this month in #everydaybrilliance, lainey gossip talks to jane roos, artist, philanthropist and ongoing supporter of canadian athletes. read on to find out more about jane’s charity auction and how a life changing event inspires her in her art & in her charity work.
ce mois-ci à #brillanceauquotidien, lainey gossip discute avec jane roos, artiste, philanthrope et ardente supporter d’athlètes canadiens. lis l’article pour tout savoir sur l’encan de charité de jane et comment un événement a métamorphosé sa vie et a inspiré son art et ses actions caritatives.
jane roos, 44
born: ottawa, ontario
resides: toronto, ontario
artist & philanthropist
you had different plans for your life when you were a teenager – what happened?
when i was grade 13, i was a heptathlete and a model. on november 8 (of that year), i was in a car with my girlfriend and she fell asleep at the wheel. she died instantly. i survived. i had 2 back operations. the magnitude of what happened to her and to me were night and day. i was very lucky to live. it changes you so drastically. i was an athlete, i was modelling, i was focused on going to the olympics, to the states on a scholarship, it changed my life inside out. it made me have to reinvent myself. i really identified with being an athlete, a model, the person who had a lot of expectations. and after the accident, no one had expectations of me. they were just like, you’re lucky to be alive. so after the 2nd back operation, while i was still in the hospital recovering, i organized a fundraiser from (my bed) in the hospital and we raised $40k for athletes who are competing on the world stage.
what motivated you to do that?
there’s a really old movie called fearless. it’s all about how they survive a plane accident and it’s the only movie i’ve ever watched that i can really identify with. when you go through an experience of living when someone dies, there’s a lot of gratitude, there’s a lot of why me, and you want to honour the person who didn’t get that opportunity. when i was in the hospital the 2nd time, i learned that you’re only here once, and you can make a difference.
i feel like i learned this early on because of what happened to me. a lot of people i know in their 40s, they’re kind of catching up with me now. because i had to go through this experience, i had to do something. at the very beginning, i had athletes coming to my house and they’d give me receipts and i’d just give them money. now we’ve raised over $16 million. and we don’t work that way anymore! but we started very grassroots. at the time i had no idea it would evolve into what it is now.
what’s the goal of your foundation, canadian athletes now?