Josh was supposed to start sixth grade that Tuesday morning.
On Labour Day weekend, September 1, 2018, Joshua Steinburg would spend his last weekend at his father’s cottage on the St. Lawrence River at Rockport, Ontario. He was returning in their boat with his father, older brother and two other children from a swim and an errand to get gas and ice cream. The trip was only about 2 kilometers. They hit large waves and capsized. Josh hit the water and never resurfaced. It took 49 days to find and retrieve him from the bottom of the St. Lawrence River.
Josh was 11 years old. He was he a son, an adored brother, friend, grandchild, cousin, nephew, and student. He brought light to everyone who met him through his easy kindness, sense of humor, compassion, and friendliness. He is missed every day by all who knew him.
Josh’s tragic death is only one example of stories like it that unfold every year in Canada. It’s for Josh that we started this work but it’s for all the kids in Canada that enjoy it beautiful waterways that we persist.