Local companies in Fort St. John show support after Humboldt Broncos tragedy


Communities across Canada mourned over the 15 people killed when the Humboldt Broncos' bus collided with a transport truck Friday.

The impact of this horrific tragedy was felt all across Canada and even the world.  Many took to social media to show their support. A GoFundMe page was created and within two days raised over 5 million dollars.

Local companies like Victory Skateboards put a portion of their sales towards the cause.

“Humboldt is a small town similar to Fort St. John, we’ve all grown up with the arena being the focal point of the community and we’ve all gone to junior hockey games before and these are our heroes in the community and we all look up to these guys and you know they were also kids too – they were young, and a lot of families lost sons, family members, and fathers. It’s just a really tragic event; we just wanted to do something for them,” said Cole Andrews, Owner of Victory Skateboards.

The reaction from locals could be seen almost anywhere this weekend, and many were ready to give donations without a doubt.

“They were all really happy and just supportive about it. I almost felt like it was like they had come into the shop and a lot of people are just looking around, but they were more inclined to buy things, I think, because of the charity that was going on. So it was pretty sweet to see support from the community here,” Thomas Taylor, Sales Associate at Victory Skateboards.

Several other businesses in the city are also contributing, including Beard’s Brewing, Brown’s Social House, and the Canadian Brewhouse.