County holds 3rd annual recreation and culture volunteer appreciation celebration.
Over 100 volunteers representing cultural, recreation and sports organizations were recognized for their contributions to the quality of life of County residents at an appreciation dinner held on Thursday, August 25 at the TEC Centre.
65 non-profit organizations and volunteer groups received operating assistance grants from the County of Grande Prairie this year totaling $173,707. Over $230,000 was given to 23 organizations to provide capital assistance to organizations that own and operate facilities that provide recreational and cultural opportunities to County residents.
Reeve Everett McDonald personally thanked the volunteers at the dinner, saying,
“Please know that we couldn’t do it without you. Whether you are offering swim programs, hosting festivals, or upgrading your facilities, your contributions to our quality of life are truly appreciated. The County is committed to ensuring recreational and cultural opportunities are available to our residents, but without the support of community groups, and you, our volunteers who make the programs happen, we simply couldn’t be effective.”
Strengthening the volunteer sector, by investing in community-based initiatives, is part of the County’s mission to build and maintain healthy and sustainable communities.
The grants provide operating assistance to non-profit organizations and volunteer groups that are open to County residents, provide proof of volunteerism and fundraising, and achieve identified goals. Applications are available through any of the six area County recreation boards to eligible community-based volunteer groups, non-profit organizations, municipalities, schools and sports clubs.
Grant monies were approved in May to be allocated to:
Grande Prairie Recreation Board – $32,874.00
Clairmont-Bezanson Area Recreation Board – $33,947.00
Wembley-Dimsdale-Saskatoon Lake Recreation Board – $26,504.00
Beaverlodge-Elmworth-Huallen Recreation Board – $25,757.00