“More bang for your buck” at Port Hawkesbury Fitness Centre

The Port Hawkesbury Fitness Centre officially opened Monday, March 2, with a core unit of volunteers and town staff ready to help locals attain their health goals. Pictured are (from left) Mary MacKay, Marlene Ryan, Erin MacEachen, Corene Gillis-Dorey, and Jennifer MacDonnell.


That’s how long it took for the Town of Port Hawkesbury to reopen its gym facility at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre following the departure of YMCA management.

The gym reopened at 6 a.m. last Monday. The YMCA’s last day as gym facility manager in Port Hawkesbury was February 23.

“We all came together as a team, and everyone had good ideas,” said Corene Gillis-Dorey, physical activity coordinator for Port Hawkesbury.

“We have the recreation department, the finance department, and all the teams worked collaboratively to come up with a schedule for the month, get the instructors in place, and the schedule of everyone working here.”

She spoke to The Reporter last Sunday during an open house. For the foreseeable future, the gym will be run by town staff who are happy to have folks sign up for a membership which grants them a fitness pass.

The fitness pass allows members to use the gym equipment, attend fitness classes (led by experts like Jennifer MacDonell and Marsha McSorley, as well as yogi Mary MacKay), but also take advantage of other town-owned fitness facilities.

“The fitness pass will cover public swims [at the Strait Area Pool], public skates [at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre], and drop-in gym time [at the SAERC gym] for basketball, pickle ball, and badminton. That’s three additions to the membership.”

The fitness centre itself has undergone a spring cleaning and been spruced up with new paint and a newly waxed floor.

“We’re fortunate enough to be able to offer these facilities,” said Gillis-Dorey.

“Our goal is to get people active, keep people active, and it’s a little more bang for your buck – you can get a couple swims in, a couple skates, and drop-in times too.

“We’re trying to get people active the way they want to get active.”