Hydro Ottawa and Christie Lake Kids announce new Leadership Centre

OTTAWA, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Hydro Ottawa and Christie Lake Kids are proud to announce their partnership in opening a new leadership centre focused on sustainable living.

The Hydro Ottawa Sustainable Youth Leadership Centre, to be built at Belle Island on Christie Lake, will serve Christie Lake Kids' 'Leaders in Training' Program, which is provided for free to economically disadvantaged youth in Ottawa.

"Through our support of Christie Lake Kids we are helping to teach kids valuable life skills that all youth need in order to grow into healthy, successful adults," said Bryce Conrad, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro Ottawa.

For 36 days over seven weeks this summer and eight weekends during the school year, the kids will learn about alternative energy while building their leadership skills and working together as a sustainable community.They will be exposed to a number of alternate power sources and sustainable technologies, including solar cells, a human-powered pump, and a gravity pressurized water system that draws water from the lake to a water tower.

"Christie Lake Kids is very excited to partner with Hydro Ottawa. The new 'Sustainable Youth Leadership Centre' is a clear demonstration of how companies can make a difference by supporting programs that serve some of the most vulnerable children and youth in our community," said Carole Gagné-Ince, Executive Director of Christie Lake Kids.

This partnership will provide a valuable opportunity for Hydro Ottawa staff to volunteer during the construction of the facilities and mentor youth enrolled in Christie Lake Kids' S.T.A.R. Program, 'Skills Through Activity and Recreation'.

About Hydro Ottawa
Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. (Hydro Ottawa) owns and operates two subsidiary companies, Hydro Ottawa Limited and Energy Ottawa Inc.  Hydro Ottawa Limited is the third largest municipally owned electrical utility in Ontario serving more than 310,000 customers in the City of Ottawa and the Village of Casselman. Energy Ottawa Inc., Ottawa's largest producer of green power, generates renewable energy and provides commercial energy management services.

About Christie Lake Kids
Christie Lake Kids is a registered charity with a 90-year history of serving economically disadvantaged children and youth by providing recreation and skill-building programs at no cost, with all barriers to participation removed. Christie Lake Kids seeks to enrich the lives and prospects of children and youth through its community and camp programs which help build leadership, physical, artistic and social skills, as well as positive attitudes and personal qualities.

SOURCE: Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.

For further information:

Claudia Lemieux
Manager, Public Affairs
Hydro Ottawa
613-738-5499 ext. 7684

Sue Wilson
Director of Resource Development
Christie Lake Kids
613-742-6922 ext. 226


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