The Pontiac Community Fitness Centre has been moved to a small room at the Quyon Community Centre.
MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – The Pontiac Community Fitness Centre (PCFC), formerly located on Clarendon Street in Quyon, has found a new home at the Quyon Community Centre (QCC). Through an agreement with the municipality, the gym was issued a free five year lease to use a back room at QCC and occasionally the large hall for special activities.
The gym’s former lease expired at the end of August. “The move was decided after months of discussion with the municipality. Our financial position was a main driver since the Maison de la Famille runs the gym. Given the access to the large hall where activities like yoga classes, zumba and martial arts can be held, the move made sense for us. In addition, the proximity to the playground will allow the gym to facilitate activities with children,” explained Sylviana Geoffray, Director of the Quyon Family Centre.
The agreement is also part of the municipality’s PontiActif program, a developing partnership with PCFC in the works since the pandemic began, said Genevieve Latulippe, municipal assistant director general. “The goal of PontiActif is to get the community moving and working together for a better, healthier future for all,” said Councillor Sue McKay. The program aims to offer and coordinate targeted activities for different age groups. “This partnership will bring together and unite the forces of the different players working in the municipality to offer quality activities and encourage the population to be more active,” added Latulippe.
A human resources person from the gym will be on the premises to explain the different activities offered, manage registrations and welcome tourists.
Community use of the gym has doubled during the COVID pandemic, said Geoffray. The Maison de la Famille is largely government funded. The United Way contributes about $10,000 and the municipality contributed about $1,000 in the past, but that will be replaced by the free lease agreement. “Our goal is to become self-sufficient, which will probably take a number of years to achieve,” said Geoffray. Users will continue to pay the usual rates to use the gym, but municipal firefighters get free access.
“It will be a welcoming place for residents to drop by, relax, enjoy views of the river and work on their health and fitness,” concluded Geoffray.