At Skate Canada, we’re driven by a vision where everyone in Canada can experience the joy of skating.
In 2022, we proudly launched Community Constellations, a program designed to make skating more accessible to marginalized communities in Canada. Community Constellations removes financial barriers to give equity-deserving groups the opportunity to attend live figure skating events and experience the magic of the sport first-hand.
To date, we have partnered with organizations such as KidsUpFront, Temple Community Association, New Canadian Friendship Centre, Indigenous Sport Physical Activity and Recreation Council, and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation to help distribute more than 700 tickets to figure skating events to underserved individuals and families, including newcomers, refugees, and Indigenous Canadians.
“I want to thank you on behalf of the entire family for the magnificent distinction you have made for us by selecting us for a beautiful and fun competition at the Calgary Olympic Park,” said a Community Constellations recipient and newcomer to Canada. “We feel privileged to be taken into account for so many and such beautiful presentations.”
Thanks to meaningful dialogue with our community partners, since launching the program, Community Constellations has evolved to better address the needs of the people it serves. In addition to an event ticket, participants receive transportation to and from the venue, onsite food vouchers, and extra tickets for their family members to attend.
“It was heartwarming to see the parents and children take in the activity they otherwise would not have had the means to attend,” said the Vanier Pediatric Social Club. “Thank you for this initiative.”
Through Community Constellations and in partnership with local organizations across the country, we are not only fostering a more diverse body of figure skating fans but also helping to make the joy of skating more accessible to all Canadians.
To learn more about Community Constellations and how your organization can participate in the program, please contact Patricia at [email protected].