When sports and recreation have given you so much in life, the importance of helping others discover the love of sports, activity, competition and movement takes on greater importance – and the community’s new Director of Sports and Recreation is intent on doing just that.
“For me, it’s about ensuring accessibility to sports and recreation, no matter what form that may take for people,” said newly-minted Director of Sports and Recreation for Kahnawake Roiatate Horn said earlier this week, as he began his second official week on the job.
Horn, who has a background as a hockey referee and former competitive golfer, said he owes a lot in his life to sports and the places they have taken him and he hopes to help young – and older – Kahnawake community members gain the same appreciation for it that he has.
“We want to make sure as many Kahnawake residents are able to have access to high-quality facilities and to sports and recreation. It’s given me a lot in my life, so I want to give that back,” he said.
As a golfer, Horn was twice able to travel to the North American Indigenous Games, and his work as a hockey referee has taken him all across the province of Quebec, where he has built relationships and friendships to last a lifetime.
“I’ve been able to come full circle, and it’s my responsibility to ensure that we can continue to offer Kahnawake families a chance to get out and play,” he said.
The job is a big one. Even though the main thrust of Horn’s work centres around the Kahnawake Sports Complex, he said the job is bigger than that, entailing oversight of a number of community edifices.
“Definitely,” Horn said. “I have to look after the parks, the splash pads, the beach and a number of other things to ensure that there is ample opportunity for the community to get out and move,” he said, adding that he would like to investigate the possibility of more mixed-recreation spaces to give families a wider range of choices.
“It would be very interesting to create more multipurpose spaces, such as maybe another outdoor fitness park next to a splash pad to give adults a way to get some exercise while they are at the splash pad with their children and families,” Horn said.
The soon-to-be 32-year-old comes to the job from the Tewatohnhi’saktha’s Workforce Development department and was, most recently, Counselling Services Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University (major in First Peoples Studies, minor in Educatio
Marc Lalonde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Iori:wase