May 19, 2009
ST. GEORGE (CNB) - The St. George Community Centre officially opened Saturday, May 16, as the result of investments by governments at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.
"The Province of New Brunswick is proud to be an important partner in today's celebration," said Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet. "Our investment in this centre will provide services for our youth and all community groups, improve the quality of their lives, and help us on our journey toward self-sufficiency."
Doucet, the MLA for Charlotte-the-Isles, was speaking on behalf of Environment Minister Roland Haché.
"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that improve the quality of life and advance long-term opportunities for communities such as St. George," said federal Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson. "Through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), our investment of more than $310,000 in this project has helped St. George build a much-needed facility for cultural, social, and sporting activities."
Thompson was speaking on behalf of Keith Ashfield, minister of state for ACOA.
"Today's celebration is the result of federal and provincial partnerships," said St. George Mayor Sharon Tucker. "With the opening of the new community centre, we look to develop new partnerships with community stakeholders to enhance our abilities to provide services to the residents of our community."
The project included the construction of a centre with adjacent sporting and recreational facilities, as well as a skateboard park and outdoor basketball and hockey facilities. The centre will provide greater opportunities for residents to participate in year-round activities.
The Government of Canada, through ACOA, the Government of New Brunswick and the Town of St. George each contributed one-third, or $310,286, toward the eligible costs of the project under the Canada-New Brunswick Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund. The Province of New Brunswick, through the Regional Development Corporation, provided another $100,000.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Sharon Stanford-Rutter, communications, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, 506-451-2677.