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Recreation Association of the Public Service of Canada – (Ottawa, ON) March 15, 2018 – Hockey Canada, the national governing body for ice and sledge hockey, has joined the House of Sport, moving solely its Ottawa office to the innovative sport hub realized at the RA Centre in May.

Hockey is more than a sport for Canadians, it is a part of the country’s heart and soul and Hockey Canada is its national guardian.  It is therefore fitting to have Canada’s national sport in the National Capital Region collaborating with other national multi-sport organizations.  
 
Ensuring hockey remains woven into the fabric of a nation demands constant attention, constant creativity, and the ability to explore opportunities.  “Joining the House of Sport will allow Hockey Canada to connect to a wider sport community,” says Glen McCurdie, Vice-President of Membership Services, Hockey Canada.  “However, for us the move of our Ottawa office goes deeper. The value proposition of the House of Sport and the ability to offer an environment that positively supports our staff will help to ensure a high quality of services and programming for participants and allow Hockey Canada to maintain its position of world hockey leader.”
 
“Hockey Canada’s commitment to the House of Sport further substantiates the model that the RA set out to develop”, says Tosha Rhodenizer, RA Chief Executive Officer. “The House of Sport’s design encourages collaboration, innovation and efficiency while the location within the RA Centre offers unique wrap-around benefits including food and beverage services, meeting spaces and play spaces, and recreation, sports and fitness programs. Sport organizations work hard and play hard and there is no richer environment for them to reside in.” 
 
This is a transformative opportunity for the RA. This project will significantly strengthen the RA’s position and deepen its roots as a leader in the sports, fitness and recreation sectors not just within the City of Ottawa but across the country. “The RA is proud to be driving such a creative and innovative re-imagining”,  Ms. Rhodenizer adds. “The integration of the House of Sport into the RA community will strengthen our connection to Canadian sport by supporting the organizations that help athletes grow and develop from playground to podium.  This is something the RA has been passionately contributing to for the last 75 years”.
 
The addition of the Hockey Canada Ottawa Office to the House of Sport community brings the initial phase of this initiative to near-capacity.The RA in concert with these other not for profit organizations, will benefit from the economies of scale and efficiencies by sharing common elements such cutting-edge technologies and many other resources.  Proceeds from this project will be funneled back into the Association and allow for further investment into the local community through RA programs, activities and facilities.
 
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News release (in PDF)

 
Contact Information
Recreation Association of the Public Service of Canada (RA):
Bryan R. Merrett
Director, Partnership and Engagement
Telephone: 613-897-6162
 
About the RA
A member supported not-for-profit organization; the Recreation Association of the Public Service of Canada (best known as the RA or RA Centre) operates a multi-sport, recreation and leisure facility conveniently located in the heart of Ottawa. With a deep and quality laden line-up of fitness programs, sports leagues designed for adults, summer camps for children and youth and clubs for all ages, the RA is an environment that values fun, respect and excellence. RA members celebrate in a social atmosphere with a new story created each day. Supporting these stories is the ability for members and the public to access services from the RA’s Events and Conference team offering quality food and beverages. With a proud legacy of community engagement that embodies a clear passion for excellence in sport, the RA has much to offer the sport community. For additional design information on the House of Sport please visit our project page at www.houseofsport.ca.
 
About Hockey Canada
Hockey Canada is the governing body for hockey in Canada and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), with a membership through its 13 member associations of over 700,000 players, coaches and officials. Hockey Canada is a not-for-profit organization that creates leading-edge hockey development programs for its members to deliver in communities across Canada; provides consistent rules and regulations and various other membership services from coast to coast to coast; manages numerous regional, national, and international hockey championships and events; and leads the operation of all teams that represent Canada in international ice hockey competition. Hockey Canada’s mission is to “lead, develop, and promote positive hockey experiences.” For more information on Hockey Canada, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow through social media on Facebook and Twitter.
 
Hockey Canada has offices in Calgary and Ottawa and operates regional centres in Toronto and Montreal.