Donations a Plenty for the Healthy Kids Community Challenge of North Simcoe Skate Exchange

February 9, 2016  

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Midland, Ontario – February 9, 2016 – With the goal of trying to make skating more accessible and affordable for children and their families in North Simcoe, the Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC) Skate Exchange, in partnership with the Métis Nation of Ontario, Healthy Weights Connection and Olympia Sports, has been asking generous community members to donate children’s skates, and the response has been truly amazing.

The HKCC Skate Exchange has received a number of donations from community members and organizations around town including, the ReStore in Midland who donated two large totes filled with skates, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Métis Nation of Ontario and the Salvation Army, who provided them with a 50% discount. These generous donations, along with others in the community, have enabled the HKCC Skate Exchange to provide families who are in need, with a great pair of sharpened skates and a voucher for a free skate.

“We reached out to the community with the hopes of getting some response. What we got was truly amazing,” said Jodi Blue, Healthy Weights Connection Site Coordinator, Métis Nation of Ontario. “We are so thankful for our generous community. There’s really nothing more rewarding than providing every child, regardless of circumstance, the opportunity to skate and have fun.”

Community assistance and donations are still needed. If you would like to donate or you are in need of skates for your child, please contact the Métis Nation of Ontario at 705-526-6335. Donations can be dropped off at Métis Nation of Ontario Georgian Bay Métis Council Office, 355 Cranston Crescent in Midland.


The Healthy Kids Community Challenge combines a community-based approach with centralized provincial support to help communities develop and implement policies and programs that enable one common outcome: healthy children. The target age range for the program is children 0-12 years old, with a focus on providing sustainable programs for families with children. For more information about the Skate Exchange, please contact the Métis Nation of Ontario in Midland at 705-526-6335.




Centre de santé communautaire CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre is a not-for-profit health care service funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, through the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network. It offers bilingual and culturally-sensitive care. It encourages persons who identify as First Nations, Francophone, Inuit, Métis or Aboriginal and live in North Simcoe Muskoka to register. For more information please visit

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