Posted by: HamptonIona | November 19, 2015

Iona Park skating

Winter is almost upon us and that means skating on our community rinks.  HICG is once again pleased to advise that we will be continuing our tradition of building our community skating surfaces.  While not a boarded rink, our skating surfaces in Iona Park are noted for their quality ice surfaces and the non-hockey skating areas.  Iona Park is always a great rink for an informal pickup game of hockey or for learning how to skate.  In order to be able to provide the community with a rink, however, we rely on both volunteers and paid attendants.  We have always endeavoured to build the rink using our volunteers.  We then hire attendants to supervise the rink and to help maintain the rink once it is open.  By stretching the City grant with volunteers, we are able to offer 35 hours of supervised skating per week, when the City only requires 30 hours of supervision.

Typically we hire local high school and university students to work at the rink.  Several of our attendants from the last few years have, however, moved on and this year we are looking for 2-4 new attendants.   The position pays minimum wage.  Work is primarily during weekday evenings and weekend days.  Successful applicants will have to be able to obtain a police check given that they will be working with children.

As well, we are also looking for new volunteers to assist in the construction of the rink.  While we rely on a number of community volunteers to help build the rink (and it takes about 15-18 floodings depending on weather to have a good ice surface), we would welcome someone to take on some of the responsibilities of co-managing the rink.   If you are interested in volunteering to help build the rink or to co-manage please let us know.   Any high school students who assist in building the rink on a volunteer basis will be able to earn eligible volunteer hours.

If you are interested in working this winter at Iona Park as a rink attendant or interested in supporting your community by volunteering to help build our rink, please contact Lorne Cutler at either 613-725-9147 or at lacutler@magma.ca.  You can also contact us through our website, www.hamptoniona.ca.

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