As a mother, I want to make my kids happy. Hockey makes them happy, and
they have grown so much on and off the ice.
Without the Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund, hockey wouldn’t be a
possibility for two of my children and I am so grateful for the support.
My 16-year-old son Quavis and my 14-year-old daughter Patricia have
received the funding for their registrations this season. We previously
used the Lace ‘Em Up Foundation, but learned they partnered with the Assist
Fund, so I filled out the forms and we received the funding.
Both play goalie and both are ambitious in their dreams – hockey and
Quavis wants to be known for playing hockey. He has struggled with his
self-confidence, like any other goalie, but he takes every win and loss as
a learning lesson. He hopes to continue to play hockey once his U18 season
is over, but he will always love the game. If he can’t continue with
hockey, he wants to be a veterinarian.
Patricia’s dream, ever since she started playing goal, was to play for Team
Canada. She idolizes Shannon Szabados, a two-time Olympic gold medallist.
She is still figuring out who she wants to be, but playing hockey at a high
level is her dream.
My kids love hockey and playing with their friends, and I want them to be
active and to stay on the straight path.
As a single mother, I work hard to keep them in the sport they love and
having access to the Assist Fund allows me to do just that. With how
expensive hockey is, it is really a godsend to me because I wouldn’t be
able to afford to put either of them in hockey.
Getting this assist means a lot to us. Both Quavis and Patricia understand
what it means for them to receive this funding so they can continue to play
hockey. They are always talking about hockey – what happened last season,
when the new season is coming up and how the next season is going to go.
They love it.
When I was growing up in Onion Lake, Sask., hockey was a big thing. When I
had my older kids, they weren’t interested in hockey, but were into other
sports. When I had my younger kids and moved back to Maskwacis, Alta., a
friend suggested I sign up my son Bradley for hockey. Quavis and Patricia
quickly followed in his footsteps.
They love making friends, travelling to new places and seeing new people
through hockey, and they are gaining skills on and off the ice. Through the
game, they are learning how to be approachable and friendly, listen to
their coaches and build their self-confidence.
The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund helps all hard-working parents so
we can keep them in hockey instead of telling them we can’t afford it. It
helps us financially, of course, but it also helps us watch our kids grow
and develop into the people they are.
Thank you to the Hockey Canada Foundation, partners and those who have
donated to the Assist Fund. To be able to share our story and our
experience – we are so grateful. It is such a great resource for many to
keep kids in hockey.