About Us


Founded in 2005 following the Dustin family's first (of three) personal experiences with a breast cancer diagnosis, treatments and survival, Harness the Hope is a fundraising initiative that organizes events and initiatives to benefit causes that enable breast cancer research, awareness and support services for cancer warriors and survivors.

Pioneered by the Dustin Family, the organization is entirely volunteer driven with a dedicated committee and team of volunteers with roots that run deep within the harness racing community and an ongoing commitment from The Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ontario as the host venue since the inception of Harness the Hope.

All event proceeds are directly donated to; Pink Pearl Canada - that provides direct support programs for young women faced with a cancer diagnosis and the Breast Cancer Society of Canada that provide much needed awareness, research, earlier detection and improved treatments for those directly affected by or who may face breast cancer in their lifetime.

You will find Harness the Hope events at various harness racetracks in Ontario and even across Canada throughout each year. In 2019, Harness the Hope crossed provinces to reach the hearts of those in PEI, where its inaugural fundraiser launched in Charlottetown at Red Shores. Various other racetracks such as Clinton Raceway, Leamington Raceway and Dresden Raceway all located in Ontario host Harness the Hope events as well. Please visit our EVENTS page for all events across the nation.

Ontario Founders & Team

Harness the Hope is 100% volunteer driven and we recognize the following people for their dedication,
commitment and passion in making a difference for those affected by cancer.

Doreen Dustin

Co-Founder & Two-time Survivor

Kristine Dustin

Co-Founder & Survivor

Brandi Poels

Co-Founder

Jessica Gravelle

Committee Member - ON

Simone Sammut

Committee Member - ON

Neil Sammut

Committee Member - ON

Kim Melchers

Committee Member - ON

Jen Gough

Committee Member - ON

Jade Somers

Committee Member - ON

Suzanne Ernest

Committee Member - ON

Jen Pinkerton

Committee Member - ON

PEI Team

Harness the Hope PEI is 100% volunteer driven and we recognize the following people for their dedication, commitment and passion in making a difference for those affected by cancer.

Samantha Gallant

Lead Organizer PEI

Michelle McAulay

Committee Member - PEI

Robyn MacKay

Committee Member - PEI

Charlene Cypher

Committee Member - PEI

Lori Mayne

Committee Member - PEI

Heather MacLean

Committee Member - PEI

Vanessa Perry

Committee Member - PEI

Carol Gallant

Committee Member - PEI

Jennifer Vriends

Committee Member - PEI

Marla Smallwood

Committee Member - PEI

Lynn Wood

Committee Member - PEI

Brooke Cameron

Committee Member - PEI

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