Lion’s Club, fire department receive provincial funding for upgrades

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ST. MARY’S – The Sherbrooke Lion’s Club and East River St. Mary’s Volunteer Fire Department are among 35 communities across Nova Scotia slated to receive provincial money under the Communities Facilities Improvement Program (CFIP) this year.

The Lion’s Club has qualified for $40,000 to pay for electrical and kitchen upgrades, while the East River St. Mary’s Volunteer Fire Department will receive $20,000 to replace bay doors, windows and ceiling tiles.

The funds, part of the $858,000 CFIOP for 2021-22 announced July 16, will help improve “places where people can gather safely to celebrate Nova Scotia’s rich cultural heritage,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Suzanne Lohnes-Croft in a news release. “All Nova Scotians need facilities in their communities where they are safe and comfortable and that are welcoming … and build stronger connections.”

Marvin MacDonald, chief administrative officer for the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s, said the community investments also, in general, benefit the area.

“As our communities get stronger, so does our municipality get stronger,” he noted, adding: “We use these facilities quite a bit under emergency situations, as comfort centers and sometimes for town hall meetings. So, we definitely support them and efforts to upgrade them and help them remain viable.”

According to the provincial press release, the purpose of the CFIP is to “improve the functionality and address long-term sustainability of facilities; enhance public use and participation in activities and programs at facilities; and support community facilities to better celebrate and showcase Nova Scotia's culture, heritage and diversity.”

The CFIP is available to Nova Scotia not-for-profit organizations that operate primarily for community or cultural benefit, or promote diversity.

Communities, Culture and Heritage also funds community infrastructure through the Recreation Facility Development grant program, the Legion Capital Assistance Program and the community and small business ACCESS-Ability grant programs.

Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal

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