Optimist Club Programs
As a club, from our charter party forward, we put little emphasis on fulfilling the programs of Optimist International except for those that were needed such as Bike Safety, Junior Golf and the HOBY Leadership Program. But we did evaluate and recognize the needs of the community.
With virtually no music program in the community, we started an instrumental music program which has become renowned throughout Canada. Summer sports activities were limited in the community so we began Optimist Youth Soccer, a program that grew to 1,500 strong. Optimist Kids Fish Day came out of that same assessment. We even attempted to provide an option for youth housing, to supply a need to the homeless teens in the community. We have funded the creation of soccer fields and two parks, “Optimist Harbourview Park” and “Fisher Field Soccer Centre”.