemade cucumber and chive-butter sandwiches, brownies, and choose from an array of teas. Party-goers worked together to match up historical Hope Air events to the year they happened to create a timeline commemorating 30 years of service.
Left to right: Jim Burton, Gala Co-Chair and Hope Air's Chair of the Board; Doug Keller-Hobson, Executive Director of Hope Air; Dustin Angelo, President & CEO of Anaconda Mining Inc.; Alec Zimmerman, Hope Air's Vice-Chair of the Board.
Gala Patron, the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.
On March 12th, the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest held its 12th Annual Gala Dinner & Auction benefiting Hope Air and the Salvation Army. Anaconda Mining Inc. was the presenting sponsor of the Gala. Thank you to the Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest, the volunteer organizers of the evening, Anaconda Mining Inc., and all other sponsors of the Gala for their hard work in putting together this great event.  
Check out our Facebook page for more photos from all our 30 for 30 events this year.
Upcoming Events
 
Hope Air will have a busy few months ahead with a number of events celebrating our 30th anniversary coming up. If you'd like to attend any of these events, or host an event of your own, please get in touch.
Hope Air's Clients hear about our services from a variety of sources. In 2015, 15% of Clients heard about Hope Air from a social worker in a hospital or in their community12% of Clients heard about Hope Air through word of mouth, and 10% from hospital staff, among other sources. These referral sources help Hope Air reach Clients in need of our service and we are thankful to everyone who passes along the word about Hope Air.

Hope Air's service continues to grow - in the first two months of 2016, we arranged 1,969 Flights, an 8% increase over the same period last year. We are proud to be able to help more Canadians each year and we're pleased to note that this year started off with growth!
Hope Air is happy to welcome this quarter's new donors! Your support will have a tremendous impact on people across the country. Welcome aboard and thank you!
Sun Life Financial teamed up with Hope Air to create a touching video about the impact of a Flight to healthcare for Canadians living with diabetes in rural communities. Hope Air is grateful to Sun Life Financial for their commitment to our Clients with diabetes. Click here to watch the video.
Unity for Autism helps Clients with autism get to treatment
 
Unity for Autism is one of Hope Air's supporters, contributing to Flights for Hope Air Clients with autism. Unity for Autism is dedicated to helping individuals with autism connect with resources to maximize their potential. People with autism fly for many different illnesses. Unity for Autism's three years of support of Flights for people with autism has made a difference in many lives and we are grateful for their contribution.

Thank you, Unity for Autism, for helping Canadians with autism get to treatment. In Unity, we can make a difference for individuals with autism and the people who are special to our Clients.
Meet Hope Air's Volunteers!

Last week, Hope Air and Pfizer spotlighted some of our amazing Volunteers on social media. For many years, Pfizer has generously supported Hope Air's Volunteer program - thank you, Pfizer! Click here to meet Andrew, Sophie, Bhavini and read about how Volunteers helped Client Keegan, featured above, get to treatment. 
Hope Air is proud to welcome new Airline Partners First Air, Northwestern Air and Transwest Air, who join our other commercial Airline Partners who help Hope Air in various ways. Our Clients are able to focus on getting well thanks to the excellent service of our Airline Partners. Thank you for helping our Clients get to treatment!



Our amazing Airline Partner WestJet celebrated its 20th birthday on February 29th. WestJet has supported Hope Air since the airline first launched in 1996. Former Hope Air Honorary Patron Marc Garneau expressed his gratitude to WestJet for supporting Hope Air in a Metro News article that can be read here
Hope Air's Chair of the Board, Jim Burton, was honoured by the Red Cross of Canada with a Humanitarian Award for his charitable work. Congratulations on your well-deserved recognition, Jim! Click here to read the CBC article about the award. 
In honour of Hope Air's 30th anniversary, we looked back at some photos from past years. Here are just a few pictures from Hope Air's past donors, staff and Volunteers - some of whom still volunteer with Hope Air. We are so thankful to have so many steadfast supporters who have been with us through the years!
 
Top left: the Air Coordination Team, who worked in fund and sponsor development, 1992. 
Top right: Hope Air co-founder Jinnie Bradshaw (center), 1993.
Bottom left: Hope Air Volunteers Bob (left) and Donna (center) at a Volunteer appreciation event, 2000.
Bottom left: a Volunteer Pilot's plane at Buttonville airport, 2004.

Below: Hope Air co-founder (the late) Joan Rogers, 1994. 
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