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30 UNDER 30: Erick Cronier community leader

Erick Cronier formed the For Others Society. -
Erick Cronier formed the For Others Society.
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Age: 26

High School: Charles E. London

Taking heed of a quote by one of his favourite musicians, Bob Marley—”Live for yourself and you will live in vain, live for others and you will live again”—Erick Cronier and some like-minded friends were inspired to create a charity whose goal was to give back.

Formed two years ago, the For Others Society is a group of Lower Mainland volunteers, all with different skills and assets, who, through a shared passion of hockey, understand the importance of community.

A 2012 article in The Richmond Review relating to Project Emily (in which Ashton Service Group owner Brian Williams appealed for community support to build a new accessible home in Richmond for the de Boer family after a surgical attempt to correct a spine curvature left Emily de Boer a paraplegic) inspired Cronier to organize a charity hockey game to support the cause. The game—featuring local Western Hockey League players Carter Popoff and Brayden Low, as well as Richmond firefighters—raised more than $2,000.

Cronier has continued to organize similar events, all with the goal of helping others. Last December, he dedicated several hundred hours organizing Fire On Ice, an exhibition game between the Richmond Sockeyes’ alumni and local firefighters, that raised $10,000. The funds were divided between Feed-U-Cate, a district-wide initiative to expand breakfast programs in Richmond schools, and the Sockeyes’ scholarship fund.

Reading Ron Paul’s book Liberty Defined has further encouraged Cronier to stay on path.

“Liberty Defined revealed to me the importance of individual responsibility and that freedom is the most precious aspect of life.”

Inspiration? “Knowing that others have dedicated their lives to better the world drives me to create the means by which I can do the same.”

Most proud of? “The relationships I have established with many great individuals in Richmond through sports, coaching and charity.”

Advice for others? “You can always find the true worth of a person by their content of character.

 

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