Girouxville Enhancement Committee receives $2,360 donation from Canterra Seeds for local rink upgrade

From left, Mark Tardif, Kim Gerard (Girouxville Enhancement Committee) Jesse Meyer (Canterra Seeds territory manager) and Alain Johnson, at the Canterra Seeds cheque presentation.

Tom Henihan
Express Staff

Canterra Seeds presented Girouxville Enhancement Committee with a cheque for $2,360 at the Girouxville Hockey Rink on October 27.

We did a fundraiser where every bag of Canterra Canola we sold ending December 31 last year, we donated $5 to the rink project,” Jesse Meyer, Canterra Seeds territory manager, who made the presentation.

The Girouxville Enhancement Committee, which includes residents of Girouxville and surrounding areas, has plans to upgrade the local skating rink into a year round community recreation and sports facility that everyone in the community can enjoy.

The rink is functional at present and used for skating and hockey in the wintertime but part of the proposed project is to move the hockey rink to where the former curling rink stood at the site.

Because it is in a hole right now the boards tend to rot,” says Girouxville Beautification Committee Vice President, Kim Gerard. “So we are going to move it to where the curling rink was and have it facing north – south.”

The committee is also planning to place the rink on a concrete pad to accommodate, along with hockey in wintertime, sports and recreation at other times of the year.

“We want to put a cement pad so there will be a multi-seasonal use, such as hoops and people who go south in the winter they like to play pickleball,” says Girard. “And eventually we will look into a ramp for a skate park and that kind of stuff.”

All the upgrade work at the rink is being put out to be bid with the committee’s goal is for the project to cost between $150,000 and $200,000.

To date, the committee has raised close to $60,000.

The members of Girouxville Enhancement Committee include Alex Brochu (president), Kim Girard (vice president), Tracy Prewillitz (treasurer), Estelle Chaillier (secretary), Mark Brochu and Jeff Prewillitz.

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