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May 29, 2013
Forties community centre completes exterior upgrades with support from the government of Canada

NEW ROSS, NS – may 29, 2013 - The Forties Community Centre recently completed exterior upgrades, including siding, insulation and gutters, with support from the Government of Canada. Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret’s, was proud to announce today the Government of Canada’s support for this project.

“Our Government is committed to modernizing community infrastructure and the Forties Community Centre has long been a focal point of activity for residents of New Ross and surrounding areas,” said MP Keddy, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). “Projects such as these improve the quality of life for families and strengthen the foundation of a working, prosperous community here in New Ross.”

The Government of Canada invested $28,000 towards the exterior upgrades through ACOA’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF). The investment supported renovations to the exterior walls and siding.

The Nova Scotia government has also contributed $10,000 to this project.

“Facilities like the Forties Community Centre are significant spaces for residents to gather for learning, socializing and community building,” said Denise Peterson-Rafuse, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Community Services and MLA for Chester-St. Margaret's on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister, Leonard Preyra. “The Nova Scotia Government, through its Community Jobs and Facilities Improvement Program, continues to support centres and public spaces like Forties that provide a better quality of life for Nova Scotians.”

The project has also received an $8,000 investment from the Municipality of the District of Chester.

“These external upgrades will ensure that the Forties Community Centre can continue to meet the recreation and entertainment needs of people in our region for years to come,” said Allen Webber, Warden of the Municipality of the District of Chester. “We are pleased to support a project that will enhance the experience and services provided by this facility”.

The Forties Community Centre hosts a variety of community events in New Ross throughout the year including dinners, crib tournaments and craft fairs.

“These upgrades have given a new face to a facility that has always been dedicated to enhancing the lives of the people of this region,” said Phillip Broome, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Forties Community Centre. “As a result, the greatness that exists within our centre can now be reflected on the outside.”

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