In December 2016, CAA South Central Ontario (SCO) announced
a $200,000 donation over two years to Hope Air at the winter town hall in Thornhill, Ontario. Hope Air patient Stephanie attended to speak about the impact that supporters like CAA SCO have had on her battle with chronic pain. Click here
to read her story.
CAA’s Hope Air story starts with CAA SCO’s President & CEO Jay Woo, who saw an ad for Hope Air one day while reading COPA Flight
magazine. Jay signed up to be a volunteer pilot and quickly became invested in Hope Air and its cause.
“Hope Air directly helps people. You feel like you are donating to a corporation when you donate to other charities. At Hope Air, you have a small team of staff and 150 volunteers – you’re very efficient. You touch people directly,” Jay says.
In addition to flying clients to and from their appointments in his private aircraft, he started talking about Hope Air on social media and attending Hope Air events. Soon, Jay was spreading the word about Hope Air to his colleagues at CAA SCO. “I kept talking about Hope Air at our events and town halls and people became interested and started donating themselves and looking for ways that they could help,” says Jay.
"You feel like you are donating to a corporation when you donate to other charities. At Hope Air, you have a small team of staff and 150 volunteers – you’re very efficient. You touch people directly.”
Thanks to Jay’s passionate support, CAA SCO committed to donate $200,000 to Hope Air over two years. Jay is proud that his company has decided to support Hope Air in such a big way. “Your mission as CEO is not only to lead the company to success, but to instill your values in others, so that they can find ways to use their skills to help others,” says Jay. “Our whole company is about safety and helping people. There’s a nice alignment between what we do and what Hope Air does.”
Every day, CAA SCO Associates are focused on the safety of Canadians – on the road, in their homes and throughout their travels. They know how dangerous winter driving conditions can be and how important it is for their Members to feel like they are never alone during their travels.
That’s why CAA SCO’s support of Hope Air is a natural fit. Patients getting to medical appointments safely, without spending hours or days in transit in cars or on busses in unpredictable driving conditions, is important to Hope Air. Thanks to CAA SCO’s support, Hope Air is helping Canadians like Stephanie get to care.