White City Museum to receive grant

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The White City Museum will receive an $800 Canadian Cultural Spaces Grant which will help fund building upgrades, board chair Kelly Champagne told annual general meeting attendees Nov. 25 in Emerald Park.

Champagne said some documents still had to be filled out to finalize the receipt of the grant.

“We will have to do something to show how the money has enhanced the (museum building),” Champagne said. “We have an inventory of artifacts which came with the building, which are not stored in that building as the building itself is old and needed upgrades.”

Recent work completed at the museum building, located near White City’s spray park, includes painting, and installation of new windows as well as a new door lock.

Champagne said a plaque recognizing a donation from Lillian Jardine will be dedicated at a later date, and an open house will be planned when it is safe and practical to do so.

Champagne reported the White City Museum now has a website (www.whitecitymuseum.com), developed by Strategy Lab. The development of the website allows for digital payment of memberships, and also offers an online platform to accept financial donations from the public.

Financial statements provided at the meeting showed year-to-date revenues (as of October 2020) of $7,080, of which $7,000 came from grants. The remainder were memberships sold. Expenditures were $2,400, leaving a surplus of $4,679.94. The largest expenditure was in the marketing and website category, which cost the museum board $2,242.20.

Board members having their terms renewed include president Kelly Champagne, White City deputy mayor Rebecca Otitoju as vice-president, treasurer Carter Lovelace, secretary Hanna Gross, and directors Maria Omene and Kayla Burak. Tyffany Amy was added to the board as a director.

Keith Borkowsky, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Quad Town Forum