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Children and families at the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre welcomed Ottawa REDBLACKS Quarterback, Henry Burris, to the Centre to kick-off his role as Celebrity Ambassador

OTTAWA – September 23, 2020 –The children participated in a kicking contest and pep rally to welcome Mr. Burris to the Children's Treatment Centre, and highlighted the skills they have been learning as part of the School Program. Through the recreational program at the school, children have been building their gross motor and teamwork skills through football related games.


"It was a real thrill to see what these amazing children can do," said Burris after the game. "Seeing their enthusiasm and the way they tackled every challenge is so inspiring."

Each year, more than 4000 children and youth with physical and/or developmental disabilities use the services of the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre. Children at the Centre may have autism, cerebral palsy or any combination of conditions that impact their development. The Children's Treatment Centre provides the children, and their families, with the supports and tools that will allow each to reach their fullest potential.

Today, Henry Burris, committed his support and time, as well as that of the Ottawa REDBLACKS, to the Centre. As an Ambassador, Mr. Burris will work with the families at the Centre to support fundraising, to raise awareness about the programs the Centre brings to the community and to support young people as they strive to reach their greatest potential.

"We are so excited to have Henry as part of our extended family," explained Leslie Walker, Principal of the OCTC School. "When the students see him putting on his equipment and getting out in the game, they can relate. Their game might not be at the CFL level, but just like an athlete, they reach for their walkers, powerchairs and adapted equipment and give it their very best every day."

The Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre has centres throughout Eastern Ontario, and provides rehabilitative, therapeutic and educational programs for children and youth with disabilities. This may include speech, recreational or occupational therapy, blind or low-vision care, or respite programs for families. In recent years, the demand for services has increased significantly as more children with complex care needs are diagnosed. 90 per cent of the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre funding comes from the Ontario Government.

"Henry is so cool!" said Charlotte. "I can't wait to practise so I can be a football player too!"


For more information contact:

Evelyne Paulauskas, Communications Coordinator & Executive Assistant, OCTC

613-688-2126 ext. 4316 or


Quick Facts:

The Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre provides care and services to more than 4000 children, youth and families with disabilities in Eastern Ontario.

The Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre has sites in Ottawa, Kanata, Cornwall and Renfrew.

Our children have been diagnosed with physical, developmental and/or emotional disabilities.

Henry Burris is the Quarterback for the Ottawa REDBLACKS. He has won two Grey Cups and is fourth in all-time CFL passing yards and passing touchdowns.

For more information, please contact:

Anne Huot
Director of Client Programs & Information
Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre
2211 Thurston Drive
(613) 688-2126 x 4344