Oakdene Centre gets $23,500 for new wiring

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier
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Greg Kerr, MP for West Nova, has announced $23,500 in federal funding to replace the electrical system in the Oakdene Centre in Bear River.

Kerr was in Bear River on Monday, April 14 to hand over the cheque and take a tour of the former school turned community centre.

The funding was provided through the federal New Horizons for Seniors Program.

“Our government recognizes the valuable contribution seniors have made to our society and the economy,” said Kerr. “By supporting projects like this, we are acting to ensure that seniors maintain a good quality of life and continue to be active members of their community.”

Cindy Harris, chair of Bear River Craft and Recreation Facility Society said they are grateful to be able to redo the wiring in the whole building.

“We can’t plug much in without blowing a fuse,” she said. “We can’t have a stove or a refrigerator.”

The Oakdene School has been run by a volunteer board since 1995 –they rent space to local artists, small businesses, craftspeople, and provided space for community groups, art displays and performances.

In 2012 the same federal program provided $15,500 for a metal roof for the Oakdene.


Organizations: Oakdene Centre, Bear River Craft and Recreation Facility Society, Oakdene School

Geographic location: Bear River, West Nova, New Horizons

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