We are proud to have attended the official inauguration of the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation’s BLEU BLANC BOUGE refrigerated outdoor rink, held on 13 December at the Patro de Jonquière. The project was created to support young people’s health and wellbeing and improve their quality of life.
Several former Canadiens were also present, including Guy Carbonneau and Gilbert Delorme, who both made their debuts in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) playing for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. They were joined by local youths from Le Tandem Rosaire Elementary School for an inaugural skate on the new rink.
Building Community Through Sport
With the goal of supporting the project’s implementation in Saguenay, we donated $450,000 over three years through the Rio Tinto Aluminium Canada Fund. The donation mainly went towards the organisation of activities, such as skating lessons and ball hockey games, in collaboration with local schools and partners, as well as the Mashteuiatsh community.
Stéphane Larouche, Manager at Power Operations, represented Rio Tinto at the event. “Rio Tinto has been a leading partner of the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation since 2007,” he said, “and we are proud to see this close collaboration come to fruition here in this beautiful region of ours. We are very pleased to help give families in the Jonquière borough and surrounding areas better access to sports activities while also promoting a healthy lifestyle.”
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