Brockville – Michael Barrett, candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada in Leeds-Grenville- Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, has urged Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism to donate the Canada 150 Rink to Gananoque.
In a letter to the Minister on August 20, he notes the efforts by the community and by supporters who live outside of Gananoque to acquire the rink in memory of late Member of Parliament Gord Brown.
“Mr. Brown had actually started inquiring about bringing this rink to Gananoque prior to his untimely passing,” Barrett says.
Brown’s organization, the Thousand Islands Accommodation Partners, had already placed money in an account to start building a twin pad in Gananoque.
“Their plan was to build it a bit at a time,” Barrett notes. “They planned to start with an ice pad and boards and slowly add change rooms, a roof, and other facilities until they had a fully enclosed and fully functioning rink.”
Since Mr. Brown’s passing, the community and other partners such as the Senator Bob Runciman (Retired) and former Member of Parliament Joe Jordon, have joined the efforts to acquire the rink.
A Go Fund Me account was established to raise money for the project which has now become a memorial for the late Member of Parliament. The Thousand Islands CFDC has also donated over $100,000 to the cause.
“I know there are many communities wishing to receive this rink but Gananoque is the perfect place to put it,” says Barrett. “It is a perfect way to honour Gord’s legacy.”