True Sport Facility in Action: Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven

A photo update of some of the inspired events happening at the Minto Rec Complex in Ottawa. “I am very proud of the example we are setting to others by declaring this facility a True Sport facility,” said Councillor Harder.

Creating the Conditions for Change

The Sport We Want: 


January 2016

Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven celebrated their first anniversary on November 21st, 2015, RBC Sports Day in Canada, with continued commitment to True Sport. The daylong celebration was True Sport themed and visitors throughout the day were asked to share what sport means to them.

Original Story November 2014

RBC Sports Day in Canada is approaching quickly and Canadians are getting excited as they plan this year’s celebrations. The possibilities are endless. If you live in Ottawa, why not come to the ribbon-cutting ceremony and stay for the try-it events planned at the new Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven? You might be surprised to learn that it’s the first facility to adopt the True Sport Principles into its operations before it has even opened its doors!

From the moment that the first brick was laid, it was decided that this new, state-of-the-art sports complex would be a place that nurtures values-based and principle-driven sport. The True Sport logo will be visible on the walls, in the rinks and courts and even on employee uniforms. Staff have also been encouraged to share their ideas on how they would like the True Sport Principles incorporated into facility programming and day-to-day activities.

“We are very proud of how the Minto Recreation Complex has embraced True Sport,” said Karri Dawson, Director of True Sport Operations. “This True Sport declaration marks the first time in Canada that True Sport has been intentionally embedded into a sport facility’s infrastructure, planning and programming before the facility has opened to the public.”

At the official ribbon-cutting ceremony, local dignitaries will be in attendance to welcome the public to preview what the complex has to offer. As the event’s master of ceremonies, Councillor Jan Harder looks forward to congratulating her community on the commitment they have made to True Sport and the steps they have taken to ensure that good sport will make a great difference in Barrhaven.

“I am very proud of the example we are setting to others by declaring this facility a True Sport facility,” said Councillor Harder. “More than 90 per cent of Canadians believe that community sport can have a positive influence on the lives of our youth. We are taking that important proactive step to make this happen in an intentional way by declaring ourselves a True Sport facility and living the True Sport Principles.”

So, if you’re looking for a great way to celebrate RBC Sports Day in Canada this year, head over to the Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven. We think you’ll be impressed – not only with the building itself, but with the power of good sport at work in this community.

Event date and location:

Sports Day in Canada, Saturday, November 29, 10 a.m.

Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven 3500 Cambrian Road, Main Lobby

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Signing the True Sport declaration at opening Good sport for all!
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