Two very special athletes and leaders in our community have been significant supporters of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice since coming to Vancouver. One is Trevor Linden and the other is Henrik Sedin.
Linden served as captain of the Vancouver Canucks when Canuck Place was first founded 20 years ago. Linden has seen Canuck Place grow from a dream of Brenda Eng, a nurse oncologist, to the province’s pediatric palliative care provider for over 600 children and families. Watch Linden speak about Canuck Place during the 1994 NHL Playoff Run.
Canuck Place has left a lasting impact on Linden, which he sees reflected throughout his travels.
“I think the impact that it’s made on families throughout BC has been really special,” he said. “To this day, I’ll be in the most odd places, and people will come up to me and say, ‘Hey, I had a friend, or family member, or colleague that was cared for by Canuck Place.’ It’s pretty rewarding, and after 20 years of helping families, the organization has touched so many lives and has been a positive force for children going through difficult times.”
For Canucks current captain Henrik Sedin, visiting Canuck Place as a hockey player and a parent puts the important things in life into perspective.
“Just being there, seeing what the families go through. Being a parent, and imagining having your kid go through stuff like that, is hard. Supporting Canuck Place is helping them while they are living and making it easier for children and families. To be a part of that is very rewarding and great to see.”
For the past 20 years, Linden has recognized the importance of using his influence to make a difference and give back.
“For me personally, I look for opportunities to make a difference, a small difference,” he said. “I think we all have the ability to route our talents, whatever they are, into helping a cause or another person. Whether you can volunteer, help fundraise, or be a donor. We all have the capacity to give in some way.”
So after all these years, why does Canuck Place still hold a special spot in his heart?
“It’s special, it’s about taking care of your neighbour’s child, that friend of a friend’s child who is really ill and the family is suffering. This is our home and a place we want to continue to look after children and families across BC.”
Henrik Sedin and Trevor Linden are featured in the Let Your Light Shine project.