Boomer’s Legacy was created after Corporal Andrew “Boomer” Eykelenboom, a Canadian Forces medic, was killed by a suicide bomber, August 11, 2006. Andrew was committed to saving lives. His death was the catalyst to create this Foundation that helps our men and women in uniform make a positive difference in the lives of others, therefore helping themselves in the process.
Private donations are welcome from individuals, groups and other charitable initiatives.
The goal of Boomer’s Legacy is to empower Canadian Forces soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen with the ability to carry on Andrew’s strongly felt desire to provide much needed humanitarian assistance to people in areas of deployed Canadian operations.
Our Trust Fund
All charitable funds from Boomer’s Legacy go to its operational partner, Boomer’s Trust Fund, managed by the CFMWS. Boomer’s Trust makes the funds available to sub-committees, which are operated on a volunteer basis by Canadian Forces members in deployed regions. Humanitarian initiatives funded by Boomer’s Trust are aimed towards improving conditions in areas such as health care, education and opportunities for women, with the goal of building local capacity to provide a lasting impact. Projects can be as small as helping a single person or family (by providing a life saving surgery), to assisting an entire area or institution (by providing equipment to a hospital or supplies to a school). Ideas for projects come from a variety of sources, including CF members and trusted local contacts, with the purpose of addressing areas which would not receive attention from any other source.
Boomer’s Legacy raises funds for these endeavors primarily by “Boomer Rides,” which are road-cycling trips that gather individual and group sponsorship. Currently Boomer Rides are held on an annual basis in British Columbia and Nova Scotia, along with Rides in Alberta and Ontario. There have even been Boomer “Spin-a-Thon” Rides held by deployed troops in Afghanistan!