Flames forward Rene Bourque is supporting efforts to raise money for the new arena and community centre in Whitefish Lake First Nation Number 128 by becoming the Honourary Chair of the Goodfish Lake Recreational Capital Campaign.
“My roots are in the Goodfish Lake Region. I know how important it is to have first-rate recreation facilities when growing up and participating in recreational activities and I feel privileged to be the Honourary Chair of the campaign,” says Rene Bourque.
The reserve is located near Bourque’s home town of Lac La Biche, Alberta. Unfortunately the arena previously located near the town, which had served the community well for over 30 years, burned down in 2005.
The new Goodfish Lake Recreation Centre includes a facility for the trades’ courses for Portage College. The classrooms are replacements for the two-classroom facility that was also destroyed in the fire. The Whitefish Lake Reserve has a long-standing history of service to the oil patch through its successful entrepreneurial businesses such as their garment factory, dry cleaning plant and heavy machinery company. It also owns and operates a gas utility corporation.
“I hope that my support encourages others to get on board, and to become part of a project that will be truly transformational. I urge everyone to get involved and support the centre,” says Bourque.
The Centre will also house a community hall for cultural programs, a community kitchen and café for social events, a fitness centre with a walking track and a child-minding play room.
The new Goodfish Lake Recreation Centre aims to be a model for future facilities of its type in North America. The R-60 dome structure will use 50-75% less energy to heat and maintain constant ice and room temperatures. It will be made of concrete and anchored below the frost line. It is slated to begin construction in the spring of 2010.