Sav­ing the MAO

Do­na­tion from City Coun­cil­lor means com­mu­nity group will live

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Cather­ine Kitts

of pro­grams in the com­mu­nity, at least un­til the fall.

"What had hap­pened is that the pro­gram was in dan­ger of clos­ing this year be­cause of the lack of fund­ing," said Monette. "So I talked to Qa­mar and asked, how much money are you look­ing for to keep it go­ing? I wanted to do what I could."

In the past, the MAO had re­ceived funds from the Tril­lium Grant and re­ceived al­most $25,000 in fund­ing from Ot­tawa-or­léans MP Royal Gali­peau, in 2009.

But, the money had since run dry and Ma­sood and his ex­ec­u­tive team were left with a trou­bling sit­u­a­tion.

"We are ap­ply­ing for other fund­ing but in the mean­time we didn’t know what to do," he said. "We want to salute Bob for tak­ing the ini­tia­tive and com­ing for­ward with that."

"The worst thing you can do is stop a pro­gram," added Monette. "Then you lose peo­ple to other ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grams."

The main ac­tiv­i­ties held

at the cen­tre

are as­sign­ing ar­tic­u­lated buses to the trips that de­part from Mil­len­nium in the morn­ing at 06:18 and 06:42 and in the af­ter­noon to the trip that departs from Tun­ney’s Pas­ture at 16:12. · A new west­bound trip on Route 94 will be added op­er­at­ing be­tween Mil­len­nium Sta­tion and Tun­ney’s Pas­ture in the late evening de­part­ing at 24:01. · The Route 94 head­way will be smoothened out at the times where the new trips were added in Jan­uary 2012. · Im­proved re­li­a­bil­ity with the ad­di­tion of run­ning

time be­ing added to Routes 231 and 232. · One morn­ing trip added on route 130 from Mil­len­nium Park & Ride to Glouces­ter H/S and Colonel By H/S and one af­ter­noon trip added from Colonel By H/S and Glouces­ter H/S to Mil­len­nium Park & Ride.

Ca­pac­ity will be in­creased on Route 135 by as­sign­ing ar­tic­u­lated buses to sev­eral school trips. fit­ness pro­grams taught at the Queenswood Heights Com­mu­nity Cen­tre by vol­un­teers. The classes have been run­ning on Tues­days and Thurs­days for seven years and can draw any­where from 25 to 100 peo­ple given the time of year and sub­ject mat­ter of the course.

With the sit­u­a­tion at hand, pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor, Zy­bina Richards, has of­fered to con­tinue her pre­vi­ously payed po­si­tion on a vol­un­teer ba­sis.

"To see the looks on the se­niors faces makes it worth it," she said. "They re­ally look for­ward to it."

The MAO man­date is to pro­mote and work to fa­cil­i­tate the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the com­mu­nity in so­cio-cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion and in­ter­com­mu­nity pro­grams.

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