Camp Massawippi goes four seasons with new ice rink
On July 29th, Andrew Molson, Réjean Houle, Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, Ayer’s Cliff mayor Alec van Zuiden, Camp Massawippi Board Chairman Keith Hardie and several Board Directors were present at Camp Massawippi to inaugurate the camp’s first ice rink. The rink, a donation from the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation, will allow such winter activi-
ties as sledge hockey and adapted skating. In the summer months the rink will allow campers in wheelchairs to engage in adapted sports that are otherwise impossible on grass.
“This rink will allow Camp Massawippi to be a true ambassador for adapted sports, on the water and now on land,” said Nathalie Roy, the Camp Director.
From a physical perspective, sports promote balance, coordination, gross motor function, agility, and body awareness – each of which are important therapeutic goals. It also increases cognitive skills such as spatial awareness, timing, as well as split second decision-making and strategic thinking.
From a psycho-social perspective, sports help children learn sportsmanship and how to make new friends. They learn real-life values, such as acceptance of people’s differences, inclusion and collaboration. Parents learn that their child can participate in activities with others their age, and come to recognize new opportunities for their child. By setting and reaching goals that once seemed unattainable, children with physical impairments learn the value of endurance and gain self-confidence and selfesteem.
Far and above the physical benefits, sports provide a welcome escape from an often inactive lifestyle and from the social isolation often felt by children with disabilities.
Camp Massawippi is a bilingual sleep-away camp offering specialized programming for campers aged between 6 and 30 years old, who are living with a physical disability, who are deaf or hearing impaired, blind or visually impaired. It is located on a beautiful fully adapted 19-acre site on the shores of Lake Massawippi in Québec’s Eastern Townships.
The Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation is determined to provide a better and healthier future for children in need. Since its inception in August 2000, the Foundation has donated over $20 million to 697 charitable endeavors throughout the province of Quebec working for the well-being of underprivileged children.
Réjean Houle, Camp Massawippi Board Chairman Keith Hardie, Andrew Molson, Ayer’s Cliff mayor Alec van Zuiden, Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and several Board Directors were present at Camp Massawippi to inaugurate the camp’s first ice rink.