Bernice Wilson is betting on the Stallions to help round up funds for the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa in memory of her friend Jamie Hubley.
The Kanata Lakes woman asked John Russo, owner of the Stallions, if the team would be willing to host a fundraiser in memory of the Glen Cairn teen, who took his own life just over a year ago after being bullied for his sexual orientation.
“I knew Jamie; I know the family and I saw Jamie growing up,” said Wilson. “I saw what a wonderful kid he was growing up … how talented and kind and generous he was. I just felt it was such a terrible tragedy and our community is a dimmer place to live because of what happened. I asked John if I could use the Stallions to generate a fundraiser in memory of Jamie. He said ‘Go ahead and organize it.’”
All proceeds from ticket sales for the Jr. A hockey team’s game against the Pembroke Lumber Kings on Tuesday, Nov. 27, will be donated to the Youth Services Bureau, the charity chosen by Jamie’s parents Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley and his wife, Wendy.
“We really appreciate that the Stallions are doing that and we hope that everyone can join us,” said the councillor, who will be in attendance.
He added with the loss of National Hockey League games “it’s a chance to see some good hockey in Kanata.”
Wilson met the Hubleys at her summer house, where Jamie’s aunt also owned a cottage.
“We became friends,” said Wilson. “I thought it would be a good thing to do in his memory and to honour his life. He tried to change things in his school and community to make kids feel comfortable.”
The game will take place at the Kanata Recreation Complex, 100 Walter Baker Pl., starting at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door or can be purchased ahead of time from: Innovations Hair Studio, 411 Donald B. Munro Dr., Carp; Tony’s Place Hairstylist, 455 Hazeldean Rd.; Don Cherry’s Sports Grill, 320 Eagleson Rd. in the Hazeldean Mall; Wild Wing, 700 Eagleson Rd.; at Earl of March and A.Y. Jackson secondary schools and John Young Elementary School.
“We specifically chose the game against the Lumber Kings because there’s a good rivalry against the two teams,” said Wilson. “We have a great community and we really come together over things like this. And we’re helping youth that are incredibly vulnerable.
“It’s important we keep the bullying issue front and centre so people are educated about the issue.”