Initiative to extend life of Pathways’ therapeutic pool gets boost from Rotary Club of Sarnia

After having to close last year due to drain issues, gift of $600k will jumpstart $1.6 million campaign to rebuild now-reopened pool

Point Edward mayor Bev Hand is with her granddaughter Holly Hand enjoying the benefits of the therapeutic pool at Pathways Health Centre for Children on Tuesday.

A gift of $600,000 by the Rotary Club of Sarnia will provide a jumpstart to a $1.6 million capital campaign to completely rebuild a therapeutic pool that has been serving the community for some 30 years.

At an event on Tuesday, the Rotary Club, headed by president Alison Mahon, talked about the enthusiasm by which the club responded when they first heard of the need.

Indeed, the club has a long history of being involved in Pathways activities and at one point the Rotary name was on the doors.

That changed a few years ago, largely because of copyright issues related to using the Rotary name, although that move has not diminished the connection.

“The pool is such a vital component of rehabilitation and recreational therapy,” said Mahon. “It’s also a valued community resource as an accessible pool to support our seniors and others who require a heated pool for therapy.”

The pool was closed for eight months last year after discovery of a main drain leak.

Jenny Greensmith, executive director of Pathways, said she hopes the Rotary donation will encourage others to donate to the cause.

She referenced the help provided that allowed the facility to reopen in September.

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