Back into the pool
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.
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.