Pays-d’en-Haut Sports Center: Desjardins invests $1 million

On April 8, IRC des Pays-d’en-Haut has announced a partnership With Mouvement Desjardins: $1 million will be invested over 10 years by the cooperative to cover part of the operating costs of the sports center located next to the Augustin-Norbert-Morin High School in Sainte-Adèle.

The press conference was held on the first floor of the complex, next to a huge window in the Scandinavian chalet style, which gave a stunning view of the valleys and the mist-covered mountains of Pays-d’en-Haut. The sports center with large openings lets in plenty of light, despite the overcast temperature. On the almost completed site of the sports center, the governor From MRC, André Genest, for advertising and limitation of use of this investment. “Caisse’s involvement is not for building. […] We wanted to get an agreement in terms of operation, while we already have a contribution from the federal government, a contribution from the provincial government, at the construction level, the municipalities have their weight in the project,” He explains.

In 2022, the administrative and financial services of the MRC des Pays-d’en-Haut estimated the sports center’s annual operating costs at $945,000. However, the Actual operating costs will be known more accurately for the 2023 budget.Explains Thomas Gallen, Director of Communications at the MRC. Thus, the investment of the Desjardins group will make it possible to reduce this bill, which is expected to increase in 2023 due to Energy and maintenance costs Based on “Real estate appraisal of the building, revised upwards”.

This partnership is also important to both parties as it is the largest investment in the history of Caisse Desjardins. “It reflects the members’ desire to support an important project for our MRC that responds to local issues and demonstrates how attentive Desjardins is to the needs and is rooted in his community.”Monique Ethere, CEO of the Caisse Desjardins de la Vallée des Pays-d’en-Haut, explains.

The Bassins Desjardins should be ready to welcome swimmers this summer. Credit: Simon Cordo

long awaited project

According to many, the construction of the sports center is a project that has been in progress for more than fifteen years. Mr. Genest points out that the project hasn’t been off the table since then “It responds to the need expressed by our community and our partners. In fact, [il] It will provide equipment and services that will enhance well-being, general health, family development, the elderly and children, perseverance and academic success, and ultimately strengthen the sense of belonging to the community”he explains.

The mayor of Saint-Sauveur and council member of the MRC des Pays-d’en-Haut, Jacques Garibe, is also happy to have completed the project. “We really wanted it next to the school, because it’s a win-win situation. Above all, the situation benefits all the municipalities. Yes we have beautiful mountains, yes there is skiing here, culturally we are also very talented, […] But we lacked the education and the athletic aspect. And we have that with the school, we have an artificial football field, so it’s really a complete sports complex. »

Healthy environment to attract families

The Sainte-Adèle sports complex also represents the desire of the MRC to develop its demographic and territory for the mayor of Saint-Sauveur. When young families have to choose a living environment, there are many factors that encourage people to come and settle down. There is competition between all regions. There should not be any between our municipalities. You have to be able to attract these young families and they have the pull factors.”He said at a press conference.

The Pays-d’en-Haut Sports Center will improve the provision of infrastructure and services to citizens, as well as create employment opportunities. “Sports Center […] It will enhance the economic growth of our society. With its state-of-the-art facilities, the new sports center will definitely be a potential attraction and retention point for families and businesses who want to settle in the MRC. “Mr. Gariépy explains.

For his part, Desjardins Group President and CEO, Guy Cormier, said he was very proud of the work done. “What I like about this format is that decisions are not made in Levis or Montreal. Decisions are made by the locals.” He explains that the members involved in the sports complex project are people who know the area well. “Because Pays-d’en-Haut is not Saguenay, it is not Rouyn-Noranda, it is not Sherbrooke. There is truth here, she has her own needs”Mr. Cormier points out.

Some finishing work still needs to be done before the grand opening of the center in the summer of 2022. A swimming pool area, called Bassins Desjardins, has also been created. Somewhat complete. Semi-Olympic swimming poole (25 m long) was filled with water; But she still had to clean the bottom of the aquarium covered with sand and fill the aquarium, playgrounds, and Kino River with water.

The Scandinavian chalet-style architecture makes the sports center spacious, warm and bright. Credit: Simon Cordo

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