Policies are guiding principles or protocols designed to ensure programs carry on with expected outcomes.
In the case of the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC), a policy is in place that requires its users to also use its food services.
This is not unusual. There are several community halls run by non-profit organizations and legions that have similar requirements in place.
However, the RECC’s food policy is having an unanticipated downfall.
Recently the Truro Centurions swim team wrote to councils in both the town of Truro and the County of Colchester telling of a financial burden they endured because of the policy.
This group is one of many that was set to benefit from the new state-of-the-art facility out of the starting gate, and was designed with their needs in mind, which included giving them the infrastructure needed to host high-caliber provincial and national swim meets.
The group rented the RECC in February to host its inaugural provincial swim meet at the new facility. Formerly, the group was based at the now de-commissioned Centennial Pool located at Nova Scotia Community College, which was too small for such an event.
Club president Troy Payson acknowledged that the RECC is a great swimming facility that offers many more opportunities for hosting large-scale competitions, but added since moving there the club’s expenses have increased while opportunities to raise funds have decreased significantly.
The group also claims the RECC’s policies have eliminated its ability to tap into the support of parents to supply officials with snacks, drinks and lunches during events requiring the use of their catering services at what he called “exorbitant costs.”
The county agreed to provide funds to help cover food costs for three upcoming events the group has submitted bids to host.
We hope this situation will not be a continuing trend for other groups wanting to use the facility.
It needs the strong support of the community, which it was designed to serve. Without it, it’s dead in the water.