Fountain Tire named 66 Canadians as this year’s stars of the community for their above-and-beyond efforts to make their cities a better place.
The individuals were nominated by their peers and selected as winners of the Fountain Tire 3 Stars program, a partnership between the company, the Western Hockey League (WHL) and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), that honours everyday Canadians for their volunteerism, humanitarianism and generosity. The winners were publicly recognized at WHL and OHL games across the country in January and February.
“We asked Canadians to help us find people whose actions – big or small – make a difference, and the result was an inspiring list of individuals who help our cities thrive,” says Denise Gohl-Eacrett, Director, Brand and Customer Experience at Fountain Tire. “It is particularly meaningful for Fountain Tire’s local store owners to be able to give the unsung heroes in their own communities the recognition they deserve.”
In hockey, star players of each game are awarded for their outstanding performance on the ice. The Fountain Tire 3 Stars program provides an opportunity to similarly acknowledge and celebrate members of the community who make an impact. This year’s winners include coaches and teachers, good Samaritans, fundraisers and volunteers. One woman from Maple Ridge, BC, stuffs and distributes hundreds of Christmas stockings to locals who are homeless. An anti-poverty activist and philanthropist from Edmonton, AB, draws from his upbringing in a low-income household in order to champion services that help end the cycle of poverty. A Sault Ste. Marie, ON, man has volunteered with the Canadian Ski Patrol for more than 50 years. A couple in Brandon, MB, stage an annual Halloween haunted house that has raised more than $120,000 for their local Cancer Society. Each of the winners tirelessly give their time and skills to those in need.
Last fall, members of the public were invited to nominate their community stars at FountainTire3Stars.com. Sixty-six winners were selected from the pool of peer nominations in 21 participating communities* across Canada. While three stars are typically awarded in each community, additional awards were given this year to acknowledge exceptional citizens. Winners were honoured by local Fountain Tire store owners and their local WHL or OHL team during exclusive game-time presentations throughout January and February.
“Our communities are full of remarkable people who make a meaningful impact every day,” notes WHL Commissioner, Ron Robison. “The WHL, alongside our partner Fountain Tire, is proud to bring some of these inspiring stories to light and say thank you for the contributions our fans have made.”
“From our head-office in Edmonton to our locally owned stores, supporting local communities is an important part of our approach to business,” continues Gohl-Eacrett. “Partnering with organizations like the WHL and OHL in a program that allows local citizens to shine is an extension of Fountain Tire’s ‘We’re on this road together’ philosophy.”
To learn more visit FountainTire3Stars.com.