About Our Founder
A Tribute to our Event-Founder, Kevin Kaminski
It is impossible for us to describe the enormous fun, the community and family experience that people savour, and the joy that walkers and runners celebrate through their participation in Light It Up Calgary, without talking about our event founder, Kevin Kaminski.
Understanding this man will make understanding the event and its magic, possible.
Kevin was a force! In his teens he learned that he would lose his sight fully over a short time. Ironically, this seemed to set a spark in Kevin. Undaunted, he learned braille, continued his pursuit of hockey, cycling, hunting, golf, fishing, and more. As his sight continued to decline, he took up numerous new activities and then learned a sport called goalball, becoming a 3-time Paralympian. He finished a degree, built a successful career, became a loving father to two beautiful daughters and a granddaughter, continued his extensive volunteer work, and established a home-based business. He was a force!
And giving was in his DNA. In addition to his numerous community volunteer roles, on his retirement from goalball Kevin recognized that he had a pressing need to give back even more to a community that he felt had given so much to him.
With this goal in mind, Kevin assembled a group of cherished family and friends and planted the seed of creating a run/walk that everyone could enjoy while supporting an organization that he deeply admired and understood the profound impact of, and so began the Light It Up Calgary Fun Run and Walk in support of Wellspring Calgary.
Kevin led this event as he lived his life – with passion, gusto, and relentless enthusiasm. His energy was infectious and his determination to make this the most enjoyable event possible, and to earn as much as possible, which meant supporting as many as possible, became his driver.
Tragically and unexpectedly, Kevin died on July 18, 2019.
As an organizing committee brought together by Kevin, it has been our greatest honour to carry on one of his (many) profound legacies.
Light it Up Calgary run/walk