Stony Plain Pool receives Lifesaving Society Award
The Town of Stony Plain Outdoor Public Swimming Pool has made another splash on the provincial scene after winning first prize in its award-class, as established by the Lifesaving Society (Alta. And NWT Branch). This is the second consecutive year that the facility has earned this award.
Connie Jenkins, pool manager, and Brandon Walline, lifeguard, attended the regular council meeting on July 9 on behalf of the pool staff, where they were formally recognized by Town Council for the accomplishment.
“This award is a strong testament to the ongoing hard work and dedication of our pool staff,” says William Choy, mayor of Stony Plain. “The pool is an important part of our community, and its qualified professional employees are committed to the safety of those who use the facility. We applaud you for receiving this well-earned award.”
Annually, the Lifesaving Society recognizes affiliate member partners that deliver its services and programs to the public. Twenty classes are awarded each fiscal year.
“(The Town’s) Lifesaving Society-trained staff were instrumental in providing leadership, engaging individuals and inspiring inclusive participation in our education and training programs, ultimately contributing to health and well-being of the community,” Barbara Kusyanto, chief administrative officer of The Lifesaving Society (Alta. and NWT Branch), wrote in a letter dated May 20, 2012.
The facility received the Class 6 Affiliate Award, presented to the affiliate member operating only one outdoor (seasonal) facility, accumulating the highest point-total in conducting Lifesaving programs during a calendar year. The Stony Plain pool garnered 890 points, beating second-place Mount Pleasant Community Pool by 85 points; the Town of Hanna came in third place, with 395 points.
Pool staff received the award at the Lifesaving Society’s annual general meeting and branch award recognition event on June 22 in Airdrie.
About the Stony Plain Public Outdoor Swimming Pool
The Stony Plain Public Outdoor Swimming Pool is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2012. The Town has operated the six-lane public pool (open from mid-May to the end of August each year), since 1972. Approximately 20 staff – certified lifeguards and qualified maintenance personnel – are hired each season to manage, supervise and maintain the facility. The pool offers a wide-range of programs, including: private and public lessons for all ages and skill-levels; public swimming sessions; aqua-fit classes; adult lane swims; and many more. Qualified staff teach the Red Cross Swim Kids’ Program and pre-school lessons for children between ages three and five. For more information, visit stonyplainpool.com.
About the Lifesaving Society
The mission of the Lifesaving Society is to prevent drowning and water-related incidents for all Canadians by providing: lifesaving, life-guarding, and leadership education; public education; and water-safety research. Its vision is to provide information and skills that promote safety in, on and around water. The Society is the Canadian authority in aquatic lifesaving education and life-guarding and a leader and partner in the delivery of water safety education in Canada and around the world (source: lifesaving.org).