On February 17, 2020, John Langeneau got the call that’s every parent’s worst nightmare – his 19-year-old son, Kalix, wasn’t coming home.
Though the first hours and days were difficult, the family stood strong, with John and his wife, Betina Fillion, making the decision to honour Kalix’s memory by setting up the Kalix Legacy Foundation, a registered not-for–profit organization, to help families in Airdrie cover program and equipment fees, so children can participate in local sports programs.
“When our world was shattering with grief, the community came together to support us and held us together. Community members signed up for a meal train, hosted a fundraiser, gathered silent auction items and donated to help us with unexpected costs due to Kalix’s sudden passing. When we spoke with community members about our idea of setting up the legacy we received positive feedback and the most amazing support to get it off the ground,” says Betina.
From the early age of 14, Kalix was a coach and a mentor in the community. He loved sports, he loved his family and he loved life. His passion was hockey, a tradition his younger brothers are carrying on, while his sister is also a goalie, albeit on the soccer pitch.
“Kalix would have wanted every child in Airdrie to have the same opportunity that he had to participate in sports programs,” says John. “We also provide funding for kids who have lost a parent or sibling, because we know first hand about the mental and financial hardships faced during such unfortunate times.”
The Kalix Legacy Foundation has partnered with East Side Sports and, since its incorporation as a not for profit in May 2022, has helped 16 Airdrie youth access sports and associated equipment as needed.
The Foundation relies entirely on events, sponsorships and donations for fundraising, including the inaugural Kalix Legacy Foundation Charity Classic, held June 9 and 10. Activities include a golf tournament, poker tournament, a charity hockey game, a two-day silent auction and wraps up with a banquet at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino.
For registration, or information on donations and sponsorships, visit kalixlegacyfoundation.com