CHARITY – HEROS
Barb is one of the co-founders of HEROS (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society). HEROS started in 2001 at Britannia Ice Rink which is in the inner city of Vancouver, BC. It is a registered Canadian charitable organization committed to empowering children through ice hockey. The premise of HEROS is to use the game of hockey as a catalyst to attract youth to a program offering support for education self-esteem building and life skills training.
The program focuses on boys and girls of diverse ethnicity from economically challenged neighborhoods. The program is conducted in an environment of fun and safety where each child is considered to be a HERO. HEROS is offered in every NHL city across Canada as well as on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia and in Belfast, Ireland. Barb continues to skate with the children every summer in the Vancouver flagship location and serves on the HEROS Board of Directors.
IN THE NEWS
The HEROS — the Hockey Education Reaching Out Society — started in Vancouver and has spread across the country. It’s aimed at young people from poor neighbourhoods. Donations from the National Hockey League Players Association and corporations like Telus pay for equipment and ice time, but the coaches are all volunteers…
Barb Aidelbaum has been with HEROS from the very beginning. When she was asked to be part of the group that founded HEROS in Vancouver, over 20 years ago, Barb didn’t give it a second thought. Her love of hockey and skating coupled with helping economically challenged youth made it a perfect fit. As a professional skating coach, she lends her valuable technical expertise and hockey school perspective to help put together the on-ice programs and is a member of the board of directors…
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