Pan Am torchbearer continues to keep the memory of her son, David, alive through foundation. In a sense, Michelle McKinnon has been carrying a torch in memory of her son, David, since he passed away from kidney failure in four years ago.
However, she did so in a more physical way this past summer when she was a torchbearer for the Pan Am Games, running a 200-metre leg down Queen Street to City Hall.
It didn’t go unnoticed. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, a primary sponsor of the run, honoured MacKinnon, an instructor at Kicks for Kids in Burlington, on Dec. 16, presenting her with one of five memorial torches that were handed out by the agency.
“I think it’s a pretty big honour,” MacKinnon said. “One of my Tae Kwon Do students — Tyler Muscat — competed in the games. I think we’ll keep it at the club.”