NORTH DURHAM: Amid freezing temperatures befitting such an occasion, last week, local resident Lance Brown was awarded a prestigious national award for his work building ice rinks for the benefit of families in need.
At a ceremony in Blackstock, on Thursday, Feb. 19, the longtime CTV sports anchor was honoured as one of Canadian Tire’s Great Canadian Hosers of 2015. Each year, Canadian Tire awards five new local champions from across the country for braving the cold to help keep their community active all winter long.
Mr. Brown spearheads an annual event, building ice rinks for deserving families in need. As part of the presentation Mr. Brown was presented with the coveted gold-hose trophy by Canadian Tire Uxbridge owner Pat Higgins. As well, a $1,000 donation to Jumpstart was made in his name, and an in-ice We All Play For Canada logo etched into the home rink of the family he helped this year.
Upon receiving the award, Mr. Brown noted that he is just one part of a team that brings rinks to a deserving family each year.
“I’m honoured to have received this award,” Mr. Brown told The Standard. “But, I’m just a conduit, others donate the materials and the equipment to give back to those in need and offer a hand-up.”
As well, Mr. Higgins remarked that it was an honour for him to be a part of the ceremony, and spoke highly of Mr. Brown’s charitable efforts.
“It was great to be involved with this, Lance does tremendous work in the community, and Canadian Tire is honoured to be able to present this award to him for all that he does to help others,” said Mr. Higgins.
The ritual of building backyard rinks has been a part of Mr. Brown’s life since childhood, and he noted that he is pleased to be able to carry on the Canadian tradition.
“My dad built me a rink when I was young. And then, I built my first when I was 17-years-old, which wasn’t all that hard since we lived in Edmonton. And later I built them for my own children. Now, we try and build one every year for someone in need, and it’s always a feel good story for everyone involved.”