Skate To Great Announcement [L-R]:Phil Calvano, Partner, West Shore Beach Club; Frank Reiss, Partner, West Shore Beach Club; Judy Cox, Deputy Mayor, Severn Township;Mike Burkett, Mayor, Severn Township; Piper Gilles, Paul Poirier, Brian Ellis, Partner, West Shore Beach Club

Canada’s national pastime is also one of its most expensive sports. For many families, the high cost of skates and equipment is simply too much to bear. This winter, West Shore Beach Club is partnering with Skate to Great to provide local children the opportunity to skate, regardless of their economic or physical circumstances.

From now until February 28th, the West Shore Beach Club sales centre will be accepting new and gently used skates and equipment to be donated to Orillia area youth. On Wednesday, November 26th, the development hosted a special event launch with ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, the 2014 Four Continents silver medalists and two-time Canadian national medalists.

Skate to Great was founded in 2012 and has collected over 6,000 pairs of skates for children in need. The program directly supports schools, programs and charities across Canada. Skates and equipment can be dropped off at the West Shore Beach Club sales centre at 9361 Highway 11 North at Greyshott Drive or at the head office in Richmond Hill at 20 Wertheim Court, Suite 17.

2014_08_12_03_43_27_westshorebeachclub_modelhome West Shore Beach Club is a year-round resort style housing development on Lake Couchiching, just north of Orillia. Standard bungalows and bungalows with lofts are still available, priced from the upper $300,000s. The homes feature open-concept interiors, gourmet style eat-in kitchens, oversized tubs and elegant, oak staircases.

West Shore Beach Club’s amenities are second to none — residents can take advantage of the private clubhouse with waterfront terrace, gazebo with gas fireplace, an 85 foot floating dock, multi-purpose lounge, hot tub and a cozy fire pit on the private beach.

For more information about Skate to Great and West Shore Beach Club, please call 705 689 0001 or email

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