The Revolution Ride is powered by a committee of five devoted volunteers, relentless in their work toward a future without ALS. Meet the go-getters behind the scenes of ALS Canada’s Revolution Ride:
For Adam, ALS is a personal cause. Not only did ALS take the life of his Aunt in 1984, but in 2014 Adam lost his brother Matthew to ALS at 38 years of age. Adam and Matthew shared a close bond and witnessing his brother’s physical decline as the disease progressed was harrowing. "When I was struggling, cycling was an outlet for me,” says Adam, "a time to leave it all out on the road in an attempt to prepare myself for what was coming next.” Five years after losing his brother, Adam embarked on a 1000-km bike known as Miles4Matty; a ride from Yankee Stadium to Toronto, raising awareness and funds. At the end of his ride, Adam raised over $15,000 for ALS Canada.
Alisha began her career in marketing in 2017 – at ALS Canada! Since then, she has worked with other non-profit organizations, such as the Canadian Chiropractic Association and now Dying with Dignity Canada. In these roles, Alisha has managed social media marketing, digital community engagement, email campaigns, and website content/SEO, and she will be bringing her expertise and skills to elevate the Revolution Ride.
For over 40 years, Jan pursued an extensive career in advertising, film production, and special events such as conferences and trade shows. She coordinated and managed a breadth of large-scale activities involving volunteers, transportation, multiple destinations, and incentives.
Next up on Jan’s event schedule - the Revolution Ride!
Kaleigh is a Chartered Professional Accountant at Brookfield Asset Management in Toronto. In 2016, Kaleigh bought her first road bike (it was pink!), and since then she has been hooked on cycling. Kaleigh cycles locally in Ontario, but she has ventured as far as Mallorca, Spain, and Mont Ventoux, one of the toughest climbing segments on the Tour de France. She has cycled for charity in various fundraising events, and she has planned her own events too.
Teresa is a lawyer and a professor at Centennial College’s School of Business. She also volunteers with several organizations, including the Ontario Justice Education Network, where she helps teachers implement law courses in Ontario high schools. As her next volunteer venture, Teresa will be connecting with volunteers and participants of the Revolution Ride.