‘Devoted’ Mississauga, Oakville veterinarian rewarded with road trip to see the Raptors


Published January 27, 2023 at 12:18 pm

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An emergency room veterinarian in Mississauga and Oakville is taking a sports trip of a lifetime this weekend thanks to Air Canada and its Fan Flight program.

On the dime of Canada’s largest airline, Jonathan Han and his family will fly to Arizona tomorrow (Jan. 28) out of Pearson Airport in Mississauga and enjoy a weekend capped off by attending a Toronto Raptors/Phoenix Suns NBA game on Monday night.

They’ll be flown back to Pearson on Tuesday.

Every year, Air Canada Fan Flights reward deserving sports fans across the country, known to the program as “Champions,” with unique experiences.

“As Canada’s national carrier, we take enormous pride in supporting the country’s teams, but also recognizing sports fans for making a difference in their communities,” Air Canada says on its website.

An Air Canada spokesperson said Han is being recognized for his devotion to saving animals.

“He has been recognized as a Champion for caring for animals as an ER veterinarian during the peak of COVID-19 and is being rewarded with a one-of-a-kind trip to Phoenix to catch the Toronto Raptors live in action,” the spokesperson said in an email. 

 ”Jonathan is an ER veterinarian serving the Mississauga and Oakville (area) who has been working tirelessly during the pandemic. Since the pandemic, pet ownership has exponentially increased and there are not enough veterinarians to serve our communities. Juggling the overflow of pets who cannot get to their general practice veterinarian and the critical patients who walk through his doors, Jonathan leads with compassion and empathy and truly makes a difference in the health of pets and pet owners.”

Air Canada’s Fan Flight program started in 2018, with different iterations of the annual program in the years since.

While Han and family are headed to Phoenix this weekend, the Air Canada program is also sending other winners across the country to away games of the seven Canadian-based NHL teams.

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