Pembina Co-op & United Community Arts Break Ground

June 28, 2019
Pembina Co-op & United Community Arts Break Ground

On June 27, the United Community Arts Board hosted a barbecue lunch on their grounds with Pembina Co-op to celebrate being one of the 26 winning recipients of the Co-op Community Spaces program.  It was the official groundbreaking ceremony for the community courtyard.

Every year, Community Spaces receives hundreds of applications for funding for various recreational, environmental conservation and urban agricultural spaces.  In this fifth year of the program, Community Spaces supported 114 projects with a total of $8.5 million since 2015.  With over 170 co-op associations in western Canada working together, this program works to make a difference in local communities for projects big and small, awarding between $25,000 and $150,000 to selected recipients across B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The UCA was awarded $46,700 for their proposal to develop a community courtyard and Pembina Co-op was there to be part of the groundbreaking.  The United Community Arts centre is on Moffatt Ave. in Pilot Mound and is home to the Louise Library. "The area will incorporate walking paths, seating areas, a pond, fruit trees and a vegetable garden. We want it to give back to the community in a variety of ways," said board member Bill Tiessen.  The UCA has put on Rural Routes Concerts, Jam Sessions, Coffee Houses along with workshops, exhibits and other special events all in the name of art & community. 

We congratulate the UCA on being a 2019 Community Spaces recipient and look forward to seeing the courtyard once it's done!

Staff from Pembina Co-op along with UCA Board Members and Contractors pose for the groundbreaking on 27 June 2019 in Pilot Mound, Man.