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 nexgen Ottawa Ringette 

 presented by: 

Their Opportunity & Eleanor MacQuarrie Memorial Fund


Their Opportunity and the Eleanor MacQuarrie Memorial Fund have teamed up to create the 
NextGen Ottawa Introduction to skating & Ringette Program

Geared to support under-serviced youth aged 7-12, it will be offered over 7 sessions in August & September 2024.
This exciting initiative,  guided by elite players & experienced instructors, offers a comprehensive introduction to both skating and ringette. Over the first 4 sessions, participants will learn the essential skills and fundamentals of skating.

Following the skating sessions, we transition to an exhilarating 3-session introduction to ringette, where participants will put their newly acquired skating skills to the test on the ice. Join us for this fun and dynamic program designed to foster confidence and athleticism in a supportive and family-friendly environment!

need skates & a ringette stick?
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About Eleanor MacQuarrie

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Eleanor will be remembered for her down to earth and friendly approach, her strong values, her can-do attitude, her deep commitment to community...and her never faltering sense of joy!

Born in Summerside, PEI on August 9, 1928, Eleanor grew up on a farm in Kelvin Grove, PEI and always remained grounded by its red soil. One of her fondest memories from her youth was skating with her brother to waltzes and other music played over a speaker at the outdoor rink. How those skates could make her fly!


Eleanor wore many hats. A teacher in Prince Edward Island, community builder in two communities (Blackburn Hamlet and Cardinal Heights, both now part of Ottawa) and a volunteer organizer and canvasser with the Canadian Cancer Society for over 40 years. On top of that she was a loving partner (and chauffeur) to her husband, amazing mother to five busy kids (only six years separated oldest to youngest) and an active and nurturing grandmother of 10. She loved life and all its many wonders. She made friends across the generations and she kept them throughout her lifetime.


Eleanor was always keen to volunteer to help organize and support – to give back to her community. Many of her contributions are still thriving such as the Blackburn Fun Fair running annually since 1971 and the Gloucester Cumberland Ringette Association in operation since 1970. She always encouraged and supported her children, grandchildren as well as many neighbourhood kids to get involved in school & community sports and other activities.


She is a member of the Ontario Ringette Association Hall of Fame. She was a ringette pioneer and builder in Gloucester/Ottawa and eastern Ontario and an enthusiastic ringette player well into her seventies. Although she thought ringette was the greatest sport, as a devoted sports fan, there was no mistaking that Alfie (Daniel Alfredsson), number 11, former captain of the Ottawa Senators held a special spot in her heart!


Eleanor hung up her skates for the final time on December 17, 2015.

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learn to skate

In the first phase of our program, participants will spend 4 sessions learning the essential skills and fundamentals of skating. Guided by experienced instructors, each session is designed to build confidence and proficiency on the ice, ensuring that every participant, regardless of their starting skill level, makes steady progress.


learn ringette

During these sessions, participants will put their newly acquired skating skills to the test as they learn the basics of this fast-paced and exciting sport. Our instructors will teach the fundamental techniques and rules of ringette, providing a dynamic and engaging experience. This phase is designed to be both challenging and enjoyable, helping participants to further develop their skills in a team-oriented setting.




Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex – Orléans
1490 Youville Dr, Orléans, ON K1C 2X8

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