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Reno nearly complete at Windsor's Pisiquid Canoe Club


WINDSOR – The Pisiquid Canoe Club's extensive renovations are nearly finished, but the project isn't as close to being paid for.

Commodore Brad Carrigan said he was pleased West Hants council voted to give the club $25,000, which will be paid out over a two-year period, but said the club still has a considerable shortfall to make up.

“It's very appreciative. Every dollar counts right now,” said Carrigan of the municipal grant.

“We will take that and pay some of the bill that we have with the contractor right now,” said Carrigan.

“We don't have all the money yet but we're working with them.... to try to get the project done.”

Carrigan said they are short by about $40,000.

“We are working hard to get it there. It will be ready for the summer but we do need more public support, whether it's through private donations or business donations,” said Carrigan.

The club has two rooms (an exercise room and a community room) that they are hoping to have sponsored. In return, the donor would have naming rights to the room.

Carrigan explained the building will be renovated, but it will basically be an empty shell until they can round up the remaining funds.

“The community has been great doing this in the past and I'm hoping that we may be able to find somebody to step up and help us out to get us through,” said Carrigan. “If not, it comes back to trying to chase grants, whether it be through the Town of Windsor, Province of Nova Scotia or any other community grants for us to try to fulfill the obligation to finish the project 100 per cent.”

While reviewing the budget earlier this year, the Town of Windsor denied the Pisiquid Canoe Club's funding request.

 

Did you know?

• The Pisiquid Canoe Club is located beside Lake Pisiquid in Windsor.

• The canoe club offers various summer programs for youths and adults, from beginners to skilled competitors.

• 2012 Olympic competitor Ryan Cochrane got his start at the Windsor club.

• Gábor Kulcsar signed on to be the head coach this year. Kulcsar is a Hungarian sprint canoer who competed professionally in the 1980s.

Commodore Brad Carrigan said he was pleased West Hants council voted to give the club $25,000, which will be paid out over a two-year period, but said the club still has a considerable shortfall to make up.

“It's very appreciative. Every dollar counts right now,” said Carrigan of the municipal grant.

“We will take that and pay some of the bill that we have with the contractor right now,” said Carrigan.

“We don't have all the money yet but we're working with them.... to try to get the project done.”

Carrigan said they are short by about $40,000.

“We are working hard to get it there. It will be ready for the summer but we do need more public support, whether it's through private donations or business donations,” said Carrigan.

The club has two rooms (an exercise room and a community room) that they are hoping to have sponsored. In return, the donor would have naming rights to the room.

Carrigan explained the building will be renovated, but it will basically be an empty shell until they can round up the remaining funds.

“The community has been great doing this in the past and I'm hoping that we may be able to find somebody to step up and help us out to get us through,” said Carrigan. “If not, it comes back to trying to chase grants, whether it be through the Town of Windsor, Province of Nova Scotia or any other community grants for us to try to fulfill the obligation to finish the project 100 per cent.”

While reviewing the budget earlier this year, the Town of Windsor denied the Pisiquid Canoe Club's funding request.

 

Did you know?

• The Pisiquid Canoe Club is located beside Lake Pisiquid in Windsor.

• The canoe club offers various summer programs for youths and adults, from beginners to skilled competitors.

• 2012 Olympic competitor Ryan Cochrane got his start at the Windsor club.

• Gábor Kulcsar signed on to be the head coach this year. Kulcsar is a Hungarian sprint canoer who competed professionally in the 1980s.

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