February 9, 2015
For immediate release
Projects receive Island Community Fund support
Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development
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“Projects such as these are important to rural communities, and as a government, we are committed to the continued development and diversification of rural Prince Edward Island,” said Mr. MacKinley. “Without support from the Island Community Fund, these projects may not be able to proceed.”
The Prince Edward Island Archery Association will receive just over $21,000 to install archery equipment and make renovations to its indoor facility for this $52,597 project. The Covehead facility has been recognized as the Canada Games Training site for Prince Edward Island. The North Shore Community Fire Company will receive $19,622 for the purchase of new protective equipment to meet safety requirements. The total cost of the project is $39,244. The Community of York will receive $62,170 for upgrades to the York Community Centre. The upgrades, with a total cost of $82,963, will modernize the facility and improve accessibility.
“The Island Community Fund enabled the Prince Edward Island Archery Association to complete our training facility and install a state-of-the-art archery simulator system,” said Derrick Egan. “Considering two years ago archery did not exist as a sport in Prince Edward Island, we now have over 100 members, several nationally ranked athletes and are fielding our first Canada Games team in over 30 years. Without the support of the provincial government, this would not have been possible.”
Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Robert Vessey also participated in the announcement.
“I want to thank the many community volunteers associated with these and other projects for their time and hard work,” said Mr. MacKinley. “Volunteers, and the groups to which they belong, help to make a real difference in their communities.”
Since 2009, the Island Community Fund has invested close to $20 million to support more than 400 projects in rural Prince Edward Island, with a total project value of $67 million.