Sudbury mining humour forged in charity calendar – by Karen McKinley (Northern Ontario Business – June 15, 2018)

Classic cartoons from local artist to be featured in fundraising effort to help people in need

The humorous side of mining in Sudbury is coming to the surface in a calendar, featuring the work of Sudbury artist Doug Bonish, which is being put together to help raise funds for charity.

David Leblanc, a local fitness instructor, who’s working to get the calendar made and sold, said he’s motivated by all the people that he’s come to know after surviving a stroke years ago and undergoing therapy.

“I came to know people who had fallen through the cracks of the system, and this is a way, I hope, for me to give back and help out others,” he said. “I’m hoping once we get this calendar together and selling I can collect a portion of the proceeds and have it in a fund to help people with whatever they need.”

He explained he’s been working with Rebecca Bowes, regional stroke coordinator at ICAN-Independence Centre and Network, a group that helps people with disabilities and elderly, to coordinate fundraising.

But the proceeds will be made available to anyone in need. “Even if ICAN doesn’t need something right away, there is the hospice, the food bank; there are so many things we can do with the cash,” he said.

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