Get Fit and Raise Funds for the Alvin Dixon Memorial Bursary Fund

Flex your physical and philanthropic muscles at the same time at the 43rd General Council (GC43). Sign up for the Alvin Dixon Memorial Run/Walk.

To inject fun into this meaningful event, and ensure you are in peek form to participate, we’ve created an easy “Training Guide” (see below).

The Alvin Dixon Memorial Bursary Fund supports multi-year academic education programs for Indigenous students. Rally supporters (sponsors who will donate to this great fund) as well as friends and family who will join you.

Date: Sunday, July 22, 2018
What: 5 km run, or 2 km walk
Time: 8:00am at GC43 (or whenever works best for you if you are organizing your own run/walk)
Where: GC43 in Oshawa, ON

If you are unable to come out to the event, create an Alvin Dixon Memorial Run/Walk in your own community.

Training Guide

  • Week One: Run one minute; walk one minute. Repeat five times for one full workout. 
    TIP: Aim to do this workout at least three times during the week.  
  • Week Two: Run two minutes; walk one minute. Repeat five times for one full workout.  
    TIP: Aim to do this at least three times during the week.
  • Week Three: Run three minutes; walk on minute. Repeat five times for one full workout.
    TIP: Aim to do this at least three times during the week.
  • Weeks Four to 10: Follow the guide above, adding one minute to your runs each week until you build up to 10 minutes of running and one minute of walking five times a week.

Let us know you are participating by registering online.

Share photos and videos on the Alvin Dixon Memorial Run/Walk Facebook group.

Who was Alvin Dixon?

Alvin William Dixon was a respected Heiltsuk First Nation Elder who grew up near Bella Bella (also known as Waglisla) on the eastern side of Campbell Island along the central B.C. coast. His grandmother, who lived off the land in the traditional way, raised Alvin.
At age 10, Alvin was taken to the Alberni Indian Residential School on Vancouver Island. When he left that school, Alvin was one of only six First Nations students to attend the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Throughout his life, Alvin quietly worked to improve the lives of First Nations people. He also raised awareness among Canadians about the experiences of Indigenous children in residential schools, especially through his work with the BC Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society.

Alvin died of cancer on July 20, 2014 in Vancouver. In honour of Alvin’s life, an endowed fund was established at The United Church of Canada Foundation.