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Bill Walker MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
Queen's Park

Bill Walker MPP

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March 5, 2018

Cultural community supported by Grow

Community volunteers gathered at the Flesherton branch of the Grey Highlands Public Library on Friday February 23, 2018 to celebrate local boosts to community cultural involvement and new recreational opportunities.

The latest Cultural Roundtable gathered representatives from non-profit groups to join the library, South Grey Museum and municipality of Grey Highlands in recognizing funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for two local projects.

In 2017, the library, in partnership with the museum, received $200,500 toward a two-year Grow grant initiative to expand community engagement with a vibrant, local, cultural cable channel through creative video production. Building on builds on the success of the cultural channel, the project is enriching people’s lives through arts, culture and heritage by helping preserve and animate local cultural heritage within the Grey Highlands community.

“Our cultural channel and the many videos of community events produced through the course of the Canada 150 year have really shone a spotlight on our local culture,” said project lead Wilda Allen, CEO of the Grey Highlands Public Library. “We continue to work with individuals and groups to develop more content for the channel and online platforms.”

The project has seen two videographers hired to film events, has allowed for equipment purchases and training workshops for the public. Videos shot at events were compiled into the focussed Grey Highlands video, featuring many groups and events, which was shown at the Into the Future event celebrating Canada 150. It is also being used to promote the community at events and online.

“This grant is an investment in the arts, culture and heritage of the Grey Highlands area and will expand community engagement.  I’m delighted to see the Grey Highlands Public Library and the South Grey Museum & Historical Library partner in enhancing ways to bring people together and promote the rich history and variety of arts and cultural groups and organizations which will ensure the sustainability of a proud heritage for future generations to enjoy.” MPP Bill Walker, Bruce-Grey Owen Sound.

A second project, completed last year was the new playground at Memorial Park beside the museum in Flesherton. The project was coordinated by the Flesherton Beautification and Improvement Committee (FBIC) and was also supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Canada 150 Infrastructure funding. Additional sponsors were the FBIC, Sparlings and Capstone as well as Dunwood Signs & Textiles.

“We are very happy to have this new playground in the community,” said Councillor Peggy Harris, the municipal liaison with the Flesherton Beautification Committee. “The old playground really needed to be refreshed. We know children will be enjoying this playground for years to come.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of Ontario’s provincial government that supports impactful community projects. This $19,000 capital grant initiative meets Ontario Trillium Foundation priorities as it will foster more active lifestyles in the community and help improve infrastructure for unstructured and structured physical activities.

"As a former Recreation Director for the (former) Town of Wiarton I am very pleased to see Ontario Trillium Foundation funds provided to assist in establishing a Youth Playground for the area,” said Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker. “An accessible playground will ensure everyone is able to participate and will encourage our youth to be active and outdoors, while at the same time providing a common place for children and adults of all ages to socialize and enjoy their community. I commend the Flesherton Beautification and Improvement Committee and the rest of his volunteer team for their leadership efforts in establishing this great community asset. I am sure the funds invested will pay forward many times over, and of course, I know the youth of the area will benefit greatly."

Both grants were recognized at the Cultural Roundtable meeting. It was also announced the sesquicentennial projects which developed a Grey Highlands community passport program, village experience tours and an e-newsletter for local events will be continued.  The municipal Tourism Advisory Committee will be taking on the passport, the museum will continue the tours and the library will maintain the e-newsletter.


For more information, contact a library branch or the South Grey Museum.
 
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