OLG SLOTS AT AJAX DOWNS THANKS THE TOWN OF AJAX FOR 10 GREAT YEARS

TORONTO, ON – OLG Slots at Ajax Downs is celebrating a decade of great gaming, strong community partnership and local economic benefits. Community leaders, local VIPs and Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation officials marked the tenth anniversary with a special cake cutting celebration today.

“Since the opening of OLG Slots at Ajax Downs ten years ago, OLG has enjoyed a strong partnership with the Town of Ajax, and its residents,” said Stuart Walker, OLG Vice President of Gaming Operations. “We’re proud that through this partnership, Ajax has been able to support important local programs and initiatives, and we look forward to continuing to serve this community and providing great entertainment.”

The Town of Ajax has received more than $59.5 million in non-tax gaming revenue for being the host community since the Slots opened its doors on February 28, 2006. These funds have allowed the town to invest in multiple local initiatives, such as a new Fire Headquarters and Training Facility, a new Operations Centre, a new recreation centre and many upgrades to local roads and infrastructure.

“I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to OLG Slots at Ajax Downs. The Town of Ajax is pleased with the partnership between the municipality and OLG, that has provided numerous benefits throughout the community, said Steve Parish, Mayor of the Town of Ajax. “The employment opportunities, entertainment options and support of many local infrastructure projects are very much welcomed and appreciated by the residents of Ajax.”

OLG Slots at Ajax Downs employs 330 employees who have welcomed almost 15 million customers in the last decade.

“Our employees create excitement each and every day by providing our customers with a great gaming experience,” said Spencer Parazader, General Manager of OLG Slots at Ajax Downs. “We have 34 employees that have been with us since the start. Our customers look forward to being greeted with a friendly face when they walk through the doors,” he added.

Here are a few of outstanding team members at OLG Slots at Ajax Downs:

  • Arnel Paras, Slot Attendant and 15 year OLG employee, is known for always bringing the celebration when a patron hits a jackpot. His energetic personality is electrifying, spreading excitement throughout the gaming floor.
  • Taryn Snoddon, Group Sales Coordinator, helps create and build lasting community partnerships. She makes sure OLG Slots at Ajax is a known presence in the community through her work with local festivals and initiatives.
  • James Fry, Dual Rate Security Supervisor, instills healthy practices to his colleagues through a Wellness Committee. He was awarded the Silver Star by the Region of Durham’s Health Department.
  • Mandy Higgins, Food and Beverage Supervisor, led the Slots’ Bet on Green Team to remove 798 pounds of waste from Carruther’s Creek during the 2015 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

OLG has also been a proud community sponsor of many community events such as the Town of Ajax Volunteer Recognition Awards, Taste of Ajax, Ajax Home Week Fireworks and the Annual Business Excellence Awards.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $42 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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