More than a mil­lion for Mai­son Merry

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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