$25,000 Donation: La Rivière & Cmnty. Rec. Ctr.

September 22, 2015
$25,000 Donation: La Rivière & Cmnty. Rec. Ctr.

22 SEPT 2015, La Rivière, Manitoba –– Co-op is giving back to the La Rivière community by providing $25,000 in funding for the La Rivière & Community Recreational Centre for some drainage, landscaping and building enhancement works as part of the Co-op Community Spaces program.  

Co-op Community Spaces is a new funding program, launched this past spring, donating $1 million this year to fund 16 projects related to recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture across Western Canada. The program provides between $25,000 and $100,000 in funding for eligible projects. Applications were received between April 1 and May 15 and reviewed for various criteria, including environmental impacts, community need and accessibility.

"We are extremely thankful to have been selected", said Evelyn Janzen, Chairperson of the La Rivière & Community Recreational Association.  Along with thanking all of the volunteers, contributors and donors, special thanks were extended to Cindy Kozak for the preparation of the project and submission of the application.   Ms. Janzen expressed that "the project itself has three major objectives: to improve access and safety, to protect the foundation of the building ... and to provide an outdoor meeting and seating area in a park-like setting." 

Dale Pouteau, General Manager of Pembina Co-op presented the donation to the association.  Mr. Pouteau acknowledged the importance of volunteers in small communities and stated that “it is good to see a community like this one get the support.”  “Co-op continues to make life better by investing in our local economy and giving back with programs such as Co-op Community Spaces.

The ground breaking for this project is expected to start in the Spring of 2016.

To learn more about Co-op Community Spaces or to view the list of the 16 community projects receiving funding this year, visit www.communityspaces.ca.

Pembina Co-op has over 11,000 members servicing Southern Manitoba with operations in the communities of Baldur, Crystal City, Cypress River, Glenboro, Homewood, Manitou, Mariapolis, Minto, Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Oakbank, Pilot Mound, Souris, Saint-Claude, Saint-Léon, and Swan Lake and welcomes new members every day.  For more information on Pembina Co-op, please visit http://www.pembinacoop.ca.

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Members and volunteers of the La Rivière and Community Recreation Association receive a cheque in the amount of $25,000 presented by Pembina Co-op as part of the Co-op Community Spaces program.
Starting from left: Lois Creith, Norm Janzen, Debra Moffat, Leanne Thompson, John Gibbs, Warren Lea, Evelyn Janzen, Cindy Kozak from the association, with Dale Pouteau, Marc Grenier and Ken Henderson from Pembina Co-op.
(Credit: Michel Dansereau)