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Beaubassin-est and Père-Edgar-T.-LeBlanc School work together to provide access to the gym during the weekend

The Beaubassin-est Rural Community and the Père-Edgar-T.-LeBlanc School in Grand-Barachois have been working together over the last few months to develop a partnership to provide access to the gym during the weekend. An agreement has been signed with the Francophone South School District at the end of 2017, and activities will begin as early as Saturday, March 10th.
There will be badminton and pickle-ball sessions on Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm in the school gym. The City recently hired Kevin Caissie as a Community Animator and will be on hand to install equipment and provide support to participants. Note that these sessions are completely free, there will be no cost to participate, and there will even be equipment available for those who don’t have any. "We start with badminton and pickle-ball, but we will ask the opinion of the population to see if there is interest in something else, and the programming will be adjusted according to the needs of the community", says Caissie.
On the other hand, the Community Animator may also open the school if people want to rent the gym to hold events, such as birthday parties. It will also allow groups or sports teams to rent the gym for training sessions or other activities. There will be a cost to rent the facilities, but the municipality will cover other administrative costs. To rent the gym, contact Diane Richard, Community Development Officer, at 533-3370.
"With this partnership, Beaubassin-est and the school want to allow people to do physical activity," said Beaubassin-est Mayor, Ronnie Duguay. "It's open to the entire population, come and enjoy the gym at your school".
"We are very pleased to finally be able to implement a project that was proposed to us by the school's parent support committee," says Père-Edgar-T.-LeBlanc School Principal, Pierrette Gallant. "Parents wanted more access to the gym on weekends, and we are very proud to be able to offer them."
This community outreach program is made possible through a $ 5,000 grant from the Government of New Brunswick, provided by the Sport and Recreation Branch of the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture. The Beaubassin-est council also provided funds in its 2018 budget to carry out this project.
For more information, visit the municipality's website at www.beaubassinest.ca or call 532-0730.
For more information:
Carole Friolet-Landry
Community Services Officer
Beaubassin-est Rural Community
Phone: (506) 532-0730
Fax: (506) 532-0735
Email: carole.landry@beaubassinest.ca
Web Site: www.beaubassinest.ca
(Monday, March 5th, 2018)
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