On behalf of myself and my Council colleagues, we join with communities across Canada to declare April 7, 2021 Green Shirt Day.
Council would like to offer our sincere thanks to Ethan Bos, who gave a passionate presentation to Council and for the second year in a row, requested that we declare the day.
On April 6, 2018, Canadians were heartbroken with the news of the Humboldt Broncos Hockey Team bus crash in rural Saskatchewan, where sixteen people were killed and thirteen will bear both physical and emotional scars for life.
Defenseman Logan Boulet was one of people who died. Logan was a registered organ donor, and as a result, his parents were able to donate his organs that went on to save six lives.
In a phenomenon that has come to be known as the Logan Boulet Effect, almost 150,000 Canadians registered as organ donors in the weeks following the Humboldt crash in 2018.
Green Shirt Day was created to honour, remember, and recognize all the victims and families of that fatal crash and to continue Logan’s legacy by inspiring Canadians to talk to their families and register as organ donors.
In Canada, almost 90% of Canadians say they support organ donation, but only 32% have registered their intent to donate.
Green is also the official colour of organ and tissue donation, symbolizing the hope organ donors provide to patients in need. On April 7, 2021 Council will wear green in honour of the Humboldt Tragedy and encourage everyone to register to become organ donors.
Please consider being an organ and tissue donor. Visit www.BeADonor.ca to learn more and to register.
For more information on Green Shirt Day visit www.GreenShirtDay.ca.
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