Last Saturday, March 10th, I was happy to stop by the Canadian Tire Centre to provide welcoming remarks on behalf of Mayor Watson at the “I Love to Skate” wrap-up party hosted by the Ottawa Senators!
The Canadian Tire Jumpstart and Ottawa Senators Foundation’s “I Love To Skate” program provides disadvantaged youth in neighbourhoods across Ottawa with the opportunity to learn how to skate at City of Ottawa outdoor rinks with certified instructors for four weeks beginning in January.
So many children in our community want the chance to skate, but the reality is that not all children have access to equipment, ice time or instruction.
Since the inception of the I Love to Skate program eight years ago, Canadian Tire Jumpstart, the Ottawa Senators Foundation and the City of Ottawa have distributed equipment to and provided skating instruction for more than 4,500 children.
The event celebrated the success and accomplishments of the children who participated in the program and gave them a unique opportunity to apply what they learned through the program and skate on the NHL ice at Canadian Tire Centre.
I would like to send my congratulations to all the youth who participated in the event to show off their new skills! Thank you to the Ottawa Senators, the Ottawa Senators Foundation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart for their generosity in providing such an important program.
To learn more about the program, please watch a video recap of the event at https://www.nhl.com/senators/video/i-love-to-skate-celebration/t-277437424/c-58890703