More than a million for Maison Merry
Last Friday, the Minister of Heritage Canada, Melanie Joly, and the Quebec Minister of Culture and Communications and the Minister responsible for the protection and promotion of the French language and of the Estrie region, Luc Fortin, together announced financial aid of $1,100,500 for the restoration of the Maison Merry heritage property. The funds will be divided between the two governments: $600,000 will come from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund and $500,500 will come from diverse sources of the Quebec government. The Brome-Missisquoi federal deputy, Denis Paradis, and Orford MNA Pierre Reid, were also present for the announcement.
The grant brings the total amount collected from the public sector up to $2,830,500. “What’s more, the financial campaign to raise one million dollars form the private sector goes well. We have reached $677,000, thanks to a recent contribution from Canso of $50,000. We have raised to date $3,330,500 with an objective of $3,500,000. Thanks to the precious support of the community and the public sector, we are approaching our goal. We still foresee the opening of this special site before the end of 2017. Thank you to all those who have contributed from near and far to this magnificent project that we can soon share with our citizens and visitors,” concluded Magog mayor Vicki May Hamm.