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Volunteer Advocate

Kin Canada

Canadian service organization Kin Canada is Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s longest standing partner, dating back to 1964.  Kin Canada’s continued commitment to Cystic Fibrosis Canada has been a driving force behind cystic fibrosis research, clinical care and advocacy advancements. Dedicated Kinsmen and Kinettes have done an outstanding job at both raising money and awareness for this devastating disease.

Cystic Fibrosis Canada is honoured to be part of this outstanding partnership and as we celebrate 58 years of dedication, we also celebrate that incredibly, Kin Canada has raised more than $49 million for Cystic Fibrosis Canada since 1964.

Partnership History

The Kin Canada and Cystic Fibrosis Canada partnership began with a chance meeting in Toronto in 1963 when Dr. Douglas Crozier of the Hospital for Sick Children spoke to Kinsman Bill Skelly about the plight of his young patients with cystic fibrosis. From that day on, Kin members banded together to support Canadians impact by cystic fibrosis, and in 1987, Kin Canada officially adopted cystic fibrosis as its National Service Project.

When Kin first joined the fight against cystic fibrosis in 1964, children diagnosed with this devastating disease were not expected to live long enough to attend school.  Today, more than 60 percent Canadians with cystic fibrosis are adults over the age of 18, and many are living well into adulthood, attending universities, having families and participating actively in their communities.

An Ongoing Commitment

Kin members spend countless hours each year organizing and participating in fundraising events and activities in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. They hold golf tournaments, lotteries, telethons, galas, bake sales and bottle drives to fulfil their commitment to raise awareness of and help find a cure or control for cystic fibrosis.

There is so much work to be done on behalf of Canadians living with cystic fibrosis, and we are so grateful to have the support of Kin Canada. Their incredible contributions of more than $49 million over our partnership have helped drive progress forward and have made a difference in the lives of Canadians impacted by cystic fibrosis. In fact, the estimated median age of survival for a Canadian born with CF has nearly doubled since the partnership began.

Cystic Fibrosis Canada is truly inspired by Kin Canada’s commitment and we look forward to many more years of success and friendship.

Learn more about Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s partnership with Kin Canada

Award Nomination Forms

2020/2021 Ian F. McClure Award
This award is to be presented to a Kinsmen or Kinette in recognition of their exceptional skills in coordinating and motivating groups of donors and volunteers for fundraising projects for the benefit of Cystic Fibrosis Canada and Canadians living with cystic fibrosis.

2020/2021 Bill Skelly Award
The Bill Skelly Awards, presented by Cystic Fibrosis Canada, is an annual program that recognizes outstanding Kin Canada events that raise funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.