Memorial Scholarship in Honour of Dayna Brons Athletic Therapist for the Humboldt Broncos Hockey Team.
On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, Dayna Brons, 24, of Marysburg, Saskatchewan succumbed to injuries that she sustained in the accident involving the Humboldt Broncos, the team for whom she was the team trainer for.
Dayna was a graduate of the University of Regina Kinesiology program.
Like most team therapists of an amateur, youth sports team, she was part surrogate mother and police officer for those boys. A team trainer must have the transferable skills necessary to build rapport, establish trust and often read the player the riot act in order to be the sole voice of reason in an oft unreasonable pursuit.
The life of an athletic trainer or team therapist is not a glamorous one. Most people assume the trainer just shows up at game time. The job involves so much dirty work behind the scenes and is often a thankless and difficult endeavour. People like Dayna don't do it for the glory, they do it because they love to help others.
For Dayna to lose her life while selflessly serving others is, like the rest of this incident, an unfathomable tragedy. However, the least any of us can do, is to ensure that her sacrifice and talents were not lost in vain.
I hope to raise $30,000 so that each Athletic Therapy and Physiotherapy Program in Canada can have a scholarship created in her memory.
I hope that each school can award this scholarship to ensure that her name becomes synonymous with the altruism required for this profession. Her life's work was spent helping others to achieve their goals, while often, undoubtedly, putting her own goals, on hold in the process.
Let us never forget Dayna and the rest of her hockey family on the Humboldt Broncos. May she rest in peace. I offer my sincerest thoughts and prayers to her parents and family during this trying time. May God give them the grace to grieve her passing and the strength to move forward in order to share the stories that will preserve her memory forever.
My name is Vince Pacifici and I am a father, physiotherapist and someone who has ridden the bus as a team trainer countless times like Dayna did. I hope to present these funds to each school so that she is remembered in the same light as medics who perish in combat. She deserves to be remembered for her altruism and sacrifice and organizing this is the absolute least I can do. May she rest in peace and have all the angels in heaven look after her, like she did thanklessly, day after day, for those boys on the bus.
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