Why I ride: Victoria Hospice Board President, Rob Gareau, on the Cycle of Life Tour

The 2017 Cycle of Life Tour will take 80 riders on an unforgettable cycle touring experience through the beautiful Saanich Inlet, Cowichan Valley and Gulf Islands. Cyclists will pedal nearly 200km of smooth country road to raise critical funds for patients and families in need of compassionate end-of-life care.

Learn about some of the riders participating this year in our 'Why I Ride' spotlights.

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What do you do outside of the Cycle of Life Tour?

I’m the President of the Board of Directors for the Victoria Hospice Society. In my professional life I’m an investing counsellor for private wealth management at CIBC. I’m married with 4-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son.

What first brought you to the Cycle of Life Tour?

I've been on the Board of Victoria Hospice since 2012. In 2015 Ian Bos walked across Canada to raise awareness about palliative care. Seeing him arrive in Victoria reinvigorated my commitment and inspired me to become more involved. This will be my last year on the Board and as kids are getting older I find I have a bit more time for myself.

This event checked a lot of boxes for me: an opportunity for me to get back into cycling, to give back, and to connect with other people who support Hospices across Vancouver Island.   

What are you looking forward to about the ride this year?

I’m excited about the challenge. Though I do a lot of mountain biking this will be my first large bike tour.

How do you prepare for the ride?

I have has been going out for weekly rides with my friend who is also doing the Cycle of Life Tour. Other than that, I lead a fairly active lifestyle. 

Where do you find strength and support leading up to and during the ride?

My mother was a retired nurse who always emphasized the importance of palliative care. She has been an inspiration, along with my other family members and friends.

Is there anything else you’d like to say to our Cycle of Life community?

I’m excited to meet people from across the island who are working to provide quality palliative care in their communities.

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