Back into the pool

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY RICHARD MAHONEY News Staff

Every­one can get back into the pool at Hôpi­tal Glen­garry Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal in Alexan­dria now that a new aquafit­ness in­struc­tor has been found.

Ses­sions had been sus­pended since April 6, when Danielle Ma­cLeod re­signed af­ter ten years as man­ager of the ther­a­peu­tic pool.

Aquafit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties are re­sum­ing af­ter Carolanne Ca­bana was hired as aquafit­ness in­struc­tor and lief­guard.

Be­gin­ning the week of June 24, classes will be of­fered twice weekly on Tues­days, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and Thurs­days, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Regis­tra­tion forms are avail­able at the busi­ness of­fice and on its web­site.

A min­i­mum of nine par­tic­i­pants per class will be re­quired or the class will be can­celled.

More than nine have signed up for the Tues­day ses­sions while the hos­pi­tal is “well on its way” to the min­i­mum re­qire­ment, re­lates CEO Michael Co­hen.

Carolanne Ca­bana, a law stu­dent, has “great ref­er­ences” and will be a “good fit,” he adds. She will be ready “to come out of the gate” to re­spond to the spe­cial and vary­ing needs of the di­verse groups, adds Mr. Co­hen.

Re­hab ben­e­fits

At the same time, the fa­cil­ity will soon be busier than ever as the hos­pi­tal in­tends to max­i­mize the use of the pool to sup­ple­ment its re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram.

The hir­ing has been wel­comed by long-time aquafit­ness mem­ber Carmel MacDonell, who is now spread­ing the word to en­sure a suf­fi­cient num­ber of reg­is­tra­tions is re­ceived.

She and some of the other 60 aquafit­ness par­tic­i­pants had been crit­i­cal of the HGMH’s board of di­rec­tors’ re­sponse to the va­cancy, say­ing the hos­pi­tal took too much time to be­gin seek­ing a new pool man­ager.

While swim­ming lessons con­tin­ued to be of­fered as usual, aquafit­ness classes had been stopped be­cause a qual­i­fied in­struc­tor could not be found.

The clients said their health was be­ing com­pro­mised be­cause the pop­u­lar aqua fit­ness pro­gram had been sus­pended.

“We look for­ward to the ex­pe­ri­ence and en­ergy that Carolanne will bring to our pool com­mu­nity,” says the HGMH.

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