Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Sandra Schmirler Foundation?

The Sandra Schmirler Foundation is a registered charity established in honour of Sandra Schmirler. Recognizing that “Champions Start Small”, the Foundation raises and donates funds across Canada to purchase life-saving equipment for babies born premature and critically ill.

Who was Sandra Schmirler?

  • She was a three-time Canadian and World Champion (1993, 1994, and 1997).
  • She was the skip of Canada’s first Olympic gold medal curling team (1998).
  • She was married to Shannon England and they had two babies – Sara and Jenna – who were just 2 years and 8 months old respectively when she passed away on March 2, 2000 at the age of 36.

How old is the Foundation?

The Foundation was started in February 2001 by Sandra’s fellow curlers, friends and family with the help of Curling Canada and Scott Paper.

Where will my money go?

  • To purchase NICU equipment that is not funded by the government.
  • We award Spirit of Sandra Scholarships each year to junior curlers who are pursuing a post-secondary education while continuing to curl competitively.

How is the Foundation organized?

  • This charity organization is steered by a volunteer Board of Directors and support staff.
  • Sandra Schmirler’s teammates; Jan Betker, Joan McCusker,  Marcia Gudereit, Atina Ford, Anita Ford and Lindsay Sparkes remain with the Foundation as Honourees.
  • Sandra’s daughters, Sara & Jenna England, are Ambassadors of the Foundation

How do I make a donation?

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