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January 28, 2017

Ottawa Senators Foundation, Canadian Bank Note, City of Ottawa officially open ninth SENS RINK

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators Foundation (@sensfoundation), in partnership with Canadian Bank Note,  the National Hockey League Industry Growth Fund and the City of Ottawa, officially opened the ninth SENS RINK (Recreational Investments in Neighbourhoods for Kids) in the Ottawa-Gatineau region with a ceremony this morning at Alexander Park.

The Ottawa Senators Foundation is providing thousands of children and youth across the region with an opportunity to play while encouraging both physical and mental wellness. The Foundation has committed to building 20 outdoor rinks in neighbourhoods in Ottawa, Gatineau and the surrounding regions. SENS RINKS are recreational spaces that offer free year-round sporting activities and serve as a social hub for families in the neighbourhood.

“Registration fees, transportation and equipment costs are some of the many barriers to recreation that families face,” said Danielle Robinson, president and CEO, Ottawa Senators Foundation. “SENS RINKS remove those barriers and give children an opportunity to get active,”. In partnership with the City of Ottawa, we are offering a robust program portfolio designed to attract children of all ages and educate them on the many benefits of physical activity.”

Ottawa Senators Foundation president and CEO Danielle Robinson joined Ottawa Senators Foundation board chair Goldy Hyder, Sens Alumni member Chris Phillips, Canadian Bank Note Lottery Systems president and chief financial officer Craig Bascombe, Ottawa mayor Jim Watson and Riley Brockington, Councillor for River Ward, City of Ottawa, to open the new facility.

“Canadian Bank Note is a substantial international company with over 800 Ottawa based employees. Our headquarters is just a few blocks from this new rink. We’re pleased to partner with the Ottawa Senators Foundation on this and other projects, including their electronic 50/50 raffle program, and look forward to seeing this new SENS RINK being used by children and families in our community for years to come,” said Craig Bascombe, lottery systems president and chief financial officer, Canadian Bank Note.

“The City of Ottawa is very proud of our partnership with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and the Ottawa Senators Foundation,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The new rink will be a great facility all year round. It will benefit children and families in this community and beyond.”

“On behalf of the City of Ottawa and Carlington residents I would like to thank the Ottawa Senators Foundation for this welcomed addition to the community,” said River Ward City Councillor Riley Brockington. “I am grateful for the new recreational programming opportunities that the Sens Rink will bring to Carlington.”

The completion of the SENS RINK in Alexander Park marks the ninth of the 20 rink commitment of the Foundation and third project completed in the past 12 months. The new SENS RINK in Alexander Park will ensure the Carlington Community has resources in place that provide safe, fun and affordable activities for after-school, weekend and summer hours for local children and youth.

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