Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 12, 2009 14:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation Commission

ARMSTRONG, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 12, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament (Okanagan-Shuswap), today announced funding for the Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation Commission. The Commission will use this funding to purchase and install new seating in the Centennial Hall and Auditorium, the only theatre and the key cultural facility in Armstrong, British Columbia.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to partner with Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation Commission to replace the 70-year-old seating at the Centennial Hall and Auditorium in Armstrong. An investment in our infrastructure is an investment in our future and will contribute to the long-term economic growth of our country," said Minister Moore. "By doing this, we are allowing the region's residents and visitors to continue to take advantage of what this theatre has to offer: enriching artistic experiences."

"The auditorium is a heritage building and is used by various community groups, including service clubs, schools, and theatre groups," Said Mr. Mayes. "It is used for a wide range of events, such as public meetings, forums, and dance recitals. Our Government's investment will ensure happy theatregoers for years to come."

"It is very important in a small community that cooperative partnerships are formed to provide for the leisure needs of the community," said Dave Brew, Chairman of the Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation Commission. "Working with the Asparagus Community Theatre to upgrade the theatre is an excellent example of cooperation. With the valuable assistance of the Government of Canada, we will be able to provide an exceptional venue for both teaching and displaying theatrical arts."

The Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation Commission is a jointly funded agency of the City of Armstrong and the Corporation of the Township of Spallumcheen. The Commission aims to establish and maintain a diversity of recreation opportunities for all members of the communities. It develops and operates a variety of facilities to provide space for a wide range of interest groups.

The Asparagus Community Theatre Society is the primary user of the theatre. Its mandate is to produce and present innovative artistic and theatrical events for the Armstrong Spallumcheen region.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $21,971 through the Cultural Spaces Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program contributes to improved physical conditions for artistic creativity and presentation or exhibition. It is designed to improve access for Canadians to the performing, visual, and media arts, as well as to museum collections and heritage exhibitions.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager, Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations