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Courage Canada Sticks Now Available!
Looking to score this holiday season?

With a donation to Courage Canada in support of our programs for youth who are visually impaired you can receive a complimentary Courage Canada limited edition one-piece composite stick by Trilage Hockey.

The stick is available in both youth and adult sizes!

Youth: Minimum donation of $80.00
Adult: Minimum donation of $120.00

Please email your requests to info@couragecanada.ca

Happy Holidays:)

Mon Dec 20 2010 @ 10:23pm by Mark DeMontis

Sucess in Surrey
Last week Courage Canada held a two day learn to skate program with elementary and secondary visually-impaired students from the Surrey School District. These youth had the opportunity to take to the ice in their first of four programs happening this year at Fleetwood Arena. The learn to skate programs were a huge sucess and the students did amazing with many of them taking the ice for their first time.

Special Thanks to teacher organizer Joanna Angelidis, players from the Vancouver Eclipse Blind Hockey Team and our friend and special guest Matt Pelech from the Abbotsford Heat AHL Hockey Club who spent both days working with the students on developing their skills.

Here's a link from the Abbotsford Heat website covering the event:

http://...www.abbotsfordheat.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=23800&ATCLID=205036907
Mon Nov 29 2010 @ 9:11am by Mark DeMontis

Burlington Post Article
Here's a link to an amazing article which made front page of the Burlington Post from Courage Canada's recent learn to skate program with visually-impaired students from the Hlalton Region:

http://www.insidehalton.com/community/article/908669--courage-canada-takes-kids-skating
Mon Nov 29 2010 @ 8:58am by Mark DeMontis

Follow Us Online!
Want to stay up-to-date with Courage Canada?

Be sure to Follow Courage Canada/Mark DeMontis Online by clicking our social media links on the site's left side bar!

With only one click of a button you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and stay up-to-date on the latest with Courage Canada including our programs, news, events and media coverage.

As a growing organization we take very serious the importance of keeping our fans and supporters posted online so that they too can be a part of the our journey raising funds and awareness for our cause across Canada.




Tue Nov 23 2010 @ 12:35am by Mark DeMontis

CBC Toronto

The following link is CBC Toronto's coverage from Friday's learn to skate program with visually-impaired students from the Halton District School Board. Please fast forward to the 25-minute mark of the video:

http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/Local_News/Toronto/1317912017/ID=1653545587
Mon Nov 22 2010 @ 12:40am by Mark DeMontis

Breaking Down Barriers in Burlington
On Friday November 19th, 2010 Courage Canada held its first learn to skate program in Ontario with visually impaired students from the Halton District School Board. The event was a huge sucess as these students with various degrees of visual impairments had the opportunity, many in fact for their first time to take to the ice and learn the basic fundamentals of skating in a safe environment.

Both the off-ice leadership and advocacy workshop and on-ice session were held at Appleby Arena in Burlington. The students had the chance to hear founder Mark DeMontis' inspiring story before they laced up for their first stride of the day.

Special thank you to the City of Burlington for providing the students with skate aids for the on-ice session as well as the Burlington Lions Club for providing a healthy lunch for all the students, teachers and Courage Canada team.

Extra special thank you to Halton Distrct Vision program teacher organizer Donna Gillies-Marson for all of her hard work and commitment to helping organize this educational field-trip for these students.

Courage Canada is very proud of every student for finding the strength and courage to step out onto the ice and not give up! We look forward to the next event this year!

The following link is CBC Toronto's coverage from Friday's skating day. Please fast forward to the 25-minute mark of the video:

http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/Local_News/Toronto/1317912017/ID=1653545587

Courage Canada will be in Surrey, British Columbia this week working with both the elementary and secondary school visually-impaired students from the Surrey District School Board.

Stay tuned for more info.

Mon Nov 22 2010 @ 12:37am by Mark DeMontis

A Survey for the Game
Currently Courage Canada is circuiting a survey conducted by the Engineering student's at the Faculty of Textile Engineering at NC State pertaining to the design of a new improved blind hockey puck.

If you are a person who is blind or visually-impaired inteested in filling out this survey send us an email -info@couragecanada.ca
subject - survey
Fri Oct 22 2010 @ 3:59pm by Mark DeMontis

1 Year Later
Saturday October 16th, 2010

Today is Courage Canada's 1 year Anniversary of the Quest to the West in-line skate across Canada. This day last year founder Mark DeMontis completeed his 5,000km in-line skate from Toronto to Vancouver to raise funds and awareness for blind hockey in Canada.

Since the completion of the journey, Courage Canada has continued to raise funds via public donation and corporate sponsorship which has helped start blind youth programs in regions all across Canada from BC, Ontario and Quebec. These programs are providing blind and low vision youth with the opportunity to have fun and experience ice-skating inside their community with other blind and low vision youth.

Stay tuned for our Fall/Winter Program Schedule coming soon.
Mon Oct 18 2010 @ 3:39pm by Mark DeMontis

Happy Thanksgiving
Courage Canada would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving! We hope that you all spend time with close family and friends over the course of the holidays.

I would also like to take this opportunity to send their special Thanksgiving wishes to the Miller family from Kelowna, BC who 1 year ago took Cam, Jay, PJ and I into their arms during Thanksgiving weekend just only one week before the finish line in Vancouver. Your hospitality and kind generosity is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

To Zach Miller.

Every Thanksgiving I will think of the time we first met you and your family at the Tim Horton's in Merrit, BC. I will always remember that day and how our friendship first started.

Take care and all the best,

Mark DeMontis
Sun Oct 10 2010 @ 5:03pm by Mark DeMontis

MARK DEMONTIS ON NHL HOME ICE XM RADIO THIS FRIDAY!

Courage Canada Founder Mark DeMontis will be on NHL Home Ice XM Radio this Friday at 9:25amET on the Hockey This Morning Show with Host Mike Ross.

Mark and Mike will be talking about the Courage Canada/NC State partnership to improve a universal blind hockey puck.

Be sure to get the 7-day free trial and learn more about this recent partnership and the latest with Courage Canada and our blind program developments.

Visit: www.nhlhomeice.com
Wed Oct 06 2010 @ 10:07am by Mark DeMontis

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