5 Counties Children’s Centre & the Cobourg Cougars Raise Funds with “Cougars for Kids” Game

COBOURG, ON - NOVEMBER 20: Five Counties Children’s Centre CEO Scott Pepin and Nick Scarr during the ceremonial face-off with Andy Reist #61 of the Cobourg Cougars and John Mitchell #9 of the North York Rangers at the Cobourg Community Centre on November 20, 2023 in Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Shawn Muir / OJHL Images)

Five Counties Children’s Centre teamed up with the Cobourg Cougars for the first-ever ‘Cougars for Kids’ night on Monday, Nov. 20, at the Cobourg Community Centre. The game coincided – fittingly – with National Child Day, which recognized Canada’s commitment to upholding the rights of children.

The game saw the Cougars play host to the North York Rangers and end the night with a 6-3 WIN for the home team. Many Five Counties kids and families were in the stands cheering on the Cougars, with some of them also taking part in the pre-game ceremonial puck drop and a behind-the-scenes experience with the Cougars.

“The Cobourg Cougars believe in giving back to the community on and off the ice, so we are excited about Cougars for Kids night and the opportunity to spotlight Five Counties and highlight its services and the amazing work it does in the Northumberland community,” says Erika Seggie, Director of Business Operations with the Cobourg Cougars.

The game featured:

  • Five Counties staff and volunteers providing information about its programs and service, door prizes & The chance to buy Five Counties T-shirts (cost is $15 per shirt).
  • A Five Counties staff member singing the national anthem.
  • A sledge hockey demonstration during the first period intermission.

Over $500 was raised by Five Counties that will go directly to complete the Northumberland Backyard Project at its Cobourg location on Division Street. The project would see a safe, fully-accessible outdoor green space created for treatment, recreation, cultural awareness and outdoor education programs.

“We’re very grateful for the Cobourg Cougars for rolling out the welcome mat and letting Five Counties be part of the home side for this game on National Child Day,” says Elizabeth Carmichael, Program Manager for Five Counties in Northumberland. “Community events like Cougars for Kids help play a vital role in raising awareness and helping us transform our Northumberland Backyard into a fully accessible space that will benefit our kids, clients and families.”

Five Counties Children’s Centre provides speech, physio and occupational therapies, as well as other kids’ treatment services, in Northumberland, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton. Services are provided through Centre sites, as well as in area schools and other venues in the community. This past year, Five Counties served more than 6,200 children and youth in its region – the highest number of clients in its nearly 50-year history. This included 1,615 children and youth in Northumberland, or roughly one-quarter of its overall caseload.