Ottawa Senators Foundation

Ottawa Senators Foundation

October 15, 2008 15:24 ET

Just One Person awards celebration set for Thursday, Nov. 13, at Scotiabank Place

Senators Sports & Entertainment COO Cyril Leeder to receive 2008 award

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2008) - The Sens Foundation and the Max Keeping Foundation will host the third annual Just One Person awards, presented by Microsoft Canada, at a pre-Ottawa Senators game reception on Thursday, Nov. 13, at Scotiabank Place. Cyril Leeder, chief operating officer of Senators Sports & Entertainment will officially receive the 2008 Just One Person award, as chosen by the selection committee.

Just One Person provides a scholarship program for youth-in-care and a community award acknowledging the contributions of a citizen from the Ottawa region who has helped to make a positive change for our youth. This year's Just One Person scholarship program has expanded its reach, offering bursaries at Carleton University.

The objective is to raise $30,000 through the awards celebration event itself on Nov. 13, taking place during a reception at Scotiabank Place before the Senators home game against the New York Islanders. This amount will then be matched by Carleton University and, combined with matching funds from the Government of Ontario's Student Opportunity Trust Fund, will realize an endowment fund of $90,000. This contribution will provide much-needed funds for post-secondary bursaries for the youth-in-care of our community, adding to the already $180,000 previously endowed since the event's inception.

"The Sens Foundation is thrilled with the selection of Cyril as this year's Just One Person award recipient. The children and youth of our community have benefited greatly from his hard work," said Sens Foundation president, Danielle Robinson. "There are 800 to 1,000 youth-in-care living in Ottawa every day. Funds raised at this year's event will give them more educational opportunities."

"We are proud to join the Sens Foundation and the Max Keeping Foundation in serving the Ottawa community," said Dr. Roseann O'Reilly Runte, president and vice-chancellor, Carleton University. "Education is the key to change and success for each winner of a scholarship."

The Just One Person award celebration, hosted by Max Keeping, provides a great opportunity for supporters to learn about the challenges that youth living under the care of the Children's Aid Society experience every day.

The first two years of the Just One Person awards celebration provided for an endowment fund at the University of Ottawa. The Sens Foundation, Max Keeping Foundation and Carleton University are challenging other organizations and post-secondary institutions across Canada to create a similar awards program and scholarship fund.


Cyril Leeder, chief operating officer of Senators Sports & Entertainment, has been recognized by the Just One Person selection committee as this year's award recipient. His countless hours of work in the community, spearheading many initiatives, have improved the lives of our children and youth.

Leeder was a key figure in assembling the winning bid to bring NHL hockey back to Ottawa. He has been the driving force as one of the founders of the Ottawa International Hockey Festival and the Bell Capital Cup, the world's largest minor hockey tournament, giving 10,000 children the opportunity to compete and have fun. Leeder headed the committee to bring the 2009 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship to Ottawa, and also led the unique public/private partnership that saw the construction of Bell Sensplex - a four-ice pad/field house facility built in Kanata.

Leeder's commitment to the community, to minor hockey coaching and conducting coaching clinics, all mark him as a member of our community who touches individuals in this city in many different ways and enhances the lives of others.

Jim Orban, publisher of the Ottawa Citizen, was the first Just One Person award recipient in 2006, and Bell executive Sal Iacono received the award last year.

Tickets are available now for purchase through the Sens Foundation. Please visit for more information or phone 613-599-0323.

Contact Information

  • Phil Legault, 613-599-0327
    Brian Morris, 613-599-0289
    Francois Marchand, 613-599-0326