Pearen Park skating doing great work

When I sell this dot-com of mine for a quarter billion, I know where I’m going to put it. In the meantime, if you should find a fiver (or a twenty) in a laundry pocket, might I make a suggestion? The good people at the Mount Dennis outdoor skating rink could use a few bucks.

I spoke to Simon Chamberlain; he told me how they are lending out skates–and even gloves and socks–to people in the neighbourhood to help them learn to skate and to give them something to do after school.  All the money is coming out of the volunteers’ own pockets, yet they have somehow cobbled together 80 pairs of skates and done a bang-up job of running a shoestring operation. Despite (or even because) of their unofficial, low-rent, under-the-radar status, I trust them.

While I was there, I saw a dozen or so people skating, some of whom were obviously not people of substantial means. One young man borrowed a pair of skates and a shovel and set about cleaning his own area of the rink of snow so that he could practice hockey. This is the sort of thing that makes a difference.

If you can spare a buck or a few hours of your time, you can get in touch with the good people in charge of this at skates (circle-a) mountdennis.ca.

Before watching the video, turn down your speakers. The wind played havoc with my little camera.


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Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

3 thoughts on “Pearen Park skating doing great work”

  1. What a great report (and interview) of a real community-building effort.

    Thank you Simon and the ice people for really do something important and heart-warming and showing a truly neighbourhood spirit!

  2. What a great article to read.
    Who do I make my cheque out to and where do I send it? I’d like to buy a pair of skates for them.

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