Hockey tournament to raise funds for Ste. Anne’s Veteran’s Hospital Foundation
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
Chad Pardi stands atop snow covered ice on the hockey rink at Parc Donat-Bouthillier in anticipation of the “Third Annual Terrasse-Vaudreuil Winter Classic” hockey tournament that will be held Saturday, February 13, to raise funds to help support the Ste. Anne’s Veterans Hospital Foundation.
Chad Pardi and his tight-knit group of friends and family know a thing or two when it comes to hockey, and more importantly about compassion, especially towards Canada’s war veterans who have put their lives on the line so that all Canadians can enjoy their many freedoms, including playing an impromptu hockey game.
So for the third consecutive year, Pardi and his group of 48 friends will hold their “Third Annual Terrasse-Vaudreuil Winter Classic” hockey tournament to raise funds to help support the Ste. Anne’s Veterans Hospital Foundation.
For Pardi, 28, a former Île Perrot resident who currently lives in N.D.G., the roots to his original community background run deep. And it’s this community spirit that has inspired Pardi and his friends to give something back to the community that has given them so much in return.
“This tournament is about raising awareness and to encourage people to make donations,” Pardi told Your Local Journal. “It’s about getting together with a group of guys that I grew up with in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area to get out, play some hockey, and raise some money to help a worthwhile cause.”
The fundraising drive is part of an initiative called Operation Dignity that was started by the Ste. Anne’s Hospital Foundation to respond to the needs of its veterans. As with all new fundraising start-ups, there were some initial growing pains, but the Terrasse-Vaudreuil Winter Classic now has a solid focus and its participants are determined to do what they can to raise funds for the foundation.
“The first year went well and everyone had a very good time,” said Pardi. “A lot of us hadn’t seen each other in a couple of years and we realized that it was something that we could evolve and possibly integrate more into the community, something that could grow year-after-year. Instead of just playing hockey, we decided to do something to give back to the community.”
Pardi remembers the times he volunteered at the hospital during his time at Macdonald High School and uses this experience as the impetus to continue supporting Canada’s veterans.
“It was interesting to meet the veterans and hear their stories,” said Pardi. “My grandfather, before he passed away, was a veteran and he spent a year at the hospital. So I thought it’s close by, it’s in the community and it’s very recognizable, so why not try to help them?
“It’s a demographic that’s almost forgotten,” Pardi added. “These are men and women who have made sacrifices in their lives so that we can actually have a day where we go out, have fun, play hockey and not have to worry that our liberty is at stake.”
Pardi and the group of friends and family members who participated and watched last year’s tournament managed to raise $500. This year, the group’s ambitions have grown significantly and they hope to raise $3,500 with the help of a donation page.
“This year we wanted to grow it a little bit more so we created a donation page so that if anyone in the community wants to get involved, they can make a donation,” Pardi said. “We still have a ways to go. If we don’t reach our objective, there’s always next year, and if we do reach, that’ll be great as well. The foundation will basically take anything they can get because there aren’t many volunteers helping them with fundraising.”
The day-long tournament will take place Saturday, February 13 at Parc Donat-Bouthillier at the corner of 7th Avenue and 4th Boulevard in Terrasse-Vaudreuil. For more information about the tournament or to make a donation, visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/3rd-annual-terrasse-vaudreuil-winter-classic/