If I have learned anything from my time on the Nelson Regional Sports Council, it is that there is always a way to put a positive spin on situations. Kim Palfenier — our past executive director — was very good at teaching this and I think/hope it has rubbed off on me. I have read the media coverage of the recent event with the sports council and I would like to say that I do not see the Civic Centre as an albatross, but more a grand old dame.
I think Nelson is very lucky to have one of the few remaining ice surfaces of its kind in Canada. The nostalgia of the Civic is world renown and it houses one of the few sports museums of its kind. Al May has taken care of running the facility in a professional manner and has kept the aging building in the best shape possible, given its challenges. I hope that the city will recognize the necessity of this venue as they take on running it.
My time on the sports council has been very rewarding and I am honoured and humbled to have worked with the fine people who have served as directors. These people have brought the heart of sports to Nelson through the many tournaments and other sporting events that we have been a part of. We were very lucky to have Kim as our guiding light and I would say in her positive spin: look at the folding of this board as an opportunity for new and fresh people to take over and perhaps breathe new purpose into the sports council.
Our AGM is scheduled for June 29 at the new Chamber of Commerce boardroom in Railtown. This is a great opportunity to be a part of a team whose mandate is to provide sporting opportunities to all.
Mari Plamondon, Nelson