City of Waterloo Councillor Diane Freeman supports local cancer centre through Pete Viol’s Chowder Tour

City of Waterloo Councillor Diane Freeman along with fellow cyclist Barbara Robinson, will join Sergeant Pete Viol of the Waterloo Regional Police Service for a leg of his long-distance ride in support of Grand River Regional Cancer Centre.

“There are so many reasons for me to do this,” says Freeman. “In addition to my roles as a civic leader and member of Grand River Hospital Board of Directors, I am inspired to join Pete and his ride because of the work of the cancer centre and the impact it has on our community.”

This is Viol’s second long-distance ride. Last year, he completed 3,000 kilometres of the renowned Tour Divide, raising more than $10,000 for Grand River Regional Cancer Centre.  This year, during the month of September, Sergeant Viol will ride from Newfoundland to Ottawa, again supporting the cancer centre.  The Chowder Tour is sponsored by Caudle’s Catch Seafood, and to date, generous community members have donated $13,260.

“I’m motivated by the support of the community, and appreciate Diane’s and Barbara’s enthusiasm and interest.  It’s inspiring to see all the different ways we can give to a cause that touches all of us in one way or another,” says Sergeant Viol.

Pete completes his ride in Ottawa joining his Waterloo Regional Police Service colleagues from the Ride of Your Life Tour.  The group will attend the Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial service on September 25 which recognizes officers who have died in the line of duty.  The Ride of Your Life Tour is a group ride from Kitchener to Ottawa.  It too raises funds for the cancer centre.

“I’m delighted that our avid cycling councillor, Diane Freeman, is joining Pete on a leg of this important journey that draws attention to the need of continuing support to all those impacted by this disease and the work our local cancer centre provides to our community,” says City of Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky.

Viol will tell City of Waterloo Council more about his experience riding in support of the cancer centre at today’s meeting.

Gifts to Pete Viol’s Chowder Tour can be made online at or by contacting Grand River Hospital Foundation at 519-749-4205.


About Grand River Hospital Foundation

Grand River Hospital Foundation raises funds to help Grand River Hospital provide exceptional health care.

Operated by a team of staff and governed by a volunteer Board of Governors, we work closely with Grand River Hospital’s leadership team to understand patient needs. With the support from generous donors and loyal community partnerships, we raise more than $6 million each year to fund:

  • Medical equipment and technology;
  • Construction and renovation projects; and
  • Local clinical and health research and education.

The commitment to health care in our region ensures that the more than 700,000 Waterloo Wellington residents will continue to have access to the best health care services close to home.

To find out more about how you can support the Grand River Hospital Foundation and to get involved visit

For more information, please contact:

Tracey Bailey

President and CEO, Grand River Hospital Foundation

Office: 519-749-4300 ext. 3979