A win-Wynn situation

Shelly Wynn reading.
Shelly Wynn, wife of slain RCMP officer Dave Wynn, helps organize a benefit hockey tournament in her husband's honour.

A hockey tournament held in memory of RCMP Const. Dave Wynn will benefit a community he served for many years as a paramedic.

Proceeds from this year’s Dave Wynn Memorial Classic will support the Journey Room at South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater. Wynn was a familiar face at the hospital during his many years as a South Shore area paramedic - a career that eventually led him to pursue his dream of becoming an RCMP officer. After he was fatally shot two years ago while responding to a call in St. Albert, Alta., former colleagues from Nova Scotia organized a fun hockey tournament in his honour. 

Wynn’s wife Shelly chose the Journey Room as the benefactor of this year’s tournament after the death of one of Dave’s close friends and former colleagues, Jody (Cook) LeFave, who is credited with naming the room.

“She was an amazing woman and worked with Dave for many years. Our boys also played hockey together up until we left Bridgewater to start our new adventure in Alberta,” she said.

“After Jody's passing, I saw an article about the Journey Room at the South Shore Regional Hospital; my heart filled with warmth as soon as I read it and learned of this place,” she said. 

“Although we lost Dave in a different way, this is one thing that I wish I could have had while spending those four long days in the hospital; a place to go to get a break and some peace. So what better way to remember Dave and Jody then to donate the money raised to the Journey Room.”

The Journey Room was designed for cancer patients, families and caregivers to help them find comfort, support, information and resources throughout their journey. It offer programs and services that can help patients feel better, reduce anxiety and stress, and manage the side effects of treatments.

“It just goes to show how much of a lasting impact our community and the care our hospitals provide can make, not just locally, but nationally,” said Arleen Stevens, Managing Director of the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore. The foundation works with donors to purchase medical equipment and support South Shore Regional Hospital and Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital.

The tournament, held Feb. 10 to12, raised $2,400 in support of the Journey Room.