Fund­ing helps re­store churches

The Compass - - OPINION -

Two churches of his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance in the Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace re­gion will un­dergo restora­tions and re­pairs as a re­sult of a pro­vin­cial govern­ment in­vest­ment of roughly $71,000.

The first project is spon­sored by the Project Restora­tion Dal­ton Coun­cil Com­mit­tee, and will see 10 in­di­vid­u­als hired. They will gain valu­able work ex­pe­ri­ence as they make re­pairs to the Church of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion, a build­ing that was des­ig­nated a pro­vin­cial his­toric site in 1991.

Stone­ma­sons, la­bor­ers and helpers will as­sist in the com­ple­tion of four stone but­tresses, en­trance re­pairs, im­prove­ment to the eaves and roof, and in­side car­pen­try work to the choir area.

The sec­ond project, spon­sored by the Angli­can Parish of Har­bour Grace, and lo­cated at St. Paul’s Church in Har­bour Grace, will sup­port nine par­tic­i­pants with a sim­i­lar work ex­pe­ri­ence and skills en­hance­ment op­por­tu­nity, as they com­plete restora­tion on the stone struc­ture built over 175 years ago. Im­prove­ments to the build­ing in­clude the re­place­ment of stone, in­stal­la­tion of tower steps and floor­ing, re­pairs to church pews, and the re­place­ment of win­dows and screens.

The fund­ing is be­ing made avail­able un­der the prov­ince’s Job Cre­ation Part­ner­ship ( JCP) pro­gram.

“ I am very pleased to see these im­por­tant projects,” said Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy.

“ These ini­tia­tives will pre­serve our im­por­tant her­itage and church his­tory, help in­di­vid­u­als re­turn to the labour mar­ket, and boost the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence for our re­gion.”

Added Su­san Sul­li­van, Min­is­ter of Hu­man Re­sources, Labour and Em­ploy­ment: “ These in­fra­struc­ture projects will re­sult in di­rect job cre­ation, stim­u­late lo­cal eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, and pro­vide vis­i­tors with a clearer sense of this re­gion’s rich his­tory. They are also ex­am­ples of our govern­ment’s on­go­ing com­mit­ment to non-profit and com­mu­nity-ori­ented groups, or­ga­ni­za­tions that fo­cus on sup­port­ing lo­cal and re­gional needs.”

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