Frequently Asked Questions
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?
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 three 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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