Peace Passage Skating Club holds gala for 20th birthday

The event hit the ice at the Taylor District Ice Centre, which featured skaters ranging from CanSkate to StarSkate Level 4+, who performed routines on the ice ranging from solo, group and interpretive.

The alumni also put on quite a show, pulling the skates out of retirement to perform a special synchro routine.

Sandee Aitken, a current executive for the Peace Passage Skating Club, talked about the importance of previous members sharing information about the club with its current participants.

"It’s awesome just to be able to talk to with some of the past executive, and where it came from and where it is today, as well as all the work they did to get it going. It’s huge."

The event packed the stands of the Taylor arena, something that former Peace Passage Skating Club board member and current Taylor District Councillor Betty Ponto says has been taking place for years.

"It’s always been good, support has always been strong for Peace Passage, and to see the people in the stands today is great. It hasn’t been advertised or done as a huge production, it’s been, 'come celebrate with the club', so it’s great to see the people come out an celebrate."

Aitken adds, "It just shows how much the people really love our club that were in it before, that came back today."

The event even attracted former Peace Passage Skating Club instructor Debbie Bernard to join in on the celebration. Bernard was the first ever member of the skating club to make the transition from student to instructor.

Bernard, who currently teaches figure skating elsewhere, said it’s the great atmosphere that makes the Peace Passage Skating Club such an enjoyable experience for its members and said, "it’s an honour to come back and skate with [the alumni] girls."

The event culminated at the Taylor Rec Hall for snacks and refreshments, providing everyone in attendance the opportunity to reminisce about previous good times on the ice.