The Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation has once again brought joy to thousands of young people. Yesterday, its board of directors announced the transfer of donations totaling about $570,000 to 41 Quebec organizations working for the well-being of children in need.
Since its inception in 2000, the foundation has distributed $37.5 million to help young people living in disadvantaged areas.
A portion of this amount was used to build 11 outdoor refrigerated rinks in the county, nine of which are located in Greater Montreal. At least 900 humanitarian organizations have benefited from the Foundation’s grants.
Its founder, Pierre Boivin, and key associates Genevieve Beckett and Regian Hall have every reason to be proud of these results.
Give for the right reasons
It was after touring the National Hockey League teams that Boivin had the idea to launch the foundation.
“I was just starting out as president of Canadiens and had to learn about what was being done in a work environment that was new to me. Many of the teams had their own foundation,” Boivin says.
Here, the organization holds two golf tournaments a year to thank its sponsors. It was the start of the team’s training camp and the new season. The other occurred at the end of the campaign. It cost us nearly $75,000 to receive all these people.”
“Instead of continuing in the same direction, I suggested that we instead collect money from our business partners, which would be put into a fund aimed at supporting youth community organizations. I was sure that businessmen and companies would answer the call.”
money piles up
Boivin was right.
During the early years, a golf tournament presented a few days before training camp raised between $240,000 and $250,000 in the foundation’s coffers.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, amounts raised were between $500,000 and $600,000.
And Boivin does not fail to point out that he was able to draw on the expertise of Pierre Ladussor, who served as Canadian Vice President of Marketing and Communications, when he took over as President.
It is famous for Ladouceur, which has its own marketing fund today. It was he who led the construction project of Ronald Manor
McDonald’s is located near St. Justin Hospital.
By the way, Pierre was closely involved in the opening of the first McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow. The channel also announced, today, Monday, its final withdrawal from Russia due to the war that Vladimir Putin is waging against Ukraine.
Over time, the Canadian Foundation revised its goals. In 2009, she came up with a brilliant idea to build refrigerated outdoor skating rinks to promote physical activity among young people.
Hence the name of the program blue white movement, Who is supervising this great initiative?
In the early days, the costs of building these stadiums, which are also used in the summer for other sports, ranged from 1.2 to 1.3 million. Today, it costs between 1.7 and 1.8 million to build these roofs.
“We are a sports organization, we are at the top of the pyramid. You have to set an example,” Boivin says.
“You can influence young people in the right way. Through the ice rinks, we reach those who are not doing enough physical activity.”
Sports is a good life school.
We can never say that enough.
idea to seriously consider
In its report to Legault’s government, the Quebec Hockey Development Committee recommended the construction of refrigerated outdoor arenas with roofs.
If they can do it in Europe, we can also do it in Quebec.
Its cost is lower than new yards.
Ice rinks already exist
Why didn’t the cities of Montreal, Laval and Longueuil take back the skating rinks awarded to them by the program blue white movement ?
“It’s a very good idea!” agree in unison with Pierre Boivin and Regian Hall.
“It’s a matter of financial means,” Boivin adds.
“A city that hosts a rink has to commit to keeping it well for the long term.
But, at some point, we risk running out of municipal finances to do so. »
Help for Juliet
Genevieve Paquet sat on the Quebec Board of Hockey Development. She notes that Juliette received financial assistance from Quebec to build the roof of her ice rink.
“We are in a reversal mode,” Boivin resumes.
“We wonder what the next step is. Should the rinks be smaller? Should there be a roof for those already built?
“We give ourselves until the fall to think about it.”
Children who used to play hockey outside did not die. On the contrary, it is very interesting, those who have had this opportunity will tell you.
We also have to look at climate change. Our winters are less harsh.
The climate lends itself to building refrigerated outdoor skating rinks.
You have to seriously think about it.