Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni in the Inclusion Cup

Charitable Hockey Tour
Victoria: Feb 20, Port Alberni: Feb 21, and Chilliwack: Feb 22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni play in the Inclusion Cup to support community inclusion in B.C.

VICTORIA BC, February 19, 2020 – The Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni are coming to B.C. for the first time ever, for a three-game charitable hockey tour to support community inclusion. The games will be played in Victoria, Port Alberni, and Chilliwack with the Leafs facing off against teams of local players.

Rick Vaive, Al Iafrate, Mike Krushelnyski, Garry Valk, and nine other Toronto Maple Leafs stars are joining Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni for the B.C. tour. This is the first time ever that the Leafs’ Alumni team has played in our province.

  • Victoria, The Q Centre: February 20, 2020
    Tickets – hosted by Lifetime Networks Victoria
  • Port Alberni, Alberni Valley Multiplex: February 21, 2020
    Tickets – hosted by Port Alberni Association for Community Living
  • Chilliwack, Chilliwack Coliseum: February 22, 2020
    Tickets – hosted by Chilliwack Society for Community

The home teams for each game will include local players who are jumping at the opportunity to play in the game with their Maple Leafs heroes. One, lucky super-fan will be travelling with Leafs to each game as they travel by bus, provided by the Inclusion Cup Tour Sponsor The Wilson’s Group of Companies, from Victoria to Port Alberni and Chilliwack.

The goal of the tour is to promote community inclusion, especially for people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. “We are using a common bond – hockey and the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni – to bring together people of all abilities together to celebrate inclusion and diversity,” says Jeff Gilbank, Director of Chilliwack Society for Community Living.

“The immediate benefit of this event will be the reduction of social isolation for people with disabilities who will be welcomed and celebrated,” says Carlene Thompson, the Finance Director at Lifetime Networks Victoria who is hosting the game in Victoria, B.C. Thompson continues, “The long-term benefit will be to strengthen Inclusion BC and our local community service providers so that people with disabilities in our communities get the support they need to become active members of their communities.”

All proceeds from the games will go to support children, youth, and adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities in British Columbia.

“It’s going to be a fun, family-friendly night,” says Craig Summers, Executive Director at Port Alberni Association for Community Living, “So come on out and show your support for community inclusion, diversity, and hockey!!”

Participating Organizations: Lifetime Networks Victoria, Port Alberni Association for Community Living, Chilliwack Society for Community Living, Inclusion BC, Wilson’s Group of Companies, and Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni

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Special thanks to our sponsor the Wilson’s Group for supporting this event”


EVENT DETAILS

A three-game charitable hockey tour to support community inclusion in B.C. with the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni.

Victoria, BC: February 20, 2020
Lifetime Network Nets vs Toronto Maple Leaf Alumni
Thursday, Feb 20, 2020, at 7:00 PM
The Q Centre, Colwood, BC V9B 1J1
Tickets: Inclusion Cup, Game #1, Victoria

Port Alberni: February 21, 2020
Port Alberni Bombers vs Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni
Alberni Valley Multiplex
3737 Roger, Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 8J4
Tickets: Inclusion Cup, Game #2, Port Alberni

Chilliwack: February 22, 2020
CSCL Chilly Wackers vs Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni
Saturday, February 22, 2020 – 7:00 PM
Chilliwack Coliseum. Chilliwack, BC
Tickets: Inclusion Cup, Game #3, Chilliwack


CONTACT

To arrange interviews and photo opportunities please contact:

Lifetime Networks Victoria
Carlene Thompson, Finance Director
250-477-4112
carlene@lnv.ca

Port Alberni Association for Community Living
Craig Summers, Executive Director
250-724-7155
craig.summers@paacl.ca

Chilliwack Society for Community Living
Jeff Gillbank, Executive Director
604-792-7726
jeff.gilbank@cscl.org


PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS

Lifetime Networks Victoria
At Lifetime Networks, we understand the importance of relationships. We listen and meet you where you are at. We aim to work with you to help you achieve your goals, whatever they may be. We build Networks of Friends, provide Continuing Education, Community Engagement Support, Employment Preparation, Job Search, ‘on the job’ support and more… all within inclusive, safe, welcoming settings.

Chilliwack Society for Community Living
The Chilliwack Society for Community Living is a voluntary, non-profit organization whose goal is to promote and enhance the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. To achieve this, the Society is mandated by its constitution and by-laws to provide an array of services and supports, including various community living arrangements.

Port Alberni Association for Community Living
The Port Alberni Association for Community Living (PAACL) has a long and highly respected reputation in the community for advocacy and service to people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni
The Toronto Maple Leafs are committed to making a difference in the Toronto community. Our players, community ambassadors, and media personalities make over 600 appearances in the community at charity, sporting, school and business events throughout the season.

Wilson’s Group of Companies
The Wilson’s Group of Companies is a family owned and operated ground transportation and tour company located in Victoria, BC Canada. Since its creation in 1980 by founders W.D Kello and Mary Wilson, they have grown to become one of the largest and most diverse ground transportation company’s in British Columbia with a variety of brands and service offerings under their umbrella – The Wilson’s Group of Companies. With a wide range of service offerings spread across Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and Whistler, Wilson’s is able connect people to the places they need to go. Whether it be for business or leisure, tourists or locals, The Wilson’s Group is your one stop shop for all your transportation needs!

Inclusion BC
Inclusion BC is a non-profit federation working with partners to build community and to enhance the lives of children, youth, adults with intellectual disabilities and their families by supporting abilities, promoting action and advancing rights, responsibilities and social justice. Our vision is a world where we all belong.