On Feb. 4, 1997 National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week (NOTDAW) was enacted through Bill C-202. This bill was brought forward by former Liberal Member of Parliament Dan McTeague. The last full week of April was chosen to mark the occasion and to commemorate the death of Stuart Herriott, a toddler killed in a motor vehicle incident in McTeague’s riding of Pickering-Scarborough East. Parents of two-and-a-half-year-old Stuart donated his organs and in turn, helped to save and improve the lives of four others. The intent of the Bill was to encourage education and awareness for organ donation and allow Parliament to take a leadership role in addressing the scarcity of organs as well as keep those who die every year waiting for a transplant in our thoughts.
In 2019 Green Shirt Day (April 7) was created to honour, remember, and recognize all the victims and families of the 2018 fatal crash involving the Humboldt Broncos. Green Shirt Day continues the legacy of Logan Boulet by inspiring Canadians to talk to their families and register as organ donors.
On April 7, 2018, Humboldt Broncos defenceman Logan Boulet succumbed to his injuries. His parents, Bernadine and Toby Boulet offered to donate his organs so that six lives could live on. They did so because Logan told his parents he was registering as an organ donor and that he was inspired by his coach and mentor Ric Suggit. Ric passed on June 27th, 2017 and was also an organ donor and saved 6 lives. What happened following this selfless act is nothing less than miraculous and became known across Canada as the “Logan Boulet Effect”.
The Logan Boulet Effect is leaving a lasting impression on Canadians. Since 2018, hundreds of thousands have taken the important step of talking with their families about their decision about organ and tissue donation, and many are confirming that decision by registering their intent to donate through their provincial organ donor registration system. While in 2018 it was estimated that almost 150,000 Canadians registered in the weeks following the Humboldt crash, The “Logan Boulet Effect” continues to inspire Canadians each year.