The GDRC consists of a small active group of volunteers who work together to provide a variety of recreational activities for Gagetown and our surrounding communities. We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm at the Recreation Centre. New members are always welcome and encouraged to attend!
For more information about any of our activities or if you would like to join our group, please contact a Recreation Council Member.
Meet the Executive Board
John Tarrel: President
I have been an active Recreation Council volunteer ever since I moved to the Village of Gagetown in January 2001.Over the past several years I have been a member of the Board of Directors and have held various Executive positions including Secretary, Treasurer and President. I am currently President and Acting Treasurer. In addition to the administrative duties of these positions I have coached soccer in the Village for the past 12 years both in the Recreation Council community soccer program and with the Gagetown Middle School team. In fact, I have participated in soccer in various capacities (as player, coach, referee, referee instructor and administrator) for the past 68 years!
I also served as Mayor of the Village of Gagetown from 2004 to 2008. I pursued a career as a consulting actuary for almost 50 years, finally retiring in 2013
I became a new Director (2016), after a term on the village Council I was a distance runner when (much) younger, and now try to row every day to keep fit. It would be nice if as Rec Council we could find ways to help people of all ages exploit the improved access to our lovely River, using the waterfront property the village acquired recently on the south end of Front Street. Another long term recreation goal is to to determine the best way for us to develop and use the five acre field in the centre of the Village, also a relatively new acquisition.
I have been with the council for 3 years. When I first started, I noticed a gap in our areas of support leaning more towards children and elderly and thought there’s more to Gagetown than youth and retired folks. Some of us are in the midst of building up our families here and would love to have some kind of reprieve in our daily responsibilities too.
Thus was born the fit chicks! A group of like minded women who enjoyed fitness torture as some kind of therapy. Zumba Fitness also started, with a great fitness mentor and instructor who took this revolution to the Gagetown School. That attracted the teachers, students, and some parents too. Various activities for adults came in to play over the past few years, and we will continue to expand our vision!
The GDRC needs young minds and fresh blood to thrive…I hope in my position I can attract some of you to join us and help build our community back up! Just like when we all burned our Christmas trees together on the frozen river, with a hot cup of cocoa – here’s to our future!