Meet our riders

 

 

 Joan Phinney

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Joan Phinney

My name is Joan Phinney, I am honoured once again to be riding in Mission 2017, this will be my second mission as a core rider. I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, I have now settled down in Kindersley, Saskatchewan where in live with my husband (Kelly) of 71/2 years. Kelly and I have of 5 kids, Twighla (24), Jordy (23), Cody (21), Ashley (20), and Gabrielle (19), and our 4 grandchildren.

My hobbies include ski-dooing, and water sports. My husband and I are avid riders, if we don’t have snow around Kindersley we will travel just to get a ride in.

Cancer has touched our family in many forms, my mother is in remission from Papillary Serous Cancer, 3 of my close friends have been diagnosed and treated for Breast Cancer, sadly we have lost my Father in-law in December of 2008 to Colon Cancer, after a long year and a half battle with the disease, and we cannot forget about Neveah, “Go Beah Go”, the little girl who went through her 1st round of cancer, chemo and radiation, and was fighting for her life the 2nd time around, Beah grew her wings and has left us at the young age of 3½ yrs old.

Prayers for the taken,

Hope for the fighters,

Peace for the fighters.

 

 Heather Mohr

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Heather Mohr

My name is Heather Mohr - I am from Clavet, Sk. and I grew up on a farm near Biggar, SK.

I had the honor of being chosen as a Core Rider for Mission 2011. The Mission was such a touching and life changing experience for me and I am once again honored to be chosen as a Core Rider for Mission 2017. We need to work hard to find a cure for all cancers, including breast cancer. Awareness, early detection, and raising funds for research and the purchase of equipment for our local Cancer Agencies are the primary goals of our Mission. The promotion of safe snowmobiling, a sport very dear to my heart (as well as my husband, Jason's) is an awesome way for me to be able to spread the word and do my part to help to find a cure! I will be riding again in memory of my Great Grandmother, who we lost to breast cancer, as well as for "My Girls" - the fabulous ladies in my life who have fought and will continue their lifelong journey of health and happiness - Christine, MaryAnn, Karen, Eileen, and Hazel. I ride for you, Girls!

 

 Lori Fontaine

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Lori Fontaine

My name is Lori Fontaine I live north of Prince Albert on an acreage with my husband, and two children Jayce (19), Saige (17).

I presently work for the Prince Albert Separate School division as an Educational Assistant. For the past few years I've taken an interest in the Prairie Women's Missions. I have enjoyed following their Facebook page and reading their posts along their journey. I am not the most experienced rider but I am very grateful to have been chosen to be a core rider for the 2017 PWOS ride. Cancer has touched my life in many ways. I lost my dad to cancer 22 years ago of non-hodgekins lymphoma 6 weeks before I got married. When I was 23 years old I lost my best friend to cancer. Presently, I have 2 family members currently battling cancer. For these reasons I am extremely blessed to be able to ride in memory of them, and those currently still fighting.

I appreciate everyone that is supporting me and I am looking forward to this rewarding experience.

Thank-You.

 

 Estelle Sowinski

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Estelle Sowinski

My name is Estelle Sowinski. I am very honoured and excited,as a first time rider, to be a part of Mission 2017.

My husband and I have spent nearly every weekend over the past 20 years at our cabin at Candle Lake. We love the outdoors and particularly enjoy the peacefulness of the winter months. Snowmobiling has been a major part of our winter activities ever since our first winter at the cabin.

My profile picture is of my Mom and I. She is a breast cancer survivor of 27 years. She is my best friend and I am so blessed to still have her in my life. In addition to her, I am also riding for my close friends Marianne,Tara and Diane, as well as many other friends and acquaintances who have been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. I have seen their strength and courage and I believe, this is my way to help them fight their battles. They will be in my thoughts.

It is my hope that the funds I raise will not only help make life more comfortable for those fighting with cancer, but will also help us find a cure. Thank you for your support and safe snowmobiling.

 

 Elma Fischer

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Elma Fischer

Hello, my name is Elma Fischer. Home for me is shared between Saskatoon and Elfros, Saskatchewan with my partner Darwin Kells. I have worked as an R.N. for the past 33 years in a variety of areas, presently I am teaching at Sask. Polytechnic. I have 2 great children.

Over the winter months we spend as much time as possible with family and friends on the snowmobile trails throughout the province, or hosting a gathering at our warm up “shack”.

2017 will be my second opportunity to ride with Prairie Women on Snowmobiles and meet people who have survived, continue to fight, or the ones who remember those who have fought. My life, as many others, has been touched by cancer, and I am very pleased to be chosen to ride with Prairie Women on Snowmobiles again this year.

 

 Wendy Stevenson

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Wendy Stevenson

My name is Wendy Stevenson and I was born and raised in Saskatoon. I live on a farm with my husband and we have three children, Martina, Kylee and Wade. I love outdoor activities in the summer at the lake and at the farm and in the winter on the sled.

I started my love of sledding as a child when we would go out as a family. I remember sitting in a homemade sled that my father pulled behind his Yamaha. We eventually were given the freedom of driving these sleds alone at the lake. My husband bought our first “family sled” after we had our first child Martina. Three children later and numerous sleds, we had all five of us participating in the same family adventure together.

I am honored to be chosen as a core rider in Mission 2017. My father lost his battle to cancer but I have many family members and friends that are fighting their battles with cancer daily. I ride for all of those that are fighting cancer and for the family and friends of those that have lost their loved ones to cancer.

I am so excited to be part of Prairie Women on Snowmobiles and look forward to meeting some amazing people along the route.

 

 Karla Gervais

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Karla Gervais

My name is Karla Gervais and I live in Yorkton, SK with my husband, Keith, and our two handsome boys, Kaynan (10) and Kyson (7). I work 2 days per week as a Receptionist at Functional Rehabilitation as well as running my own auction business, Karla's Auction, and working with my Dad for the family business, Ukrainetz Auctioneering. Over the years, I have volunteered my auction services to raise money for the Breast Cancer Association. Between auctioning off hockey sticks, Jerseys, and various items, I also sponsored a hole at the "Tee Off for Breast Cancer" Golf Tournament held in Yorkton. This was a very touching experience for me since the money goes to such a great cause.

Marrying into a snowmobiling family gave me the experience to become more aware of the Prairie Women on Snowmobiles. My mother-in-law was a core rider for PWOS in 2012 and 2103, which has inspired me to be a participant. In March, 2013, I found out I had a left breast hematoma. My doctor and I kept following up every 3 months and during this time the hematoma grew larger. Every appointment I went to I was terrified. What if? I decided to have the lump removed. Luckily it wasn't cancerous, but it sure made me think a lot about how people deal with situations like this. Going through this made me stronger and determined to help others dealing with similar or worse situations. In my case it is to provide awareness which I already told my friends to go to regular mammograms. You never know your life can be changed forever.

Cancer has touched my family in many forms. My Dad being diagnosed with Colon Cancer in 2003 and Prostate Cancer in 2013. Standing by my father's side I was not letting Cancer going to take him from our Father/Daughter Auction Career. He was a fighter and am so proud to say he is cancer free and doing well. I also lost my Aunt of lung cancer in 2008 and my Uncle of Lymph Node Cancer in 2005. Most recently it was a sudden shock to lose a co-worker/close friend to liver cancer in July of this year and my husband's aunt was just diagnosed with breast cancer in March at the age of 59. This clearly made up my mind that I want to ride for my family that have fought and won, battled hard, or are still fighting. I feel any money raised can hopefully put an end to this "C "word and keep loved ones together for years to come. Looking forward to see you as we drive through your town come say hello I would love to see you!

 

 Candace Blair

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Candace Blair

Hi, My name is Candace Blair and I live in Star City Sask. with my husband Kevin, we have two grown kids Karli(26) and Tyler (23)and our dog Nixon.

I enjoy crafts, baking ,and best of all snowmobiling with my husband. From the time my husband got me started on a snowmobile it was always my goal to someday ride with the Prairie Women on Snowmobiles which was realized in2013. Once again I have the honor of being chosen to ride in mission 2017.

Cancer has touched the lives of many friends and family it just keeps showing up among young and old.

I choose to do this for family and friends who have had face this disease, my sister Sybil who has Non- Hodgkin's lymphoma, friend Carla Zozell, and most importantly in memory of my very dear friend Elaine.

I also choose to do this for myself to be able to help raise awareness for such an important cause while doing something that I love to do. Thank you.

 

 Karen_Wudrich-Mattock

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Karen Wudrich-Mattock

My name is Karen Wudrich-Mattock and I am from Leask, Saskatchewan. I am retired from a fulfilling 30-year career as an educator in the roles of classroom teacher and in-school administrator. Since retiring I have taught Early Childhood for Saskatchewan Polytechnic and currently stay connected with young learners in the school system subbing. My husband, Kelly, and I love the outdoors in all the seasons and thoroughly enjoy the freedom of touring and trail riding on our sleds and ATVs to explore and take in the great scenery of Saskatchewan while capturing the outings with my camera. I enjoy working with others towards a common goal and being part of Mission 2017 will fulfill this as a first time Core rider.

My life, like many others has been touched by friends and loved ones fighting or who have lost the battle. I participated in the Relay for Life 2015 for my dad, Otto, a lung cancer survivor. I am excited as a rider for Mission 2017 to dedicate the ride to my mother in-law, Nellie, and friends, Elaine and Sandra, breast cancer survivors and to family members showing their own strength against cancer – my Dad, cousin Wayne and Aunt Martha. All of us are on this journey together to find a cure for all cancers especially breast cancer. It is my wish that sledding together continues to raise awareness and new found friendships will be made. I am honored to do my part as a rider of HOPE.

 

 Arlene_Lockinger

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Hi my name is Arlene Lockinger. I was Born and Raised in Humboldt and continue to live here today. I am very honoured and excited to be a Rider for Mission 2017 I have 1 Son Curtis (Jane) and a Precious Little Granddaughter ...Paice I presently co-own Hannigan's Catering in Humboldt as well I work at a Daycare part time and manage/caretake an 18 suite apartment block. In recent years I have renewed my love for the outdoors and a couple years ago I have purchased another sled. I have been anxiously awaiting snow every year now. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, travelling, baking, camping and fishing.

I Remember the first time my friend let me know she was battling Breast Cancer. It was a moment that I vowed that someday I would do something to help build awareness and raise money to help fight this terrible disease. On May 4th 2016 I was Blessed with my first Grandchild - A little girl. I know one day that this disease could affect her. As a Grandparent I want to do everything in my power to protect her. Cancer is a word that has become very well known in our Family in the past year. I have lost my Mother (Diagnosed with Cancer prior to her passing) as well as have stood by my Father who recently underwent surgery as a result of Cancer. It has been a very challenging time for our Family, But one that has brought us closer. An organization such as Prairie Women on Snowmobiles is an important organization to myself and one which I feel can help me in providing support to those fighting Breast Cancer. Through this Mission I hope to have the opportunity to meet other like minded women who are passionate about raising money for a cure while enjoying a new adventure. I look forward to seeing our beautiful Province, Raising money for such a Good cause, while doing something I Love.

 

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