New Kamsack rec director grateful for opportunity

Kamsack native Shanley Allard began her new position as Kamsack recreation director on May 13.

Allard and her husband Jeremy have three children: Kaley, 8; Shayla, almost 10 and Cameron, 11.

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Allard said she wanted to pay tribute to the fine work done by Kev Sumner, the previous rec director, who has moved on to a new opportunity in New Brunswick.

Allard describes the position as, “provide and organize events related to recreation, sports and culture, and to make sure that high quality events, facilities, programs and services are available to local residents.”

Allard was born and raised in Kamsack, and moved away after high school. She attended the University of Saskatchewan, where she obtained a degree in civil engineering and played hockey for the Huskies.

After getting married, she and Jeremy, along with their growing family, moved around to a number of different communities over the years, before making the decision to move back to Kamsack approximately three years ago to make it their long-term home.

Jeremy recently started work in a joint position between KCI and Victoria School.

Allard said their children are heavily involved in minor hockey, baseball, softball and other sports. She and Jeremy have been active in coaching and other volunteer work related to sports.

Allard previously sat on the Kamsack rec board as a volunteer, but now a membership on the board is part of her new position as rec director.

“After having grown up here in Kamsack I am proud of this community. I am passionate about sports and recreation, and I want to make sure more residents have opportunities to participate,” she said. “After being involved in recreation in the various communities where our family previously lived, I have a good idea of what works well and what doesn’t.”

She said she’s excited about her new position as rec director and is looking forward to working with Kamsack residents for a long time.