History

2000HEROS 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
2001HEROS sends its first participant to play in the sixth annual Willie O’Ree All-Star Weekend in Tampa Bay, Florida
2002The Vancouver School Board honours HEROS with Program of the Year award
2003CIBC awards HEROS with the Miracle Maker Award, one of four recipients nation-wide
2004TELUS becomes presenting partner to HEROS, allowing plans for national expansion
2005HEROS launches a program in Toronto
2006HEROS 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
2007Edmonton 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
2008HEROS 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
2009Winnipeg’s North End opens a HEROS programs Cooperation Ireland and HEROS receive the Belfast City Council Safety Award for work with at risk youth
2010HEROS expands to Montréal
2011Calgary 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
2012HEROS 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
2013His 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
2014HEROS 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.
2015HEROS 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.
2016Prasanthan Aruchanan becomes the 3rd straight HEROS participant named as winner of the Thurgood Marshall / NHL Scholarship. Norquay School in Winnipeg becomes out newest program location, joining St. John’s High School as our in-school programs.
2017HEROS Belfast celebrates its 10th season providing a Cross Border Initiative supporting youth from Ireland & Northern Ireland. Calgary Bowness adds an All Stars stream to support youth from grades 8-12.