Colin Mayes

Colin Mayes

Funds pumped into North Okanagan projects

Ottawa announced $126,540 in Canada 150 grants for two projects in Vernon and one in Cherryville.

Canada’s 150th birthday celebration is getting a jump start in the North Okanagan.

On Monday, the federal government announced  $126,540 in Canada 150 grants for two projects in Vernon and one in Cherryville.

“There are some small amounts but it means a lot to those communities,” said Colin Mayes, Okanagan-Shuswap MP.

Among the grants is $100,000 for the Greater Vernon Museum for the roof, shelving and the heating system.

“By telling the community’s story, we make our community stronger,” said Mayes of the museum.

There have been previous issues with the museum roof and there is a concern that artifacts could be at risk unless something is done.

“It’s in real need,” said Ron Candy, museum curator.

An additional $100,000 for the museum project will come from the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee.

Mayes also announced $3,264 so the Cherryville Community Club can replace the playground in Hanson Park.

“The playground is in bad shape and we’re really excited to be able to replace it,” said Lynne Frerichs, with the Cherryville Community Club.

“There are lots of young kids in the community that will use it.”

The other grant is $23,276 for the Vernon Curling Club to replace the roof.