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On Friday afternoon, local MPP Bill Walker met with representatives from the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre to officially congratulate them on receiving a $6,000 Ontario Community Capital Program grant.
Jim Hepple, a volunteer from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which is administering the grant program, was also on hand to bring congratulations to the group, who will be using the funds to install a new HVAC system in the CNR Dining Car.
"I'm pleased to present this Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant which will provide funding to upgrade the HVAC system. This will help ensure a healthy, comfortable and safe environment for both visitors and exhibits in this historic CNR Dining car. Thank you to the volunteers from the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre for their ongoing efforts to make this valued arts and culture asset in our community a reality," said Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
The grant will ensure that the Dining Car can be used year-round, as it currently doesnít have a heating or air conditioning system. With the new installation, the space will be able to host exhibits, events, and cultural programming.
Dining car photo by Wayne King
"We are overjoyed to be receiving these funds
that are vital to the completion of the project," said Wendy Tomlinson,
CWHC Curator. "CWHC is dedicated to the development of Owen Soundís
waterfront and our dining car is a key feature of our museum and a draw
for visitors to the area."
The Heritage Centre, located at 1155 1st Avenue West, is dedicated to celebrating and preserving Owen Soundís rail and waterfront heritage. To learn more about the organization and when itís open, please visit: www.marineandrail.ca
Administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which is an agency of the Government of Ontario, this one-time, Ontario150 grant has been designed to help honour the provinceís past, showcase the present and inspire future generations. For more information on the Ontario Trillium Foundation, please visit: www.otf.ca
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Friday, March 24, 2017