Why Stuart McLean's Family Asks For Donations To Camp Kanawana

The Vinyl Cafe host Stuart McLean died Feb. 15 of melanoma — photo credit: Vinyl Cafe Facebook page
The Vinyl Cafe host Stuart McLean died Feb. 15 of melanoma — photo credit: Vinyl Cafe Facebook page

Stuart McLean would be the first person to seek out the upbeat amid the sadness. The beloved host of CBC Radio's The Vinyl Café — also a bestselling author and award-winning humourist — died yesterday (Feb. 15) at age 68 after a battle with melanoma.

Yet in death as in life, McLean brings the happiness. His family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Stuart McLean Camp Kanawana Fund which helps children and teens without the financial means to attend Camp YMCA Kanawana, a community where they learn to care for themselves, each other and the environment.

It’s no overstatement to say Camp Kanawana changed McLean’s life. Indeed, the acclaimed Montreal-born storyteller said that himself, reflecting on his work there over five summers in the late 60s and early 70s beginning as a counsellor in the senior boys’ section.

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