Docs on Ice scores big

Docs on Ice scores big

Release Date: Apr 8, 2011

Physicians and medical students from across the province battled it out on the ice in Oakville this week for a good cause at Docs on Ice 2011. Halton Region partnered with the Doctors' Hockey Club and the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton Halton to sponsor the Docs on Ice charitable hockey tournament as part of its physician recruitment program. Funds raised this weekend will support the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton Halton.

“Halton Region has plenty to offer as a place to visit, but also to live, work, raise a family and retire,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “This year’s Docs on Ice event has been a wonderful way to showcase our many strengths. Hats off to the doctors, the volunteers and the sponsors who have worked so hard to make this tournament such an incredible success!”

The Doctors’ Hockey Club, host for the 2011 tournament, is made up of Halton, Hamilton and Mississauga hockey-playing doctors.

Docs On Ice

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton with Hockey Hall of Fame referee Andy Van Hellemond (centre) and Docs on Ice 2011 Committee members Dr. Rob Mascarin (Co-Chair), Dr. Pete Kujtan (Co-Chair), Dr. Len DeBolster (Co-Chair), and Dr. David Palmer (Docs in Ice 2011 Committee Chairman).

“I’m especially pleased that this year’s Docs on Ice Tournament happened in Oakville,” noted Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “Events such as this set a terrific example for physicians, for the community and for our young people.”

With the help of local volunteers, the tournament raises funds through a combination of registration fees, sponsorship, donations and special events. This year, all proceeds are going directly to the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton Halton in support of the Docs on Ice Resource Centre in Oakville.

“We would like to sincerely thank our sponsors for Docs on Ice Oakville 2011,” said Dr. David Palmer, Chairman of the Docs on Ice 2011 Executive Committee. “Through their generous donations, they have demonstrated support for the communities of Oakville, Halton Region, and for the Alzheimer Society. We recognize them as champions in the Halton community for showing support for local charity. We also would like to thank Halton Region and the many volunteers who have worked so hard over the past year. They have done an amazing job, and set the standard for future events.”

Since the first Docs on Ice tournament in Peterborough with eight teams, 29 years ago, the event has grown to include more than 800 physicians and 100 Medical Students, with over 50 teams. To date, Docs on Ice has raised over $1 million dollars for charity. This year’s tournament raised over $100,000. The final tally will be posted on Monday at www.docsonice.ca.

“This will be a lasting and appropriate legacy that will continue to have a presence and a positive impact in our community long after the final game has ended,” said Trevor Clark, Regional Director, Development, Alzheimer Society of Hamilton and Halton.

Next year’s 30th anniversary tournament will take place in Peterborough from March 29 to April 1, 2012. The money raised from that tournament will go to the Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation.

To learn more about the tournament, visit www.docsonice.ca. To see a list of newly recruited doctors who are accepting patients in Halton, visit www.halton.ca/newphysicians. For more information on Halton’s physician recruitment program, visit www.haltondoctors.ca or contact Angela Sugden-Praysner at 905-825-6000, ext. 7929, 311, toll free 1-866-442-5866, TTY 905-827-9833.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; emergency medical services; waste management; public health; Ontario Works (formerly social assistance); children’s and seniors’ services; social/non-profit housing; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.

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Media Contacts

Dr. David Palmer
Chairman
Docs on Ice Oakville 2011
Streetsville Medical Centre
5425 Creditview Road, Unit 8
Mississauga, Ontario
L5V 2P3
905-826-1164

Trevor Clark
Regional Director, Development
Alzheimer Society of Hamilton and Halton
1685 Main St West, Suite 206
Hamilton, ON L8S 1G5
905-529-7030; Toll Free: 1-888-343-1017
Trevor.Clark@alzda.ca

Anna Larson
Communications Specialist
Strategic Communications
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7851;
Toll Free: 1-866-442-5866
anna.larson@halton.ca