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
Calgary’s Kevin Hodgson has won the 2021 Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award, the NHL announced Wednesday.
The award is given to “an individual who – through the sport of hockey – has positively impacted his or her community, culture or society.”.
When the Calgary Flames head out to Los Angeles for their match with the Kings this week, a flight of lucky fans will also be flying down to enjoy the game. Fourteen-year-old Isaiah Kurth and 15-year-old Adam Hayman, who are on the autism spectrum, are among the group on Tuesday’s flight. The boys play hockey every Sunday…
To the delight of one avid hockey family, all members can now hit the ice thanks to a helpful device. Piper Jackson has cerebral palsy and loves to watch her big sister Brynn from the sidelines, but on Sunday, the sisters skated side by side for the first time ever…
Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid surprised children at a charity event in Edmonton Monday. The group of children was gathered in a conference room for CIBC Miracle Day when McDavid walked in. A smiling McDavid met every child, took photos with them and signed autographs…
The Ministry of Children and Family Development has partnered local Greater Victoria schools with HEROS, a volunteer-driven charity, to give the chance for underprivileged kids to play hockey every week until March 12, 2020…
‘I can actually probably make friends for once’: Autistic children outfit for hockey thanks to Oilers star
Like many 14-year-old children, Meghan, who has autism, enjoys skating but hasn’t always had the opportunity to do that with others. At school, she said she doesn’t interact much with other students or have many chances to make new friends….
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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