Canada’s Skating Sweetheart is Back with her Friends!

Join Liz Manley, Elvis Stojko, Alan Frew of Glass Tiger, other Olympic Champions

2-Day Fundraiser Supporting Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa + Ottawa Senators Foundation

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Ottawa, Ontario, December 1, 2014: Never one to back away from a challenge, Canada’s Skating Sweetheart, Liz Manley welcomes her friends to town for a 2-day fundraiser on February 13 and 14, 2015.  A portion of funds raised from this event will be directed to the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa and the Physical & Mental Wellness Program of the Ottawa Senators Foundation.

Who can ever forget the clasp of hands to the mouth, the ecstatic delight in the eyes and the donning of the white Stetson that forever etched in people’s hearts a magic moment and silver medal in Canadian sports history? Liz Manley triumphed mightily over adversity that Olympic day in 1988. And she has not stopped. Liz is using this same fighting spirit and gift of skating to bring Ottawa and area some of the best skaters in the world to perform:


Elvis Stojko, 2-time Olympic silver medalist, 3-time World Champion, Canada’s King 7-times running

Javier Fernandez, European and Spanish Champion, 2-time World Bronze Medalist

Kimmie Meissner, 2006 World Champion

Violetta Afanasieva and Peter Dack, 2006 World Extreme Champions

Shawn Sawyer, Canadian and Skate America Silver Medalist, World and Olympic Competitor

…and many more

And interwoven in this amazing skating spectacle will be the music of Alan Frew of Glass Tiger. In addition to being a 5-time Juno Award winner and having toured with some of the world’s greatest music legends, Alan wrote the 2010 Olympic Broadcast Theme “I Believe” and is a successful author and a sought-after speaker. Alan remains one of Canada’s most beloved entertainers.

February 13: day one of the 2-day fundraiser features the Gala Dinner at the Brookstreet Hotel including fireside chats with Olympic Champions, an acoustic performance by Alan Frew, and a live & silent auction.

February 14: day two of the 2-day fundraiser is Valentine’s Day and what better way to treat your loved one than to take them to the hugely popular ice show Liz Manley is becoming so well-known for? TD Place will play host to this skating extravaganza.

Proceeds from both events will go to Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa and the Physical & Mental Wellness Program of the Ottawa Senators Foundation. The Foundation has partnered with Do It For Daron (DIFD) in an effort to inspire conversations and educate fans on the topic of youth mental health while raising funds. Being able to put on the Gala Dinner and Ice Show for others means more than winning medals for Liz.

“Faced with adversity, my competitive spirit pushed me to take action…talk therapy provided me with the necessary tools to overcome my depression…with bullying, teen suicide and mental health issues on the rise, please join my friends and me to provide support for these two worthy charities. It means so much to them, and I am grateful that we can do this for them.”

For more information on Elizabeth Manley & Friends, please visit

For sponsorship opportunities contact Brent Theobald at 613-219-0633 or at Tickets for the Ice Show go on sale at The Arena @ TD Place on Friday, December 5 at 2 pm.



The Ottawa Senators Foundation empowers children and youth to reach their full potential by investing in social recreation and education programs that promote both physical and mental wellness. The Foundation has partnered with Do It For Daron (DIFD) in an effort to inspire conversations and educate fans on the topic of youth mental health while raising funds for the one in five Ontarians under the age of 17 who suffer from a mental health disorder. The funds the Ottawa Senators Foundation receives from the Elizabeth Manley & Friends Gala and Ice Show will be invested in the DIFD Fund at The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health.



The Youth Services Bureau serves youth aged 12 and older. Focus is on youth with difficulties that affect their physical and/or emotional well-being and development. Whatever the challenges and however great the obstacles, there is hope and there is help. The Youth Services Bureau empowers youth to make choices today that can help them secure the future they want.  Elizabeth Manley & Friends is proud to be a supporter.

Liz Manley is the 1988 Olympic and World Silver Medalist, 1988 Olympic Freestyle Champion, 3-time Canadian Champion, Member of the Order of Canada, and Member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Media: Kita Szpak, Knock on Wood Communications + Events Inc.                                                         Email: Phone: 613-236-8452 ext. 512

Big night for Community Living Peterborough

Elizabeth Manley brought along a few of her figure skating friends for a special party at the Memorial Centre on Saturday night.

The former Olympic medalist was the headliner of Elizabeth Manley and Friends Ice Show for Community Living Peterborough and Home Of Our Campaign.

The first number didn’t involve skating but rather an individual performance by guest singer Alan Frew of Glass Tiger who wrote the theme of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics I Believe.

Then Manley, who had a tumble and injured her back in practice earlier in the week, skated gingerly to the first number, performed by Frew, who handled much of the musical presentation for the evening’s festivities.

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Manley and Friends 2014


Love is Louder at star-studded PEC Skating Club show

Elizabeth Manley won the Olympic silver medal long before most of the Prince Edward County Skating Club members were born. But she easily won  everybody’s heart on Sunday, skating in support of the club’s “Love is Louder” anti-bullying message.

Manley was recovering from a flu bug, but her magical smile and powerful skating shone through, just like it did in Calgary in 1988 when she was competed at the games with a 105F fever.

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Love is louder

The lesson was loud and clear as skaters from the PECSC presented their year-end carnival with an anti-bullying message on ice. The show featured a special performance by Olympic silver medalist Elizabeth Manley in addition to group and solo performances including 13-year-old junior bronze level skater Kaitlin Maurer (above).

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Canada’s Sweetheart

Canada’s Sweetheart, 1988 Olympic Silver Medalist Elizabeth Manley, charmed the crowd in Wellington on Sunday as she took to the ice with “The Men,” the friends and family of the members of the PECSC. Manley spoke to the crowd about the importance of spreading the “Love is Louder!” anti-bullying message.

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Elizabeth in Prince Edward County for Anti-Bullying Skating Carnival

Elizabeth Manley, Peter O’Brien and Trennt Michaud and Judith Murtha-Anderson to perform at the Prince Edward County Skating Club Carnival in Wellington Sunday April 7th.

The Carnival theme  “Love is Louder”  will share an anti-bullying message on ice at the Essroc Arena

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Mental health awareness night at St. Mark High School

April 4 St. Mark High School  and Elizabeth Manley host a night to educate parents and community members to learn more about youth mental health issues and how to prevent and resolve them.

Beginning at 6 p.m., 10 community agencies from across the city will be available to speak with parents and offer more resources.

Manley, now a mental health advocate, will share her personal struggle with depression during her figure skating career in the 1980s. Baine is a former superintendent at the Ottawa Catholic School Board and now speaks regularly about education, leadership and parenting issues.

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Elizabeth Manley helps raise $336,000 in St. John’s

Elizabeth Manley helps raise $336,000 in St. John’s at the Bust a Move Event!

$12,500 Donated to Youth Services Bureau

As the first Elizabeth Manley and Friends Event we are proud to present $12,500 to the Youth Services Bureau for Teen Mental Health.

Our first Gala & Skating Show brought significant awareness to Teen Mental health and brought the Ottawa community together to raise funds for this important cause.

This is a great moment we will cherish and look forward to next years event.


Still a memory for Canadians after 25 years

25 years ago Elizabeth Manley won the silver medal at the 1988 Calgary Olympics, a performance she doesn’t remember but a celebration that lives on.

Sick enough to question whether she should even compete at the Games, Elizabeth Manley performed with a 105F fever and won the hearts of Canadians across the country.

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