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May 25, 2009
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Celebrating Completed Renovations to the Afton Community Centre

Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour

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Afton is a small community of around 850 people; over the past two years the community has worked diligently with the provincial and federal governments to complete major renovations to the Afton Community Centre. Funding for this project was provided equally by the federal, provincial and municipal governments, each investing $18,367 for a total project cost of $55,103 under the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund.

The Honourable Valerie Docherty, Minister of Tourism and MLA for the area, on behalf of the Honourable Carolyn Bertram, Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, joined municipal officials on Saturday, May 23 for an open house to celebrate the completed project.

“The coordinators of this project deserve credit in making the community’s ideas for improvement a reality,” said Minister Docherty. “Investing in community infrastructure results in increased community creativity and opportunities for economic development. Afton Community Centre is a perfect example of how important community centers and halls are to the residents in our rural areas, and the Province of Prince Edward Island is proud to have played a part in this wonderful initiative.”

Through this project, the community was able to improve accessibility, address air quality issues, update the kitchen and washroom facilities and revitalize the exterior grounds, approaches and signage for the structure.

“I want to thank the federal and provincial governments who helped make this project possible,” said Gina Rankin, Chair of the Community of Afton. “I am sure that this Community Centre will be a gathering place for our residents for years to come.”

Afton Community Centre was built in 1990 by a dedicated group of volunteers. Owned by the Community of Afton, the Centre offers a variety of recreation programs for youth and adults. The building is used for weddings, dances, suppers and reunions. Space has been designated for Women’s Institute and the Computer Resource.

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Media Contact: Autumn Tremere
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