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Last year, I was fortunate to participate once again in the Annual Fishing for Kids Tournament at the West Coast Fishing
Club. The event brought together members of the Canucks organization with fishing enthusiasts who were determined
to make an impact through charitable giving. Aside from the fishing, one of the highlights was getting the chance to
meet Griffin Bell, the champion child, and his father Alex. It was great to have them at the lodge so that we could hear
firsthand the incredible impact that the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) has had on their family.

I am looking forward to returning this year, as it is one of my favourite events of the year. Not only is it a first class event, it is a weekend that generates incredible funds to help BC families in need. The Vancouver Canucks organization is so proud to be behind this tournament, which raises a substantial amount of money to support the Canucks Autism Network and families living with autism in our province.

The Fishing for Kids Tournament is distinctive in so many ways, most notably for the generosity of the participants, and I am honoured to be a part of it. It is clear that the organizers do everything to ensure it is a unique and memorable experience for everyone involved. It is not hard to understand why participants come back year after year. I look forward to returning as an advocate and participant at the 2012 tournament.


Mike Gillis