Jamie Scott hired as new township recreation programming coordinator

Jamie Scott and Ben Macpherson

MORRISBURG – With the hopes of moving recreation programing in South Dundas forward, the municipality has hired Jamie Scott as its new recreation program coordinator.

“I’m looking forward to working in the community,” Scott said. “I love sports and recreation, and I love working with people.”

A familiar face for many in the community, Scott had worked for the Upper Canada Golf Course for the past 18 seasons. Prior to that he studied sports and recreation at Durham College in Oshawa, and has family roots in Morrisburg dating back a few generations.

Scott said he chose to take the position with South Dundas “because of the great potential in the area for recreation.”

The new position is actually bringing back the position that now director of recreation and facilities Ben Macpherson started with years ago.

Macpherson became director in 2017, his new position adding responsibility for all physical buildings, and park land. He said that he hasn’t had as much time to develop more programming in the community.

“Our recreation programming had plateaued, but I haven’t had as much time to dedicate to that role with my new duties,” Macpherson said.

With the hiring of Scott, Macpherson said they can now focus on increasing recreation programming and support programs already offered.

One of the early initiatives Scott has been involved with is coordinating the T-Ball program this year in Morrisburg.

Macpherson explained that the coordinator position is to liaise with community groups and develop connections between those who may want to run a class or course and the community.

Scott said he wanted to focus on programs that are in demand for all age groups, and be a helping hand to groups.

“Eliminate some of the red tape people perceive there is in South Dundas,” Macpherson said.

To get up to speed with existing recreation programming in the community, Scott will be talking to the heads of the existing groups this spring.

Scott plans on also trying to develop more ties with local school boards for facility use where applicable.

“I’d like to see a [youth] basketball program get going in the winter, and work with existing groups like badminton,” he said.

Macpherson said that municipality facilities are already seeing good use during the week.

“Most Monday through Thursdays are busy in Iroquois, Morrisburg, and Riverside Heights,” he added. “But there is room for much more.”

Scott said he welcomes anyone in the community with recreation programming ideas, or who would like to run a program, to call or email him. He can be reached at jscott@southdundas.com or 613-543-2673.

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