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Glenmore Pool is run as a non-profit organization by a Board of Directors who is elected on a rotating basis at our AGM (Annual General Meeting) by the members of the pool. The Board works with many sub-committees comprised of pool members who donate their time and effort to help keep Glenmore a Family Pool, and a great place to grow up.
Glenmore Curling Club opened its doors in 1961. Originally named Roxboro Curling Club, the name was changed just before the opening when the founders discovered that the land they intended to purchase was actually in Dollard-des-Ormeaux. At the time, the area was still mostly farmland, undeveloped lots and open fields. Young families were moving into the area, most of whom were employees of Canadian National Railways, the Royal Bank of Canada and Air Canada. These families formed the first members of what was to become Glenmore Curling Club and Glenmore Pool.
Through a combination of debentures sold to the founding members and a floating loan from the bank, sufficient funds were raised to purchase a very large parcel of land, build the curling club and in 1962, the pool was dug, opening for its first full season in 1963. The curling club was, and still is, a beautiful building with high vaulted ceilings made of solid wood. The pool grounds were planned in a similar manner. They had to be large and green with a combination of sunny areas and shady trees. Glenmore Pool could never be a simple concrete slab surrounded by a wire mesh fence.
Over the years, the town of Dollard-des-Ormeaux grew up around Glenmore and now we find ourselves hidden behind a row of homes and a fire station. Many long-time residents of the town are often surprised to find out that this beautiful and quiet park-like setting exists only a stone's throw from Sources Boulevard. The tall trees and grassy picnic areas combine with the aquatic facility to create a country-club atmosphere in the city. We think of it as the summer vacation in the heart of the West Island.
For many years, Glenmore operated as a "12 months a year" club. The young curling families had automatic membership to the pool facilities. After the first year, pool-only memberships were sold to non-curlers who also wanted to enjoy the beautiful, spacious lawns and aquatic activities offered during the summer months. As the local demographics have changed over the last fifty years, so did the club's membership. Many of the children grew up and moved away, and most of the curling members lost interest in the pool. In 1994, the pool members got together and presented a package to the curling club, where they would rent and maintain the pool facilities, manage their own budgets and operate the full aquatic program. Tired of managing a "12 month" facility, the board of directors of the curling club accepted the proposal from the pool members. Glenmore Pool and Country Club Incorporated opened under "new management" in 1995.
The pool and grounds cover over 60,000 sq. ft. and offer not only a full size 25 meter heated pool but also an additional separate deep end for diving and other fun activities. For toddlers, we offer a baby pool stocked with toys for their exclusive use.
Other facilities include many shaded areas, ample picnic tables and chairs, indoor washrooms, play areas, bike racks, beach volleyball court, BBQ facilities, large parking areas, and a snack bar, just to name a few.
We are one of nineteen pools that comprise the NAA (North shore Aquatic Association). We also offer a full range of swimming lessons, plus lessons for synchronized swimming, diving and water polo.
At Glenmore, teens aged twelve to fifteen also have the opportunity to join the Glenmore Leaders Program. This program is designed to teach teens how to be future Lifeguards through the Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross courses incorporated in the Program. We also introduce our Leaders to key day-to-day activities that our Lifeguards experience to help them get a better idea of what becoming a Lifeguard truly entails. This is why Glenmore Leaders are very much respected by all other West Island pools and are often recruited by many West Island employers. The Program is heavily focused upon promoting creativity and stimulating leadership initiative. Whether our Leaders choose to become Lifeguards or not, the skills that they will learn during their time in the Glenmore Leaders Program will remain with them for many years to come.