The Agassiz Harrison Healthy Communities Committee is a coalition of 20 agencies that works toward positively impacting the health of our community. In 2011, we created a Strategic Plan which identified priorities, and we support and encourage the development of opportunities to create ways to meet these priorities. A new community centre gymnasium will bring wonderful and expanded opportunities to our community.
A new facility will provide the resources for program development which include recreation, fitness, weight training, heart health, nutrition, and so much more. This expanded opportunity will improve availability, participation, facility capacity, diversity of potential programming and therefore will provide engaging opportunities for the entire community.
Benefits of providing this opportunity are numerous. It will encourage community members to work out locally, provide a close convenient state of the art facility, alleviate having to travel, and it will be more appealing to those who do not drive.
The District of Kent should be applauded for bringing this initiate forward and seeing the positive benefits this recreation centre expansion will bring. Yes, there is a financial cost to building the facility, but this pales in comparison to the health and social costs of not providing these services. This opportunity provides a holistic integrated approach to increasing the health, well being and physical development of individuals in this community.
Agassiz-Harrison Healthy Communities Chair