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Live Sites Funding To Help With Improvements To Centre

by NationTalk on April 22, 2007655 Views

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007ECD0020-000489
April 20, 2007

Ministry of Economic Development

HEDLEY – The Similkameen Planning Society is receiving $250,180 from the B.C. government’s Olympic/Paralympic Live Sites program to help make improvements to the Snaza’ist Centre, Kamloops MLA Claude Richmond announced today.

“The Live Sites awards promote the Spirit of 2010 and give B.C. communities the opportunity to embrace the Olympic experience,” said Richmond. “The improvements to the Snaza’ist Centre will result in more people in the community being able to use the facility, as well as serving as a wonderful attraction for tourists.”Improvements to the centre will include a full renovation of the multi-purpose room. The theatre will be used extensively by the community for a variety of events. The main floor of the centre will be used as exhibit space as well as a venue for the community to gather and view the 2010 Olympic/Paralympic Winter Games and to host local events and performances.

“With the contribution of the Provincial Olympic/Paralympic Live Sites funding, new performing and visual arts facilities will now be built to provide the community of Hedley the opportunity to view Olympic events in a contemporary mini-theatre,” said Chief Rick Holmes of the Upper Similkameen Indian Band.

The goal of Live Sites funding is to help British Columbians unleash the true spirit of B.C. in 2010 by supporting projects that will help build a lasting legacy of opportunity, achievement and celebration in communities all across the province.

Including the project announced today, the B.C. government has now invested more than $18.5 million in 114 Live Sites projects provincewide.

“I applaud the government of B.C. for funding quality venues usually associated with the larger urban centres. The Snaza’ist Centre’s visitor facilities will be a legacy for the Similkameen Valley long after the Olympic Games are concluded. Moreover, the economic impact of the centre will help generate jobs and cash flow into the community,” said George Hanson, chair of the Similkameen Valley Planning Commission.

Announced in November 2004, the $20-million Olympic/Paralympic Live Sites program provides up to $330,000 in funding for projects with budgets under $1 million, in communities outside of Greater Vancouver and the Whistler-Squamish corridor.

More details on the program are available through the Ministry of Economic Development website, at www.gov.bc.ca/ecdev.

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Media contact:

Rena Kendall-Craden
Communications Director
Ministry of Economic Development
250 952-0152

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