Dear Friends of the Ontario General Insurance Industry:

The committee of the 2019 General Insurance Hockey Tournament is pleased to announce that this year's Tournament will once again be in support of Autism Niagara.

This annual event is being held in Fort Erie and Port Colborne on April 5, 6 & 7th, 2019. With over 500 participants expected, the event is one of the largest events for the general insurance industry. Participants include Insurance Brokers, Adjusters, Insurance Companies, Approved Insurance Contractors and Affiliated Repair Facilities.

As a friend of the general insurance industry, we are looking to you to help us make this tournament a success, as it has in the past. Our goal this year is to raise more than $25,000 and with your contribution, we hope to achieve this!

We are making available various sponsorship levels as well as advertising opportunities for you in order to support the 2019 Tournament.

How Autism Ontario Niagara Chapter will utilize our donation:

Autism Ontario Niagara ChapterAutism Ontario - Niagara ChapterYour donation would be utilized to support our Autism Summer Camp.

Our Summer Day Camp is offered in communities across Niagara during the months of July and August providing recreational, social and life skills activities in a safe and supportive environment for children with ASD ages 5 and up. Over half the participants have complex behaviors, medical and sensory needs that require assistance from a dedicated camp counselor on a 2:1 and 1:1 ratio that is not offered at other community based summer camps across Niagara. Our Camps provide the opportunity for children, youth, teens and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder to be involved in critical recreation, social life skills and activity based programming that helps build long term skills in each participant. Camper's outings offer unique learning opportunities for both campers and the community.

The program is tailored to each child's individual interests and abilities. The camp offers a range of physical activities that include daily swimming, outdoor play, yoga, walking and arts and crafts. Community outings include visits to recreation centres, museums and nature centres. Special guest speakers include police, fire, emergency services, animal rescue services and more. The camp exposes campers to new experiences to increase confidence in their abilities to participate in the community and increase their physical activity level throughout the summer. Our campers participation in the community offers an educational and awareness opportunity for community members throughout the Niagara Region. When our campers are participating in the community, it offers the general public an opportunity to see the potential of these individuals as well as the chance to ask staff questions about Autism.

Your donation would help us reach our goal to provide acceptance and full community inclusion for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is important to us to provide a summer camp experience to children whose needs can't be met at other community based camps in the Niagara Region. I would like to share a quote from a mom whose child attended our camp last year - "My son is primarily non-verbal and very rarely able to share with me about his day or what happened. It was amazing to see a little conversation with him. This is my son's favourite camp of the summer, and because of his excitement and energy when it comes to his week at camp - it's mine too!" It is because of this type of impact that we continue to strive to provide this unique camp experience.

May 21, 2016

Thank You our generous sponsors who have demonstrated a very strong commitment and donated to our charities, McGovern and Lutherwood!

May 21, 2015

Niagara Insurance Hockey Tournament Gives $20,000 to Autism Niagara and Big Brothers Big Sisters

Dear Friends of the
Ontario General Insurance Industry

The Niagara South committee members of the Ontario General Insurance Hockey Tournament supported the local Autism Niagara Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Niagara with a $20,000 donation on their monthly meeting on
May 21, 2015. (View Press Release)

The Ontario General Insurance Hockey Tournament is organized by a committee of local Insurance Brokers & Claims Adjusters and is the largest hockey tournament of its kind for the insurance industry. This year's edition of the annual tournament occurred during the final weekend of March of this year at the Fort Erie Leisureplex & Port Colborne Vale Centre, with post game festivities and fundraising events held at the banquet hall of the Clarion Hotel Fort Erie.

The Ontario General Insurance Hockey encompasses teams, sponsors and organizers from all across Ontario's vast insurance. Beginning in 1981, with a modest tournament of 16 teams, the event has ballooned to a 40 team tournament, which for the past 5 years has raised funds for the local chapters of Big Brother Big Sisters and Camp McGovern (the camp in Elmwood, Ontario which accepts underprivileged children from the Big Brother Big Sisters program)

"This hockey tournament is such a fun, social break from the day to day for friends & colleagues in the insurance industry, but creating an event that raises necessary funds for such great organizations makes it even more special for our committee," commented Scott Maskell, committee member of the Ontario General Insurance Hockey Tournament.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Niagara is the leading child and youth mentoring charity, facilitating life-changing relationships that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens. Camp McGovern was originally created to give underprivileged children the opportunity to go to camp. Camp McGovern takes only children involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs around Ontario and from local United Way member agencies.

"Autism Niagara and Big Brothers Big Sisters struggles annually to break-even and without the much needed proceeds from this tournament; this donation allows them to provide much needed services to the community." Commented Mike Gowan, committee member of the Ontario General Insurance Hockey Tournament.

The Ontario General Insurance Hockey Tournament is a committee of representatives from the General Insurance Industry, who conduct an annual hockey tournament, as a fundraiser for the youth mentoring organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters & Camp McGovern. For information about the tournament. Thank you again for your continued support of a fantastic event and we will see you in Fort Erie & Port Colborne, March 18, 19 and 20, 2016.

Scott Maskell, B.A., CIP - 905-871-0700 -
Ontario General Insurance Hockey Tournament

Previously in 2014...

  • Posted: June 2014

    Niagara Insurance Hockey Tournament Gives $27,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters & Camp McGovern (View Press Release)

  • Posted: April 3, 2014

    SAVE THE DATE! Our 2015 OGI Hockey Tournament will be held March 27, 28 and 29th, 2015.

    • Posted: October 25, 2013 - UPDATE: January 22, 2014 - UPDATE: March 18, 2014

      Our 2014 OGI Hockey Tournament will be held March 28, 29 and 30th, 2014


    • 2014 Master Schedule - NOW ONLINE, or View PDF

    Previously in 2013...

    • Posted: March 19, 2013

      Mark it on your calendars! Our 2014 Ontario General Insurance Hockey Tournament will be held March 28, 29 and 30th, 2014

    • Posted: January 25, 2013

      REGISTER your team ONLINE!
      Once you have completed the registration form, you will have the ability to manage your roster online.
      DEADLINE: February 21, 2013

      Would you like to donate to our charities?
      (Niagara South Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Camp McGovern)

      You DON'T need a team!

    • Posted: March 7, 2012 - UPDATED 20120904

      Mark your calendars for the 2013 Ontario General Insurance Hockey Tournament
      NEW DATE: March 29, 30 and 31st, 2013
      Location: Fort Erie and Port Colborne Community Centre

    Previously in 2012...

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