Charity Hockey Tournament - Bells Corners Winter Classic
The annual Bells Corners Winter Classic is definitely my favourite charity event. It is a grass roots, 3-on-3 hockey tournament that I host on my backyard rink every winter. This event started out as a great way to get together with family, friends, clients and community members for a fun day of fresh air, exercise and great food. Then in 2014, I had the idea of converting it into a charity fundraiser to support Jumpstart, a Canadian Tire charity that is a forerunner in helping underprivileged children play organized sports. Since then, I have brought in local sponsors from the Bells Corners community to help cover the costs of the event, and asked participants to make a donation to help support this wonderful cause. And what a success it’s been! Mark Cantor, owner/operator of The Butchery, quickly jumped on board and has donated all the delicious meat for our BBQ lunch for the past two years. He has also committed to continuing to sponsor this worthwhile cause well into the future. In 2016, Canadian Tire on Robertson Road generously donated $100 worth of supplies for the tournament, and Chris Samuel of Evergreen Craft Ales provided beer for all the participants. The earnings have been great! In 2015, we raised $800, which funded 8 kids to start in organized sports in the Nepean community. 2016 was an even bigger success. We exceeded our target $1,000 by accepting donations from both participants and non-participants. Following this trend, I am very excited to see what we can accomplish in future years.
Habitat for Humanity
I consider Habitat for Humanity to be one of the most generous, impactful organizations in the city. It is committed to making affordable housing accessible to low-income families. It was therefore an honour to work with this energetic team to organize its annual fundraiser, which allows it to help build homes for families in need. And there is a lot of need in this community! Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity reiterated to me just how important it is to get out and volunteer your time.
I find volunteering with my local community association in Nepean to be an extremely rewarding experience. We are a small team of community members with tons of energy. I started as a community volunteer helping with activity days, and now have been with the association as a board member for 4 years. You don’t really know what is going on with your community until you help with community activities and communicate with community members on a regular basis. I am very fortunate to live in a great community where I know my children will grow up in a positive environment.