Family Y activists Tom and Julie Rice have each received provincial, community service awards, partly because of their work for the new Regional Recreation Centre in Owen Sound.
Residents of Georgian Bluffs and long-time health care professionals in Owen Sound, the Rice’s are husband and wife.
Tom is a dentist and Julie is a physiotherapist.
Both remain active regionally in a variety of recreational and community activities.
The Ontario Dental Association recognized Tom recently for exceptional efforts and outstanding contributions to the community of Owen Sound.
Julie recently received the Ontario Physiotherapy Association award as an ambassador for the profession through community and/or health related commitments.
Tom co-chairs the Family Y fundraising committee spearheading a drive to raise $5 million to complete financing for the 38.6 million dollar Rec Centre.
He and Julie have also pledged substantial financial support for the project.
As well, Julie and her physiotherapy colleagues have been strong advocates for therapeutic benefits of a warm water pool as well as a specialized change room and overhead suspension system to allow access for persons in wheelchairs, to pools and gym facilities.
Construction began last March on the 125 thousand square foot Centre which includes two, NHL-sized arenas and a health and fitness centre.
A walking/running track and two pools, one competition-sized and the other for therapy and leisure, are all part of the project. It is a partnership of federal and provincial governments, the Y and the city of Owen Sound.
The physiotherapy association award describes Julie’s “legendary work as a therapist over the past 30 years in Owen Sound with children and adults.
Donations to the Recreation Centre campaign can be made over a period of five years and are eligible for charitable tax receipts. To make a donation, please contact the campaign office at 519-376-0484, ext. 222 or consult the Regional Recreation Centre website at www.regionalreccentre.ca