A new Education Guide will accompany 3,000
copies of the book to be distributed to schools, furthering
Scotiabank's investment in making hockey more diverse and
TORONTO, Sept. 12,
2023 /CNW/ - Scotiabank is proud to announce that it
will be donating 3,000 copies of The Hockey Jersey to
school libraries across Canada.
Teachers and educators can submit a request for their copy at
In January 2023, Scotiabank
released The Hockey Jersey – a fictional children's book
written to help inspire more kids to see themselves represented in
the game – as part of Scotiabank's hockey for all platform.
The hockey for all platform launched in 2021 and is
Scotiabank's commitment to making impactful, positive changes in
the game by breaking cultural and financial barriers to the sport
and making hockey more diverse, inclusive, and accessible.
Since the book's launch, The Hockey Jersey has had
overwhelmingly positive support, with teachers, librarians,
children, and families recognizing the book's important message
around diversity both on and off the ice.
Scotiabank has also created an accompanying Educator's
Guide to help teachers create a lesson plan around The
Hockey Jersey, including question prompts to encourage open
discussions among students from Kindergarten through to Grade
Donna Indrakumaran, an
Experiential Learning Consultant with the Dufferin-Peel School
board, who helped prepare the guide, says: "Educators can easily
use this text with learners of all ages, asking big questions such
as, 'What does it mean to belong?' and listening to the responses
students have to offer."
"This book contributes to the inclusive space that I strive to
create as an educator," says Dina
Kakish, an elementary school teacher from Toronto, Ontario. "Being a passionate and
devoted hockey fan, I love how Kareema's example makes hockey more
relatable to female students."
"When we set out to create The Hockey Jersey, our hope was that
the story would help make hockey more inclusive and accessible by
inspiring more children to see themselves in the game," said
Laura Curtis Ferrera, Scotiabank's
Chief Marketing Officer. "Seeing the outpouring of positive support
for the book from teachers and parents shows the meaningful impact
this book has on educators, children, and communities across
Written by Jael Richardson with
Eva Perron, and illustrated by
Chelsea Charles, The Hockey
Jersey is inspired by classic children's hockey books. The
story follows Kareema, a young player on the day of her first
hockey game. The story includes a diverse cast, in a modern
setting, with a contemporary storyline as the team collectively
discovers something special about hockey while seeing their new
uniforms for the first time.
The book is available to purchase at Indigo with all net
proceeds going to Hockey 4 Youth, a grassroots organization that
fosters social inclusion for newcomers and high-priority youth
through free on and off-ice life skills programs, with over
$30,000 fundraised to date.
To increase accessibility for all to read The Hockey
Jersey, a free, digital eBook is also available to download at
scotiabank.com/thehockeyjersey. A braille version is also available
on the book's microsite.
Since its launch, Scotiabank has donated an additional 8,500
copies of the book to public libraries, school boards and Little
Free Libraries, and over 15,500 more to partners across the
country, bringing the total number of donated copies to over
27,000. The book has sold over 4,000 copies, with nearly 6,000
Book lovers and hockey fans are invited to join Scotiabank at
Indigo's new location in The Well for a live reading of The
Hockey Jersey with author Jael
Richardson on October 29,
followed by a Q&A session and book signings.
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