Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

RBC to offer free public skating to help residents stay active

Residents can enjoy free public skating on weekends at local arenas, thanks to a commitment from RBC. The City and RBC today announced a new sponsorship agreement that will help the Ottawa community stay active and improve their skating skills.

Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the City’s Community and Protective Services Committee, recognized RBC as the latest sponsor of the City’s Community Champions Program. Jeff Boyd, RBC Regional President, Ontario North and East, also received a Certificate of Recognition in the “Leader” category.

“RBC is a true community leader and their generous contribution will help promote skating and healthy active living in Ottawa,” said Mayor Watson. “This Community Champions partnership will benefit children and families by supporting opportunities to learn and enjoy skating, and who knows, this may even inspire some future skating champions or hockey players.”

The RBC commitment is worth $200,000 over three years and will support free public skating in City arenas on Saturdays and Sundays at all scheduled free skates from January to April and September to December. In addition, children will benefit from the RBC Try it Out! Skating Animation Program, which includes 25 hours per week of basic instructional and play animation (organized recreational skating) that will be available at a number of public skating locations and times.

“The value of this agreement only tells part of the story since these learning and practicing opportunities help develop skills, expertise and self esteem,” said Councillor Taylor “This sponsorship will help to encourage young skaters to further improve their skills in a Learn to Skate class.”

“It’s a privilege to partner with the City and give back to this great community that has given so much to us,” said Jeff Boyd. “We believe investing in this great initiative not only demonstrates RBC’s continuing commitment to kids and families to be healthier, happier and more active, but brings to life our five-year $100 million Believe in Kids Pledge intended to improve the well-being of one million kids — mind, body and spirit.”

The Community Champions Program is a partnership initiative that invites businesses, community organizations, foundations and individuals to sponsor City of Ottawa facilities, programs, services and community initiatives.

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