Community First Collecting Skates For Youth In Need


Community First is excited to launch its new Motivate 2 Skate program this Saturday, September 23rd at the Soo Greyhounds’ Home Opener. Motivate 2 Skate is designed to provide free skate days to local schools, including equipment for students in need. The skate days include:

·         Ice time at the Community First Soo Pee Wee Arena

·         Skates and CSA-approved helmets for students who need them

·         Bus transportation to and from the arena

·         A complimentary pizza lunch

·         Community First staff onsite to assist with equipment

“We have been partnered with the Soo Pee Arena for over two years now,” says Liisa Woolley, Chief Member Services Officer for Community First. “What we have really learned from speaking with the arena staff and local teachers is that many students don’t have the resources to try skating, and that the high costs of equipment prevents them from joining in on the fun with their classmates. We wanted to be able to provide all students the opportunity to be active and enjoy this time with their friends.”

Community First has partnered with T and T Promotional Products to purchase the helmets, and is looking for community support to assist with the collection of skates. “The more equipment we have, the more schools we will be able to offer Motivate 2 Skate days to,” explains Woolley. “This is why we are looking to our community to donate their gently-used skates so that we can offer a wide variety of sizes and types of skates to appeal to all students.”

Community First staff are asking you to donate your gently used skates by stuffing their cruiser on Saturday, September 23rd from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Essar Centre parking lot before the Soo Greyhounds’ Home Opener. If you are unable to make it on Saturday, you can donate to either of their two local branches during business hours at 289 Bay Street and 535 Trunk Road.

The effort is another example of the credit union’s ongoing corporate giving program.

If you are a school representative and you’re interested in applying for a free Motivate 2 Skate day, visit to learn more.