Camp Can-Aqua is a magical place where kids of all ages spend their summers and learn to swim, canoe,
ski and so much more. They also learn real life lessons; embrace incredible ideals and philosophies, how to get along with one another, and how to develop great friendships with boys and girls of all ages.
Camp Can Aqua was founded by Louis Gyori. It was his whole life. Lou was Camp. Camp was Lou.
He loved every kid and they loved him back.
Despite ongoing heart issues most of adulthood, Louis always lived his life to the fullest.
In fact, much to his cardiologist’s dismay, he would sometimes ride his bicycle 100 km
to his Doctor's appointments.
At the end of the 30th season of Camp Can-Aqua, Louis spent a weekend with family and friends.
They laughed, swam and enjoyed a wonderful time together. Louis went for a barefoot ski, (he was a Canadian champion bare footer years before) went into the sauna, collapsed and took his last breath.
He was 58 years old.
It happened September 4th, 2010. Louis Gyori was my husband Geordie’s greatest mentor and friend,
I have not seen my husband cry very often. He was stunned and devastated.
Taken from Maclean’s Magazine:
Louis’ passion, dreams and life were devoted to enriching the lives of others.
With a firm conviction in his dream, a steady, unrelenting persistence
in his purpose and an almost single-minded dedication to the young people
who came, he built something very special.
The ripple effect of Lou’s teachings will be felt for generations!
On July 31, 2016, A beautiful new Health Centre was built at Camp Can-Aqua and dedicated to Louis. Geordie spoke of the positive impact Louis had on him and so many others. He concluded with,
“Thank you, Louis, for creating the ripple that has changed thousands of lives all across the world.
This building is for you.”
Louis Gyori lived a full life in 58 years. The poem, “The Dash” by Linda Ellis, speaks of the dash between your birth date and the date of your death.
Louis Gyori changed the lives of thousands of people.
To see the tribute video made for Louis Gyori by his friends and family
How are you living your dash?
Yvonne Heath is a Canadian leader, Inspirational Speaker, Blogger, Television Host, Author and Creator of the #IJustShowedUp campaign.