The Cyclist

In April 2021, I retired from my position as the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sarnia-Lambton after over 40 years of service. In that position, one of the most daunting tasks each year was raising the funds needed to continue to provide programs and services for over 700 children and youth annually. Many do not know that the agency does not receive any form of government funding and only receives about 25% of its operating budget from the United Way. Over the past fifteen years, the agency has successfully organized and run adventure trips where the participants take on a physical challenge and while doing so raise funds for the agency.

My favourite vacations have always been ones where I am under my own power whether that be climbing, trekking, canoeing or cycling. The adventure trips run by Big Brothers Big Sisters allowed me to raise money for an agency I believe in through a means I personally enjoy.To raise funds, we have cycled from Sarnia – Ottawa and from the Wisconsin border back to Sarnia. We have climbed mountains on several continents including the highest mountain in South America (Aconcagua), Africa (Kilimanjaro) and Asia (Everest) and done treks in Iceland, Patagonia and to Machu Picchu to mention a few.


Cycling across Canada has been on my bucket list for years. Why not do it and raise funds to leave Big Brothers Big Sisters in a better financial position. My departing gift to the agency and the youth of our community. Since cycling across Canada is one of my bucket list items all expenses incurred will be my responsibility. None of the funds donated to the agency through these efforts will be used to pay for any expenses. All funds donated will go directly to support the programs and services of the agency (100%).

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