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Lyons family generosity hits the slopes

'Nipissing Trackers is very thankful to the Lyons family for purchasing a new bi-ski for their downhill ski program'
Group picture with Rick Taylor, Martial and Cathy Gerolami, and Mark, Leslie and Hannah Lyons. Photo submitted.

The Lyons family continues to give back to the community through the memory of their son Jack. 

The latest example of the giving family was a presentation made to the Nipissing Trackers volunteer organization on Saturday at Laurentian Ski Hill in North Bay. 

The Nipissing Trackers, is an award winning volunteer organization in North Bay that provides free downhill ski programs to special needs children at Laurentian Ski Hill. Dedicated volunteers receive specialized training to work one-on-one with differently-abled children, many of whom can now ski on their own or have joined the Canadian Paralympics and Special Olympics teams. 

See related: Nipissing Trackers win Ontario Outstanding Achievement Award 

Rick Taylor, the past Nipissing Trackers coordinator unveiled a new bi-ski and thanked the Lyons family for using money donated on behalf of their son Jack Lyons. 

"Nipissing Trackers is very thankful to the Lyons family for purchasing a new bi-ski for their downhill ski program," said Taylor.  

"This bi-ski is a larger size than the ones that the Nipissing Trackers currently have and will allow bigger children to participate in the program."

The Nipissing Trackers recognized the Lyons generosity by naming the sled after Jack Lyons, who loved his time on the slopes with the Trackers. 

"In thanks, the bi-ski has been commemorated to Jack Lyons who passed away in 2022 with a logo on both sides that reads 'Jack Lyons #8 Kindness Cruiser,' Jack has participated in the ski program for a long time."

Martial Gerolami, the current coordinator, accepted the bi-ski and Mark Lyons spoke about his son and his passion for skiing.

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