Point St. Charles Hall of Recog­ni­tion event

Montreal Times - - News -

Over 400 peo­ple gath­ered at the Point St. Charles YMCA on Septem­ber 29 for the 15th an­nual Hall of Recog­ni­tion event, which hon­oured five lead­ers in the neigh­bor­hood who have vol­un­teered their time and en­ergy through­out the years towards the youth of the area, as well as its many com­mu­nity pro­grams.

This year’s in­ductees to the Hall were Bob “Red” Ross (for­mer pres­i­dent of the Leo’s Boys Hockey club), for­mer Mon­treal fire­man and vol­un­teer Gordie Bernier, Hockey Hall of Fame in­ductee and vol­un­teer Frank Dilio, vol­un­teer Linda Miller, and the Erin Sports As­so­ci­a­tion. There are now a to­tal of 72 in­ductees, and each one is hon­oured with a plaque that hangs on the wall in the en­trance of the YMCA build­ing, which de­scribes their ded­i­ca­tion to the Point St. Charles com­mu­nity’s rich his­tory.

As well, 19 stu­dents re­ceived schol­ar­ships from monies raised at the event. Over the past 15 years, the Point St. Charles Schol­ar­ship pro­gram has given more than $250,000 in schol­ar­ship money to a to­tal of 275 post-se­condary stu­dents who live in the Point. Mon­treal broad­caster Chan­tal Des­jardins served as em­cee for the event; and award-win­ning vet­eran Mon­treal sports writer Michael Far­ber was its guest speaker.

“The Hall of Recog­ni­tion is an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the deep sense of com­mu­nity that was in­stilled in each of us as chil­dren,” said Kevin Figsby, who is the Hall of Recog­ni­tion event chair­man. “The event came about when I was con­tacted about the pos­si­ble clo­sure of the ‘now’ Point YMCA, which was the Point Boys and Girls Club when most of us grew up in Point St. Charles. It was the home of our beloved Leo’s Boys Sports As­so­ci­a­tion and the hub for all com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties. Rather than al­low the build­ing to close, we put a group of friends to­gether who had grown up in the Point and we de­cided to hon­our peo­ple from the past who through their vol­un­teerism and ac­com­plish­ments al­lowed us to dream and as­pire.”

Mr. Figsby added

that eight for­mer schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents at­tended this year’s event to talk about how re­ceiv­ing the schol­ar­ship helped them to achieve their re­spec­tive suc­cesses, as well as the en­cour­age­ment they re­ceived from the com­mu­nity at large as a re­sult. “The funds which are raised have an im­me­di­ate im­pact, as they are used to sup­port youth ac­tiv­i­ties in the Point St. Charles com­mu­nity and to sup­port the dreams and as­pi­ra­tions of stu­dents from the com­mu­nity who are pur­su­ing post-se­condary ed­u­ca­tion,” he said.

Or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee for the Hall of Recog­ni­tion.Cred­its: Jad Abukasm

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