‘Unparalleled’ donation sees community centre named after Meridian
PELHAM – March 8, 2018 – Pelham’s new community centre officially has a name: Meridian Community Centre.
The announcement was made Thursday morning at the community centre at Highway 20 and Rice Road where donors, including Meridian Credit Union, gathered to celebrate. Meridian has made a $1-million contribution to the project.
“As an organization, we’re committed to building strong communities and this is a great example of that,” said Wade Stayzer, senior vice-president and chief member experience officer with Meridian.
He said the facility will bring the community together and be a place where people can make memories together for years to come.
The community centre features two arenas, several community rooms, a gymnasium and several other places visitors can gather and do various things.
Pelham’s Meridian Credit Union has been a part of the community since the 1970s, he said, although it was known by different names, including Fonthill Credit Union and then Pelham Credit Union.
Those “deep roots” have allowed the credit union to be engaged with the community.
Because of that, Stayzer said Meridian is thrilled to be able to partner up with the Town of Pelham on this project.
Mayor Dave Augustyn said the partnership is a great fit for both Meridian and the town.
He agreed that Meridian’s long-standing relationship with the community and the way it has embraced Pelham is a big factor in why the partnership is so good. Meridian and its local staff have been involved with events in Pelham as well, such as its annual Summerfest.
Meridian’s million-dollar donation is going specifically toward the $3-million fundraising goal Pelham has for the $36-million centre. Including the latest contribution, 90 per cent of that goal has been met..
Augustyn said in honour of the donation, the road on the north side of the community centre is being named Meridian Way.
Other donors were also recognized Thursday, including 11 donors whose contributions have earned them naming rights for various areas of the community centre such as the arenas, entryways and lobbies.
Meridian Community Centre is on track to be substantially complete by June and to have its grand opening in September, Augustyn said. Construction for the project began in 2016.
Information about the community centre can be found at ourmcc.ca.
Originally posted in the St. Catharines Standard – Written by Laura Barton on March 8, 2018