As part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program,
Punnichy Community High School received funds from the Government of Canada to
renovate their school gymnasium.
On September 28, PCHS celebrated the completion of their
newly renovated gymnasium by bringing together students, staff, Horizon School
Division senior leadership, Board of Education Trustees and a number of First
Nation Partners – including Chief John McNab of George Gordon First Nation.
Horizon’s Coordinator of First Nations & Métis
Education Services, Lester Gardiner, began the event with an opening prayer.
The Grey Buffalo drum group then performed an Honour Song. Principal Donna
Nurse read a letter provided by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of
Innovation, Science and Economic Development, congratulating the school and
Horizon School Division on the completion of the project. Trustee for
Subdivision 9, Jolene Koopman, shared words of congratulations on behalf of
This renovation project received funding through the Canada
150 Community Infrastructure Program. This program provided 50% of the funding
needed for the work, with Horizon’s Board of Education contributing the other
The renewal project included a new gym floor,
high-efficiency lighting, new exterior doors, acoustic padding to reduce echoing,
new badminton equipment and new basketball backboards.
Horizon’s Facility Services Team was integral to the
application process for this program and in the completion of the project. Director
of Education, Kevin Garinger, thanked the Facility Services Team and the
students and staff of PCHS for their work to revitalize the gym for the school
and the community of Punnichy.
The morning wrapped-up with a Friendship Round Dance, lead by the Grey Buffalo Drum Group.