Supporting Canadian Athletes

Past Recipients

It only takes one person to make a difference in the lives of so many. In recognition of their commitment to and passion for giving back, AthletesCAN was pleased to present the following athletes with the AthletesCAN Social Responsibility Award for their outstanding contribution to communities across the globe.

2013

Kyle Miller, Lacrosse

Kyle Miller made an incredible impact in Canadian sport through athlete leadership both on and off the field of play.  He first came to AthletesCAN in 2008 to enroll in the Dale Carnegie Effective Communications and Human Relations course that is offered to Canada’s national team athletes.  He was living in New York City at the time and although the program was only run in Canada, they made an exception for him – they saw his potential to inspire others through his story. He attended his first AthletesCAN Forum only a few months later and returned in 2009, 2010, and 2011 touching the lives of hundreds of athletes and inspiring thousands of kids through KidsCAN School Day.

Kyle was a Terry Fox spokesperson, member of the Esteem Team, an athlete representative, a fundraiser for the fight against cancer, a mentor, and a friend.  Giving back and sharing his story with our country’s next generation was second nature to him.  He oozed character, leadership and inspiration and his presence and energy was felt everywhere he went. Shortly after the 2011 AthletesCAN Forum, Kyle was diagnosed with the re-occurring disease – this time, affecting his lungs.  He passed away on June 8, 2013. To view the tribute video of Kyle’s story, please click here.

To purchase Beat It apparel please visit http://www.kylemiller35.com/BEAT-IT-Shop.html– proceeds will be donated in Kyle’s memory in the fight against cancer.


2012

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Philippe Beaudry, Fencing

Philippe Beaudry, a two time Olympian in Fencing and a 17-time national champion, has shared his sporting experiences within his community whenever and wherever possible. He has delivered over 68 lectures at elementary and secondary schools across Quebec for the Jouez Gagnant team reaching more than 10,000 students over 5 years.

In addition, he has participated in the « Adopt an Athlete » program corresponding weekly for a whole year with two classes from Barthélémy-Vimont School to share his life as an athlete – the wins, and losses, dreams, travel and more. He is also a passionate Clean Air Champion, educating Canadian youth about sustainable living and healthy lifestyle choices, something that has always been at the forefront of his life. Since 2008, he has done more than 100 conferences in schools encouraging and motivating youth ages 6 to 17.

“It is a great honor to receive the AthletesCAN Social Responsibility Award. The community has always supported me during my athletic development. It is my turn, as a high performance athlete to give back to the community and to have an influence on young people throughout Canada,” stated Beaudry. “That is why I started to get involved in the community five years ago. Today, I encourage other Canadian athletes to find a cause which is important to them and to share their story and the Olympic values such as perseverance, determination and hard work that are part of the experience. Thank you so much AthletesCAN for this recognition.”

2011

Jennifer Heil, Freestyle Skiing

Jennifer’s approach to life is illustrated through her charitable endeavors. She is a supporter of the “Because I am a Girl” campaign which promotes the advancement of girls in underdeveloped countries. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Jennifer donated $25,000 to the “Because I am a Girl” campaign and initiated her fundraising challenge to raise $1,000,000 for the cause. In addition, she is a Right To Play ambassador; and regularly speaks to students across Canada emphasizing the importance of “dreaming big” while never giving in to perceived limitations. On the snow, Jennifer hosts an annual “girls only” mogul ski camp, “Jenn’s Girls Camp”, and takes the time to mentor the next generation of female athletes.

In the midst of Jennifer’s community involvement, she was still able to find time to become a world leader in her sport as well. Jennifer is an Olympic Champion and Silver medalist, as well as world champion in moguls and dual moguls.

2010

Clara Hughes, Speedskating and Cycling

In the spirit of giving, Clara donated $10,000 to Right to Play after she won the 5000m at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin. She was inspired to donate the money after another athlete donated his gold medal bonus from Turin to the same organization.  She made the gesture a tradition donating to the local Vancouver charity ‘Take a Hike’, this time with a $10,000.00 bronze medal bonus at the 2010 Olympics.

Off the ice, Clara spends countless hours as a public speaker hosting talks for ages ranging from kindergarten to high school, children’s groups, business seminars, athletic teams, coaching luncheons, and she often plays MC to various events including the Canadian Sports Awards. If that wasn’t enough, Clara has also been the subject of television documentary on the national cycling team, runs cycling development camps for young girls and she is also working on a travel book after doing a cycling tour through Baja, Mexico.

2009

Adam Kreek, Rowing

Aside from his 2008 Beijing Olympic Gold medal in the men’s eight, rower Adam Kreek devotes an incredible amount of time and energy to Right to Play, helping kids and parents appreciate the value of play internationally. On top of this, Adam is a Big Brother in Victoria, a Clean Air Champion, and Play It Cool athlete with the David Suzuki Foundation, speaking regularly to classrooms around Canada. Just when you thought he couldn’t give anymore, Adam is building a small business that converts Waste Vegetable Oil into biodiesel to reduce the carbon footprint of his community.

Andrew Haley, Swimming

A two time Paralympic Champion from the Sydney Games in the sport of Swimming, Andrew also succeeds out of the pool in communities across the country as Clean Air Champion. As such, Andrew Haley has reached thousands of kids across Canada educating and motivating them to adopt practices and lifestyles that enhance both environmental and personal health.

Scott Fraser-Dauphinee, Basketball

Scott Fraser-Dauphinee came to us from the Commonwealth Games International Development through Sport. Both a scholarship basketball player and a business graduate now studying science, Scott got inspired for development work on a coffee development project in Nicaragua and since then joined the program to work in Zambia, Africa, to implement community sports activity programs for youth. Throughout this program, Scott provided support in the implementation of the Zambia Volunteer Involvement Program (ZAM-VIP), training local youth to be effective sport leaders and run community events for children, facilitating workshops, and implementing the program in schools. He recalls this experience as one of the best times in his life.


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