Hope Air honours airline that provides free flights for Canadians to reach medical care

Bearskin Airlines receives the Outstanding Philanthropist Award from Hope Air, a charity that allows Canadians greater access to health care

(MONTREAL – November 19, 2019) Hope Air – the national charity that provides Canadians in financial need with free travel and accommodations to access medical care far from home – is pleased to announce it is honouring Bearskin Airlines with the 2019 Hope Air Outstanding Philanthropist Award.

Since 1988, Bearskin Airlines has been a valuable Hope Air partner by getting thousands of Canadians to the medical care they need. From 2009 to October 2019, Bearskin has provided more than 2,000 donated flights for Hope Air patients.

The airline recently received the award at the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) 2019 conference and tradeshow held in Montreal, Quebec.

The Outstanding Philanthropist Award is presented to an ATAC member who has shown exemplary commitment to ensuring equal access to medical care for patients in need across the country. It celebrates philanthropic leadership that plays a key role in bridging the gap between home and lifesaving care for so many Canadians.
Left: Alanna Scott, Vice President, Development, Hope Air
Right: Trevor Gavinchuk Director of Eastern Operations, Bearskin Airlines
, A Division of Perimeter Aviation
“Bearskin Airlines is a loyal and very generous airline partner,” said Hope Air chief executive officer Doug Keller-Hobson. “For over a decade, they have been a great champion for our cause and helped many people living in Ontario and Manitoba access the vital medical care they deserve. We are very grateful for their support.”
“We don't believe that a lack of financial means should limit someone from receiving the healthcare they require,” commented Ron Hell, Director of Marketing and Revenue Management. “If a flight with Bearskin Airlines can provide access to specialized care not available in the north, we are proud to be able to help in that way and we have been doing it since 1988.”

The award was accepted by Trevor Gavinchuk, Director of Eastern Operations, “We are extremely proud to be recognized by Hope Air,” he says. “Our support for this program is only one of many ways we give back to the communities that support us.

Since 1986, Hope Air has provided more than 145,000 travel arrangements to Canadians in financial need seeking treatment outside of their home communities.


Hope Air is Canada’s only national charity providing Canadians in financial need with free travel to medical care far from home, regardless of age or medical need. Since its inception in 1986, Hope Air has provided more than 145,000 travel arrangements to patients in need. Starting in 2019, Hope Air has partnered with Airbnb to provide free accommodations.

For people living on a low income in small and rural communities, distance and cost are very real barriers to them accessing vital medical care. Hope Air is a unique and essential part of our Canadian healthcare system. Without the access Hope Air provides, our national system of universal healthcare coverage would fall short of its promise. Hope Air has been named one of Maclean’s best 100 charities in Canada for 2020. For more information, visit www.hopeair.ca.

Founded in 1963, Bearskin Airlines is Northern Ontario’s hometown airline featuring connections between numerous Northwestern Ontario communities and Winnipeg and to Northern Ontario’s 5 largest cities. Bearskin Airlines proudly offers Interline E-ticketing between all communities served and all Air Canada destinations.
In 2017, parent company, Exchange Income Corporation (TSX: EIF) made the decision to join Bearskin Airlines and Perimeter Aviation, to strengthen both airlines, and facilitate and encourage continued growth. That merger was completed at December 2018 and Perimeter Aviation continues to offer the Bearskin Airlines brand of service.

Established in 1960, Perimeter Aviation has grown into a diversified regional airline providing scheduled service, cargo, charter and Medevac services to many remote communities throughout Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. With bases located in Winnipeg, Thompson, Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout, the combined airline serves the travel and shipping needs of more than 30 communities in Northern Ontario and Manitoba.

For further information or to arrange media interviews, please contact: 
Shirley Moore – smoore@hopeair.ca | 416-222-6335x237
Ron Hell - rhell@bearskinairlines.com  | 807-474-2600

Posted on: Nov 19 2019