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SYDNEY (NS) – December 11, 2011 – After much planning and hard work, the Frank Rudderham Family YMCA in downtown Sydney was officially opened today at a community celebration attended by representatives from all levels of government, YMCA officials and local residents.
“Our Government is committed to working with communities to strengthen the local economy and create jobs,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia. “The redevelopment of the YMCA is the direct result of the hard work and dedication of many community-minded people who want to improve local economic conditions and build a solid future for their children and grandchildren. The Government of Canada, through Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, is pleased to have invested $5 million in this important piece of community infrastructure.”
The YMCA has been an integral part of the Cape Breton community for 125 years providing an array of services and programs. Over the last three years, an ambitious redevelopment project has been underway at its downtown Sydney location. The project included new construction, the demolition of the oldest section of the building and renovations to the 1979 addition. The result is a 60,000 square foot, state-of-the-art space for health and fitness programming, childcare programs, employment counselling, community training and community meeting space. The project has also contributed to ongoing efforts to revitalize Sydney’s downtown core.
“This is an exciting day for the YMCA of Cape Breton and marks a milestone in our history,” said Robin Gogan co-chair of the YMCA Board of Directors. “We are grateful for the support we have received from the community and governments and we look forward to providing quality programs and services to Cape Bretoners for many years to come.”
The total cost of the YMCA redevelopment project was $12.3 million. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation provided $5 million in assistance. Other funding partners include the Province of Nova Scotia, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Mr. Parker Rudderham and community donations solicited through the YMCA’s Empower Campaign.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation offers programs in support of economic development initiatives and is responsible for delivering ACOA’s programs on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area.
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