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A Message from John Gignac

Benjaminn Gignac

It is with the heaviest of hearts that the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for Carbon Monoxide Education must acknowledge the passing of Benjamin Gignac. Ben passed away on August 2, 2020 at the age of 76.

Ben Gignac is the father of Laurie Hawkins, who in 2009 succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning along with her husband Richard and two children Cassandra and Jordan at their Woodstock, Ontario home.

This foundation was formed upon the wish of Ben to never see such a tragedy happen ever again in Canada.  Ben pleaded to his brother John Gignac, now a retired fire fighter and Executive Director of the foundation, to help spread education about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide and how Canadians can protect their loved ones.  From that moment, our foundation was born and has been dedicated to that mission for the past decade and is committed to continuing to End The Silence and help Canadians learn about the silent killer.

“I will never forget that day my brother approached me, during the hardest days of his life, after losing his daughter and her entire family to CO,” says John Gignac. “He was crushed, we all were. But I could see how badly and sincerely he wanted to help. He was willing to use his devastating personal family tragedy as a catalyst to spread education.  Since that time it is our belief and hope that more Canadians are aware of CO and its dangers.”

The Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for Carbon Monoxide Education, will heighten its resolve to continue its work in the memory of Benjamin, Donna, Laurie, Richard, Cassandra and Jordan.

Rest in Peace Ben. You can now be again with your lovely wife Donna, your daughter Laurie and her family.

Please see Benjamin Gignac’s obituary

And, if you are able, please donate to our cause. Together we can end the silence.


John Gignac

PSAs featuring
Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor

In anticipation of Ontario's CO Awareness Week, Nov 1 – 7, the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation is honoured to share our new TV, radio and web Public Service Announcements featuring Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. PSA Downloads

Ontario's CO Alarm Law
- A Call to Action for Homeowners

This heartfelt and informative video tells the story behind the catalyst of Ontario's New CO alarm law, and what every householder needs to know to ensure they are in compliance.

Prestigious Award from Technical
Standards and Safety Authority

John Gignac was recently presented with the TSSA Legacy Award acknowledging his and the foundation’s tenacity and perseverance in pushing for the passing of the CO law in Ontario. Thank you to all the supporters who made this award possible. See the video.

Laura Hawkins Family

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