About Us

About the Sandra Schmirler Foundation

For more than 20 years, the Sandra Schmirler Foundation has raised funds to save the lives of babies born too soon, too small or too sick.

Since 2001, the Sandra Schmirler Foundation has raised almost $6 million for more than 80 hospitals, in every province and territory, to purchase life-saving equipment for thousands of premature and critically ill babies and their families. It is the only foundation that gives to Canadian Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs).

But the work the foundation does isn’t just about equipment and machines. The Sandra Schmirler Foundation has transformed the lives of thousands of families.

Giving critically ill newborns the chance to grow up to be champions like Sandra is an important way the Sandra Schmirler Foundation ensures Sandra’s courage and character live on.

Our Team

Board of directors

Bernadette McIntyre


Ian Cunningham

Past Chair

Nick Locke

Vice Chair

Catherine Hughes

Vice Chair

Todd Troyer


Cathy Overton-Clapham

Spirit of Sandra Scholarship Program Mentor

Lisa Weagle

Carol Kostrosky

Sandra’s sister

Janet Murphy

Sarah Fedirko

Camille Cuthill

Craig Duff


Shannon England

Chris Atchison

Theresa Breen

Steve Doty


Sara and Jenna England (Sandra’s Daughters)


Jan Betker

Third, Team Schmirler

Joan McCusker

Second, Team Schmirler

Marcia Gudereit

Lead, Team Schmirler

Atina Ford Johnston

Alternate, Team Schmirler

Anita Ford

Coach, Team Schmirler

Lindsay Sparkes

Team Leader

Vic Rauter

Sportscaster, TSN

Scott Higgins

Senior Producer, TSN

Anne Merklinger

SSF Founder

Robin Wilson

SSF Founder

SUPPort team

Brenda Gallagher

Director of Operations

Tanya Martin

Program & Financial Services Manager

Darren McEwen

Digital Content Manager