Hope Air celebrates donors and volunteers with the Spirit of Hope Awards

The annual Spirit of Hope Awards capture the generosity and dedication of Hope Air’s donors and volunteers

(TORONTO – May 13, 2021) Hope Air is honouring its generous volunteers and partners with the 2020 Spirit of Hope Awards. The awards recognize the efforts of volunteers and donors who support Hope Air’s mission to provide free flights and accommodations to patients in financial need.

“From the very beginning, through to today, Hope Air is driven by the spirit and generosity of volunteers. The Spirit of Hope Awards recognize donors and volunteers who have made extraordinary contributions to Hope Air in our support of patients and their access to vital medical care,” says Mark Rubinstein, Hope Air’s Chief Executive Officer.

The Spirit of Hope Award recipients for 2020 are as follows:

CAA Club Group for Outstanding Leadership and Philanthropy – CAA Club Group has been a longtime supporter of Hope Air and has assisted in providing approximately 3,475 flights to patients in need. It has been instrumental in spreading awareness of Hope Air through magazine features and encouraging employees and sponsors to donate to Hope Air in lieu of its annual charity golf tournament that was postponed due to the pandemic.

R. Howard Webster Foundation for Outstanding Philanthropy – The R. Howard Webster Foundation has been supporting Hope Air for 33 years. Its grants helped Hope Air increase capacity by making significant technological upgrades in the past year. The foundation also provided an emergency grant that helped Hope Air continue to deliver critical flights during the pandemic.

Floyd Hill for Distinguished Volunteer Pilot of the Year – Floyd Hill is one of Hope Air’s veteran pilots and he goes above and beyond for patients in British Columbia. He makes patients and medical escorts feel relaxed with his attention to care and treatment. Floyd also generously matched all donations made online on Giving Tuesday in 2020.

Maria and Burt Hodgins for Distinguished Volunteers of the Year – These Hanover Flying Club members engaged flying groups and recruited other pilots to help with fundraising this past summer in support of Hope Air. They participated in the Give Hope Wings: The Sault to Saguenay Expedition in 2020 and hosted a fly-in fundraising barbeque in their airport hangar to raise vital funds. Burt also continues to fly patients as a Hope Air volunteer pilot.

For more information, contact:
Shirley Moore
Director, Marketing & Communications
smoore@hopeair.ca | 416.222.6335, x237


About Hope Air

Hope Air is Canada’s only national charity providing free travel and accommodations for Canadians in financial need who must access medical care far from home. Since its inception in 1986, Hope Air has provided more than 150,000 travel arrangements for patients inclusive of all ages and medical needs.

For people living on a low income in small and rural communities, distance and cost are very real barriers to accessing vital medical care. Hope Air is a unique and essential part of our Canadian healthcare system. Without the access Hope Air provides, our national system of universal healthcare coverage would fall short of its promise. Hope Air has been chosen as one of Canada’s best 100 charities by Maclean’s magazine, MoneySense magazine and Charity Intelligence based on efficiency, transparency and need.

For more information, visit hopeair.ca.

Posted on: May 13 2021