RONA INC.
TSX : RON

RONA INC.
MLSE Team Up Foundation

MLSE Team Up Foundation
City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation

City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation

December 08, 2009 12:00 ET

RONA and MLSE Team Up Foundation Unveil Refurbished City-Owned Rink

Maple Leafs Hold Outdoor Practice to Recognize Rink Refurbishment

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 8, 2009) - RONA Inc. (TSX:RON), the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) and the MLSE Team Up Foundation, in collaboration with Toronto's Parks, Forestry & Recreation, today unveiled a newly refurbished Ramsden Park Rink. The refurbished rink marks the 10th completed project as part of the MLSE Team Up Foundation Hockey Rink Legacy Program.

To recognize the milestone, the Toronto Maple Leafs held their practice at Ramsden Park Rink. Joining them were hundreds of Leafs fans from the community and 200 students from Jesse Ketchum Public School and Brown Junior Public School. RONA's Executive Vice-President, Marketing & Customer Innovations, Claude Bernier joined Maple Leafs players and Head Coach Ron Wilson, Mayor David Miller, Tom Anselmi, MLSE's executive vice-president and chief operating officer and MLSE Team Up Foundation Board Members for a special on-ice ceremony prior to the start of practice.

"At RONA, our slogan is 'Doing it Right.' Part of doing it right is making sure that the next generation of young Canadians has the necessary facilities in which to pursue their dreams," said Claude Bernier. "We believe that, as the leading Canadian company in our industry, we have a responsibility to leave a legacy. Our involvement in this rink refurbishment has allowed us to make a contribution to the well-being of this community and the youth who are growing up here."

"The Ramsden Rink Refurbishment outdoor practice is another way RONA, the Maple Leafs and MLSE give back to the community to create opportunities for young people and promote sport," said Wilson. "The Ramsden Park Rink is another important legacy project for our city. We want to thank the Leafs fans, students and members of our community for welcoming us to their neighbourhood and attending our outdoor practice." Wilson added, "Holding an outdoor practice brings back memories for the entire team. It takes us back to our roots and childhood when we played hockey on an outdoor rink."

The MLSE Team Up Foundation with the support of MLSE's Corporate Partner RONA invested more than $235,000 in significant upgrades and improvements to the Ramsden Park Rink including: replacing dasherboards, the addition of new doors, windows, storage, matting, benches, landscaping elements and repairing the entrance ramp and stairs to the rink. Employees from RONA and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment contributed 320 volunteer hours towards the refurbishment.

"Today's Leafs outdoor practice on the refurbished Ramsden Park rink is the kind of investment in the local community that is ensuring our young people succeed," said Mayor David Miller. "This is another example of how collaboration with our private sector partners helps to strengthen our communities and increase investment in our neighborhoods so that we can all live, work and play in a safe, prosperous city."

RONA's partnership with MLSE is a continuation of its long-standing commitment to Canadian sports, both professional and amateur. RONA is already a National Partner of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as a National Partner of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams through the London 2012 Summer Games.

In three-and-a-half seasons, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment has contributed to 10 city-owned rink refurbishments including Ramsden Park Rink. Oriole Community Centre, High Park's Outdoor Rink, Rennie Park in Swansea, The West Mall Rink in Etobicoke, and five parks in Riverdale: Withrow Park, Riverdale Park East, Greenwood Park, Jimmie Simpson and Monarch Park are the others.

About the Organizations

RONA is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products. RONA operates a network of nearly 700 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores of various sizes and formats. With close to 30,000 employees working under its family of banners in every region of Canada and more than 15 million square feet of retail space, the RONA store network generates over $6 billion in annual retail sales. For more information, please visit rona.ca.

The MLSE Team Up Foundation helps disadvantaged youth in priority neighbourhoods. By giving, building, teaching and growing, everyone wins. On December 1, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment officially launched its new charitable arm, the MLSE Team Up Foundation. Building on the past success of the Raptors Foundation and the Leafs Fund, the MLSE Team Up Foundation will combine the philanthropic activities of all four MLSE-owned teams - the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and Toronto Marlies - into one organization committed to making an even greater difference for disadvantaged youth across Ontario. For information visit www.mlseteamupfoundation.org or www.mlse.com

In addition to being responsible for the stewardship of 7,390 hectares of green space and 1,473 named parks, City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation provides a wide range of programs and services for people of all ages and abilities. The Division strives to ensure all Torontonians enjoy active, healthy lifestyles and a high quality of life, supported by leisure and recreation programs, services and facilities, provided in partnership with the community. For more information, visit: www.toronto.ca/parks

The Leafs next home game is Wednesday, December 9 versus the New York Islanders at Air Canada Centre. Game time is 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.mapleleafs.com

Contact Information

  • RONA
    Media
    Julie Seidel
    Director, External Communications
    514-599-5114
    julie.seidel@rona.ca
    or
    Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
    Rajani Kamath
    Director, Corporate Communications
    416-815-5790
    or
    Toronto Parks, Forestry And Recreation
    Media hotline
    416-560-8726