Jordan Strickland inspires the third annual “Jordan’s Run the Runway” run and walk event at Diamond Aircraft and the London International Airport. The 2014 inaugural run was a very emotional event, filled with so many old and new friends, family, and other people connected to us and each other through Jordan. Thanks to all of you who made the event such a success, raising over $170,000 for YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth. Jordan would SO have loved the party!
Jordan loved all things in life that were filled with adventure, and he was not afraid to try anything. One of the things he loved most in life was going to the London YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth on Beausoleil Island, where he attended for many years as a camper, and for nine years as a volunteer counsellor.
Although CQE terrain is not what would be considered easy to traverse, and was a challenge to Jordan’s mobility, he always managed to get anywhere he needed to with the support of the many amazing young men and women there. It is doubtful that he missed any opportunities! Rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, body surfing on the rapids, hiking, swimming, out tripping…. he looked forward to and was a part of all of it. Because of the Y’s and CQE's inclusive philosophy, Jordan and others who may have physical or other challenges have always been welcomed to share the same awesome camp experience as any other kid, with whatever support it takes to make that happen. Many, many children and future camp leaders who couldn’t typically afford to go are supported by the Strong Kids Campaign to attend CQE, and we want this to continue as part of Jordan’s story for many years to come. Jordan would have turned 30 this year, and we are so grateful for the many friends he met over the years, and who he introduced to us. Thank you so much for Running the Runway to remember our amazing Jordan, and also for his CQE and Siskinds families and friends.
- Janice, Paul, and Daniel Strickland
Siskinds is extremely proud to sponsor the third annual Jordan’s Run the Runway. Jordan touched all of us in his 27 years, was a good friend to many and a beloved part of the Siskinds Family. It is our privilege to help bring this event in honour of him to life. Jordan showed us that nearly all challenges can be overcome through friendship and community support and at Siskinds, we are keenly aware that we achieve nothing on our own. We are proud members of the Southwestern Ontario community. We thrive on our relationships with our clients and the businesses we work with. We are made stronger by each connection we build.
One of our community’s greatest assets is the YMCA, and in particular Camp Queen Elizabeth. The YMCA demonstrates incredible commitment to building healthy communities through its always evolving programming and the Strong Kids Campaign.
Jordan was a regular at the YMCA and as he grew older, a volunteer and employee at Camp Queen Elizabeth. We can’t think of a more fitting organization to benefit from this event. Jordan was a determined athlete who overcame obstacles to complete many races in his life. Thank you for joining us for this very special event. We hope you enjoy the course and as you participate, please take a moment to think of Jordan, how he contributed to our lives, our community and how we can build on that together.
This event would not be possible without our amazing supporters and sponsors, click here for our complete list of sponsors.