Six skaters from the Glen Cairn Skating Club will join forces with Olympic figure skater Elizabeth Manley on Jan. 26 to raise funds for two organizations in memory of Jamie Hubley.
Jamie was a top-10 provincial figure skating competitor and the local skaters were chosen to take part in the event because they trained with him, said Sylive McCormick, who has a daughter in the club.
“James Hubley meant a lot to so many people. When he had passed away it was a very hard time for us all,” said 15-year-old Taylor Abbas, one of the six local skaters who will take to the ice. The Grade 10 student at A.Y. Jackson Secondary School said it’s important to raise awareness and money for mental health.
“I hope no one has to go through the pain I had to go through,” she said. “Jamie, I’ll love you forever and always.”
Jamie, the son of Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley, took his own life just over a year ago after being bullied for his sexual orientation.
Taylor, along with McKayla MacDonell, 13, Alesi Zito-LaRose, 15, Eliza Moore, 17, Kelly MacDonald, 17, and Victoria Walker, 15, have been practicing every Friday morning for two hours over the past number of weeks.
“I feel honored to skate in memory of my friend James, for a cause that was so important to him,” said Kelly, a Grade 12 student at Holy Trinity Catholic High School.
Glen Cairn Skating Club coach Lisa Ross, who taught Jamie for seven years, will also be a part of the fundraising event.
“He was a pleasure to coach,” she said. “Taking part in the show allows me to help promote awareness regarding bullying and mental health issues. I miss James and to skate in his honor means the world to me.”
Jamie touched the lives of each of the skaters taking part in the show.
“It is a great way to show how much James meant to us,” said McKayla, a Grade 8 student at W.O. Mitchell Elementary School.
The event, Elizabeth Manley and Friends, will include a “star-studded” ice show at Scotiabank Place on Jan. 26 with proceeds going to the Do It For Daron foundation and the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. On Jan. 25, a fundraising dinner will be held at the Brookstreet Hotel.
Performers scheduled to participate in the show include:
* Joannie Rochette
* Elvis Stojko
* Nancy Kerrigan
* Megan Duhamel and Eric Radford
* Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje
* Jozef Sabovcik
* Shawn Sawyer
* Gladys Orozco.
* Allie Hann-McCurdy and Michael Coreno
* Nathan Haller
* Ericka Hunter
“I’m very excited to be part of the Liz Manley show to represent the love we have for the sport and for James,” said Victoria, a Grade 10 student at A.Y. Jackson.
For more information on the event, visit elizabethmanleyandfriends.com.