and Sandi Chard started the Family Recreation Centre in St.
Catharines in 1983 when they were in their early 20's They
previously had worked with Sandi's parents Ruth and Stanley
Kozak in Simcoe at the same operation. The Simcoe
store started in the 1970's with Sandi working as a young teen.
Prior to owning a retail store Stanley worked at his
father-in-law's billiard hall covering the pool tables and working
at the room. The Norfolk Recreation as it was called started
in the 1940's. In 2016 a new chapter started when Pat and Dan
Bowman cousins purchased the store. Pat and Dan are involved wth
Niagara Fitness which sells Lifefitness a Brunswick Corporation
product just like Brunswick billiards The Chards will be there
thru the transition
has been a resident of St. Catharines his entire life. He is a
married father of two boys, one of which is an OHL goaltender the
other a former Junior B defenceman going to university. Pat has
been with Niagara Fitness since 2006 is a certified personal
Niagara Fitness Pat is involved in sales, service and design for
residential and commercial which will fit in well with Family
Recreation Centre clientele
has been involved with active fitness with Niagara Fitness since
he was 14. In 2005 Dan graduated from Brock University with a
sports management Honours Degree. Sport
has always been a major part of Dan’s life, winning a lacrosse
national championship ( Minto Cup ) in 2001 with the St.
Catharines Jr. A Athletics, and playing 2 seasons of Senior A
lacrosse in Vancouver. Dan has also played Jr. B Hockey in Port
Colborne for 4 seasons. Dan is married with twins a boy and
At Niagara Fitness Solutions Dan partakes in all
aspects of the business including sales, service, and Commercial
Sales including high schools, hotels, condominiums and small
health clubs which will be an asset at Family Recreation Centre
Reuben is the new manager of Family Recreation Centre. Reuben has been trained by Sandi for the billiard and dart industry. He is a former business owner, and excited for the opportunity to help ensure the Family Recreation Centre experience remains as comfortable and professional as it has been for the last 33 years. Come in and meet our new manager today!
Sandi and Gary
has been involved in the billiard industry all her life. Her
family owned and operated a billiard room in Simcoe. There Sandi
learned to play snooker, clean tables, and learn the industry of
has a vast knowledge of the industry of older tables and the new
tables. Sandi kept onto of the new trends in pool cues, training
methods and billiard tables.
has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University in
Hamilton, Ontario graduating in the class of 1981.
has taken the college of pool knowledge from the BCA in 1989. She
used the tools from the college to teach her own class of pool.
Sandi instructed a lady only class for beginners, advanced
and co-ed class for beginners. She still instructs some
classes for seniors
also started the St. Catharine's Youth dart league. The league
resulted in a Canadian champ and four Provincial champions..
The leagues main focus was to introduce the children in St.
Catharine's and area to the game of darts and tournament play. In
1994, the Chards with their committee hosted the Ontario Youth
Championships in Niagara Falls. The 2004 season Sandi was
involved with the Ontario Senior Games dart section.
other interests are her family. She is married to Gary Chard with
one child, Jamie Chard, daughter in law and granddaughter.
spent a few seasons as secretary and web designer of the St.
Catharines Minor Hockey Association and President of the St.
Catharine's Golf and Country Club Business Ladies Curling Section
2010 Sandi was nominated for women in business for the Niagara
2016-17 Sandi is the President of The Rotary Club of St.
has been involved in the billiard industry since meeting Sandi.
The Kozak family had a Brunswick authorized billiard store in
Simcoe when Gary met Sandi as a teenager. When they needed help
unloading a truckload of pool tables, Stan noticed his daughter
was dating a boy that could help, be paid and have money to take
his daughter to the movies. Gary was quick to help and has been
involved ever since.
has learned from Stan every aspect of the industry. He services
and installs the billiard tables. There is not a job in the
billiard table that Gary has not been involved in. He is highly
respected in the billiard industry. Along with learning the trade
from Stan, Gary has taken the BRUNSWICK and Dufferin Games
Installers course and is always looking for better ways to install
and service pool tables. Gary also has his Mohawk finishing
products course which helps him with the many scratches, etc when
reinstalling tables. Gary is one of a few installers that
has the knowledge to rerubber snooker and pool tables and restore
antique pool or snooker tables
has designed and installed many pool rooms in Southern Ontario.
his wife, Sandi, he ran the St. Catharine's Youth Dart League.
Many players still come to the store telling of the fine times
they had at the league. Gary was involved with the Ontario
Senior Games 2004 held in St. Catharines. Gary is also an
active member of the Lakshore Rotary in St. Catharines and
interests are camping with his motorhome, travelling and
is has been part of the Family Recreation Centre Team. Graduating
from Niagara College in the field of Business Administration –
Marketing. Steve has always had a passion for Sports and Exercise.
He was part of the Niagara College Golf team that won the C.C.A.A.
Championships. He also played on the Men’s Basketball team for 2
years. Steve grew up in Port Colborne and attended Lakeshore
Catholic Secondary School.
At Family Recreation Centre
Steve is involved in all aspects of the business including
deliveries, sales, and is an integral part of the service
has been with Family Recreation Centre 13 years. She
comes from a fashion design background. Rosemary can help you with
colour solutions for the fabric for the pool table as well as
design of the table look in the room. She has two boys, two
grandchildren and a husband and of course a pool table in her
can also be found at an arena but usually behind the bench where
she is a coach with the Kiwanis hockey league. Year 2005
she was awarded the Kiwanis appreciation award for her
many hours and years in the organization.
has taken two Brunswick’s billiards sales training courses
in Philadelphia and one with Brunswick direct school in to further
help her clients
is has been part of the Family Recreation Centre Team. Joe first started when the store was on Ontario Street in the 1990's and has been involved in sales and service.
Joe is involved in all aspects of the business including
deliveries, sales, and is an integral part of the service