Support "Bill Paynter Fitness Centre"

posted May 1, 2017, 10:28 AM by Kathleen Power

Please donate and support the “Bill Paynter Fitness Centre”

I AM VERY EXCITED to announce that your Alumni Association, in partnership with the high school, will be honouring long time teacher, coach, and distinguished alumnus, Bill Paynter. Known by many over the years at the Echo Drive and Campanile campuses, Bill was asked by Fr. Harold Conway to join the St. Pat’s faculty in the early 1960s to modernize the athletic program and make it an integral part of the school curriculum. Besides regular Phys Ed classes in the old Echo Drive gym, he conceived and created a Student Athletic Association to effectively organize, manage, coach and referee an extensive list of intramural sports across all grades. A leader on sports fields and in boardrooms on numerous municipal and provincial athletic committees, Bill was always an advocate for the student and the value of athletics in their development. Many elements of his curriculum and athletic program remain today. 

On June 6th, at the annual St. Pat’s Athletic Banquet, we will be dedicating the “Bill Paynter Fitness Centre” in honour of his years of dedication to athletic excellence and leadership. It is our goal to ensure the “Bill Paynter Fitness Centre” — located on the second floor of the high school — is the best in the city. The centre contains weight machines, free weights, and in 2018 will have spin bikes donated by the St. Pat’s Intermediate school. 

We are currently raising funds to supplement the equipment in the centre. Well-known real estate developer and philanthropist, John Ruddy has made a generous donation to kickstart our campaign. WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  Donations (complete with tax receipt) may be made to “Friends of St. Pat’s” and mailed to the address below. 

There will be a reception for Bill and his family as well as alumni. Stay tuned for more information! 

Go Irish! 
George Brown President, Alumni Association
St. Pat’s Alumni Association (Bill Paynter Fitness Centre)
2525 Alta Vista Dr. Ottawa, ON K1V 7T3

See the attached St. Pat's Newsletter for further details.

Kathleen Power,
May 1, 2017, 10:28 AM