$20,000 will help launch theatre’s expansion
By Lawrence Powell
Evergreen Theatre was one step closer to building its much-anticipated expansion thanks to a donation of almost $20,000 through the New Horizons for Seniors program. West Nova MP Greg Kerr made the announcement Saturday evening at the East Margaretsville venue on behalf of Minister of State (Seniors) Alice Wong.
The expansion project will kick off within the month and begin with construction of a septic system against which the federal funds will be applied. The overall project will help insure continued social participation and inclusion of seniors in the community.
“Our government recognizes the valuable contribution seniors have made to our society and the economy,” said Kerr. “By supporting New Horizons for Seniors Program projects, we are acting to ensure that seniors maintain a good quality of life and continue to be active members of their communities.”
"The Fundy Folk Association /Evergreen Theatre gratefully acknowledges the federal government’s support through the New Horizon’s program,” said Evergreen Theatre/Fundy Folk Society manager David O’Leary. “This grant will enable us to undertake crucial upgrades and improvements to our facility which in turn will facilitate greater access and involvement from seniors in our community."
The expansion includes almost doubling the size of the theatre to include a lobby, washrooms, a performers’ greenroom, and additional seating in the current facility.
Since 2006, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes an additional $5 million per year for the New Horizons for Seniors Program to support additional projects that benefit seniors.