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Pelham community centre campaign enters next leg

PELHAM – May 29, 2018 -With Mayor Dave Augustyn looking on Arleen Mosley outlines her reasons for contributing $5,000 to the community fundraising campaign for the new Meridian Community Centre in Fonthill during a campaign launch event Tuesday.

Those wishing to leave their mark on the new Meridian Community Centre have a new opportunity.

On Tuesday the town, in co-operation with its fundraising contractor Interkom, wrapped up the naming rights portion for the new $36.2-million Fonthill community centre, moving into the community portion of the campaign. With the $3-million fundraising campaign already 95 percent of the way to its goal the new leg of the campaign will provide individuals and businesses in the community, donating $2,500 or more over five years, the opportunity to have their names preserved in perpetuity on the centre’s donor wall when the facility opens in September.

“This is the opportunity to be a part of this,” said Interkom president Martin van Zon, noting with the campaign ahead of schedule two years in the community portion of the campaign will likely push the town past its fundraising goal.

To kick off the new effort the town held a launch event at Peter Pipers Pubhouse, recognizing three donors who have already contributed to the latest fundraising portion, Upper Canada Consultants for $60,000; Arleen Mosley, $5,000; and Planning Partnership, $10,000.

“I just wanted to say something positive about the town,” said Mosley, a retired nurse. She explained that growth is inevitable, and, while there may be naysayers or critics, the town is headed in the right direction by fostering positive growth with the centre and development in east Fonthill.

Ron Palmer of Planning Partnership said the contribution from his firm is a token of gratitude and support for the growth in Fonthill. His firm has been part of the planning process for the area since 2001, including work on the secondary plan and urban design for the area.

“The community centre itself is a huge statement from the municipality that this community is going to be something special,” he said.

“Being part of a successful community is a two-way street,” said William Heikoop of Upper Canada Consultants. He noted the firm has also done extensive work in planning for developments in the area and supporting the centre is a way of ensuring those developments success.

Mayor Dave Augustyn was quick to thank the contributors, voicing his excitement for the opening of the new centre.

“This will be the place for memories that matter,” he said.

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Originally posted in Niagara This Week – Written by Steve Henschel on May 29, 2018