The parents of Humboldt Broncos junior hockey player Logan Boulet traveled from Alberta to London, Ontario to speak at the New Canvas of Life event on Tuesday.
Bernadine and Toby Boulet will be keynote speakers at the event, which is set to celebrate local artists in support of the multi-organ transplant program at the London Health Science Centre.
“We have met people who received their organ transplants from London and we have a feeling one is his [Logan’s] Organ transplants have happened here,” Toby Boulet told CTV News on Monday. “It’s important for us to be here and continue to build awareness.”
“Logan loved being around people and helping people,” his father said. “He loved cracking jokes and making people laugh and he was full of knowledge,” added Bernadine Boulet. “He’d probably be quite intrigued by everything we’ve learned.”
Her son Logan Boulet, who was 21 at the time, is one of 16 passengers who tragically died in a bus accident in 2018. Boulet succumbed to his injuries the next day.
In April 2018, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu drove over a stop sign near Tisdale, Sask. and collided with the Humboldt Broncos team bus, killing 16 and injuring 13 others.
After the tragic crash, the family emerged as a prominent advocate of organ and tissue donation.
Logan’s organs saved the lives of six people.
With the growing need for organ donors across the country, Logan’s story touched the lives of many.
According to the Canadian Transplant Association, an estimated nearly 150,000 people registered as organ donors in the weeks following his death.
“We’ve been surprised at how it has given hope to people awaiting transplants, and seeing how many people are registering after hearing Logan’s story gives us hope,” his mother said.
– Featuring files by Josh Lynn of CTV Saskatoon