Feature Donor: Réjean Hinse
Réjean Hinse knows only too well the devastation that a wrongful conviction can exact on the innocent.
His own 50 year struggle to clear his name has won the respect, admiration, and support of AIDWYC, its clients and people around the world.
Réjean, who is now 76-years old, never considered giving up. When he was only 24, he was wrongly convicted of a robbery which occurred in 1961 in Mont-Laurier, Quebec. He was released on parole in 1969 but he spent the next three decades fighting to prove his innocence. Finally, in 1997, the Supreme Court of Canada acquitted Réjean but his battle was not yet over. It took another 14 years before he received compensation for the years he spent in prison for a crime he did not commit.
On June 4, 2011, at AIDWYC’s Annual General Meeting, Réjean stunned everyone in attendance when he presented a cheque to AIDWYC for $100,000 to help in the efforts to free and exonerate other innocent people.
Réjean is a thoughtful and courageous gentleman. He continues to be a dedicated advocate for the wrongly convicted and a strong supporter of AIDWYC. We are grateful for his generous donation and admire his unwavering pursue of justice.
AIDWYC would not be able to function without the generous support of our donors and loyal funders. In the years since AIDWYC’s inception, we have received the following types of funding:
- Grants to AIDWYC
- Donations to AIDWYC
- Pro-bono services and gifts in-kind
In July of 2010, the AIDWYC Foundation was incorporated as a charitable organization in order to raise funds for the charitable work of AIDWYC. Donations to the AIDWYC Foundation are eligible for a charitable tax receipt. The AIDWYC Foundation receives the following types of funding:
- Grants to the AIDWYC Foundation
- Donations to the AIDWYC Foundation
Our Past and Present Donors and Funders:
We would like to extend a special note of gratitude to The Law Foundation of Ontario for many years of loyal and generous support.
In May 2015 an exciting funding pilot project was announced that will see Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) provide the AIDWYC with funds for post-conviction legal services and education. We are grateful for LAO’s support.
We would also like to express deep gratitude to the following funders who have supported us and believed in the importance of the work we do:
- The Aurea Foundation
- The McLean Foundation
- The Yukon Law Foundation
- The Canadian Bar Association, Yukon Branch
- The Black Family Foundation
- The Bennett Family Foundation
We acknowledge and thank the following individuals for believing in the work that we do and choosing to assist us financially.
$10,000 or more
- Justice Ian Cartwright & Pat Cartwright
- M. Réjean Hinse
- Mr. William Gibbons
- Mr. George Allain
- Mr. Perry Catena
- Mr. Ron Storozuk
- Estate of David Yasuzawa
- Canadian Auto Workers (CAW)
$1,000 or more
- Weaver, Simmons LLP
- Harvey Thibeault
- Bruce McGoveran
- Mr. and Mrs. Derek Day
- Greenspan Humphrey Lavine
- Criminal Lawyers Association
- John Clark
- Mark Appel
- McCarthy Tétrault Foundation
- Owen Sound Criminal Lawyers Association
- Universal Pictures and Beacon Pictures
- University of Ottawa, Criminal Law Students’ Association
Other friends of AIDWYC
Thank you to all our other donors who have committed any amount to assist us in the work that we do. Every donation counts.
We would like to thank the following firms and organizations for their generous gifts of service.
- Dewart Gleason LLP
- Sack Goldblatt Mitchell
- Pro-Bono Law Ontario
- McCarthy Tétrault
- Borden Ladner Gervais
Special messages from Donors