The support is pouring in after the Regina Chamber of Commerce announced that its CEO, John Hopkins, passed away Wednesday night after a “courageous battle” with stage 4 prostate cancer.
The Regina Chamber of Commerce announced that Hopkins has made the decision to take medical leave effective January 10.
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“His love of life, it was infectious, you know, if you were in a room with him, he made you smile,” said Lori Ireland, Regina & District Chamber of Commerce, board president.
“She was such a passionate and dedicated voice for Regina, the business community, for Regina in general. He worked tirelessly on volunteer boards and committees,” said Lori.
Among his many talents, music was a special gift from Hopkins when he took center stage with his guitar with close friends at a series of charity events.
“My fondest memories were meeting John and giving him the passion for music, music healing and ability for us with Garage Band and the rock cancer initiative that we did to, you know, raise a lot of money and leave a legacy. for John,” said his friend and bandmate Murad Al-Katib.
Former Regina Mayor Michael Fougere knew Hopkins well, as they worked closely together for many years.
“I have known him for 24 years and enjoyed his company, we were very good friends,” Fougere said.
“Again, his legacy is not just for the business community, but for our indigenous community, for homelessness and a host of other issues,” he added.
Fougere also played with Hopkins and Al-Katib in the Garage Band.
Hopkin’s friends and former colleagues said they know the various causes he championed, such as funding research and cancer treatments, will continue to be supported by his loved ones and many others he inspired.
Prime Minister Scott Moe shared his condolences on Twitter, calling Hopkins a “good friend.”
“John was a man with a big heart and a generous spirit, someone who made an immense contribution to the city of Regina and the entire province,” Moe wrote.
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Many others who knew Hopkins also took to social media to share their fond memories of him.
In addition to 20 years of involvement with the Regina Chamber of Commerce, Hopkins had done extensive work around truth and reconciliation, the Aboriginal Education Initiative, and First Nations work exhibitions.
He also worked to help establish the Regina Trades and Skills Center, which provides people with hands-on training, education, and skills to work in the trades.
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Before his passing, Hopkins wrote on the Regina Chamber of Commerce website that he was stepping away to focus on his health.
“I am very proud of the many achievements and successes we have shared together, including the wastewater treatment plant and the new Mosaic Stadium. Together, we have made a positive and lasting impact on the local economy and improved the quality of life for many Regina families,” added Hopkins.
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— Archived by Jeanelle Mandes of Global News
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