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Candace Sutherland: Vision4Hope

Candace Sutherland was born into an impoverished aboriginal family in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The local food bank put dinner on the table each night. At the age of eight, her mother was institutionalized for a mental disorder and Candace and her siblings moved in with her supportive aunt and uncle. It was during this time that she discovered her love of running.

The walk to the track at the recreation complex brought Sutherland past a soup kitchen. Seeing children in line, reminded her of her own family’s struggles and reliance on such services. She decided to use her talents to raise money for aboriginal reserve charities and donations of food for food banks organizing multiple local marathons. In 2010, she completed a cross-Canada run, passing through Thunder Bay, Ontario, entitled “Vision4Hope” raising money for the Salvation Army, Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Association, and the Canadian Cancer Society.  She continues to deliver her message of “Never give up on your dreams” to youth across Canada and remains an inspiration to the aboriginal community.