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Revitalized Gymnasium at PCHS

September 29, 2017

​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.

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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.

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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 Horizon’s Board.

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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 50%.

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.  

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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.

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