History

2000 HEROS begins its first summer camp, outfitting and teaching 45 young people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with the generous donation of funds from CIBC Wood Gundy at Park Place
2001 HEROS sends its first participant to play in the sixth annual Willie O’Ree All-Star Weekend in Tampa Bay, Florida
2002 The Vancouver School Board honours HEROS with Program of the Year award
2003 CIBC awards HEROS with the Miracle Maker Award, one of four recipients nation-wide
2004 TELUS becomes presenting partner to HEROS, allowing plans for national expansion
2005 HEROS launches a program in Toronto
2006 HEROS continues expansion, opening a program in Calgary, Alberta Two of the first HEROS participants graduate high school and are accepted at University of British Columbia and Langara College
2007 Edmonton Alberta opens HEROS program in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area HEROS receives Aspen Hope Award
2008 HEROS partners with Cooperation Ireland to develop a cross-boarder initiative to promote compassion, understanding and conflict resolution between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland Sunshine Coast commits to a HEROS program to commence in the Fall of 2008 Toronto HEROS expand, opening a second program
2009 Winnipeg’s North End opens a HEROS programs Cooperation Ireland and HEROS receive the Belfast City Council Safety Award for work with at risk youth
2010 HEROS expands to Montréal
2011 Calgary HEROS completes its first year with pilot program for high school aged participants Winnipeg opens a second HEROS program through St. John’s High School
2012 HEROS announces expansion to Ottawa during the NHL All Star festivities at Rideau Hall, Ottawa Toronto programs from Brooksview and North York combine, renamed Jane & Finch
2013 His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada acknowledges his patronage to HEROS HEROS adds All Stars programs in Edmonton, Sunshine Coast and Toronto Jane & Finch bringing the total number of programs in Canada to 14
2014 HEROS opens a program in Calgary Bowness in partnership with the Flames Foundation For Life. HEROS participant Nick McCurdy named the first Canadian recipient for the NHL/Thurgood Marshall Scholarship.
2015 HEROS Celebrates its 15th season and the 10th with TELUS as our National Presenting Partner at the World Jr. Hockey Tournament in Toronto. HEROS participant Wyatt Christiansen is named the second Canadian recipient for the NHL/Thurgood Marshall Scholarship. Participation numbers continue to grow with HEROS serving 597 young people in 17 programs. In the 15 years of programming, HEROS has served nearly 5000 young people.

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