Family honors Manitoulin woman’s memory by donating ice fishing rods to Assiginack PS

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The memory of a Manitowaning resident was honored with a generous donation of an ice fishing rod for each student at Assiginack Public School.

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Shan Case, who sadly passed away last fall, loved the outdoors so much that in winter she was ice fishing right on the lake, not inside a traditional hut that could offer protection from the elements. .

Case’s husband Brad Ham donated the ice fishing rods to the students in an outdoor live video presentation that aired in school classrooms just before the holidays.

“We wanted to do something on behalf of Shan,” Ham said.

“Shan loved the outdoors and ice fishing. She also loved this community and wanted to encourage the children to go out. It snowballed from there.

Ham’s son Brett is a graduate of Assiginack Public School and the family has always supported the school, its community and the children and youth who call Manitowaning home.

The family received a lot of support from individuals and businesses including AJ Bus Lines and Eastlink to help make the donation.

“Our students were delighted. We are so grateful to Brad and Brett Ham, their extended family and all of the donors who made this possible, ”said Director Heather Pennie.

“It will definitely encourage our students to enjoy the outdoors. And, just like Shan Case, they can fall in love with ice fishing and make it part of their healthy, active lifestyle.

Ham said her family participated in regular outdoor activities and went fishing whenever they had the chance.

“When Family Day was established, Shan hosted the first fishing tournament in Manitowaning Bay. About fifteen people took part, and it was from there that it grew. The fishing tournament has become an annual community event, ”he said.

“Shan has always said, ‘You kids have to go out,’ and she modeled that with her own son and friends. With this gift, his legacy continues.

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