Thanks, vol­un­teers

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - OPINION -

A few weeks ago, I had the plea­sure of walk­ing by the ex­te­rior rink on Holy Cross Boule­vard.

To my sur­prise, the rink was brim­ming with ac­tiv­ity. Kids of all ages, in­clud­ing my grand­sons, were skat­ing, play­ing hockey, so­cial­iz­ing and sim­ply hav­ing fun. On the out­side part of the rink (for skaters only), some par­ents and grand­par­ents were try­ing to find their skat­ing legs while teach­ing their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren how to skate.

Guess what? Not a tablet in sight, nor a cell­phone.

Lately, I’ve tried the Holy Cross rink three or four times, play­ing shinny hockey and sim­ply skat­ing up and down the ice. Be­ing out­side en­joy­ing the cold air, sunny skies and good com­pany was sim­ply fan­tas­tic.

It brought me back to my child­hood. After din­ner, once my home­work was done, I would lace up my skates and walk from Da­nis Av­enue to St. Joseph Park, where there was an ex­te­rior rink. I would meet up with friends, skate, play hockey and so­cial­ize un­til 10 p.m. when the Cour­taulds whis­tle would blow.

It boils down to this. It takes men and women to main­tain this rink and others through­out the city. Vol­un­teers who brave the cold weather, give their pre­cious time to build a good foun­da­tion, clear the snow after each storm (and we’ve had our share this win­ter), flood the ice and make the best pos­si­ble sur­face.

They give our chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to play and grow out­side while giv­ing me, a grand­par­ent, the chance to re­visit my youth.

Thank you.

Gilles A. David­son Corn­wall

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