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Meet our Outstanding Canadians: Daniel Reaveley

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In February 2011, Dan’s wife Charlene was struck and killed by a drunk driver in a hit-and-run accident. At age 29, Dan was left to raise their four young children, aged 2-10. Dan quickly realized how little support there was in the community for families experiencing the loss of a loved one. Within several months of the accident, his experience motivated him to help other children and their families, so he started the Charlene Reaveley Children’s Charity, an organization that provides support and assistance to children and their families experiencing the loss of a loved one. Dan’s outlet of grieving was focused on helping others and his vision is to continue to assist others who are facing a loss to give them hope.

When he created the charity as a legacy to Charlene, Dan’s ambition was to alleviate the financial constraints related to the services families were accessing. Through the charity, Dan is focused on supporting children and families throughout BC through fully funded counselling for children and their immediate family, summer camp funding, bursaries for graduating students pursuing post-secondary education, along with annual toy drives and a lending library of books and resources. 

"The truest gift is in serving others,” says Daniel. “Thank you for this recognition and support."