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Kids helping kids who have been hurt by family violence...This holiday season, Nova Vita is pleased to announce the return of our second annual Skate 2 Heal Skate-A-Thon on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at the Brant Sports Complex in Paris, ON. Our goal is to have 75 kids come out to skate for a set goal (i.e. a lap for every dollar raised), have fun, help raise money for the kids who come to Nova Vita, and gain a true sense of helping others.

Family violence hurts…We at Nova Vita, see every day how exposure to violence impacts families, and we work diligently to provide safe shelter, crisis support, individual and group counselling to everyone in our community. We see the devastating impact that violence has on children, and offer programs and services specifically for children of all ages to receive the support they need.

Last year alone we had:

  • 64 mothers bring 114 kids to safety and live in our emergency shelter
  • 58 children were cared for in our daycare
  • 45 preschoolers were supported through S.T.E.P.
  • 15 children received ongoing individual counselling
  • 23 children actively participated in our after school program
  • 27 children who witnessed abuse attended group programming
  • 4 babies were born at Nova Vita

Putting a focus on the family, and children’s programming…Nova Vita is always in need of additional funding in order to keep our children programs available. This funding helps support our Child and Youth Worker (CYW) and our Early Childhood Educator (ECE) on staff who work closely with the children and their families via individual counselling, group counselling, supported child care and community programming.

Education and sharing is important…Nova Vita believes that a primary strategy to help reduce the risk of domestic violence is through community outreach and education. Our Skate 2 Heal Skate-A-Thon is one of the ways that we can start the dialogue about healthy relationships and family violence with the children in our community. Here is what some of last year’s skaters are saying about Skate 2 Heal and Nova Vita:

“I like helping kids & their moms feel safe & happy by raising money for Nova Vita.” Carling, Age 8

“I like to help the kids at nova vita so they can be happy!" Abbey, Age 8.5

“I like knowing that me raising money would be good for helping the kids feel more comfortable when they have to stay away from their home.” Leslie, Age 8.5

“I like knowing that money would be raised to help the kids feel better and more safer and we got to do something we love, skating!”  Holden, Age 6 

 “It was a fun way to help other people.” Alli, Age 9

Skate to Heal with us this holiday season! What better way to raise awareness about violence and how it affects families, raise money for Nova Vita, and help to raise children with a purposeful heart? 

  1. Register your kids to skate! Register online here, or download registration and pledge forms at 
  2. Create a team! Rally your local sports club, community organization or friends to come out and skate, collect pledges and set a goal to win the Top Team Fundraising Prize or Top Team Spirit. 
  3. Become a sponsor! Highlight your business, and set the example of giving by supporting  Nova Vita at our Skate 2 Heal Skate-A-Thon (download sponsorship package here)

Join us on Thursday January 4th, 2018 at the Brant Sports Complex in Paris, for Nova Vita’s Skate 2 Heal Skate-A-Thon. Together we can help kids, help other kids live a life without violence!

Thank you to our Sponsors:

HEAL Level Sponsor


HOPE Level Sponsors

HELP Level Sponsors 

~ PK Goaltending ~

Thank you to the following for helping to make the day better for our skaters:
  • Hot Cocoa Courtesy of: Cornerstone Capital Financial Group
  • Prize for Top Fundraiser - Provided by The Crew Real Estate & Canadian Tire, Lynden Road 

Registration fees

Skate 2 Heal Skate-A-Thon Participant Closed

  1. Free
    Dec 4 - Jan 3

Skate 2 Heal Helpful Information

Given the nature of kids and skating (hello cold feet!), this event has a loose timeline that allows you to enjoy the day at your own pace:

10:15 am to 11:30 am - Registration & Welcome in the Lower Lobby

  • Check-in, complete registration, hand-in any additional pledges, grab your gift bags and find your way to the dressing rooms to gear up for some skating fun.

10:30 am to 12:30 pm - Open Ice Time on the Gurney Pad

  • Music and fun for all levels of skaters

12:15 pm: Greetings & Awards Presentation

Prizes will be awarded to:

  • Top Individual Fundraiser
  • Top Team Fundraiser
  • Best Team Spirit 

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm - Refreshments in the Lower Lobby 

  • Hot chocolate, drinks and pizza will be served in the warm room for skaters and chaperones to enjoy!

* Skaters (under 18) are required to wear a helmet for safety purposes. Gloves are also recommended

* While this event was created for kids, skaters of all ages are welcome to participate

Top Donors

# Name Amount
1 Lucas and Mason Barker CA$50.00
2 ilmar Kents CA$50.00
3 ilmar Kents CA$50.00

Top Teams


brantford maple leafs

Raised: CA$425.00


Brantford Ice Cats Novice B Team





Top Fundraisers


Jack Lovelock

Raised: CA$170.00


Carling Ruddell





Morgan Lovelock

Raised: CA$100.00

Event Schedule

  • January 4 10:30 AM EST - Welcome & Registration

  • January 4 10:30 AM EST - Skate 2 Heal Ice Time

  • January 4 12:15 PM EST - Skate 2 Heal Awards Ceremonies

  • January 4 12:15 PM EST - Snack & Refreshments

  • January 4 1:00 PM EST - Skate 2 Heal Warm Up & Pizza

Contact Information

Event Location

Brant Sports Complex, Brant, ON, Canada

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