MacLaren takes reins
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.