Canada's Unsung Heroes: The Iceman

Each year in Canada, millions of workers and volunteers make sacrifices in order to live, breathe and work for change, without expecting anything in return. At CharityVillage, we call these people Unsung Heroes and we feel, it’s about time to sing their praises!

We're proud to introduce you to The Iceman

Meet Jack Mogus - "The Iceman"

Jack Mogus comes by his generosity and passion for giving back to others naturally - he and his two sisters have spent most of their young lives volunteering for a variety of causes. But when Jack found out that children in northern Canada were spending their hockey season sitting on the bench, simply because they lacked the equipment to play the game, this former AAA hockey player knew he had to get involved. Jack founded the organization Change By Youth, and has collected thousands of skates through individual donations, skate drives at local schools, and even by scouring thrift shops and purchasing used skates with his own money.

It's more than just a game

For the kids living in Cat Lake, a remote First Nations community, hockey is more than just a game - it's an important part of life while enduring the frigid northern Ontario winters. Since Jack last delivered skates here in 2013, the kids in this community have won tournaments and brought home trophies, and this year the community is sending both a Bantam and a Peewee team to an upcoming tournament. But perhaps most importantly, the opportunity to play hockey helps the children stay focused academically because they have to be attending school in order to be involved with any of the teams.

"It's made me feel great, knowing that I can keep continuing this," says Jack. "I've learned that you're not too young to make an impact in someone's life."

Helping other young people take joy in a sport that so many Canadians take for granted - this is Jack's power as The Iceman. Join us in celebrating this most deserving Unsung Hero.

Many Thanks

Thank you to Emma and Julia Mogus, for nominating their brother, Jack Mogus, to the Unsung Hero Video Biography project and to the community of Cat Lake for so helpfully assisting with the filming of this video.

Thank you to all of you who nominated your Unsung Heroes. Getting to know these Canadian superheroes is immensely inspiring and we can't wait to share their stories with the rest of the world! We are currently researching and filming video biographies to profile. Stay tuned.