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City of Refuge upgrade and renovate gym and fitness centre
By Darren Breckles well as flag football. out here and through our
They also have plans for doors. When they see
Justin Fournier and an outdoor ice rink. what we have to offer
Mike Stiller have been They have a great facili- here the place sells
hard at work transform- ty in a former bingo hall itself,” said Fournier.
ing a couple of the back that is spacious enough The centre is also home
rooms at the City of for all of the activities to the Sunparlour
refuge youth centre into that they envision but Pregnancy Resource
a fully equipped fitness because they are in a Centre and White Forest
centre and gymnasium remote location, they are Kung-Fu. Riley encour-
for a program they are trying to get the word out ages people of all ages to
calling COR fitness. to residents. The gymna- come and check out the
Paul Riley started the sium is available for facility.
City of Refuge teen cen- birthday parties, bridge “I want people to know,
tre about two years ago. clubs or any other pur- adults, families, parents,
They have been at their pose. that they are welcome to
present location on “Its out of the way here, come in here anytime.
Renaud Street just off people don’t know Just walk through. I love
Alma for eight months. RTT Photo by Darren Breckles where it is. So raising when people are nosy
The centre was started Justin Fournier and Mike Stiller in the City of Refuge teen centre gym and fitness awareness is our biggest because they want to
by Riley to provide “ a centre that they have been hard at work upgrading and renovating. campaign over the next know is this place ok to
home away from home” three months. We are send my friends, my kids
for teenagers. been involved with COR packages and gym mem- the gymnasium. Right just trying to get people to,” said Riley.
“I always found that for around two months. bership fees that are now floor hockey is on a
the youth have things to Riley initially contacted extremely affordable at drop-in basis. Pick up
do up until about 13 them to do personal $25 per month for stu- games take place from 2
years old, travel, sports training for clients but dents, $30 for adults and p.m. –5 p.m. on
other things. There is a they wanted to be more $80 for a family regard- Saturday. Basketball is
gap between about 13 involved and have lent less of size. Fitness on Sunday from 2 p.m.
and 19 and then we their services to COR fit- classes include Zumba, –4 p.m. It is only $5 for
expect them to be ness full-time. belly dancing, boot either activity. They Dr. S. Gill, Dr. M. Jammu & Associates
adults. So I wanted to They have completely camps, Yoga, Pilates, will be- setting up intra- 1468 Front Rd., LaSalle
be a place that they can revamped and renovated boxing and sport condi- mural leagues for hock- 519-734-1300
come—a walk in place, the gym and fitness area tioning and intramural ey and basketball as New Patients Welcome
that’s key—and just be as well as transforming a sports.
teenagers. Give them storage room into a 40 “We are trying to utilize
events, give them things by 40 foot gymnasium the space in as many
they can get into from and arcade with seven ways as possible and
drama clubs to sports to games. They dry walled, bring in as many types of
counseling and the fit- painted, and put in a people as possible. In
ness centre,” said Riley. brand new wood floor this backroom for exam-
The COR Teen centre suitable for sports activi- ple, we are putting a tan-
program is from 3 p.m. ties. The facility is ning bed in there which
to 7 p.m., Monday to bright clean and spa- people will have access
Friday while COR fit- cious. to six days a week. On
ness is open 9am -9pm. “There have been a lot Monday we are bringing
These are the critical of 14 hour days, seven in the barber that cut
hours after school lets days a week to get done Mike’s and my hair, the
out but before parents the things we have,” said day a lot of barbershops
get home from work Fournier are closed. It will be the
when many teens poten- Fournier and Stiller only ‘urban style’ bar-
tially get into trouble stress that COR fitness is bershop in town” said
out of boredom. for all age groups, not Fournier.
Fournier and Stiller, just teens. It is a com- On top of all this, they
who are both certified munity centre. They have activities like floor
fitness trainers, have offer personal training hockey and basketball in
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