Recreation changes in South Dundas

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SOUTH DUNDAS – Declining program use and the resignation of a staff member has prompted changes to the municipality’s recreation department.

Some of the changes had been decided before the resignation of Recreation Program Coordinator Jamie Scott. Scott left his position February 16th.

Declining use of the municipal swimming lesson program at the Morrisburg and Iroquois Beaches prompted a review early in 2020. Before the pandemic, the municipality rostered up to nine summer students for that position. This year that number will drop to six, three each for the Morrisburg and Iroquois Beaches.

South Dundas Communications Coordinator Kalynn Sawyer Helmer explained that this is based on the programming needs and budget.

“Six lifeguards will be able to cover the shifts necessary without affecting the swimming lessons,” she said.

In 2020, the municipality consolidated swimming lessons and hired only two lifeguards to operate the lessons due to the pandemic.

Recreation programming will take a different look due, in part, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The recreation coordinator position was a full-time position, but with Scott’s departure, that role will be a part-time position for the time being.

“Due to the resignation of the Programming Coordinator earlier this month, Council and staff met to discuss the future of that role,” Sawyer Helmer said. “It was felt that during the COVID-19 pandemic a part-time position would be sufficient to fill the needs of the Municipality.”

The part-time coordinator position will be advertised in the coming months. “Senior management will then be able to monitor the position and re-evaluate the job details if needed as the pandemic eases,” she said.

Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Leader