OTTAWA, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Hydro Ottawa and Christie Lake Kids
celebrated the success of the first summer camp held at the Hydro
Ottawa Sustainable Youth Leadership Centre. This innovative facility,
located at Belle Island on Christie Lake, provides economically
disadvantaged youth with hands-on sustainability education and
"Contributing to the well-being of our community has always been a part
of Hydro Ottawa's core mandate", said Hydro Ottawa President and CEO
Bryce Conrad. "The programs that Christie Lake Kids offers build
character and provide youth with practical, hands-on experience.
Through our support, we are providing valuable life skills that help
at-risk youth grow into healthy successful adults."
For seven weeks in the summer and eight weekends during the school year,
youth aged 13-17 live and work together on Belle Island, building
leadership and teamwork skills. The facility includes roof-mounted
solar panels to power lighting, composting toilets, solar-heated
showers, and a bicycle-powered water pump that works with a
gravity-pressurized water system.
More than 300 children and youth from Ottawa are expected to visit the
site each summer to explore alternative sources of energy and
"The Hydro Ottawa Sustainable Youth Leadership Centre has provided a one
of a kind opportunity for our youth to develop pro social skills,
outdoor skills, and a lifelong passion for energy conservation and
environmentalism," said Carole Gagne-Ince, Christie Lake Kids Executive
Hydro Ottawa employees helped construct the new Sustainable Youth
Leadership Centre in May, and have the opportunity to mentor youth
enrolled in the Christie Lake Kids S.T.A.R. (Skills Through Activity
and Recreation) Program.
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:
Supervisor, Media and Public Affairs
613-738-5499 ext. 145
Christie Lake Kids
613-742-6922 ext 233