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21. Hoefenmayer, Keating, & Bitten spend a whole morning with OCTC students | December 5

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This past summer, the Ottawa 67’s and OSEG teamed up with Smilezone to transform the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Center (OCTC) School by giving it a 67’s theme! The classrooms, hallways, and teacher’s work spaces at the school received a full makeover, providing a new environment to support student learning and growth.

At the grand opening in September, OSEG President Jeff Hunt talked about the opportunity not only for the kids at the centre to someday meet the 67’s players but the more rewarding part would be for the young men on the team to experience the smiles from all the kids who have been through so much!

On a tuesday morning in December, Noel Hoefenmayer, Austen Keating & Sam Bitten answered that call to action and headed over to the OCTC School to spend a bunch of time with the students. They visited each of the classes to help learn about the Alphabet, played a mini stick tournament and then joined the students for recess to play with some of their favourite toys.

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Thank you to the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre School and all of their staff for all the hard work that they do. The 67’s are proud to have supported this special Smilezone transformation and look forward to building many more friendships between players, students and staff.

22. Lafreniere & Clark motivate students at W.E. Gowling Public School | December 6

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There are times in life where others might tell you that you aren’t fast enough or that you aren’t good enough. But regardless of what kind of obstacles you face there are ways to get reach your goals. 67’s goalie Olivier Lafreniere and forward Kody Clark visited W.E. Gowling Public School to share their triumphs and tribulations and how they continue to work hard to achieve their goals everyday. They talked about the importance of setting a clear goal, attacking it with confidence and most importantly, to NEVER. GIVE. UP!

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Before leaving, the players signed autographs for everyone and delivered two tickets  to each and every student in the school for a future 67’s game.

Learn more about the Ottawa 67’s GOALS! Program

23. 67’s raise over $3500 for CHEO and donate thousands of teddy bears to Make a Wish | December 10

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Hosting a teddy bear toss around the holiday season is a long standing tradition in junior hockey. It gets fans together and excited about giving back to a great cause!

This year the 67’s teamed up with local partner The Brick  and raised over $3500 for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) through the sale of Brickley Bears. The magic moment so many were patiently waiting for came during second period when Peter Stratis put the puck past the Sudbury Wolves netminder leading to a shower of over five housand stuffed animals onto the ice at TD Place. Following the goal many volunteers came out onto the ice to help tidy up and gather all the bears, to have them shipped off to Make a Wish Eastern Ontario in time for the holidays! Fun for all!

24. OSEG Corporate Services & Finance get into the spirit of giving with Shoe Box Project | December 11

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There are many ways to brighten someone’s day. As the holidays approach, OSEG’s Corporate Services & Finance department found a unique way to give back to the amazing women in our community. The Shoebox Project for Shelters collects and distributes gifts in the form of Shoeboxes to women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in communities across the country.

Given the need to help, the Corporate Services and Finance team got together and filled seven shoe boxes to the brim with great skin care products, soaps and shampoos, make-up, delicious chocolates, warm and cozy items and plenty of other stuff they hope will help many woman feel special this holiday season. They topped each box off with a warm message of support and encouragement.

Want to make your own shoe box and give back in Ottawa? Find out how you can help here.

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