(Wellington-Halton Hills) – After the completion of extensive renovations, the Acton Curling Club is now fully accessible to everyone.
At a celebration event held at the Club on Saturday September the 23rd, Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott joined MP Mike Chong, Halton Regional/Town of Halton Hills Councillor Clark Somerville and many of the Club’s members and supporters.
Club members have been raising money for the renovation project for many years, to ensure that their community rooms would be fully accessible. They applied for funding for the project through the Ontario150 Community Capital program, which is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
The following is the text of Mr. Arnott’s remarks:
It’s great to be here, and great to see all of you. I’m also glad that we’re joined by our MP, Mike Chong, and Halton Regional/Town of Halton Hills Councillor Clark Somerville, who I know are as excited about this announcement as I am.
I want to begin by expressing my sincere thanks to everyone involved with the Acton Curling Club: your volunteer Board of Directors, the Board’s Renovation Committee, your ice maker and other staff, your members and your supporters.
For almost half a century, you have organized and managed a community hub, right here, that offers a recreational activity that is affordable and fun.
Curling gets people out of their homes in our long and dark winters, (hard to imagine winter on a day like today, but it’s coming!), and gives you the chance to enjoy physical activity and time well spent with your neighbours, in an atmosphere of friendly and enjoyable competition.
Curling is a “sport for life,” and is enjoyed by people of all ages here in Acton. You have reached out to young people and seniors, and everyone in between. You even have a Special Olympics program, which I’m sure is a wonderful experience for both the participants and organizers.
And I should also add that Canada has become a Curling powerhouse. We compete proudly and successfully in international competitions, often represented by curlers from small town clubs like Acton.
This building is also used for other social activities and special occasions. For many hundreds, maybe thousands of people, this community centre evokes happy memories.
But now, with this project, the Acton Curling Club becomes “accessible” to everyone, opening your doors to a whole new group of people who have been waiting patiently, for a long time, and now will be able to “come in.”
You also have new washrooms and change rooms, HVAC heating and air conditioning, new plumbing and electrical systems, new flooring and drywall. It all looks fantastic and is all worth celebrating.
I’m glad to be able to say that the Government of Ontario and the Trillium Foundation have supported your accessibility renovations and other needed upgrades with a grant of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars!
This grant came through the Ontario150 Community Capital program, as part of our celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Province of Ontario as part of Confederation.
Along with all the money you’ve raised, going back eight years, working together, we’ve gotten the job done.
I was delighted to support your efforts and I’m happy to be here with you today, to congratulate you, thank you for all that you do, and wish you continued success in the years ahead!
Thanks very much!
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Ted Arnott, MPP