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Hants’ Faces Friday — Chris Cuvilier

Hants Border resident Chris Cuvilier reflects on the importance of the Hantsport Memorial Community Centre. He spends a lot of his spare time at HMCC as a volunteer and spent much of his childhood there as a youth.
Hants Border resident Chris Cuvilier reflects on the importance of the Hantsport Memorial Community Centre. He spends a lot of his spare time at HMCC as a volunteer and spent much of his childhood there as a youth.

HANTSPORT, N.S. — Meet Chris Cuvilier, a born and raised Hantsport lad who oozes with pride when talking about his community.

Whether it’s helping out with the Chase The Ace, the Haunted House, or other fundraisers, Cuvilier does what he can to keep the Hantsport Memorial Community Centre viable.

Chris Cuvilier recalls a particularly devastating baseball game when he was young that he said taught him the importance of grace through defeat and persevering through it.

“I now live just on the outskirts in Hants Border, but I’ve lived here my whole life until about 10 years ago. I’m about a kilometre outside, but I’m a Hantsport guy through and through. It’s an extremely tight-knit community. I grew up on a small street called Porters Avenue, not too far form the community centre, and back then there was a ton of kids on that street. As soon as you walked out your door there was somebody to play with. Usually right after we got out the door we came up to the community centre. This place was basically our babysitter growing up.”

An active volunteer at HMCC, Chris Cuvilier says Hantsport is a place that always comes together for those in need.

“The first year that I ever played competitive baseball up here, the little field over here that’s used just about every night now, it actually could have turned me away from the sport, but it’s been a lifelong passion ever since. I’ve been coaching it and played it for 25 years. The very first year I was playing, I was seven or eight-years-old in the mosquito division and we were winning the championship game on our home field by nine or 10 runs in the last inning. We were playing a team from Creignish, Cape Breton and they came back and beat us in the final. That was something I’ll never forget. Even though it’s something negative, it was definitely turned into a positive.”

An active volunteer at HMCC, Chris Cuvilier says Hantsport is a place that always comes together for those in need.

“It just made me a lot hungrier to come back and, well, win — to compete and not give up in that sport. It was definitely a disappointing moment at the time, but it’s something that all of us who were on that team, that many years ago, will never forget. It was such a huge disappointment, but to turn it around in the years since then everyone has had success in that sport. A coach of mine that I have a lot of respect for, he said ‘you have to learn how to lose before you learn how to win,’ and that’s a perfect example of that. Not one of my fondest memories, but one of the biggest ones.”

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