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“Kin”gratulations to this year’s Bill Skelly and Ian F. McClure awardees

Kin Canada is Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s longest standing partner whose continued commitment has made a difference in the lives of Canadians with cystic fibrosis. Since the start of the partnership 53 years ago, there have been many exciting advancements in the life expectancy of Canadians living with cystic fibrosis and ground breaking research that led to the discovery of the CF gene. These milestones would not have been possible without the dedicated and unwavering support from Kinsmen and Kinettes around the country.

Evolving from a casual conversation between Dr. Crozier, then Director of the cystic fibrosis clinic at the Hospital for Sick Children, and initiator of the partnership Kin Bill Skelly in 1964, the partnership was eventually cemented by Kin Ian F. McClure, who dedicated more than 20 years to making Cystic Fibrosis Canada Kin Canada’s National Service Project in 1987.

On August 18 at the Kin Canada National Convention in Halifax, Kin Canada celebrated reaching more than $45 million fundraised for cystic fibrosis research and patient care since 1964.  Also at this convention, the prestigious Bill Skelly and Ian F. McClure awards were presented to some very deserving award recipients who continue to raise funds and create awareness to END CF.

2016-17 Bill Skelly Award Recipients

The Bill Skelly Award is an annual program that recognizes outstanding Kin Canada events that raise funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

The recipients of the 2016/2017 Bill Skelly Award are:

District 1- Kinsmen Club of Stayner

District 2- Kinsmen Club of The Pas

District 3- Kinette Club of Estevan

District 4- Kinette Club of Lac la Biche

District 5- Kinsmen Club of Port Coquitlam

District 7- St. John’s East Kinsmen

District 8- Kinette Club of Timmins

Congratulations and thank you to all the award recipients.

Kin Paul Arsenault awarded the 2017 Ian F. McClure Award

A lifetime member of Kin Canada, Ian F. McClure, is a pioneer in the fight against cystic fibrosis. In addition to serving as the President of Cystic Fibrosis Canada from 1976-1978, he was instrumental in forging a long lasting partnership between Kin Canada and Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

September2_VACAs a tribute to Ian’s outstanding commitment and dedication, Cystic Fibrosis Canada introduced the prestigious Ian F. McClure Award at Kin Canada’s National Convention in 2014 during the 50-year milestone for the partnership. This year’s recipient, Paul Arsenault, was announced in Halifax during Kin Canada’s National Convention in August.  Paul was recognized for his exceptional skills in coordinating and motivating groups of donors and volunteers participating in fundraising projects supporting Cystic Fibrosis Canada and Canadians living with cystic fibrosis.


Congratulations Paul and thank you for everything you do in the fight to make CF history!