Ma­cLaren takes reins

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - BY STEVE SHARRATT THE GUARDIAN

The Cavendish Farms Well­ness Cen­tre has a new man­ager.

For­mer town businessman, Greg Ma­cLaren, has taken over the reins on a tem­po­rary ba­sis re­plac­ing long time and re­tir­ing man­ager Benji Stevens.

“My goals are to in­crease ice rentals and in­crease can­teen sales as well to help boost rev­enue,’’ Ma­cLaren told town coun­cil re­cently.

Ma­cLaren, a board mem­ber when the Well­ness Cen­tre was orig­i­nally de­vel­oped in 2009, was in­tro­duced as the new man­ager by Scott Bell, chair of the Com­mu­nity Wel­fare League that op­er­ates the $7 mil­lion fa­cil­ity.

“Benji did a great job and we will miss him,” said Coun. Jim Bag­nall. “But we wel­come Mr. Ma­cLaren to this role.”

Ma­cLaren for­merly op­er­ated the Mon­tague Sports Cen­tre and said one of his goals is to bring a debit ma­chine into the build­ing to help im­prove rev­enue and an­tic­i­pated a 30 per cent in­crease.

“I hope to build the hours up to a level when hockey was in its hey­day,’’ he said. “If we go be­low 34 hours a week we can’t pay the bills.”

Coun­cil was told mi­nor hockey reg­is­tra­tion has slipped over the years from the once mighty 300 strong mem­ber­ships to about 126 kids. And with de­clin­ing school reg­is­tra­tions taken into ac­count, hockey, like other sports, could face even fur­ther reg­is­tra­tion de­clines.

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