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November 29, 2007
Recreation centre renamed to honour Scarborough sports volunteer Don Montgomery
The City of Toronto dedicated the Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre in honour of the late Don Montgomery, a past president of the Scarborough Hockey Association with a plaque inauguration. The former Mid-Scarborough Community Recreation Centre features two indoor ice rinks, an activity room, board room, preschool area, youth lounge and seniors lounge.

“Don Montgomery was a sports icon in his community holding numerous president, coach and director titles in various sports,” said Mayor David Miller. “We dedicate this facility in Don’s name in recognition of his commitment, hard work and the many, many hours he volunteered to ensure that thousands of children were able to explore and participate in their chosen sport. Contributions by people like Don are what builds a great city and makes it liveable for all.”

Mr. Montgomery’s widow, Mary, was presented a miniature version of the park sign bearing her late husband’s name. Mr. Montgomery died on April 13, 2007. The official park sign will be placed outside the newly renamed facility.

As president of the Scarborough Hockey Association for 40 years, Montgomery provided hockey opportunities for more than 300,000 youth. He was the founder of the Albert Campbell and JJ Keay tournaments, raising in excess of $600,000 for three Scarborough hospitals. He also initiated scholarships totalling more than $60,000 that were awarded to deserving secondary students in the Scarborough area. In 2006, Montgomery was awarded the Chamandy Hockey Award for Outstanding Services in the GTA.

“Naming this community centre the Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre is a fitting tribute to the great work that Don did for his community,” said Brenda Librecz, General Manager, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation. “As Don provided sports opportunities for children and youth, and thereby encouraged physical fitness, teamwork and skill building, the Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre is dedicated to continuing that legacy.”

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726



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