Canada Games Park sports performance center named after late St. Catharines philanthropist

By Don Redmond

Published on May 25, 2022 at 3:13 p.m.

The Canada Games Park Sports Performance Center was named in honor of David S. Howes. (Photo: Niagara 2022 Host Society)

The Sport Performance Center at Canada Games Park in St. Catharines was named today (May 25) in honor of the late and beloved community philanthropist David S. Howes.

At the park, the Niagara 2022 Host Society for the Niagara 2022 Canada Games, along with the Niagara Community Foundation (NCF) and Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO), made the announcement after the NCF’s David S. Howes Fund donated $655,000.

Located inside the Walker Sports and Abilities Center at Canada Games Park, the performance center will now officially be called the David S. Howes Sports Performance Center.

The grant, which is the largest award ever given by the NCF, will provide all of the new Performance Center’s high-performance sports training and testing equipment and when the games are over in late August, will help this facility become CSIO’s first regional training center.

Post-Games, the Performance Center will be managed by a new legacy organization called Sport Niagara, which will focus on advancing the development of the sport within the Niagara community by working to maintain, grow and maximize the many benefits achieved through hosting the 28th edition. of the Canada Games in the Niagara region.

Howes, who died on January 12, 2015, was a well-known local figure, especially at Brock University.

Former Board Member of the YMCA of Niagara, Past President of the St. Catharines Sports Council, Past President and Board Member of the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club and Provincial Member of the Niagara Parks Commission, Howes had a legendary reputation for supporting his local community by funding and serving on a wide range of boards and organizations.

In Brock’s case, Howes developed a relationship that saw him significantly guide and support the University through an era of major growth.

In addition to spending 12 years on its board as trustee, president, and past president, his personal support helped create, expand, or improve facilities and events that enriched the student experience.

At the time of his death in 2015, Brock chairman Jack Lightstone said the loss was immeasurable. “Dave Howes was a giant. He lived and breathed Brock University in every aspect of his being. His commitment to Brock for many years has been a constant, and it will live on as long as there is a Brock University.

The David S. Howes Theater on campus is named after him in recognition of a donation made through his company, Lincoln Fabrics.

In 2012, he received an honorary degree from Brock for what Lightstone called his “commendable community leadership and commitment to our university, our students, and our history.”

In 2013, he made a major donation to fully cover the cost of a bronze sculpture of the University’s namesake and War of 1812 hero, Major General. Sir Isaac Brock, the university’s namesake.

Each spring, Howes chaired the President’s Golf Tournament, which raised more than $900,000 in bursaries and scholarships that helped more than 1,000 student-athletes.

Born and raised in St. Catharines, Howes was educated in elementary schools in the city. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University with a major in history and minors in English and political science.

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