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. Over the years, Kin members have contributed to the partnership in several ways, including donating and raising funds through events such as the Walk to Make CF history, organizing community fundraisers, helping local Cystic Fibrosis Canada chapters, advocating for access to life-changing medications, and more, while spending countless hours volunteering to enrich their communities.
Kin Canada has raised an incredible $50 million over the duration of the Cystic Fibrosis Canada-Kin Canada partnership. This is the largest cumulative donation in Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s 60-year history. Cystic Fibrosis Canada is honoured to be part of this outstanding partnership.
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 $50 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.
2021/2022 Award winners
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.
Congratulations to the 2021 Ian F. McClure Award Winner, Barbara Thomson (District 2: Fort City Kinettes). Barbara joined Kin Canada in 1969 when her husband Bob became a Kinsmen, and has held multiple positions within Kin Canada; at the Club level she has taken on almost all positions, at the District level she has been Governor, Vice Governor, Deputy Governor, Service Director, Membership Director and District Communications. Barbara has utilized each position as a means to share and educate, the incredible advances being made as well as to encourage and continue to strengthen the partnership between Kin and CF.
2020/2021 Bill Skelly Award
The Bill Skelly Awards, presented by Cystic Fibrosis Canada, is an annual program that recognizes outstanding Kin Canada events (one per district) that raise funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Bill Skelly award winners:
District 1: The Collingwood and District Kinsmen Club
District 2: The Stonewall Kinette Club
District 3: The Kinette Club of Lloydminster and District
District 4: The Stampede City Kinettes
District 5: The Bulkley Valley Kinsmen Club
District 6: The Kin Club of Russell
District 7: The Kin Club of Halifax and The Kin Club of Florenceville
District 8: The Kin Club of Barrie