Syd­ney Mines Com­mu­nity Cen­tre: a dream on ice

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY GREG MCNEIL

tain what we have through what we raise.”

In spite of that the cen­tre works to en­sure every­one can af­ford their ser­vices.

“ We try to main­tain our prices at a rate groups can af­ford. Es­pe­cially when it comes to schools be­cause we know they can’t af­ford a lot of money.”

There have been a va­ri­ety of grants which have helped the cen­tre through the years.

Of note is the 2002 do­na­tion from the Na­tional Hockey League Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion through its goals and dreams pro­gram.

Both Bowne and Diper­sio gave credit to the late John ( Ju­nior) Hanna in help­ing to se­cure let­ters of rec­om­men­da­tion from for­mer NHL play­ers in the area dur­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion process. Th­ese let­ters were con­sid­ered very im­por­tant to the cen­tre re­ceiv­ing the grant.

The cen­tre of­fi­cials re­cently em­barked on the most am­bi­tious fundrais­ing cam­paign in its his­tory.

The chiller, which is piv­o­tol to ice mak­ing, needs to be re­placed.

Fund­ing applications are in the hands of var­i­ous gov­ern­ment agen­cies and let­ters have been sent out to cor­po­ra­tions and busi­nesses.

They will also be ap­proach­ing groups and in­di­vid­u­als who use the fa­cil­ity.

It is also hoped that the cur­rent cam­paign will al­low the cen­tre to up­grade the wash­room fa­cil­i­ties.

Sub­mit­ted by Syd­ney Mines Com­mu­nity Cen­tre

The orig­i­nal board of direc­tors of the Syd­ney Mines and District Com­mu­nity Cen­tre were, from left, back, Hec­tor Diper­sio, Len­nie Arse­nault, Jim Jobes, Joe MacLean, Ed­ward MacDon­ald and Dave Guy; front, are Elmer Roper, Harry Gor­don, Con­nie MacDon­ald, Bill Cordy and Tom­mie Gaskell.

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