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Mohawk professor rides to support living veterans, honour the fallen

Mohawk College professor Eryn Jewitt marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6 with a trip of a lifetime, supporting living veterans and honouring the fallen.

Jewitt, a professor of Health, Wellness and Fitness in Mohawk’s School of Health Studies, joined the Wounded Warriors Canada Battlefield Bike Ride to mark the anniversary. She was among 130 Canadian cyclists who rode 600km from Dieppe to Juno Beach to commemorate Canada’s contribution to the liberation of Europe from the Nazis. In the process, they raised more than $650,000 for Wounded Warriors Canada.

“It was a real-life history lesson and emotional experience,” Jewitt said of the experience after returning home. “Canadian flags fly in many of the French towns and local Canadian war cemeteries are beautifully kept. Wherever we went in this area, the Canadians are viewed very positively, and it was an honour to be a part of the event. I am looking forward to integrating my experiences into the HWF courses I teach to educate our students.”

Wounded Warriors Canada raises funds to honour and support Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families.

Check out CTV News coverage of the Wounded Warriors Canada Battlefield Bike Ride.