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Odlum Brown

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Odlum Brown Portfolio Manager, Floyd Hill was already a seasoned Hope Air volunteer pilot when he joined the Give Hope Wings expedition, the largest volunteer-driven fundraiser in Hope Air history. The fundraising came naturally – just talking to his network about the expedition was enough to motivate many of them to donate. It was a fantastic way to raise awareness around the access to healthcare issues he actively addresses in his volunteer role. 

Odlum Brown Limited, Hill’s employer, also stepped up with their involvement for the 2021 Give Hope Wings expedition. The firm became a Gold Sponsor and took an active interest in the trip. “Caring for our communities is part of our DNA at Odlum Brown. We are committed to doing everything we can to empower our team members to make a difference. Supporting this great initiative and Floyd’s passion for it is very important to us,” says Debra Doucette (Hewson), President and Chief Executive Officer.  

“I thought it was a great way to bring awareness to Hope Air’s cause,” says Floyd. “I like to fly, so I let people know that I was joining this expedition, and many of those people went on to make donations. I was not expecting it, but my employer – Odlum Brown – got incredibly involved and became a Gold Sponsor. We are a smaller investment firm that is very community focused, and team members really care about each other. The firm and my colleagues knew I would put my heart into this expedition, and they supported me in this important fundraising initiative.” 

The expedition met and exceeded its $400,000 fundraising goal thanks to pilots like Floyd and sponsors like Odlum Brown. The money raised is enough for Hope Air to provide more than 1,200 flights for patients in need. It also raised awareness of Hope Air and general aviation, and the enormous good they accomplish together. 

The support of sponsors for the Give Hope Wings expedition allows Hope Air to spread the word in communities across Canada and continue bridging the gap between home and hospital.