ROGER'S HOUSE OFFICIALLY OPENS ITS DOORS

Sports & Recreation • Posted by mcollins on April 22, 2006

The Ottawa Senators Foundation, along with founding sponsors Home Hardware
Stores Limited, Bell Canada, Great-West Life, the Ottawa Citizen, The Pat Butler
Group of Companies, Direct Energy, Eugene Melnyk and family; and Scotiabank, are
pleased to announce the official grand opening of Roger's House, the pediatric
palliative care facility named in honour of beloved hockey coach, friend and mentor
Roger Neilson.

 Built on the grounds of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Roger's
House is only the second facility of its kind in Canada as it was modelled after
Canuck Place Children's Hospice in Vancouver. Its objective is to enhance the
comfort and quality of life for children and their families living with a
life-limiting illness.

 "This is a proud day for the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and the foundation," said
Ottawa Senators owner and governor Eugene Melnyk. "Roger's House is symbolic of what
a community can do when they put their hearts and minds behind one great project."

 "Roger would be humbled today by this world-class facility that bears his name,"
said Ottawa Senators president and chief executive officer Roy Mlakar. "The children
and families who will benefit from the services provided - it's something we should
all be proud of as a community."

 "Roger's House was made possible because of the tremendous generosity of the
community and the leadership of the Ottawa Senators," said Julie Tubman, chair of
Roger's House and vice-chair of the CHEO board. "When we combine the passion of
staff to deliver the best care possible with this outstanding facility, we know
we've scored a huge victory for children, youth and families."

 Many unique partnerships were forged in the building of the facility as more than
300 companies and organizations donated $2 million in goods, services and expertise
to the construction of Roger's House. 

The remaining $2.5 million needed was raised by the Ottawa Senators Foundation as
more than 75,000 individuals from the Ottawa region, across Canada and the globe
made donations. In addition, more than 400 community-based events helped raise
almost $750,000, while the Ontario Trillium Foundation provided a grant of $75,000
to help furnish and equip Roger's House. The list of donors and charitable events
goes on and on and can be seen at www.rogershouse.ca <http://www.rogershouse.ca> .  

In its continuing support of Roger's House, the Ontario Government has committed to
funding up to 90 per cent of the annual operating costs each and every year. The
Ottawa Senators Foundation will raise the remaining 10 per cent, which is estimated
to be approximately $300,000 annually.

 Roger's House is scheduled to welcome its first children and families on May 15. A
public open house is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and
everyone is encouraged to see this special facility, including memorabilia from
Roger's personal residence, for themselves on this day.

The Ottawa Senators Foundation, along with founding sponsors Home Hardware
Stores Limited, Bell Canada, Great-West Life, the Ottawa Citizen, The Pat Butler
Group of Companies, Direct Energy, Eugene Melnyk and family; and Scotiabank, are
pleased to announce the official grand opening of Roger's House, the pediatric
palliative care facility named in honour of beloved hockey coach, friend and mentor
Roger Neilson.

 Built on the grounds of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Roger's
House is only the second facility of its kind in Canada as it was modelled after
Canuck Place Children's Hospice in Vancouver. Its objective is to enhance the
comfort and quality of life for children and their families living with a
life-limiting illness.

 "This is a proud day for the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and the foundation," said
Ottawa Senators owner and governor Eugene Melnyk. "Roger's House is symbolic of what
a community can do when they put their hearts and minds behind one great project."

 "Roger would be humbled today by this world-class facility that bears his name,"
said Ottawa Senators president and chief executive officer Roy Mlakar. "The children
and families who will benefit from the services provided - it's something we should
all be proud of as a community."

 "Roger's House was made possible because of the tremendous generosity of the
community and the leadership of the Ottawa Senators," said Julie Tubman, chair of
Roger's House and vice-chair of the CHEO board. "When we combine the passion of
staff to deliver the best care possible with this outstanding facility, we know
we've scored a huge victory for children, youth and families."

 Many unique partnerships were forged in the building of the facility as more than
300 companies and organizations donated $2 million in goods, services and expertise
to the construction of Roger's House. 

The remaining $2.5 million needed was raised by the Ottawa Senators Foundation as
more than 75,000 individuals from the Ottawa region, across Canada and the globe
made donations. In addition, more than 400 community-based events helped raise
almost $750,000, while the Ontario Trillium Foundation provided a grant of $75,000
to help furnish and equip Roger's House. The list of donors and charitable events
goes on and on and can be seen at www.rogershouse.ca <http://www.rogershouse.ca> .  

In its continuing support of Roger's House, the Ontario Government has committed to
funding up to 90 per cent of the annual operating costs each and every year. The
Ottawa Senators Foundation will raise the remaining 10 per cent, which is estimated
to be approximately $300,000 annually.



Roger's House is scheduled to welcome its first children and families on May 15. A
public open house is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and
everyone is encouraged to see this special facility, including memorabilia from
Roger's personal residence, for themselves on this day.

The Ottawa Senators Foundation, along with founding sponsors Home Hardware
Stores Limited, Bell Canada, Great-West Life, the Ottawa Citizen, The Pat Butler
Group of Companies, Direct Energy, Eugene Melnyk and family; and Scotiabank, are
pleased to announce the official grand opening of Roger's House, the pediatric
palliative care facility named in honour of beloved hockey coach, friend and mentor
Roger Neilson.

 Built on the grounds of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Roger's
House is only the second facility of its kind in Canada as it was modelled after
Canuck Place Children's Hospice in Vancouver. Its objective is to enhance the
comfort and quality of life for children and their families living with a
life-limiting illness.

 
"This is a proud day for the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and the foundation," said
Ottawa Senators owner and governor Eugene Melnyk. "Roger's House is symbolic of what
a community can do when they put their hearts and minds behind one great project."

 "Roger would be humbled today by this world-class facility that bears his name,"
said Ottawa Senators president and chief executive officer Roy Mlakar. "The children
and families who will benefit from the services provided - it's something we should
all be proud of as a community."

 "Roger's House was made possible because of the tremendous generosity of the
community and the leadership of the Ottawa Senators," said Julie Tubman, chair of
Roger's House and vice-chair of the CHEO board. "When we combine the passion of
staff to deliver the best care possible with this outstanding facility, we know
we've scored a huge victory for children, youth and families."

 Many unique partnerships were forged in the building of the facility as more than
300 companies and organizations donated $2 million in goods, services and expertise
to the construction of Roger's House. 

The remaining $2.5 million needed was raised by the Ottawa Senators Foundation as
more than 75,000 individuals from the Ottawa region, across Canada and the globe
made donations. In addition, more than 400 community-based events helped raise
almost $750,000, while the Ontario Trillium Foundation provided a grant of $75,000
to help furnish and equip Roger's House. The list of donors and charitable events
goes on and on and can be seen at www.rogershouse.ca <http://www.rogershouse.ca> .  

In its continuing support of Roger's House, the Ontario Government has committed to
funding up to 90 per cent of the annual operating costs each and every year. The
Ottawa Senators Foundation will raise the remaining 10 per cent, which is estimated
to be approximately $300,000 annually.

 Roger's House is scheduled to welcome its first children and families on May 15. A
public open house is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and
everyone is encouraged to see this special facility, including memorabilia from
Roger's personal residence, for themselves on this day.


Roger's House fact sheet


*        Named in memory of Roger Neilson, who died of two forms of cancer on June 21, 2003.
*        Total capital budget is approximately $4.5 million, of which more than
        $2 million was donated by the construction industry and $2.5 million was raised by
the Ottawa Senators Foundation.
*        Nearly 300 construction and building companies have generously donated their time,
expertise, labour and materials to Roger's House.
*        The Ottawa Senators Foundation and Ottawa Senators Hockey Club have raised more
than $2.5 million thanks to generous donations from the Ottawa region, across Canada
and friends of Neilson's from around the world.
*        The Ontario Government has committed to funding up to 90 per cent of the annual
operating costs each and every year; the Ottawa Senators Foundation will raise the
remaining 10 per cent.
*        Located on the campus of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, directly
across from the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre.
*        Grand opening is April 21, 2006.
*        Roger's House will offer pediatric palliative care to children and their families
dealing with progressive life-limiting illnesses, not just cancer.
*        Roger's House is:

        *        approximately 20,000 sq. ft
        *        two family suites
        *        eight patient beds
        *        kitchen, dining room, games room, office space, nurses' station, staff room,
garden and outdoor patio
        *        will feature one of the largest Snoezelen (Snoo-ze-len) rooms in Ontario, which
is specially designed to assist children through sensory stimulation
        *        decorated with memorabilia from Roger's personal residence just outside of
Peterborough, as well as special items from his life
        *        the second facility of its kind and has been modeled after Canuck Place in
Vancouver, BC



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