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Roger Neilson House Receives $2.2million Donation

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Aiden Cox
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OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators Foundation announced Thursday that it will donate $2.2M to the facility named after former Peterborough Petes coach Roger Neilson that has provided respite and end-of-life support to children in Ontario since 2006.

The announcement was made by Danielle Robinson, the foundation’s chief executive, at the Roger Neilson House, which was originally known as Roger’s House.

“It truly has been a privilege to be the lead fundraising organization for Roger’s House for over a decade. Our lives have been forever changed by meeting and working so closely with some many of the Roger Neilson House families,” Robinson said.

The money donated will go toward the house’s endowment fund, she said.

Rick MacLeish (centre) with Roger Neilson (left) and Jack Shrubb (right).
Rick MacLeish (centre) with Roger Neilson (left) and Jack Shrubb (right).

Neilson — the Hockey Hall of Fame coach who died in 2003 and was a long-time Peterborough area resident — would have turned 82 Thursday. Roger Neilson House was built in his honour and opened in 2006, the result of a collaborative effort by the Ottawa Senators Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ontario ministries of Health and Children and Youth Services.

The endowment fund currently holds $4.5 million; the goal is to get that figure up to $10 million, said Kevin Keohane, CHEO’s chief operating officer.

“With our endowment fund, the $4.5 million will never be spent,” Keohane said. “Instead, what will happen is the interest from that fund will go in to helping assist Roger’s House in meeting its most urgent needs each and every year.”

Our foundations will work together to engage the community over time and we’ll get there,” Keohane said.

To read the full article, visit the Peterborough Examiner online.

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