Investing in Ottawa’s future by empowering local youth
Hydro Ottawa & Christie Lake Kids – Partners on the ice and beyond
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Being able to take part in organized sports as a kid is about much more than just playing a game. It can build character and provide the positive mentorship needed for them to become successful adults.
That’s why Hydro Ottawa teamed up with Christie Lake Kids to create the Hydro Ottawa Sustainable Youth Leadership Centre on Christie Lake, southwest of Perth. It also funds Christie Lake Kids’ Skills Through Activity and Recreation (STAR) Hockey and Skating Program.
For 90 years, Christie Lake Kids has provided recreational and skills development programs at no cost to economically disadvantaged children from across Ottawa.
On March 18, kids and kids-at-heart once again laced up to play a fun hockey game as part of the STAR program. About a dozen Hydro Ottawa volunteers and 15 kids involved in Christie Lake programs took part in the seventh Hydro Ottawa STAR Cup tournament.
“We’re so excited to once again be hosting this fun, supportive tournament that both the kids and our staff volunteers look forward to twice a year,” said Bryce Conrad, President and CEO of Hydro Ottawa. “Our partnership with CLK is one of the ways we make a positive difference in our community it and continues to grow stronger every year.”
Hydro Ottawa has contributed more than $100,000 to Christie Lake Kids and as part of the March 18 tournament at Brewer Arena, presented the organization with a cheque for $43,129.
“This relationship is extremely important to us and the Hydro Cup, in particular, provides a wonderful opportunity for mentorship and role-modelling to occur,” said Jeff Burry, Executive Director of Christie Lake Kids. “Our ‘Kids’ really look up to the Hydro Ottawa players. The support and nurturing that takes place both on and off the ice is invaluable. It goes a very long way in helping our kids develop their self-confidence and self-esteem.”
Christie Lake Kids continues to help children and youth by providing skating and hockey development programs with all barriers to participation removed – like transportation, equipment, and registration fees.
“I really like hockey because I get to learn new things with other people,” said 11-year-old Christie Lake kid Tri-Anne. “I played in the last Hydro STAR Cup and it was on my birthday, which was fun because I got to hold the STAR cup. I like spending my time in hockey because I like spending my time on something better than electronics. Thank you Hydro for giving me a chance to play hockey!”
So consider – how can your business help our next generation through financial or in-kind contributions to organizations, initiatives and events in Ottawa that support youth?