General Motors of Canada Limited

General Motors of Canada Limited

May 02, 2007 15:07 ET

Making Dreams Possible for 55 Community Clubs Across Canada

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 2, 2007) - General Motors of Canada and the Canadian Coaching Association announced today the 55 community sport clubs to receive a $2,000 grant for coaching skill development. This represents a portion of GM's overall $1.2 million pledge to support Canadian athletes and their coaches through GM's Making Dreams Possible initiative. GM has committed a total of $5.2 million, including a $4 million donation to Own the Podium 2010.

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"Making Dreams Possible is a grass roots initiative to support community coaches and athletes across the country" said Frank Trivieri, general director of marketing for GM Canada. "Through the hard work of the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), these grants are offered to help Canadian communities invest in their coaches. Ongoing coach development is the cornerstone of building our elite athletes of the future."

"The CAC is pleased to be partners with GM and the Making Dreams Possible Program. The substantial direct support of coach development at the community level will impact over 4,000 coaches and nearly 50,000 athletes in communities across the country. It is this type of commitment that will ensure a strong future for Canadian sport," commented Jean-Marie De Koninck, Chair, CAC Board of Directors.

"As coaches, we work to set the foundation for our children to develop and grow through sports." said Chris Williamson from the Durham Attack Volleyball Club in Oshawa, Ontario. "The community level is where Olympic dreams begin."

Over the next four years, GM's Making Dreams Possible program will provide ten grants of $10,000 each annually to high performance athletes and their coaches and 100 grants of $2,000 each annually to coach development in local communities. These grants will be used to fund special projects that develop the skills and abilities of elite and community level coaches. GM Canada will also donate $4 million to Own the Podium 2010.

Making Dreams Possible is a program developed by GM in cooperation with the Coaching Association of Canada, the governing body of Canada's coaching education program designed to support coaches of Olympic and Paralympic Sports at the high performance and community levels. Applications can be submitted by high performance athletes and coaches for the elite grants and head coaches, technical directors or the president of local sports clubs can apply for the local sport club coaching awards. Application forms can be found through www.thedriveison.ca.

About GM Canada

General Motors of Canada (GMCL) is engineering and manufacturing advanced environmental technologies ranging from Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and hybrid systems to E85 biofuel and fuel cell vehicles - more than any other auto company right here in Canada. Headquartered in Oshawa Ontario, GMCL employs more than 19,000 people nationwide. GM of Canada manufactures vehicles, vehicle powertrains, and markets the full range of General Motors vehicles and related services through 759 dealerships and retailers across Canada. Vehicles sold through this network include Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, GMC, Saturn, Hummer, Saab and Cadillac.

About Coaching Association of Canada

The Coaching Association of Canada is a not-for-profit amateur sport organization with the mandate to improve the effectiveness of coaching across all sports and at all levels of the sport system. Visit www.coach.ca for more information about coach education and training.



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Club City Province
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Canadian Assoc. for Disabled Skiing - Edmonton
District Edmonton AB
Ice Palace Figure Skating Club Edmonton AB
Kananaskis Alpine Ski Team Calgary AB
Red Deer Junior Curling Centre Red Deer AB
High Prairie Minor Hockey Association High Prairie AB
Innisfail Minor Hockey Association Innisfail AB
PacificSport Synchro Victoria Victoria BC
Quesnel Technics Gymnastics Club Quesnel BC
Delta Gymnastics Society Delta BC
Caledonia Nordic Ski Club Prince George BC
Vancouver Thunder Volleyball Club Vancouver BC
Hollyburn Jackrabbit Ski Club North Vancouver BC
Whistler Mountain Ski Club Whistler BC
Escape Velocity Cycling Club - dEVo Vancouver BC
Jericho Sailing Assoc. Vancouver BC
Greater Victoria Junior Field Hockey Assoc. Victoria BC
Career Trek Inc. Winnipeg MB
Transcona East End Community Hockey Club Winnipeg MB
Fredericton Figure Skating Club Fredericton NB
Beaver Curling Club Moncton NB
F.I.S.T.S Amateur Boxing Moncton NB
MicMac Amateur Aquatic Club Dartmouth NS
London Aquatic Club London ON
Full Circle Judo Club Burlington ON
Club de gymnastique Les Sittelles Ottawa ON
The Saltfleet Go Ahead Soccer Club Inc. Stoney Creek ON
Ottawa Gymnastics Centre Ottawa ON
Strathroy-Caradoc Minor Soccer Association Strathroy ON
Durham Attack Volleyball Club Oshawa ON
Lakeshore Lightning Belle River ON
Winstars Gymnastics Parent Club Windsor ON
Gloucester Hornets Soccer Gloucester ON
Ottawa South United Soccer Assoc. Manotick ON
Ottawa River Canoe Club Dunrobin ON
Newmarket Soccer Club Newmarket ON
Ottawa Bicycle Club Ottawa ON
Russell Soccer Club Russell ON
Whitby Iroquois Soccer Club Whitby ON
Toronto Fencing Club Toronto ON
Club Dollard Synchro Dollard des Ormeaux QC
Club de patinage de vitesse de Quebec Quebec QC
Club Gymnix Montreal QC
Equipe de ski acrobatique de Val St-Come Terrebonne QC
Club de natation Torpille Inc. Repentigny QC
Assoc. de soccer de Mascouche Mascouche QC
Club de plongeon Camo Montreal QC
Club Opti-Vites Dolbeau-Mistassini QC
Club de Judo Seikidokan Trois-Rivieres QC
Les Ambassadeurs Midget de Chibougamau
(Hockey) Chibougamau QC
Club de Ski Bromont Inc. Bromont QC
Gymnastics Adventure Inc. Regina SK
NBR Mountain Biking Club Saskatoon SK
Ile a la Crosse Friendship Centre Inc. Ile a la Crosse SK
Excel Athletika Regina SK
Weyburn Minor Ball Association Weyburn SK

Contact Information

  • GM Canada
    Patty Faith
    (905) 644-2728
    or
    Coaching Association of Canada
    Sandra Gage
    Director, Marketing and Communications
    (613) 235-5000 ext. 9-2378