The Sandra Schmirler Foundation was created in January 2001 as a legacy to three-time world curling champion and Olympic gold medalist, Sandra Schmirler, in recognition and celebration of her love of family.
She was the queen of curling, affectionately called “Schmirler the curler”. Sandra always seemed to find a way to win. In so many games, in so many different situations, and in so many different places. Even when we knew she was sick, we believed she would find a way to beat her illness.
While she lost her biggest battle, she ultimately won through her continued growing legacy with the Sandra Schmirler Foundation and the many families with premature and critically ill babies across Canada who have benefited from life-saving equipment the Foundation has funded in her name.
The Foundation has now contributed over $3.2 million to 40 Canadian hospitals’ newborn intensive care units, in every province and the Territories. The list continues to grow every year with the generous support of our many donors.
Our vision is to fund the purchase of life-saving equipment to Newborn Intensive Care Units (NICUs) so every baby in Canada born too soon, too small or too sick has the chance to grow up and become a champion, like Sandra Schmirler.
The core values of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation help describe what makes the Foundation a unique and special place. Respect, Integrity, Commitment, Compassion, Passion and Gratitude are core to the way we work to achieve the Foundation’s mission and aspirations.
We affirm the dignity, potential and contribution of volunteers, donors, partners and staff.
We act consistently with the Foundation’s mission, being honest and transparent in what we do and say, and accepting responsibility for our collective and individual actions.
We work together collaboratively, cooperatively and effectively.
We are kind and considerate and show concern for the well-being of families with premature and critically ill babies.
We believe in having a positive and optimistic attitude about everything we do because we realize that this inspires others.
We are thankful and expressing gratitude drives our words, thoughts and actions.
Our mission is to raise funds to purchase life-saving equipment for premature and critically ill newborns and provide scholarships to junior curlers, giving each the chance to grow up to become a champion, like Sandra Schmirler.