Jim and Sharon Vigmond Leadership Award
The Jim and Sharon Vigmond Award is to recognize individuals who have shown great leadership in fundraising for people with spinal cord injuries.
The Hopkins family has been supporting SCI Ontario for decades. Al Hopkins joined the Wheelchair Relay Challenge organizing committee in 1997 and was an active member until 2002. His daughter, Jill, brought her team – Jill’s Pals – to the relay in 1997 and they participated for 13 years. For many years, Jill’s Pals were multiple teams with 34 teams participating over the years to raise an incredible $220,000! Jill also sat on the Wheelchair Relay Challenge organizing committee from 2002 until 2008. The family was instrumental in helping SCI Ontario to raise almost $3.4 million through the Wheelchair Relay Challenge event during this time.