On August 3, the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce local skate shop No Damn Good announced they were going to close indefinitely, leaving the Walsh Skate School without a place for their students. It wasn’t an easy decision for co-owners Phil Beausejour and Gab Laduke – the roof suffered major damages after torrential rains, and because of an uncooperative landlord who refused to cover the cost of repairs, they were forced to close the shop.
Yesterday was graduation day at the Walsh Skate Camp. The kids received goody bags, The Ringmistress and Le Clown took pictures of the kids and the instructors, and everyone enjoyed the last day in the skate bowl. The No Damn Good shop will be closing August 31st… Where does it leave the Walsh Skate School? Day camp is over, but the skate school is open yearly. Barry Walsh:
“Kids are in the moment… and if the moment is not absorbed, then the essence of life experience in a kid’s life can go ignored. We as conscious adults need to feed these kids fire and keep them stoked on whatever positive movements they may desire.“
Oblige me, my Carnies… Le Clown is asking for a favour: if you have it in you, could you please like the Walsh Skate School Facebook page? I’m confident that some Montreal borough will notice how enthusiastic parents and supporters are about skateboarding, and lend a hand, a space, and/or resources to Barry Walsh and Selena Isles, so they can continue to make a difference for our youth within the Montreal community. It would mean a great deal to me, the Walsh Skate School team, and the youth of Montreal. The Facebook page is here. Thank you.
Post Scriptum: Last week, Le Clown received a personal message from Barry Walsh:
“I just wanted to say thank you so much for being so supportive of our sk8 school and movement! I am truly moved when I see kids get stoked on skateboarding through our movement! I would like to personally invite you to the official Bones Brigade‘s premiere. Some of the Bones Brigade will be present (Tony Hawk,Tommy Guerrero, Ray Barbee and Rodney Mullen).“
How’s that for being involved in our youth’s life, and feeding their fire?