MONCTON — This coming October, 50 aboriginal children from the St. Mary’s First Nation in New Brunswick are going to get a chance to take part in a creative camp focusing on leadership.
Thanks to the Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation and the Ted Nolan Foundation, the children will spend five days at the Tim Horton Children’s Camp in Tatamagouche, N.S., developing leadership skills, teamwork and independence while engaging in wilderness activities.
“We’re thrilled to serve even more children and the Aboriginal community through our growing partnership with the Ted Nolan Foundation,” said Dave Newnham, vice-president of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. “Last year more than 900 kids took part in our five-year Youth Leadership Program. Whether they spend five days or five years with us, these young leadership campers will discover themselves and their potential, making a lasting difference for them, their families and their community.”
The camp is a pilot for future expansion of a five-year partnership announced last fall between the two foundations.
“I couldn’t be more excited to share the Leadership Camp experience with even more young people this fall,” said Ted Nolan, a former NHL Coach of the Year and native of Ontario’s Sault Ste. Marie First Nation. Nolan is currently vice-president of hockey operations for the AHL Rochester Americans. “We are so grateful to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation for inviting youth from St. Mary’s First Nation to participate in a Leadership Camp program. Together, we are achieving our foundation’s goal by helping these young people learn valuable life lessons through an experience they might not otherwise have had.”
In addition to the pilot program in Atlantic Canada this fall, the partnership between the two foundations will see First Nation youth from Sault Ste. Marie First Nation sponsored by the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation for the next four years.