How it All Began
Project Echo’s founder Jeff Fisher began Project Echo in 2003 to carry on his grandfather’s legacy of making a difference in the community.
A true, friendly Manitoban, Jeff has always been drawn to helping people. Jeff joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as their Assistant Director of Football Operations and Medical Coordinator/Head Therapist. It was shortly after, in 1998, Jeff opened ELITE Performance, ELITE Sports Injury, and soon after that partnered in a number of wellness related businesses in Winnipeg. After realizing so much success, he believed it was his duty to give back to the community that he grew to love so dearly.
In 2002, the death of his grandfather, Sam Rhynard who was Jeff’s hero figure, provided the motivation for Project-ECHO (ELITE Cooperative Help Organization). With humble beginnings in 2003, Jeff provided just three families with a Christmas that would have made his grandfather proud. ECHO has since provided thousands of Winnipeggers with food, clothing and compassion over the holiday season. But that was not enough for Jeff, or the newly formed organization that he had founded. To date, over two million dollars in new clothes, food, and sundries have been provided to his dear friends in the inner city.