It just became easier for the Pictou County Wellness Centre to host a big curling event this fall.
Central Nova MP Sean Fraser announced $201,000 in federal funding to help the facility.
“This is a big day for northern Nova Scotia,” he said, while pointing to the potential $2 million economic impact generated by the Wellness Centre hosting the 2019 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling in November. “This means a lot to me.”
Wellness Centre COO David Hood described how the funding from ACOA will allow it to purchase items that include a second ice covering, video screen, upgraded audio-visual equipment and external storage.
“This event, and the funding provided by the federal government will position the facility and the entire region as the destination of choice for future large-scale national and international events,” he said. “For us as staff, and for the entire board of directors, this announcement does not mean the job is complete, but rather understand and it is the beginning of a very exciting journey that will see the Wellness Centre become an instrumental piece in the future growth and development of our community and region.”
Both Fraser and Hood acknowledged the nearly six months of work done by Wellness Centre customer engagement and events manager Jennie Greencorn in preparing the application for the federal funding after the Grand Slam event was confirmed.
Trenton Mayor Shannon MacInnis, who chairs the Wellness Centre’s building authority, agreed that the funding will have a positive impact. “The Pictou County Wellness Centre will position itself as a desired destination. This is a win for everybody.”