On February 5, the Scarborough Hockey Association (SHA) presented the Whitefish River First Nation community with a $5,000 donation for community based programming. The donation was shared with the community as the second leg of the Greater Toronto Hockey League and Whitefish River First Nation home-and-home exchange concluded.
The SHA’s Under-11 Select Team were the exchange’s GTHL participants, sharing in experiences of learning and fellowship with Whitefish River First Nation youth in Toronto in November 2022, and in Whitefish River from February 3-5.
Presenting the cheque on behalf of the SHA was U11 Select Team Head Coach, Chris Parsons, along with four of the team’s players.
“This donation is for your community – hoping we can help in a small way with your children’s programming,” Parsons shared with all players, parents/guardians, and organizers on Sunday afternoon, further thanking the Whitefish River community for their warm hospitality over the weekend.
“Our goal as an organization is to help children in our community as well as the children in every community we come into contact with during our programming,” Ed Wahl, President of the SHA, said. “It is an honour and privilege to help support our new friends in Whitefish River First Nation and their community based programming.”
To learn more about the Scarborough Hockey Association, visit ScarboroughHockey.ca.
About Whitefish River First Nation
A community of approximately 1,200 citizens of the Anishinabek Nation located on the shores of Georgian Bay and the North Shore Channel, gatekeepers to Manitoulin Island, Ontario. The main village of Birch Island has approximately 440 members. Whitefish River First Nation is a progressive and active community that encourages, supports, and promotes local development, education, community wellness, and economic development as keys to their success.
About the Scarborough Hockey Association
The objective of the Scarborough Ice Raiders is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for children and youth to learn and enjoy the game of hockey, and encourage all players to pursue their best level of ability in an environment that promotes sportsmanship and fair play.
About the Greater Toronto Hockey League
Founded in 1911, the GTHL is a non-profit organization and the largest minor hockey league in the world. The GTHL registers more than 40,000 annual participants in Markham, Mississauga, Toronto, and Vaughan. The purpose of the GTHL is to govern organized hockey for youth within its jurisdiction, and to foster participation that reflects the cultural demographic of the League’s territory while promoting an environment that is welcoming and inclusive for all participants.
WRFN X GTHL EXCHANGE COMMITTEE:
- Steve Whitaker (Principal, Shawanosowe School, Whitefish River First Nation)
- Crystal McGregor (Health and Social Services, Whitefish River First Nation)
- Edward Paibomsai (Family Services Worker, Whitefish River First Nation)
- Josh Carpenter (Central Regional Coordinator, Indigenous Sports and Wellness Ontario)
- Scott Oakman (Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, GTHL)
- Stephanie Hyde (Hockey Development and Community Outreach Coordinator, GTHL)
- Brian Kyla-Lassila (Senior Manager, Membership Services; GTHL)
- Michael Purdy (Director, GTHL)
For more information, please contact:
Stephanie Coratti | Manager, Communications & Marketing