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From left to right: Chisom Ezeh from Port Saint John, Amy McLennan from the Canada Games Aquatic Centre, and Gillian Miller from Port Saint John. Image: Submitted/Canada Games Aquatic Centre

New program expands access to aquatic centre

By Brad Perry Apr 17, 2023 | 4:11 PM

A new program will ensure all community members can access the Canada Games Aquatic Centre.

The Community Access Program will subsidize facility memberships for those unable to afford access.

The new program was launched last week thanks partly to a $2,500 donation from Port Saint John.

“All members of our community should have the opportunity to enjoy the Canada Games Aquatic Centre,” general manager Amy McLennan said in a news release.

“We are incredibly grateful to Port Saint John for providing an inaugural donation to get this important program up and running.”

The Canada Games Aquatic Centre already partnered with P.R.O. Kids to place children and youth in swimming lesson programming.

But this new program will fill the gaps to ensure those in financial need who fall outside the parameters of other programs can also access the facility.

“From seniors on a fixed income who may enjoy the social aspects of engaging in activities at the Aquatic Centre, to families who would love the opportunity to enjoy recreational swims together, there are countless people in our community who could benefit from the program,” the centre said in its release.

Individual applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis to ensure eligibility based on household income.

If funding is not available at the time of the application, program applicants will be placed on a waitlist.

Officials will continue to secure more money through grant programs, donations and other fundraising initiatives.


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