We have had an outdoor skating rink for many years, but for some time now, it has been deteriorating considerably. With time, our wooden boards have begun to soften, which has made the rink’s corners dangerous and may cause injuries. We had to remove the players’ shelter, because it was becoming unsafe; now we have to sit on chairs placed directly on the ground if we want to rest. On one side of the rink, the board is held up by pieces of wood so it doesn’t crumble. The skating rink is set up right on the grass, so we cannot really use the area during the summer. But with $100,000, we could put down a cement base that would also be used in summer for ball hockey and other activities that get residents fired up. We recently lost our ball diamond, so upgrading our skating rink is important to us, as it is the only busy sport attraction in our town.
For the past four years, one of our residents has been organizing a one-day hockey tournament each winter that he's baptized the Winter Classic. Every year on this day, four to five teams face off to become the tournament winner. The activity, which gives people the opportunity to come together, take advantage of the great outdoors and have fun, has people coming back year after year. It is a favourite among Montebello residents, and we intend to hold it for years to come.
For the past four years, one of our residents has been organizing a one-day hockey tournament each winter that he's baptized the Winter Classic...The activity, which gives people the opportunity to come together, take advantage of the great outdoors and have fun, has people coming back year after year.
Sport is a way for us to surpass ourselves. The skating rink is a gathering place that allows younger community members to thrive by playing the team sport they love. Sports events allow us to get together and appreciate our community. Seeing our youth excel and grow through sport is a tremendous source of pride for the entire town.
Three words: passion, collaboration and support. We are passionate about sport, about people of all ages having fun. Collaboration and support, because we are a tightly knit community and we stand by our town. The support and collaboration of every resident are what make it possible to form a team and work together to make our town a beautiful place to live that encourages everyone to stay healthy.
François Périard is very involved with the town and its activities. He founded the Winter Classic, which brings together many people every year and is a successful event. Also, at the last Petite-Nation gala, he won the award for volunteer of the year, which he fully deserves. The vitality of the town's sports activities—especially hockey—is very important to François.