Can you keep a secret?  We have a new building!

The Board of KGC has been working on securing a new space for KGC for the last two and a half years. At a minimum a new gym must have at least 19-foot ceilings, a 40-foot by 40-foot space for the floor programs, and a long runway for the vault track.

It was not feasible for a not-for-profit organization like KGC to borrow money to finance the purchase of a new building.

During our search we have seen many possible rental spaces, and none could fulfill all the criteria we sought. 

Robyn Carter owner of Premiere Studio of Dance approached the KGC board early this year with the idea to partner with her as she redeveloped her property. Robyn wanted to partner with an organization that shared her value of excellence and a focus on athlete development.

Over the last number of months Robyn developed her vision and organized her building team. After seeing that the project could fulfill all the gym site requirements we collaborated on the final building design to provide an amazing gym space and dance space under one roof. Robyn will construct this new building on her existing property located at 1046 County Road 19, Selwyn Township, just north of the City of Peterborough limits. KGC will be her main tenant at this site.

What does this mean for your kids at KGC? 

As part of the arrangement we will fulfill the minimum needs of a gym – a 19-foot ceiling, adequate space for the floor programs, and a vault runway. We will also add major improvements to our gym facility. For instance, we will have a variety of pits to support our athletes “going to the next level.” The building will have change rooms and bathrooms located within the gym space, a stipulation of Gymnastics Ontario’s Safe Sport guidelines. The space is also larger than our existing facility. 

You have supported KGC through fundraising efforts to update many pieces of equipment over the last five years, and this equipment will move to the new location. The board of KGC will replace any older equipment such as the sprung floor, beams, bars and trampoline once we move. 

The new club will offer many benefits that go beyond the space and equipment. The new gym will allow our athletes to gain new perspectives and improve their dance routines with Premiere’s coaching. KGC will help Robyn and her team improve the gymnastics-related skills in her dance programs. 

KGC’s staff and Robyn and her team will have monthly meetings to ensure everything is working perfectly. We will plan for future programs that we can offer together. 

The board has weighed all the options, and we have agreed that the best plan for our athletes is to sign a 20-year lease at this location. 

The future facility will give KGC new creative energy and the ability to develop exciting programs. We will also bring our current culture of safety and pursuit of excellence to this new location. 

The board has worked hard on our finances over the last five years. The new gym will come with new costs, but we did all the future financial modeling based on our current revenues. The bottom line is fees will go up at a modest rate over the next 20 years. We anticipate that new programs will sustain our current fiscal planning, which is to build a prudent operating surplus and create an equipment replacement program over the next 20 years. If you are interested in knowing more about the financial model please let us know, and we can share it with you. 

The next steps in the process is to secure Selwyn Township’s approval of the completed building design. After that Robyn’s team will get the shovels in the ground, and we will see the new building take shape. You can expect regular progress reports. Please be aware that the approval process and construction can take a bit of time. 

We are starting a new social media account to update you about the building in partnership with Premiere Studio of Dance. @PSDxKGC.

If you have any questions, or comments, please let us know. 

Your current KGC board and staff is made up of the following people, who all have a deep connection to KGC, and have worked on this issue together. 

KGC Board of Directors

The foundation of Danielle Rocheleau’s professional experience, career, and passion has been rooted in community development. A resourceful, strategic thinker who values collaborative approaches to problem solving. As the CEO at Laridae Danielle leads strategic planning, communications, and branding projects. Prior to consulting, she held executive roles with the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster (GPIC) and Peterborough & Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED). Danielle has actively engaged in governance throughout her career as a volunteer Board member of local non-profits. In addition to her years in the not-for-profit sector, Danielle has been an entrepreneur, starting an award-winning business. Bilingual, Danielle is originally from Timmins. She lives in Keene, Ontario with her family and can be found in the viewing seats at KGC while her two daughters aspire competitive dreams in gymnastics. 

Patrick Sheehan has been a member of the board of directors at KGC since February, 2018. Patrick’s professional career has spanned over 28 years in the foodservice industry in various management and senior sales positions including Director of Independent Sales and Vice President of Customer Service, Sysco Canada. In his current role, Patrick is Vice President of Partnership Development for Synergy Purchasing Partners. When not working, Pat enjoys playing baseball, hockey and watching his daughter perform her gymnastics routines at KGC!! 

Kathy Garvey was born and raised in Peterborough and has been involved in gymnastics as an athlete, judge and coach for many years. She is a retired Physical Education teacher with the PVNC school board and was a coach with the Kawartha Gymnastics Club in its early years.  Kathy’s background includes competing at the National level in University before working as Athletic Event Manager and woman’s gymnastics coach at the University of Calgary. Upon her return to Peterborough she initiated the gymnastics program at St. Peter Secondary School which she ran for 25 years. Kathy’s passion for gymnastics has lead her to sit on the KGC Board for the last 7 years and see the club continue to grow and prosper. She also volunteers with Hospice Peterborough and Wheelchair Rugby. 

In the past, Neil Hannam worked in the heath care sector and completed a Master’s Degree on Social Entrepreneurship.  Neil is the CEO of HC, a company that leads social entrepreneurship projects, and is a partner with Workforcewins, which is a Human Resources outsourcing company.  Neil is the current chair of the board and has been on the board for 5 years. His daughter, Chloe, has been an athlete with the club for 11 years and is currently on the competitive team and is a level-one coach at KGC. 

Tim Haxton has been a member of the board of directors for two years. His daughter joined KGC 8 years ago at the age of 4 and he has enjoyed watching her tumble her way through life. Tim works as a Fisheries Specialist with the Aquatic Research Monitoring Section of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, an agency he has worked for since 1987. He currently resides on COSEWIC’s Freshwater Fish Species Specialist Subcommittee, the Science Advisory Committee for the International Symposium on Sturgeon, was the co-founder and past co-chair of the North American Sturgeon and Paddlefish Society, has adjunct Professor status at Trent University and is a subject editor for the Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 

Amy Gerolamy has been involved in the sport of gymnastics since age two. Amy a former competitive gymnast, coach and judge has worked at 4 different clubs over her years in the sport from Ottawa to Niagara Falls. Amy has been a member of our club since 2011. In 2018 Amy officially retired from her role as a coach to join the Board of Directors.  Amy has a passion for athletics of all kinds and has a Physical Education Honors Degree from Brock University and is a currently a grade 2 teacher with the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington Catholic District School Board.  Amy is our Social Director for the 2019/2020 season.

Sue Connelly has been involved with KGC since its beginning in 1971 and was one of our Athletes on our first Competitive team.  Throughout high school, Sue also became a Coach of our pre-competitive program.  After high school, Sue went to Seneca College and came back to Peterborough and was our Head Coach from 1981-1984 while also being a Judge.  After three years of being our Head Coach, Sue decided to step away to pursue another career and to raise a family.  After ten years of being away from the sport she loves, she came back and coached for one year in 1994.  At this time, Sue was expecting her youngest child, so she stepped away again from coaching.  In 1998, Sue's daughter Cassidy followed in her footsteps and began her successful gymnastic career competing for 10 years with KGC and has been coaching competitively herself for the last 6 years.  Sue has been on the Board of Directors for 12 years and for the last four, she has been Co-Meet Director of our successful Swingin Safari Competition.  Sue is entering her 32nd year being apart of KCG and being an Athlete, Coach, Head Coach, Parent and Board Member, she has a unique perspective of KCG and it's safe to say that gymnastics is Sue's passion. 

Tiffany Creasy has been a board member for a few years. Her daughter started out in recreational and has worked her way up to the competitive level. Tiffany works at Ricart Promotions & Recognition and looks after Marketing & Sales.

KGC Staff Team

Heidi Collins has been the Administrator at KGC for nearly 2 years.  Involved in sports her entire life, she has been a varsity volleyball team captain, travel soccer club player and world champion jump rope athlete.  Heidi is thrilled to be continuing her passion of enhancing the lives of children through sport at KGC.  Prior to moving to Peterborough, Heidi was the Group Director at “UGot Active Kids” in Toronto where she led the company through programming, sales and operations for over 2 years.   Additionally, Heidi spent 5 years with Mosaic Experiential Marketing as a National Sales Manager for multiple fortune 500 companies.  Heidi’s vast background also includes being a member of the Canadian Forces Naval Reserve, a cast member and Canadian ambassador at Walt Disney World, and a Boutique Manager with Oceania Cruises.  When she’s not in the office at KGC, you can find Heidi coaching local skippers through her organization “Jump Rope Kawartha”, designing jewelry with “Scarlett Leather”, and chasing her 5 and 3 year old at her home in Buckhorn, ON. 

Becky Ansell has been part of the gymnastics community all of her life.  Starting as an athlete in Lindsay she eventually competed at the Provincial level.  Becky has been coaching gymnastics for 23 years.  Becky moved to Peterborough to attend Trent University in the year 2000.  She has been coaching at Kawartha gymnastics for the past 19 years and has been the head coach for the past 7 years.  Becky was named the 2013 Competitive Coach of the Year by Gymnastics Ontario.  When she’s not at the gym you can find Becky judging Provincial Gymnastics Competitions or teaching with the Trillium Lakelands District School Board.