“The Edmonton Oilers are proud to host our Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night to recognize the strength, courage and resilience of the men and women who serve our country"
The Edmonton Oilers will be honouring men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) during the Battle of Alberta home game against the Calgary Flames on Thursday, April 29. Net proceeds from the online 50/50 raffle will support the Military Family Resource Centres (MFRC) in Edmonton, Wainwright and Cold Lake, and will be directed towards children and youth programs.
Military Family Resource Centres support CAF families as they navigate the unique challenges of military life such as frequent moves to new communities, coping with an injury, and solo-parenting when a member is away serving their country.
The Oilers will recognize members of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force, showing support for the CAF’s extraordinary service.
Oilers players will be wearing special military inspired camouflage jerseys during warm up that will be signed and available for auction with proceeds going to the MFRC. Players will also be showing support with yellow decals on their helmets for Support Our Troops, an organization established to help meet the unique needs and special challenges faced by members of the CAF community as a result of military service.
Net funds raised through the online 50/50 will support the enhancement of the Wainwright MFRC Child Development Centre, which creates safe, welcoming and functional child care to meet the diverse and unique needs of military families.
The 4 Wings MFRC in Cold Lake will use proceeds to support a Tutoring Program, as children of CAF members struggle more often in school due to the frequent moves of the family, long absences by a parent on deployment, and setbacks in learning due to changing curriculums from province to province.
The Edmonton MFRC will use funds raised to support their child and youth programs, including a day care, playschool, out of school care, parented drop-in programs and a youth centre. The Edmonton Garrison has a large number of young families and access to different child care programs is a crucial service that is widely used.