What a great line up!
Canucks GM Jim Benning. New Coach Willie Desjardin, VP Laurence Gilman, Dan Hamhuis and former Canuck and co-founder of the event Willie Mitchell.
Special Guest Noah Morantz, Canucks Autism Network. All at the West Coast Fishing Club.
It’s the 9th annual CAN Fishing for Kids tournament at the West Coast Fishing Club. Haida Gwaii.
First prize $200,000.
This is a very personal event as Paolo Aquilini, the owner of the Canucks has an autistic son Christian, who joined us on this trip. (He had the 4th or 5th best salmon on the first day)
Paolo could not believe many years ago that there was no support or recognition for Autism in BC and he kept pushing the boundaries until the Government & Health Community decided to get on board and do something.
The Fishing For Kids West Coast Fishing Club Tournament has
been a driving force behind the growth and development
of the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) since 2009. The
remarkable funds raised at this premier charity event have
enabled them to introduce new programs, welcome new
families, and offer our adapted programs to even more
communities throughout British Columbia.
Canucks Autism Network has expanded in many ways
since the organization’s inception in 2008 and the Fishing
for Kids Tournament continues to propel CAN down this
exciting road of growth. This top-notch fishing tournament
has not only supported them in their mission to provide high
quality programming, it has made our dream of building a
CAN training hub an achievable goal.
It is difficult to put into words the significance of the Fishing
For Kids Tournament and the incredible impact it has had
on so many lives. They strongly believe in the work that they
do and are immeasurably grateful to the event participants,
organizers, and sponsors for their part in enriching the lives
of families affected by autism in BC.
Big Thanks to ALL at West Coast Fishing Club..(a big cut above.)
Tom Cochrane, Ken Greer and road crew
Doug Olive/Rob Giroux Ritchie Bros Auctioneers.
Brian Legge/Terry Cowan WCFC
Chef Shaun Snelling WCFC
Chris Brumwell Canucks
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