Last April, Canadians rallied together in support of the victim, survivors and families of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Many students and teachers took part by putting out hockey sticks in front of their classrooms and wearing their jerseys to school. This year, the family of Logan Boulet is holding the first annual Green Shirt Day in honour of their son and the Broncos family, and to increase awareness about the importance of organ donation. Green Shirt Day is officially Sunday, April 7, but we are asking schools and workplaces to participate on Monday, April 8.
Just weeks before he was fatally injured in the Broncos bus crash, Logan Boulet had registered his decision to be an organ donor and discussed his wishes with his family. The 21-year old defenceman went on to save six lives with his generous gift of organ donation. In the weeks that followed, Logan's story inspired more than 100,000 Canadians to become registered organ donors. This became known as the "Logan Boulet Effect". Now, the Boulet family would like that legacy to continue through an annual Green Shirt Day (greenshirtday.ca, #GreenShirtDay).
We hope schools and workplaces will join us in this movement of hope and inspiration by wearing green or a hockey jersey on April 8. For more information or additional resources please feel free to contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BC Ministry of Education has also developed a Grade 8 lesson plan on organ donor awareness that can easily be adapted to other grades and made specific to GSD. Updated lesson plan is available for download here.