Hydro One announces three year funding extension for Right To Play's Promoting Life-Skills in Aboriginal Youth program

TORONTO, Feb. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - Hydro One announced today a three-year funding extension for the Promoting Life-Skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program, by Right To Play. Hydro One will invest $100,000 each year to support after-school programming, sport for development activities, youth leadership and health and wellness education.

"Hydro One is proud to renew its sponsorship for a dynamic program that helps Aboriginal youth improve their health, self-esteem and leadership skills," said Carm Marcello, President and CEO, Hydro One. "We are proud to be part of making the communities we serve stronger and healthier through this partnership."

Hydro One has contributed funds to the PLAY program for three years in the Sandy Lake, Moose Cree, Wapekeka and Marten Falls First Nations. The three-year extension will support the program in these eight communities:

  • Eagle Lake First Nation
  • Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent First Nation
  • Shoal Lake #40
  • Wabaseemoong First Nation
  • Grassy Narrows First Nation
  • Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation
  • Wabauskang First Nation, and
  • North West Angle #37 First Nation

Right To Play is a global organization, using the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps over one million children learn through play to create better futures, while driving lasting social change in more than 20 countries each week. Founded in 2000 by social entrepreneur and four-time Olympic gold medalist Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national fundraising offices in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Regional offices are in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Right To Play programs are facilitated by more than 600 international staff and 16,400 local volunteer Coaches. Programming in Canada includes the enhancement of education in priority schools and the Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program, which is partnered with 57 First Nations communities and urban Aboriginal organizations across Ontario and Manitoba.

Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates Ontario's 29,000 km high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 122,000 km low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3 million end-use customers and smaller municipal utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly owned by the Province of Ontario.

SOURCE Hydro One Inc.

For further information: contact Hydro One Media Relations 24 hours a day at 1-877-506-7584 (toll-free in Ontario only) or 416-345-6868. Our website is www.HydroOne.com; Kyla Pearson, Communications Manager, Right To Play Canada, +1 (416) 203-0190 ext. 333, kpearson@righttoplay.com

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