Sunwing celebrates Canada’s frontline heroes

Back in May, we launched the Sunwing Celebrates Heroes initiative. We asked Canadians to nominate deserving frontline workers who have been helping their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic to receive one of 100 free all inclusive vacations to a Royalton Luxury Resort.

We received over 14,000 entries full of beautiful and heartwarming stories about Canadians stepping up during this unprecedented time. From health care workers to emergency service providers, we’re honoured to be gifting 100 deserving frontline heroes with an all inclusive vacation to Royalton Luxury Resorts. Read on to learn more about six of our winners from across the country.

For a full list of winners you can visit our contest page.

Two women wearing nurses uniforms and masks
Doris – Nurse from Toronto, Ontario

Doris is a nurse in Toronto, Ontario, where she works in not one but two emergency rooms to support herself and her parents who live with her. After her scheduled vacation to Peru was cancelled in May, she picked up extra shifts and worked overtime to help on the frontlines during the pandemic. To make up for her missed getaway and thank her for all her hard work, Doris will be visiting Royalton White Sands Montego Bay in sunny Jamaica.

Aerial view of resort and pool
Hélène – Nurse from Montreal, Quebec

Hélène is a retired nurse who went above and beyond for her community during the COVID-19 pandemic. After a year of health struggles, including being diagnosed with leukemia, both Hélène and her husband tested positive for COVID-19. Since recovering from the virus, she bravely came out of retirement to work on the frontlines at CHSLD (long-term care homes) to help her community fight the pandemic. To thank Hélène for all her hard work, she’ll be treated to a week of luxury and relaxation at Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa.

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Kaela – Registered Nurse from Vancouver, British Columbia

Kaela is a registered nurse who works in the ICU and the ER at Vancouver General Hospital. When COVID-19 first spread in the city, and before PPE requirements were fully in place, she cared for an elderly woman in the ER with COVID-19. Kaela played a huge part in helping save the patient’s life. She ultimately contracted COVID-19 herself and was off work for three weeks. Since recovering, she has spent her shifts working tirelessly to care for her patients in the ICU. To thank Kaela for her incredibly brave work, she’ll be heading to Royalton Punta Cana Resort and Casino in the Dominican Republic.

Pool surrounded by loungers overlooking the beach
Camille – Nurse from Saguenay Lac St-Jean, Quebec

Camille is a nurse from Saguenay Lac St-Jean, Quebec. After dealing with personal health problems for two years, the pandemic hit and Camille’s hospital department was reorganized to treat COVID-19 patients. Her husband is also a nurse and they have both worked tirelessly on the frontlines throughout the pandemic with two young daughters at home. Camille, her husband and their two young daughters will be heading on a family getaway to Royalton Bavaro Resort and Spa in the Dominican Republic.

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Matthew – Military Physician from Halifax, Nova Scotia

Matthew is a physician with the Canadian military and has gone to work every day during the pandemic to treat active military members and keep them healthy so they can continue to serve and protect our country. Even in the midst of tragedy, Matthew has remained caring and compassionate and always puts his patients’ needs above his own. When he’s able to travel again, Matthew will enjoy a luxurious week-long vacation at Royalton White Sands Montego Bay in Jamaica.

Aerial view of resort pool and beach
Mitch – Paramedic from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Mitch has been a paramedic in the small community Sault Ste. Marie for eight years. In addition to his hard work on the frontlines, Mitch is an advocate from the volunteer-based Last Wish program, where paramedics assist palliative patients in fulfilling their last wish – whether that means going to the beach one last time or watching their grandkids play soccer. To thank Mitch for all his hard work and his dedication to the community, he’ll be heading to Riviera Maya for a week of rest and relaxation at Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa.

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