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."