The Community Builders Awards applaud leadership, talent, determination, generosity and community spirit. The Foligno family, this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, have all these qualities and serve as an inspiration to us all.
Mike Foligno, Sudbury’s most recognizable NHL export and current scout for the Vegas Golden Knights, and his children, Nicholas, Marcus, Lisa and Cara, and their partners have shown a commitment to our community wherever their successful careers have taken them. Marcus and Nicholas were both drafted by the NHL. Lisa and Cara work in marketing.
Mike grew up in Sudbury and he played for the Wolves. A popular team captain, in 1978-79 he led the league with 150 points and was named to the OHA first All-Star team. He went on to play with the Detroit Red Wings, the Buffalo Sabres, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Florida Panthers. He made Sudbury proud and was an inspiration to young players.
He married his high school sweetheart Janis Giacomin, and the couple kept close ties to the city. In 2003, the Folignos returned to Sudbury when Mike became the Sudbury Wolves’ head coach.
Janis battled breast cancer and died at the age of 47 in 2009. In her memory, the family established The Janis Foligno Foundation. Its mission is to support Sudbury charities and research projects committed to finding a cure for cancer and to fund programs that provide care and treatment for the disease.
In 2013, the Rotary Club Sunrisers donated $117,000 to the foundation. Money was raised at the Paul Harris Dinner held posthumously to honour Janis. Other funds for the foundation are raised at various events such as restaurant promotions, the NHL versus Docs hockey game, and the Battle Beyond the Barbell competition.
The Janis Foligno Foundation has raised close to $1 million. The foundation has supported numerous charities and initiatives including the Canadian Cancer Society, Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer (NOFCC), the Maison McCulloch Hospice, Meals on Wheels, House of Kin, the Northern Cancer Foundation and NEO Kids. The foundation also purchased an MRI breast coil for Health Sciences North.
The Janis Foligno Foundation also supports CHEO – Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa.
Mike Foligno is the president of the foundation and his children are on the board of directors.
Congratulations to this outstanding family.