Subsidies announced for new Pincourt chalet and pool
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
From left to right – Pincourt Councillor René Lecavalier, Councillor Diane Boyer, Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke, Councillor Denise Bergeron, Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols, Mayor Yvan Cardinal, Councillor Claudine Girouard-Morel, Pincourt Recreation and Community Service Director Simon Grenier, Councillor Sam Ierfino and Pincourt Aquatic Club President Mike Besner.
Federal and provincial government representatives announced the awarding of two subsidies of more than $430,000 each that will allow the Town of Pincourt to build a new chalet and refurbish the competition swimming pool at Parc Olympique. The announcement was made during a press conference at the Omni-Centre on May 22.
Peter Schiefke, Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil–Soulanges, Marie-Claude Nichols, Member of the National Assembly for Vaudreuil and Mayor Yvan Cardinal jointly made the announcement.
The financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – Small Communities Fund. Once the work is completed, it will promote sports in the municipality and encourage residents to be active. Pincourt will also contribute its share of more than $430,000 for the project for a total cost of nearly $1.3 million.
“I very much enjoy making announcements that I know are going to have a positive impact on the lives of people in our community. This is one that doesn’t just affect children and families. It affects everybody. Everybody is going to be able to benefit from this,” Schiefke told The Journal.
“To be able to contribute to ensure that future generations of families in our community have access to the same experience I’ve had is something that means a lot to me and I’m very proud to be here with my provincial and municipal counterparts to make it happen,” he said.
Nichols said she was pleased to be participating in the joint federal, provincial and municipal venture. “It’s really good news and it’s a nice partnership. By supporting renovation projects such as this we are demonstrating our commitment to providing local residents with safe accessible facilities and helping municipalities ensure the durability and quality of their infrastructure,” said Nichols.
The subsidy continues the province’s commitment to promote healthy lifestyles. “This project in Pincourt will allow residents of the Vaudreuil riding to practice sports and physical activities on a regular basis, encouraging them to adopt active lifestyles,” said Nichols.
Schiefke recalled his own childhood experiences when he would regularly go to the local outdoor community swimming pool during the summer. “One of the things that I really appreciate about this announcement, and this is a personal anecdote, the only way I could go swimming when I was younger was in a public pool. I have some great memories,” he said.
Despite his hectic schedule, Schiefke said he always manages to find the time to participate in various events in each municipality in his riding. “There’s always something fun happening at any given point in time,” said Schiefke.
“We were at the family day in Pincourt last year and my son loved the splash pad. Now he wants to go back every single time. I’m blessed to be able to go to all these municipalities. Pincourt is a leader when it comes to organizing family activities,” added Schiefke.
Enhanced aquatic club activities
Mayor Yvan Cardinal thanked Schiefke and Nichols for the financial contributions from their respective governments. “We certainly couldn’t have done it on our own without their help,” said Cardinal.
“This pool was built as part of a clean-up exercise at the Pincourt Aquatic Club 47 years ago. By allowing us to rebuild the Parc Olympique pool and chalet, these federal and provincial contributions will allow us to enhance the activities offered by the city and aquatic club,” added Cardinal.