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Statements from the family of Jordan and Evan Caldwell

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Evan
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Jordan

Calgary, AB, 06 February 2016

Please find below a statement from the family of Jordan and Evan Caldwell, twin brothers who died in today’s incident at WinSport.

We were reminded today that life is but a vapor. Life is precious, life is fragile, and we must redeem the time we’re given.

Our boys Jordan & Evan were bright lights to all who knew them. We are grieving their loss but confident in their new home of heaven. Our brief 17 years with them were a gift: filled with much love, laughter, and fond memories.

They leave a huge void and will be sorely missed.

Jason + Shauna & Katie Caldwell

Calgary, AB, 08 February 2016

image-6Please find below an additional statement from the family of Evan and Jordan Caldwell

Evan & Jordan Caldwell. 2 of Calgary’s finest. Lives well lived.

Evan & Jordan were two of Calgary’s finest. Their short time here included working for the Calgary Stampede, WinSport, a seniors’ home, and two different refugee organizations.

image-5Here is a quick summary of some of their involvements.

Life Memories & Facts Jordan  

Evan

 

Church Both Jordan & Evan had a deep walk with God. Prayer, Bible reading, and living their faith out in practical ways was what made these boys so special.

Jordan & Evan attended Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel with their family since birth. They were very involved in the weekly youth group and had dozens of very close friends that regularly spent time with. Jordan & Evan would often help with planning and serving in various events. When they in Grade 5 they portrayed 2 grumpy old men in a very memorable Christmas production.

 

School

In Grade 12

Grad class of 2016

Westmount Charter School from Grade 5 to Grade 12. Westmount Charter School (with his brother) from Grade 5 to Grade 11. Moved to Ernest Manning in Feb 2015 to take specialized PRE-Engineering classes.

 

School Involvements

 

President of Student Council.

Much beloved by the kids in grade 5 and up. He made huge efforts to build relationships with each student and to encourage everyone’s involvement in the student body.

Communications Director in Grade 10 and 11.

Model UN + Debate club + Mock Trials in Calgary

Involved in ‘everything’.

 

Founded a guitar club at Westmount Charter School.

Responsible for the morning announcements over the PA system every day at Ernest Manning. He added fun and school spirit to the announcements each day!

Debate club at Ernest Manning

Was part of the FIRST Robotics Team competition.

 

Scholarship

 

Straight A student all throughout school.

Example: Jordan got 100% on his math 30 diploma (even though he did NOT like Math)

One of 300 Loran scholarship national finalists.

Had his sights set on Western University Ivy School of Business (Arts/business degree)

Was working on many other scholarships.

 

Straight A student all throughout school.

Evan got 96% on his math 30 diploma.

On Tuesday he was offered a full scholarship at Queen’s University. He was waiting to hear from a few other universities.

He had his sights set on getting an engineering degree followed by a degree in physics.

 

Sports & Activities

 

Both avid readers.

Loved hiking in the mountains, camping, mountain biking.

snowboarding, hacky-sacking with their dad

-Evan enjoyed basketball and weightlifting and was a passionate guitar player.

-Jordan taught himself to unicycle over the course of the last 2 summers. He and Jesse Hettinga used to unicycle together. Jordan would walk the dog while on a unicycle.

 

Volunteering

In addition to above.

 

Jordan worked with a volunteer organization called CANAVUA that provides car rides and translation to refugees and new Canadians who needed to visit the doctor or the dentist.

Jordan tutored about 6 kids in Spanish.

In the 2013 flood they drove downtown and walked into the mission area and just began to help the first homeowners they found.

Jordan volunteered at Camp Chestermere for the past 2 years. Loved being a camp counselor and cabin leader.

Canadian Cancer relay for life participants.

Worked annually on Samaritan’s purse operation Christmas child “packing parties” to fill hundreds of shoe boxes.

Each boy sponsored a child with Compassion Canada and wrote letters to their sponsored child.

Evan was on the frontlines of meeting the new Syrian refugees. He played guitar and taught English songs at the refugee centre every week for the new arrivals.

His work was through I-AM, Institute for Accent Modification.

In the 2013 flood they drove downtown and walked into the mission area and just began to help the first homeowners they found.

Evan worked at camp TeePee Pole in the Sundre area and was a cabin leader and camp counselor for boys.

Canadian Cancer relay for life participants.

Worked annually on Samaritan’s purse operation Christmas child “packing parties” to fill hundreds of shoe boxes.

Each boy sponsored a child with Compassion Canada and wrote letters to their sponsored child.

Employment

Boys had numerous jobs since 14 and even started & ran their own neighborhood snow removal & lawn care business for 2 years called. VIP services.

 

Other jobs included:

Winsport Customer Ambassador, working at base of hill, welcoming guests, scanning tickets, helping.

2 years at THE MANOR VILLAGE AT SIGNATURE PARK Calgary AB

worked 1 summer at the Calgary Stampede

both worked part time doing odd jobs at their father’s company Ci2 Group.

 

Other jobs included:

Winsport Customer Ambassador, working at base of hill, welcoming guests, scanning tickets, helping.

2 years at THE MANOR VILLAGE AT SIGNATURE PARK Calgary AB

worked 1 summer at Calgary Stampede.

both worked part time doing odd jobs at their father’s company Ci2 Group.

 

image-4Family games night, ping pong, family meals and Bible devotion times were frequent in our home.

We will miss these boys greatly and they will be missed.

We are at peace knowing that they both knew Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and savior and that made all the difference while they lived here, and in eternity where we will join them.

From Jason + Shauna Caldwell + Katie Caldwell

Original Police News Release: Incident at WinSport facility

The Calgary Police Service is currently investigating a double fatality at WinSport following an after-hours incident on its luge/bobsled track.

Emergency crews were called to the property around 1:30 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, for a report of several injured people on the closed track. At this early point in the investigation, it’s believed at least eight teenagers, all males, entered the property after hours and used a personal sled/toboggan in an attempt to go down the bobsled track. Part way down, the group hit a large gate used to separate the bobsled and luge tracks.

Two of the males died at the scene. The remaining six were taken to hospital for injuries ranging from minor to serious. Due to their injuries, police have not been able to identify many of the victims and, therefore, next of kin has not been done.

The CPS Traffic Reconstruction Unit has been brought in to help with the investigation, which will include officers from the Centralized General Investigations Section.

Investigators are working to determine how the teens entered the property and what led up to the decision to enter the closed track.

WinSport Canada is cooperating with the investigation, including supplying any CCTV footage that may assist with determining how and why this occurred.

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