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ThisIsWhatWeLiveFor - Cheering in Haiti

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks
April 18, 2011


By Derek Jory

The 40th edition of the Vancouver Canucks have a unique way of uniting people the world over.

Love for the Canucks runs deep in British Columbia and sometimes it’s easy to forget the impact the team has abroad – even as far as Haiti.

Jen Wride was an administrative assistant in arena operations with Canucks Sports & Entertainment for three years before shifting her focus to Haiti, and specifically its children.

Wride moved to the mountain country, which was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in January 2010, last July and is now a Child Advocate for the Won by One Child Sponsorship program working for Danita's Children/Hope for Haiti Children's Center in Ouanaminthe, Haiti.

She spends time helping kids write letters to their sponsors, but she’s been learning about plumbing, water tanks, generators, inverters and just about everything else that goes along with helping run an orphanage of 100, school of 425 and a staff of 125.

In return, she’s been educating and caring for children as much as possible in hopes of breaking the cycle of poverty in the country, and of course teaching them about hockey.

“I try to listen to as many games as possible with the time difference and if we have power/internet,” said Wride, who is always welcome to watching with others, if they can stay awake.

“Having the kids watch with me is so much fun. They have no concept of rinks, ice and skating, but they love it when the Canucks score goals because of all the cheering. They even started doing the ‘WHOOOO’ when they were watching highlights, because they could hear it after the goals at Rogers Arena.”

Julien, pictured above with the Canucks towel, has been added to the mosaic at, can you find him?

For more information on Jen in Haiti, check out her blog.

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