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2015-03-09

The Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre reveals new Smilezone that supports children and families, and honours community leader, Bryan Murray.

Ottawa, ON – March 9, 2015 – Today the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre was pleased to welcome families and guests to the unveiling of the new Smilezone area at their Smyth Road Centre.   Joined by Smilezone Foundation Board Members as well as players from the Ottawa Senators team, the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre unveiled the new Smilezone that will honour Bryan Murray and support children, youth and families who are waiting for their appointment at the Centre.

 

Joined by Smilezone Foundation Board Members as well as players from the Ottawa Senators team, the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre unveiled the new Smilezone that will honour Bryan Murray and support children, youth and families who are waiting for their appointment at the Centre.

The Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre supports families who have a child or youth with multiple physical, developmental, and associated behavioural needs. More than 4000 families receive services from the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre annually. Thanks to an investment from the Smilezone Foundation, the Centre's waiting rooms are now more comfortable and accessible for families.

"Our Foundation is humbled to be a part of a centre that prides itself as being diverse, inclusive and empowering for children and youth. Every kid deserves a reason to smile and we are just thrilled to be a part of the Ottawa community," said Smilezone Co-founder Adam Graves.

The Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre was especially excited to welcome the General Manager of the Ottawa Senators, Bryan Murray, to the event. The Centre has named the Smilezone area in honour of him, and in recognition of his work to support those enduring ongoing treatment for an illness or disability.

"I'm honoured to be part of the new Smilezone area, and know it will have an immediate impact on these children," said Bryan Murray. "I have personally experienced the benefits of having a safe and friendly place to come for treatment and I think that children coming here will now have a better chance to tackle their challenges with smiles on their faces. That is incredibly important to both these kids and their families."

The Centre has multiple sites throughout eastern Ontario, however the Smyth Road facility is the one where many families are seen for appointments that may require them to meet with multiple care providers. The new Smilezone will provide a comfortable, and interactive space for families waiting to be seen, or who are between appointments.

The Smilezone Foundation transforms spaces in health care settings into an oasis for kids to give them the opportunity to enjoy being a kid, and more importantly, an opportunity to smile.

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Quick Facts:

The Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre provides care and services to more than 4000 families annually.

The Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre has centres in Ottawa, Kanata, Cornwall and Renfrew, and provides rehabilitative, therapeutic and educational programs for children and youth with disabilities.

The services provided by the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre may include speech, recreational or occupational therapy, blind or low-vision care, or respite programs for families.

In recent years, the demand for services has increased significantly as more children with complex care needs are diagnosed.

90 per cent of the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre funding comes from the Ontario Government.

 

The Smilezone Foundation is an independent charity committed to "putting smiles on children's faces."

The charity, founded by Adam and Violet Graves and Scott and Jackie Bachly, established the overarching mission of assisting children, and their families, who are facing difficult times and health challenges.

The Mission Statement of the Foundation is to:

"Create, build and transform areas (zones) in hospitals, private treatment and development centres, and children's clinics, in order to improve the lives of children facing illness, disabilities, and physical and emotional obstacles —ultimately putting a smile on their faces."

The Ottawa Senators and Bryan Murray

Bryan Murray is the General Manager of the Ottawa Senators, a role he has held since 2007.

Bryan Murray is currently serving in his 32 consecutive season in the NHL.

In 2014, Mr. Murray announced that he was battling cancer, and that it had spread throughout his body.

The Smilezone has been aptly named the Bryan Murray Smilezone in recognition of his constant smile and good sense of humour, even in difficult situations.

For more information, please contact:

Anne Huot
Director of Client Programs & Information
Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre
2211 Thurston Drive
(613) 688-2126 x 4344