Lethbridge City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to declare April 7 as Green Shirt Day, recognizing the impact Logan Boulet's legacy has had in inspiring Canadians to talk to their families and register as organ donors.
Council voted to provide an exception to issue and declare proclamations and request the Mayor's Office proclaim April 7th, 2021, as Green Shirt Day.
On April 6, 2018, Canadians were heartbroken to hear the news of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. On April 7, 2018, Humboldt Broncos defenceman Logan Boulet, of Lethbridge, succumbed to his injuries. His parents, Bernadine and Toby Boulet, agreed to donate his organs as Logan told his parents he was registering as an organ donor, inspired by his coach and mentor Ric Suggitt, who saved six lives as an organ donor in 2017.
"Six lives were saved by Logan donating his organs," says Councillor Blaine Hyggen, who brought the resolution forward. "Because of his selfless act, it is estimated that almost 150,000 people registered to become organ donors in the days and weeks that followed."
To date, this is the largest number of Canadians registering to become organ donors in Canadian History due to one event and one person.
Green Shirt Day was created to honour, remember and recognize all the victims and families of the fatal crash and to continue Logan's legacy by inspiring Canadians to talk to their families and register as organ donors.
For more information visit www.greenshirtday.ca.