Partnership between Truro recreation centre and school fills skills training gap

‘This will have a very positive impact in the community’

Published on November 30, 2013

TRURO – A new partnership between the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC) and École acadienne de Truro will open new career opportunities for area youth.

The groups are working together to provide youth of the francophone community the opportunities to complete training in the French language to become certified water safety instructors and lifeguards.

“École acadienne de Truro has the fastest and continuously growing student

population in Nova Scotia,” said DeAnne Pelchat, school and community development agent, in a news release, “and these programs are currently not offered to these students in the French language in this region. This is the gap that we are filling with this partnership.”

After completing the 75 hours of training in the Red Cross water safety instructor

program, which includes 20 hours of teaching experience, the participants will be certified to teach swimming lessons.

 “This will have a very positive impact in the community,” said Suzanne McCully, RECC aquatics manager, also in the release. “This new partnership makes our services more accessible, promotes active living in youth, and provides youth employment opportunities.”

Participants can also take training to become a lifeguard, which is an additional 80 hours of training.

Twenty students from École acadienne de Truro are set to begin the nationally recognized program this month.

“After the first group of students completes the program, they will be eligible to work at the RECC as Water Safety Instructors, and the RECC will then be able to offer bilingual swimming lessons to the francophone community as a regular program,” said McCully.

Being able to offer these services in French will permit the RECC to expand the community it serves and will help attract those wishing to learn about the language and culture. École acadienne de Truro is investing in their youth and promoting bilingualism in Truro and the surrounding areas.

Previous training is not required in order to take these certification programs, but participants do have to meet a certain level of swimming skills. For more information on the requirements or program details, contact McCully at 893-2224 or Pelchat at 896-4505.