JUNE 16, 1953 - oCTOBER 17, 2016
Wendy Callahan was a long-time supporter of Run for Mom, raising close to $100,000 for the annual Mother’s Day fundraiser over 18 years.
Wendy received the Queen’s Jubilee Award for her volunteer efforts and the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, which recognizes individuals who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community.
She began supporting the breast cancer fundraiser in 1999. She was consistently the event’s highest fundraiser, and was recognized for her efforts multiple times by the organizing committee itself. Even last year, although she could not participate herself, Wendy’s team was present with her to donate $10,800 raised through her efforts.
“We just knew that she would be there for us,” says Val Pike, chair of the Run for Mom organizing committee. “She would start soliciting for pledges even before we had new pledge forms printed and on the day, she would just show up with an envelope of money. There was never any doubt to her commitment to our event and our cause.”
Run for Mom, working with Athletics Yukon, sponsors an annual running clinic. As a tribute to Wendy and her contributions, registered participants in the clinic will have their names entered in a draw for a $150 gift certificate donated by Sports Experts to assist in the purchase of a pair of new running shoes.
Wendy passed away in October of 2016. The 19th annual Run for Mom is dedicated to Wendy Callahan.