The Canadian Progress Club is a dynamic fellowship of charitable-minded individuals who are passionate and committed to strengthening their communities through hands-on service and fundraising. In 1986, Gus was instrumental in the chartering of the St. John’s chapter. Gus served as President of the St John’s chapter, Vice President of the Eastern Regional chapter and on the National Board, including a term as National President. Gus’s involvement through the Canadian Progress Club also assisted the Vera Perlin Society and Special Olympics in raising monies for their programs.
Gus has been heavily involved in the development of minor hockey in the St John’s area serving as a Board Member of Avalon Minor Hockey Association for five years and as President in 2001. Recognizing the reality that not all parents could afford to pay for their children to play hockey, Gus became founding President of The Breakaway Foundation in 2012, the purpose of which, is to raise funds to assist minor hockey players with their registration fees. Gus served as President from 2012 to 2015, as Past President from 2015-2019 and currently remains on the Board of Directors. Gus served as a member of the organizing committee for the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge held in St. John’s in 2004 and a member of the Protocol Committee involved in fundraising and marketing for the TELUS Cup held in 2011.
His other projects included a term as a member of the board of directors for Special Olympics and a five-year project to publish a book on the lives and work of Reginald and Helen Parson Sheppard, well known Newfoundland artists. All proceeds from the book went to endowing a scholarship at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in their memory.
Gus Crane has spent a lifetime helping enrich the lives of others. He has been a pioneer to many organizations, demonstrating initiative, leadership and dedication and for that he has earned a place in the Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Hall of Fame.