Matthew Hutchinson or “Hutch” as many called him, was born in North Vancouver spending his elementary school and high school years there. Matt, was a hard working and skilled hockey player and his passion for hockey took him around British Columbia and Manitoba when he played in the BCHL and MJHL. His love for the game eventually took him across the border to New York State where he played with the NCAA SUNY Geneseo Knights.
His years spent at Geneseo University were some of his best, and he was flourishing in his environment. At school he was studying Geography and Business which he would earn his major and minor in. Hutch was not only a dedicated student, but he also worked at the school, volunteered as an EMT with the paramedics, and was a volunteer firefighter at the small community of Geneseo. He had hoped to become a firefighter or an urban planner upon graduation and he was finding ways to secure his success. Tragically, in Hutch's last semester of school, he was killed in a murder/suicide, by someone who suffered with a mental illness. The communities that he grew up in and resided in were devastated.
Matthew Hutchinson is the sole reason that The Hutch Fund began. All four founders were good friends with him, and the tragic event that took his life opened their eyes as to how mental health can impact a community. Their loss has motivated them to do whatever they can with the hopes of preventing other communities from experiencing a similar loss.