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$30,000 OTF Grant Community Theatre a Lift

Monday November 28th, 2016

Media Release                       November 25, 2016

 Wingham – On Friday, November 25th, the Township of North Huron welcomed members of the public to a photo opportunity where the Local MPP Lisa Thompson was on hand to congradulate the Wingham Town Hall Theatre Committee members on their $30,000 grant.

 Lisa Thompson – MPP - "I've know from first-hand experience how important a role the theater has played in our community, and it's great to see these upgrades being made so it can once again be home to great concerts and community events. Thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work to ensure the Wingham theater is a gathering place for the community once again. This Ontario Trillium Grant is a much-appreciated investment that will help update the safety measures in the theater."

 The Town Hall Theatre Committee is a group of volunteers that have been fundraising with the objective to re-open the Wingham Town Hall Theatre. Upgrades for the Fire Code, and heating and aircondition system were required for the theatre to re-open. The fundraising goal is $120,000 and the committee is well on their way to completing this objective. As of November 25, 2016 the committee has raised $105,725. A major contribution to this goal was $30,000 received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The OTF funds were to be directed to the installation of a new Fire Supression Sprinkler System for the second floor theatre. Georgian Bay Fire Fire and Safety was the successful bidder for this installation, and their work is nearing completion.

 Work by the committee continues for fundraising to upgrade some door hardware for fire code, and to complete the upgrades to the heating and airconditioning system. This piece of the project requires some structural work to support the new roof top units, engineering to design the HVAC system for the theatre, and the installation of the equipment. Currently the theatre does not have any cooling and relies on electric heat. A new energy efficient natural gas heating system and air conditioning will improve audience comfort and extend the season which the theatre can be utilized. The project is ongoing, so no date is set yet for the re-opening, but the committee is confident to have it open in 2017.

 Neil Vincent - North Huron Reeve - We are extremely appreciative to the Ontario Government and the Trillium foundation whose funding has contributed significantly to the realization of this project. We are also very grateful to the volunteer committee that has secured the funds for this project. Because of their commitment, this theatre will once again be used as a creative and gathering space for the community.

 Yolanda Ritsema-Teeninga – North Huron Council Representative - Thanks to the Town Hall Theatre Committee for their hard work and dedication to this project. Their efforts and enthusiasm for this project shows incredible community spirit. I am proud of this committee and the work they have done. They never gave up and continued to look for more opportunities and grants to help in their fundraising efforts.

 An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OFT awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca

 Pat Newson, Director of Recreation and Facilities
Township of North Huron
519-357-1208 Ext 22.