About Us

They called her Schmirler the Curler.

our story

The Sandra Schmirler Foundation was created as a legacy to three-time world curling champion and Olympic gold medalist, Sandra Schmirler, in recognition and celebration of her love of family. When we think of Sandra Schmirler, we are impressed not only with what she did in her pursuit of athletic excellence but also what she contributed to others.

Sandra helped us understand that life is precious and we should appreciate every day because it can be taken away in an instant. While she only lived to the age of 36, she understood that we must place value on more than just winning and losing. We must prioritize the very simple things that are near and dear to us all, in particular our family.

Sandra came from a small town in Saskatchewan, called Biggar. As she escalated to greatness, highlighted by skipping her team to the first-ever gold medal in the Olympics, Sandra maintained her focus, never forgetting who she was and from where she had come. She considered her greatest accomplishment was giving birth to two beautiful, healthy baby girls.

When we think of Sandra Schmirler, we recall that joyous moment she celebrated athletic magnificence in Nagano, Japan on that historic day in 1998. But, we also recall the many deeds and words that truly made this woman a true Canadian hero.

The Sandra Schmirler Foundation was created in May 2001 by a group of Sandra’s friends and teammates. Their vision was to create a living legacy in honour of this amazing woman who touched the hearts of so many Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

While she lost her biggest battle, her legacy lives on. The lives of countless babies born premature and critically ill have been saved with life-saving equipment the Foundation has funded in her name. Millions of dollars have been given to hospitals’ NICUs in every province, the Yukon and Northwest Territories to fund life-saving equipment for babies born too soon, too small or too sick. This list continues to grow every year with the generous support of our many donors.

Sandra reached out to her country in sickness and in health and made us understand what really matters in life. While we mourn her passing, we celebrate the lasting legacy she left behind.

Our Team

Board of directors

advisors

Honourees

Mentors

Staff

The Foundation employs 3 part-time staff including Robin Wilson, Leadership Director, Brenda Gallagher, Manager, Donor Relations and Tanya Martin, Outreach & Financial Coordinator. Robin lives in North Vancouver while both Brenda and Tanya reside in Ottawa.

Every Dollar Counts

For the Love of Family. Forever in our Hearts.