The stars would align in 1986 when Jinnie, who had begun
devoting her efforts to helping Canadian cancer patients get
to treatment, and Joan met through mutual contacts. Shortly
afterwards, these two innovative women co-founded Mission
Air Transportation Network (now Hope Air).
On a brisk day in November 1986, Hope Air arranged its first
flight for a young New Brunswick girl who traveled to Toronto
for cancer treatment. Since then, Hope Air has made more than
162,000 travel arrangements.
Over our three-decade-plus journey, there have been many
incredible milestones. From the introduction of our Volunteer
Pilot Program in 1999 to the launch of our amazing Give Hope
Wing’s fundraising expedition in 2018, we have remained true
to our mission of bridging the distance between home and
hospital for Canadians in need.