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Gary 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 cousin 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

Pat Bowman

Co-owner

Pat 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 trainer.

At Niagara Fitness Pat is involved in sales, service and design for residential and commercial which will fit in well with Family Recreation Centre clientele


Dan Bowman

Co-owner

Dan 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 girl 

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


Sandi Chard

Transition team

Sandi 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 billiards.

She 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.

Sandi has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario graduating in the class of 1981.

Sandi 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 

Sandi 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.

Sandi's other interests are her family. She is married to Gary Chard with one child, Jamie Chard, daughter in law and granddaughter.

She 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

In 2010 Sandi was nominated for women in business for the Niagara Region.

In 2016-17 Sandi is the President of The Rotary Club of St. Catharines Lakeshore

Gary Chard

Transition team



Gary 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.

Gary 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

Gary has designed and installed many pool rooms in Southern Ontario.

With 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 former President

Gary's interests are camping  with his motorhome, travelling and curling 

Steve

Service Team/Delivery Team

Steve 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 department. 



 

Rosemary

Rosemary 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 home. 

Rosemary 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.

Rosemary has taken two Brunswick’s billiards sales training courses in Philadelphia and one with Brunswick direct school in to further help her clients

Connie

Connie has been on the front line of sales for many years. Connie is an avid darts player in many leagues.

Where are they today?

Stanley Kozak

Stan started in the billiard industry helping his father-in-law in the Simcoe pool hall. Over the years Stan learned from the BRUNSWICK team of installers at the pool room. The installers took Stan under their wing and showed him their trade secrets. Stan took that further by moving, reinstalling, recovering other tables as well as the pool room. Stan looked after pool room maintenance with the billiard operation.

Stan and his wife Ruth took the business to the selling side in the 70's. BRUNSWICK approached them about becoming one of the first authorized dealer stores in Canada. As they had alot of knowledge in the industry they started the store and named it FAMILY RECREATION CENTRE. The store was located in Simcoe adjust to their other business interests. It expanded fast due to the Kozak's knowledge and experience in the pool table industry. In 1983, along with Gary and Sandi Chard they expanded to the Niagara Region area with a second location.

Stan had a vast knowledge of the old antique tables which he taught to Gary that is an asset to us at FAMILY RECREATION CENTRE. #008040">tipping cues. Stan passed away in 2011

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Ruth Kozak

Ruth has been involved in the billiard industry for many years. Her father Roy Whitehead and uncle Clarence Gray started a pool room. Ruth's husband, Stan worked in the store for many years. Ruth and Stan together started FAMILY RECREATION CENTRE. Ruth sold the pool tables and accessories in the store, while her husband Stan installed the tables. After many years of travelling room passed away in 2016.




 

 Jaime Chard

Everyone always asks about Jamie since he was 5 days old.    Here is about Jamie

Jamie is Gary and Sandi’s son.  When he was young he helped at the FAMILY RECREATION CENTRE installing pool tables or  working in the store and helping at home shows.

Jamie is an avid 9 ball player and dart player. At the age of 8 he played in the Ontario Youth Dart Championships single junior boys division.

Jamie was  a goalie in ice hockey and played for the St. Catharines Minor Hockey Association and Governor Simcoe High School Team His other interests at school have all been sports minded. Jamie has been on all the school sport teams. He was the athlete of the year for his school year at Queen Mary. While attending high school Jamie became an avid rower. His high school rowing team has won many awards including the Canadian Secondary School Championships. Jamie was also a member of the Canadian national rowing development team Canammex which was held in Saskatoon. Jamie graduated from Governor Simcoe High School in 2003.

 Jamie graduated in May 2007 from Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Hotel, Restaurant Management and Conventions.  He participated in rowing at Mercyhurst on a rowing scholarship. After Graduating Jamie worked in a management training program for the Kimpton  in Chicago, Illinois at all there three hotels. Kimpton transferred the Canadian to their Vancouver location after completing his management program.  Jamie changed to the Marriott chain in Vancouver Renaissance in 2010  with the front office management team and enjoyed the Olympic experience.  In Feb 2011 Jamie transferred to the Marriott in Toronto Eaton Centre closer to home.  He goes at work by the name James now.     In October 2011 he married Rachel a lovely girl from Victoria. On December 2015 they had a daughter.

Lena Whitehead

Original pool hall owner

Lena with her husband Roy owned and operated the Norfolk Recreation in Simcoe, Ontario.  Their billiard room was on of the first in Canada with Brunswick anniversary pool tables.  Lena recently passed away in 2011at the age of 98 after giving many years of advise to the family.

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