Funding announced to enhance Wellness Centre

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The federal government announced today funding for the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

Investing in rural community infrastructure to better position communities to host sporting and cultural events enhances the quality of life for residents and contributes to economic success. That’s why the Government of Canada is helping the wellness centre become a venue for premier events, including the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge in November of this year.

The renovations will enable the centre to attract larger national or international events, such as the Curling Tour, which will provide a big economic boost to the area. The Pictou County Wellness Centre hosts sports and recreation facilities, provides afterschool programs, a daycare, and is used as a community centre, a meeting space for residents and a venue for conferences, concerts and graduations.

Sean Fraser, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, announced the federal support for this project. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

Support for this project is one way the Government of Canada is working to achieve its Atlantic Growth Strategy outcome of long-term economic prosperity in the region.

“Sports tourism represents an incredible growth opportunity for our local economy,” Fraser said. “This investment will better position the Wellness Centre as key venue to host much larger events that draw people to our region, help extend the tourism season for businesses and create jobs here at home.”

Shannon MacInnis, mayor of Trenton and chair of the Pictou County Wellness Centre Building Authority praised the announcement.

“The Pictou County Wellness Centre is the recreational centrepiece of the County. The funding received today from the federal government and the enhancements that it will provide will ensure that it continues to be a place that our residents, as well as visitors from all over can enjoy.”

David Hood, chief operating officer for the wellness centre said 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.

From the left: Shannon MacInnis, Jenny Greencorn, Central Nova MP Sean Fraser, and David Hood. (Goodwin photo)