After years of discussion, planning, fundraising and negotiations, the ground has been broken and construction has begun on the La Salle Community Centre improvements.
In discussing this with friends and neighbors throughout town, I have come across a variety of opinions.
Most people I’ve spoken to have young children who will likely take advantage of the new and improved facilities in one way or another. For the most part, these people have positive things to say about the project.
Those with no young kids seem a little indifferent about the whole thing since they can’t see it as being useful in their lives.
My own kids are grown and will not likely spend a lot of time in the community centre, so people are often surprised by how adamantly I support the project. When asked why I care I usually respond with, "It takes a village to raise a child!"
A community centre provides an environment of acceptance. Everyone is welcome there. It provides an environment of learning and support. The leaders and coaches have such an opportunity to provide positivity in a child’s life.
In the media we constantly hear about how today’s children are not getting enough physical activity. By expanding the community centre facilities, we are increasing the fitness and activity options for not only children but for La Sallians of all ages, helping them improve their health and quality of life.
Kids who feel like they are a part of something and successful at a young age develop confidence and life skills they carry with them into their teens and beyond.
Growing up in a small town, I spent countless hours at the local community centre. Various sports were offered. The fall supper, the socials and many other events drew me there over the years. These things often brought multiple generations together.
It’s this intergenerational connectedness that has the power to make such an impact.
It was at the community club that we learned that if we treated the caretaker with respect, he would reward us by letting us play a little longer. We also learned to get along with all the kids during public skating all the way from toddlers to teens. At the community club I saw my grandparents volunteer their time to help make the fall supper the success it always was.
Some people are concerned that it is too much money to spend. But I can’t think of a better way to spend our money.
Do you think the community centre improvements are a good thing? Let me know your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org
Camille Meub is a community correspondent for La Salle.