Today officially marked the beginning for the Community First Curling Centre” and Brad Jacobs, manager of the Anita Blvd facility couldn’t be happier. It is afterall, his second home.
“Those two key words, Curling Centre – puts an end to an elitist feel to our name” Jacobs told a full crowd Monday morning. “We’re no longer a club, or an association, we are a place for the community , we’re a centre”
“There’s not a more social, more challenging or more fun a sport than curling and more and more of the community is finding that out” Jacobs said.
The naming rights will allow $100,000 spread over five years back into the centre for capital improvements , Brent Lamming CEO of Community First Credit Union told SaultOnline.com after cutting the ribbon with Jacobs.
Community First is expanding its footprint across the province, on April 1st of this year the credit union will merge with Your Neighbourhood Credit Union, increasing it branch network to 21 in total. The credit union will maintain its name Community First but will operate as a division of Your Neighbourhood Credit Union in the Sault and Timmins.”
Your Neighbourhood Credit Union will maintain their branding in Southern Ontario.
“This facility came from humble roots and that’s where the credit union came from and we want to partner with organizations that are very local” Lamming said. Lamming stresses that the “local” angle is key for the credit union. In the fall, Community First paid for naming rights for the Pee Wee Arena for the same reason as the curling centre. “we’re looking at doing this across Ontario with our ultimate goal of becoming provincial but still having that local feel and giving back to those communities”
Following the ceremony, Community First Curling Centre held it’s first event, the Family Day Funspiel, part of the Bon Soo Winter Carnival’s final events. The carnival opened February 4th and wraps up today, Family Day