TORONTO — Sunwing has announced the winners of its ‘Sunwing Celebrates Heroes’ contest, which asked Canadians to nominate deserving frontline workers who went above and beyond in their response efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since launching on May 14, the company received over 14,000 submissions from coast to coast. Winners include health care professionals, emergency service providers, food service workers and law enforcement, all of whom have won all-inclusive vacations to select Royalton Luxury Resorts.
“Reading the stories of our frontline workers has been inspiring. They truly are heroes,” said Samantha Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer of Sunwing. “As a Canadian family-owned business, Sunwing has been supporting Canada’s pandemic response in any way we can. Thanking our hardworking frontline heroes is an important part of this effort. We want to show our appreciation to these dedicated Canadians the best way we can, by making their vacation dreams come true and giving them a well-deserved getaway filled with much-needed rest and relaxation at Royalton Luxury Resorts.”
A few of the frontline heroes who are being recognized include:
- Matthew Morgan, a physician in Halifax who has treated active members of the military and the RCMP amidst both the pandemic and the tragic shooting rampage that took place in April.
- Doris Ho, an emergency room nurse in Toronto, who has supported herself and her live-in parents through the pandemic while juggling two different nursing positions (one part-time, one full-time).
- Helene Kemp, a retired Montreal nurse who has returned to work to support residents in need at a retirement home. Helene herself suffers from leukemia and is deserving of a dream vacation.
- Kaela Colleen, a Registered Nurse who works in the ICU and ER in Vancouver General Hospital. After playing a vital role in life-saving work, she contracted COVID-19 herself and had to fight for her own health for three weeks. She has since returned to the hospital, working tirelessly to support patients with empathy and kindness.
A full list of winners can be found here.
Prior to this initiative, Sunwing has contributed to Canada’s pandemic response efforts by bringing home over 60,000 Canadians, including 3,300 non-Sunwing customers from various destinations, and donating over 46,000 meals to food programs across Canada as part of a national partnership with Second Harvest.