Board members needed for proposed new agricultural science centre

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HURON-PERTH – Jill Lewis, chair of the Huron Perth Ag Science Centre – a concept that might see a children’s agricultural museum built somewhere in North Perth – presented to Huron County council on Oct. 20.

The presentation was to inform councillors of the committee’s plan, ask for support and hopefully garner some interest from local community members to join their newly formed board of directors.

The board currently has five members, including Lewis.

“We are looking for people with experience in a variety of fields, who would be willing to donate their time – charity law, accounting/finance, community leadership, event planning, public relations/communications, education or government,” Lewis told the Wingham Advance Times.

The concept has been covered extensively by our sister paper, the Listowel Banner.

Lewis made a similar presentation to Perth County council on Oct. 7. In an article in the Oct. 14 Listowel Banner, it was reported that, “although the preferred location for the science centre is in North Perth, it is expected it will have regional appeal, so Lewis said Huron County would be a good partner,” but at that time she hadn’t yet made a presentation to Huron County council.

“As a result of the feasibility study, North Perth council voted unanimously in favour of donating land for the project. Although it has not been determined where this land will be, Lewis said they are hopeful it will be along Binning Street West, across from Westfield Elementary School and the Steve Kerr Memorial Complex,” stated the Oct. 14 article.

In a letter to council, Lewis said, “after looking at the needs of Perth and Huron counties, and the surrounding communities, the Huron Perth Ag Science Centre Steering Committee recognized an opportunity to create something fun, with hands-on, interactive, and educational activities for kids and families, while celebrating local culture.”

“The committee has developed a plan to open the first-ever not-for-profit agricultural focused science centre in Canada, which will feature all aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Agriculture, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) while exploring the past, present, and future of agriculture,” the letter went on to say. “It will serve as a community gathering place, where people of all backgrounds, education, past experience, and abilities can belong and a tourist destination, which will boost our local economy.”

Lewis, who recently visited North Perth council with the same request, asked Huron County for five hours a month from staff for questions, advice, and support.

Councillors accepted the presentation with interest, some advice, and asked for a report from staff on the project.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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