Fund­ing an­nounce­ment

Mene­lik Hall one of 14 projects in Cape Breton shar­ing $388,000 in pro­vin­cial fund­ing

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY GREG MC­NEIL gm­c­neil@cb­

Cape Breton com­mu­nity halls and spa­ces to get fi­nan­cial boost.

A fi­nan­cial boost from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment will mean more than just a new roof for Whit­ney Pier’s Mene­lik Hall.

That $29,000 an­nounced Wed­nes­day will mean es­sen­tial com­mu­nity groups and pro­grams can con­tinue.

“The fund­ing to­day is crit­i­cal be­cause with­out a roof that can sup­port the weather and pre­vent it from caus­ing dam­age, we have to shut it down,” said Michael Mor­ri­son, chair of the hall.

“Then many peo­ple can’t come here.”

Some of the peo­ple who use the hall ser­e­naded the crowd dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s fund­ing an­nounce­ment.

The youth were par­tic­i­pants of the Com­mu­nity

United for

Black Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram, which pro­vides ev­ery­thing from sum­mer ed­u­ca­tion to a good meal, he said.

The Black Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion also rents space for tu­tor­ing dur­ing the school year and groups from across the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, in­clud­ing quil­ters, ex­er­cise classes and church groups, also run their pro­grams at the hall.

“The Mene­lik Hall over the past num­ber of decades has been an im­por­tant hall and an es­sen­tial fab­ric of the AfricanNova Sco­tian com­mu­nity of Whit­ney Pier and sur­round­ing ar­eas,” Mor­ri­son said.

“It is still to­day where our youth, se­niors and com­mu­nity at large gather to cel­e­brate, rec­og­nize and pro­mote each other’s rich cul­ture that make up this great com­mu­nity of Whit­ney Pier.”

The hall was one of 14 projects in Cape Breton that will share in $388,000 in fund­ing from the prov­ince’s Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­i­ties Im­prove­ment Pro­gram, in­clud­ing the nearby St. Michael’s Pol­ish Ben­e­fit So­ci­ety that will re­ceive $17,000 for a new roof.

“The two halls, they tell a big story of Whit­ney Pier and

sur­round­ing ar­eas,” said Syd­ney-Whit­ney Pier MLA Derek Mom­bour­quette, who is also min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs.

“It’s im­por­tant that we main­tain sus­tain­able com­mu­nity cen­tres. They are more than just build­ings, they are part of peo­ple’s lives.”

Across the prov­ince a to­tal of 35 projects will share in more than $900,000 from the fund, which pro­vides up to 75 per cent of projects costs for non-profit groups.

“Projects like this will help

build and main­tain strong com­mu­ni­ties,” said Mom­bour­quette. “Projects like this will bring to­gether res­i­dents so they can spend time with one another.”


Par­tic­i­pants in the Com­mu­nity United for Black Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram, elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives and mem­bers of com­mu­nity halls in Cape Breton posed for a photo at Mene­lik Hall in Whit­ney Pier on Wed­nes­day morn­ing fol­low­ing a pro­vin­cial fund­ing an­nounce­ment. Fund­ing for 14 projects was an­nounced.

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